Why Being A Student Is One of the Hardest Things You Can Be

Why Being A Student Is One of the Hardest Things You Can Be

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For everyone who has ever been a student, you know how hard it is to be one. You are always trying to prove yourself to people who know more about a subject than you do. There is the relentless evaluation and testing of how well you know something you might not even care about, the pop quizzes on the reading you accidentally procrastinated on because you were busy with every other class you were in, and the not-so-kind teachers who hated you for no reason at all.

Its the hardest job in the world. You have to understand, and learn, and learn how you learn, to get the best grade in the class that you can get. Even if this is your blow off or easy course, you still are in there being judged on how well you know what you consider to be complete garbage and a waste of time.

All those A.P. classes, all the summer school sessions, and all the 5.0 GPA honors, what are they really worth? All the extracurricular clubs, volunteering, sports, and a job, will those matter in the long run? Not at all. They were short-term goals to get into a college you wanted. Now that you're there, it's what you do at this university that matters for grad school. So it really didn't matter that you worked so hard for that "A" in Calculus, or that you had a high GPA sophomore year. That class rank won't even be noticed when that was a big worry for some of your friends freshman year.

Because 10 years down the road, will it matter what you got in your Visual Arts class your first year of college? Or your advanced writing class? It might have gotten you somewhere, but looking back on your college years, you are not going to be able to remember the exact point value you had in American Lit, or the Life102 test that you got a D on and were so frustrated about. These numbers mean so much to you right now. The sad thing is, they won't even matter a few years in the future. They might help you get to where you want to be, yes, but all the effort, consistency, and the all-nighters you pulled to get that good test score, won't even be on your mind.

It's a constant struggle to organize, keep up, and truly understand what you are being told you need to learn to be successful. The general education classes and so-called "required" courses aren't all going to be beneficial to you--whether that's for a career, a personal interest, or just to get an elective out of the way. Not every class you take will help you, not every score you get will affect you, and not every job offer you get you will want.

It's difficult to stay focused and determined when the odds are stacked against you, you hate the subject, or your teacher just doesn't understand that their way of teaching is not how you learn. Its a cruel cycle of lecturing, practicing, studying, and testing that "society" says we need. That "society" claims to be the only way to secure a job or have one near the field you're interested in is to get a college degree.

The idea of STEM has become a huge phenomenon in the education world. Science, technology, engineering, and math--those are the jobs that will be recession-proof, they are the "future" of the nation. Is that necessarily true? Is that something that you should additionally be "required" to learn when you have enough on your plate already? Maybe you just aren't a math person, or you don't ever want to be near chemistry labs, or you can't stand writing English papers. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, so why are you being forced to prove yourself in other people's strengths? There will always be someone smarter than you, who has a better grade than you, and who is your competition. That doesn't make you want to learn that subject any more than you already have.

Being a student is a tough, demanding job. Hours of studying for every hour in class. A job to look good for a resume. Joining a club to look well-rounded. Not to say that some of it isn't fun, but you will constantly be taking trips on the struggle bus. The taxing repetitiveness of turning in one assignment after the other with no breaks from any class is exhausting work to get through. It never ends. There is always a due date quickly approaching, a research requirement to be fulfilled, and a big test coming up in your worst class.

For all the students out there: the night classes, the online courses, the studying abroad programs, the struggling freshman, the undecided majors, the seniors hunting for internships, and the graduates struggling to find jobs, the high school junior with straight C's, all and any students, know that you are one tough cookie, that you can do this, and that you can finish and graduate. You already know you have the hardest job in the world, so all those "careers" everyone else has gotten themselves are just a piece of cake compared to what you have done.


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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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10 Ways To Start Your Days Off Right By Bringing A Little Joy And Positivity Into Your Morning

"Listen to the birds sign a sweet morning song."

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I'll be the first to admit, I'm not exactly what you would call a "morning person." That being said, I think it's high time I bring some joy into my mornings. I mean, life is beautiful, and by not enjoying mornings, I think I'm missing out on a potentially enjoyable part of life.

So if you want to start enjoying your mornings like me, here are ten things you might want to try doing to start your days off right.

1. Make a happy and healthy breakfast.

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Make some toast, eggs, fruit, granola, or yogurt. OR, break out the bacon and have a good time. Any of those options sound like a good morning to me.

2. Drink a fresh cup of coffee (or tea).

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For me, I don’t think anything could beat the smell of a coffee being made in the morning. So whether you’re into coffee or tea, use a nice warm drink as a way to bring a little joy into your mornings.

3. Smile when you wake up.

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Start your morning with a good old-fashioned smile. Look in the mirror, look at how wonderfully made you are, and take a moment to smile and take that in.

4. Try to stay off of social media when you first wake up.

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I know, it’s all too easy to become glued to your phone these days, BUT I think that’s a few moments of time away from it, and away from social media, can be a good way to stay positive in the mornings.

5. Journal your thoughts going into the day.

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Take a pen, pencil, and a piece of paper, and take a moment to write down your thoughts, feelings, emotions, or anything else on your mind going into a new day.

6. Put on clothes that make you feel happy.

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Put on whatever outfit makes you happy, whether that’s a cute sweater or a t-shirt. Wear something that makes you feel good.

7. Watch the sunrise.

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OK, so I know you might not be able to do this every morning, but I think that watching the sunrise is the perfect way to start any day. What could be better than taking in all of these wonderful creations?

8. If you can, sit outside and enjoy our planet.

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On that note, take some time to sit outside and enjoy the early morning and the world around you. Start your morning off with some time to really just sit back and take it all in.

9. Spend some time reading something you enjoy.

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Grab a good book, a magazine, or whatever it is you might like to read. Take some time to clear your mind, and then fill it with lots of good writing.

10. Listen to the birds sign a sweet morning song.

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Arguably my favorite thing on the list, I truly can see no downside to listening to the birds chirping away in the morning. If you can, take some time to listen to nature’s sweet morning song.

Hopefully you can try one of these tactics to brighten up your morning, and in turn, maybe even brighten up your whole day. We live in a wonderful world, and I think that it's time we start to recognize that.

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