Second Semester Is Better Than First Semester: Here Is My Experience.

Why 2nd Semester Really Is The Best Semester

Forget all the hype around first semester, there is so much more to come.

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At my high school, the year was split into quarters. Half way through the year (after the second quarter) we had midterms followed by a ten day winter break and back to school until finals that occurred on the last day of the year. With 2,500 people - the same 600 in your grade - the year did not feel that different, so semesters really meant nothing except switching from one elective class to another. The school year felt pretty uniform - I could divide my high school experience up by the year - so, basically in four large chunks. The school year did drag on, if I am being honest. By the last day of school I was always SO over it - the same routine every. single. day. With the same people, and really, no room for change.

With this mindset, I think it is fair to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I came to understand how college school years are set up - by semester. I did not really know what that meant. To me, it seemed more-or-less the same as high school, but with just a longer break. My first semester was good for many things - I did really great in my classes and set a good foundation for myself, learned to become really independent, and got comfortable with the school.

That being said, I still had a lot of things that I wanted to change and was not completely content. I still felt like I had not formed the best relationships with people at school and was a little too attached to friends at home. Being in a program called Freshman Connection, I also had not had the best opportunity to get involved on campus. Not feeling 100% happy with where I was, I was happy to go home for a six-week break, though I was really nervous to go back to school upon the beginning of semester 2.

But, to my surprise, everything started to fall into place.

New classes allowed me to go to Van Munching Hall - the business school - and take a lot more classes geared toward my major. Being a morning person, I liked the timing of the classes so early in the day. My schedule completely flipped from not starting class until 4:30pm to being out of class before 3:00pm. Sorority rush immediately began the first weekend I was back, and I found the sorority I loved which hugely impacted each day. My schedule filled up with fun events and I got to know some of the most amazing girls. I joined College Mentors for Kids, and CHAARG - two organizations that I believe in and have shaped my time so far at UMD.

If you aren't super happy with how things are from the start, do not worry! Things change drastically... it feels like a brand new year. With transfer students and switches all over campus, club fairs re-open and it is practically a new beginning. Now that you are aware of the campus and have figured out study habits and your way around, you will be going in a lot more comfortable and sure of what you are looking for.

If you did love your first semester, then I can assure you second will treat you even better! With the spring season coming around, things will begin to look up. It is the season of new beginnings!


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10 Photos You Have On Your Camera Roll Of Your S.O. When You've Been Dating For More Than A Year

A wide range from "Aw" to "WTF?"

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My boyfriend and I just hit the year and a half mark of dating, even though it seems like we've been together forever. Over the months, we've taken many pictures together... from football games, to his track meets, to holidays. Although we may have a lot of pictures together, I definitely have a lot of candids of him in my camera roll. If you've been dating your partner for as long as I have or longer, then you'll probably notice you have these same pictures in your photos as well.

1. The awkward first photos together

We laugh at these now, especially this one. Why am I so pale compared to him? It was July! And also, we noticed not to long ago that I was sweating under my arms and his underarms were sweating on me... what a great first time meeting!

2. The ones for VSCO

Every girl who has a significant other posts them onto their VSCO. VSCO is like Instagram, but more has more aesthetically pleasing pictures and there are no "likes." The pictures that include my boyfriend on my VSCO ranges from him holding a bunny to him holding my hand while we went ice skating.

3. Them sleeping

I have so many pictures of my boyfriend sleeping (I promise it's not as weird as it sounds), I just think he's so cute when he's fast asleep while cuddling with me.

4. The embarrassing ones they want no one to see

He's going to kill me when he sees this... but we all have those embarrassing Snapchat pictures that we start to send each other because we've gotten more comfortable with one another.

5. The ones for Facebook

The good looking pictures so you can keep yours and his family updated on how you two are doing. I took my boyfriend to a baby bird meet and greet since he loves birds and has one for a pet. I posted this cute picture of him and his new friends on Facebook so my family can see our adventures together.

6. Old pictures

One of the best parts of dating someone is finally seeing their old pictures. Although, sometimes they may make you cringe... like the one I posted above of my boyfriend after prom in his sophomore year of high school.

7. Their accomplishments

My boyfriend pole vaults for his college and he's really good at it. He just went to division III nationals in March because he qualified! I'm always at his meets so I make sure to get him on video in case he or anyone wants to see. I always try to snag a picture with him too because I'm always so proud.

8. The straight up ugly ones

He sure knows how to make me laugh. And I know he's going to be mad at me for this one too but I think it's a talent that he can do that with his stomach! Sorry, Adam, I promise I still think you look good when you send me these snaps for the most part.

9. But you have the hot ones too

He may be funny and sweet, but he is pretty good looking too. I know us girls keep some attractive pictures of our S.O.'s so we can remind ourselves of what a great looking partner we have.

10. FaceTime screenshots

If you and your lover go to different colleges like my boyfriend and I do, then FaceTiming happens a lot. Sometimes I get some great screenshots, like the one above, to make fun of him later.

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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