Hell Week

Hell Week

When everything is due.

Ever feel like everything is due all at once? More than likely it is, but the question is why does this happen? Those weeks are typically called hell weeks, and that is because it feels like there is no time to breathe and have time for yourself.

The problem is that with hell week people think it's because you did not plan everything out so you would not have to deal with everything being due. The problem with that is the mere fact that tests, quizzes, and projects due dates are something you have no control over. The teachers are in charge of that and even then they sometimes try to avoid that from happening.

The dreaded end of semester closes and then everything is due because that is the last time your class will meet. So when it does happen, you can do multiple things:

One idea is pick and choose; this means, decide what you need to get done to keep your grade to where you want it and not do anything with the others. The problem with this is that your grade in other classes may drop because of it.

Another is to try and do everything to your fullest ability; the problem with this one is that you will lose something else (for example: sleep), and even then you might not do as well as you want.

The third one is you can see the upcoming hell week coming and try your hardest to be able to go through and get as much done beforehand. The problem with this is that you may not even see the hell week coming until it is too late.

With hell week, it always seems like it is going to take forever but, eventually, it will be over and you can try harder next time. Just remember that, even if it does not feel like it, sleep is needed and you will have the free time you need. This can happen when going into a work setting as well, because you may have projects you need to do and have due dates for them because they need to be looked at before being accepted. So it may seem like it will be over once you are free from school, but be careful of those real-world deadlines! The nice thing with it being work is that you can go through and will be able to take time off once you are free of your hell week and be able to have time to relax and sleep.

With the work setting, you should always be able to see when your hell week is coming because if you are working on everything at an even pace, then you will be able to have most things done before they're due. The best part about work is that you will not have tests or exams unless you are in a class and learning more for that specific business.

All in all, take this week as you wish. Whether that is all at once, over time, or picking and choosing, in the end, everything will eventually get done. Good luck on your week from hell!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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