12 Things Professors Say, But Mean Something Totally Different

12 Things Professors Say, But Mean Something Totally Different

The book is not required... but every test will be from its chapters.

Before graduating high school, your teachers have you convinced that your college professors are practically inhuman with no sense of humor. It doesn't take you long to figure out that they are dead wrong -- these professors are humans who live to make your life harder than it needs to be.

Sometimes, you can't help but wonder if your professor is the literal incarnation of Satan, but to be honest, they're just people who see and experience the same things every semester.

They have high standards with low expectations.

They crack jokes and probably question their life decisions every time a student asks a question they just answered in the powerpoint five minutes ago, but at the end of the day, they're human too.

1. It's in the syllabus."

What they mean: Even though it would take me less time to give you an answer than it would for you to dig through and find the syllabus, I did not write those five pages for nothing.

2. "I don't post grades on Blackboard."

What they mean: Don't you know it's your responsibility to keep track of how you're doing without keeping track of how you're doing?

3. "If you study, you'll do well."

What they mean: Seriously, if you study, you'll do well.

4. "I don't take attendance."

What they mean: I know more than half of you will stop showing up at some point, so I'll probably be including a curve-ball question from a joke I make in class that has nothing to do with the material just to spite you.

5. "The final is not cumulative."

What they mean: I am not Satan.

6. "There will not be a final."

What they mean: I am God.

7. "My other class got that one right."What they mean: They were just as confused as you except for the eager beaver that sits up front and always raises his hand.

8. "The best way to reach me is to send an email."

What they mean: Please don't call me, I'm never in my office.

9. "I will put the first readings on Blackboard in case some of you don't have your book yet."

What they mean: I'm doing this to encourage you to stop procrastinating and get the book (but we will probably use it one more time this entire semester).

10. "I don't believe in extra credit."

What they mean: I don't even want to grade the assignments you already have, let alone extra ones. Just do the ones I give you. It will be easier for everyone.

11. "No phones in my class."

What they mean: You're paying (well, more likely your parents are paying) for you to be here. Sarah doesn't need the update that you're starving and ready for a nap. You can survive one hour without it.

12. "I'm going to assign groups for the rest of the semester."

What they mean: Just kidding, I'm Satan.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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