How Writing Can Make You An Organized Student

How Writing Can Make You An Organized Student

The gears in the brain of a writer are always turning because you never know where the next inspiration will come from.
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I have often heard the stigmas that go along with certain majors. The most common one is probably "Your major is X so why are you taking this class?" Well, as a Biochemistry major, I have already heard that question a few times (and the term just began).

First of all, it's the 21st century. Anyone in any field can study ANYTHING. Hence, I'm taking a poetry class alongside my major pre-requisites. If you can't already tell, I love writing. I love chemistry too. So...why can't I take both?

There's something I have learned by taking all these English classes. As a science major, the process required for writing helps me stay organized. For example, I like my chemistry notes organized and that organization helps me with writing papers. My English Composition professor always said, "I can always recognize the science major by the way their paper is organized and by the flow of it." I guess what he meant was that a scientist starts off with the goal, followed by the procedure, and ends with the results. And that is a recipe for a perfect paper too: thesis, body, conclusion.

I have noticed that since I have been writing, I've been able to transcribe my thoughts on paper quicker than I was able to before. I find it easier to break down pieces of literature when I view them as a chemical formula. And I find that very interesting.

Writing helps me get my thoughts together at the end of the day and I have learned to notice the slightest details and changes. Trust me, that goes a long way in the scientific world. As a matter of fact, for any field communication is key. Writing also helps people form coherent and intelligible thoughts into ideas that can be revised and even taught.

Furthermore, the basis of any science course relies on a metacognitive activity which heavily relies upon the articulation of skills that are learned and then communicating and applying them. Metacognitive activity goes beyond the "thinking" part of science and in turn relies heavily on approach and planning towards learning a specific task. Hence, writing in a way also goes beyond just thinking. A writer can describe a simple scenario in an artistic way, which requires them to take a step back from thinking and access a new angle for a reader.

The gears in the brain of a writer are always turning because you never know where the next inspiration will come from. I also read this article from The New York Times, some time back in the day that studied the differences in brain activity between expert writers and novice writers. Although the article is a bit subjective towards the end about how creativity can't be studied, it does stand to prove that writing does, in fact, trigger certain parts of our brain.

Honestly, stop telling science majors they can't take English classes. Stop telling English majors they can't enjoy their science classes.

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Stop Discourging Future Teachers

One day, you'll be thankful for us.
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.

“Why?"

"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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14 Honest College Things The Class Of 2023 Needs To Know ~Before~ Fall Semester

Sit down, be humble.

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To The Class of 2023,

Before you start your college career, please know:

1. Nobody...and I mean nobody gives a shit about your AP Calculus scores.

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" I got a 5 in Calc AB AND BC, a 5 in AP Literature, awh but I only got a 4 in AP Chem"

2. THE SAME GOES FOR YOUR SAT/ACT SCORES + nobody will know what you're talking about because they changed the test like 10 times since.

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3. College 8 AMs are not the same as your 0 period orchestra class in 12th grade.

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4. You're going to get rejected from a lot of clubs and that does not make you a failure.

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5. If you do get into your clubs, make sure not to overwhelm or overcommit yourself.

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6. It's OK to realize that you don't want to be pre-med or you want to change majors.

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7. There will ALWAYS ALWAYS be someone who's doing better than you at something but that doesn't mean you're behind.

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8. "I'm a freshman but sophomore standin-" No, you don't have to clarify that, you'll sound like an asshole.

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9. You may get your first ever B-, C+ or even D OR EVEN A W in your life. College is meant to teach you how to cope with failure.

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10. Go beyond your comfort zone. Join a theatre club if you're afraid of public speaking. Join an animal rescue club if you're afraid of animals. College is learning more about yourself.

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11. Scholarships do exist. APPLY APPLY APPLY.

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12. Don't try to brag about all the stuff you did in high school, you'll just sound like a weenie hut jr. scout

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13. Understand and be sensitive to the fact that everybody around you has a different experience and story of getting to university.

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14. You're going to be exposed to people with different opinions and views, don't fight them. Instead, try to explain your perspective and listen to their reasoning as well.

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