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Why won’t school ever be cancelled?

Whenever we get snow, the first schools to close are always the high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools. The babies of the community get to sleep in, hang out with their friends, and eat all day.

Colleges, however, hardly ever close. Colleges will wait until death is a certainty when you go outside before they close the school, whereas high schools will close when there is a centimeter of snow on the ground. I went through the torture that was high school, and this is how I’m repaid? I did my time and now these kids in high school get to have a week off of school while I have 8 am classes every day. It’s unfair and ridiculous.

Why can't school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88
Why can’t school be closed everyday? Photo from plano88

I used to go to Blacksburg High School where school is closed every other day during the winter. As I’m writing this, my mom got a call saying that the high school is closed for tomorrow. The reasons why high schools are closed are ridiculous.

Radford has forced me to check my email every three minutes, hoping for classes to be cancelled. They’ve created a monster in me. These kids who get to wake up at 7:30 am to get to school at 7:45  are complaining about having to go to school, when I have to wake up at 6 am every morning to leave by 7:15 in order to get to Radford by 7:45. I then have to park in four-hour parking, and walk in the 12 degree weather to my class across campus. But, apparently, the high schools definitely need to be closed and colleges should never close. It all makes so much sense. I wish I could feel bad for my friends that are still in high school, but I don’t.

They say college is so much better than high school, but from what I’ve seen, college is harder and will close when hell freezes over. My favorite part of college is walking to class with my hands feeling like ice cubes, my nose dripping with snot because it’s so cold, and then getting to the classrooms where it’s hotter than hell, forcing me to take off all of my snow gear and then having to put it back on when I leave. That’s the best. I love college.

What does high school really do for you?

I have a question for all of the education professionals out there. How do you expect college freshman to know what they want to do with the rest of their lives when just the year before we had to ask to go to the bathroom?6357810555512717162144190349_getting a job

We’re expected to know exactly what we want to major in, what classes we need to take or interest us, where we need to live, decide if we can get a job while going to classes, and the list goes on and on.

We’re thrown out on our own with no help, when months before we had ask our parents or teachers to do anything. Tell me what’s wrong with this situation. What kind of society keeps its children under lock and key and then expects them to be able to function in the “real world?”

When I was in high school, I had to ask permission from my teachers to go anywhere and to do anything. If I had to go to the bathroom, I had to raise my hand and awkwardly ask in front of the entire class if I could be excused to pee. If I needed to go to the nurse for a tampon, I had to ask and then be forced to tell the teacher why I needed to go. I had to have a hall pass every time I left the classroom just in case I was “going where I shouldn’t be.”

Every move I made was approved or rejected by a teacher. When I wasn’t in school, my parents told me whether or not I was allowed to go out with my friends or how I should be “using my time wisely.”

Now that I’m in college, I’m expected to know when and where I’m suppose to go,  and how I should handle events that use to be controlled for me. I had to go through the awkward experience of raising my hand and asking to go to the bathroom and being looked at by my teacher like I was a child, unable to make decisions on my own when, in fact, that is exactly how my life was before college.

College professors assume I should be able to know what I want in life and what I want to be, but how is that realistically expected when all of my choices and decisions were made for me up until this point? Professors state all the time how “high school should have prepared you for this” but in reality, high school didn’t prepare me for anything.

If you feel like college is overwhelming and you don’t know what you’re doing have the time, don’t worry. You’re not alone. As everyone who has ever lived has said, “It gets better.” I’m still waiting for the time where high school will come in handy, but until that day, do your best and hope you’ll find somebody who can show you the way.

We aren’t psychic

A large amount of students leave high school thinking that they need know their future career. This is due to the education system often telling students that everything they’re doing is leading up to college. Each class is supposed to prepare you for the next and so on, until the end-all-be-all moment when you get to college.

There’s a rush of excitement to get away from parents and become whatever a student wants to be when they enter RU. However, there’s an underlying panic in every student’s mind: What next? Of course, that thought can result in people taking drastic measures.

We don't all have a crystal ball. Graphic by Danielle Glumsic
We don’t all have a crystal ball. Graphic by Danielle Glumsic

Such negative ways to handle this includes abuse of various things, like drugs and alcohol. Hopefully, a student will learn to deal with the pressure of college without turning to things that can physically harm them. When it comes down to it and the clock of the Associates degree finally ticks down, the panic really sets in.

Before choosing what to do for the next few years, a student must set their eyes on a major. As they’ve been told, this major will set a student up for their future career and, maybe, what they’ll be doing for the rest of their lives. However, this isn’t a good way to think, when the very notion of the future causes your stomach to twist into knots.

The problem is that students think that they have to have it all figured out. If they don’t have a plan, then they feel like they’re falling behind, or they’re inadequate. This really hurts self-esteem and is a destructive way to think. Those are some ways that students end up switching their majors so many times during their time at school.

It can be a smart choice to switch to a more enjoyable major, but it isn’t always financially possible for some. This is why some choose to quit school altogether, because it is simply easier to give up than to stick with their major or pick a new one. School expenses are nothing to brush off.

It can be very frustrating to try and keep up with the your peers; however, you are what’s important. Finish college in the way that best benefits you. If that means only taking three classes per semester, then do it. If you need time off to decide what really interests you, take it.

The Devil has good taste in music

Every family reunion I’ve ever been to has hit a point where the aunts drink too much wine and it becomes too much for anyone to handle, so I pop in earbuds to cancel it all out. This time my aunt (in her concern for my state of mind) bugged me for an ear bud to listen to a few seconds of my song. With my luck, it happened to be “Voices” by Disturbed, which is darker than most of the music that I listen to. Although I braced myself for the tongue-in-cheek follow-up question, I was still annoyed when my aunt pulled out the earbud and said my music was “the Devil’s music.” Continue reading The Devil has good taste in music

Smart is moderately appealing

Something that I notice is missing from the population of college students I’ve been watching for the past three and a half years is that they don’t seem interested in acting smart. By acting, I don’t mean pretending to be intelligent by using big words that you would find on the SAT and nowhere else. What I mean is there are many really smart people who just aren’t interested in being seen that way.

I feel that I have a lot of experience in dealing with intelligent people who just don’t try hard enough. I was friends with a handful of “gifted” students in high school. Most of them seemed to think that by being in the gifted program they should be revered for their brilliance, even though most of them hadn’t accomplished anything of much importance.

After living in the honors dorm, or residence hall if you’re all politically correct, for over three years, I’ve noticed the trend in people who are considered intelligent seems to have reversed. A lot of people aren’t interested in touching the Honors Academy with a 10-foot pole. Those who are interested tend to stick around only long enough to live in the honors dorm and have early class registration.

Photo by Brian Hollingsworth.

Let’s face it, the honors dorm is still basically prison-like and early registration is only a benefit once a semester. Being in the honors dorm gets old really fast. On the other hand, the program forces you to work a little closer with your teachers than you might have otherwise. That’s where the appeal is for those who stay. Sadly very few of us stick with the honors track to the end.

Every year since I’ve been at Radford University, I’ve watched my fellow honors students drop like flies. I think that’s what makes it such an accomplishment in the end. Not dropping out because it’s “a waste of time” or “too hard” means you have work ethic.

Being labeled an honors student or “gifted” isn’t what makes people smart; recognizing your strengths and weaknesses and putting them to good use is what makes us smart. There are plenty of “gifted” individuals who recognize their strengths and decide that they are so smart that getting to class every day on time is beneath them.

That’s what I call a waste of an existence. I dislike seeing people get horrible grades because they think the material in class is too easy. If it’s so easy then you should be able to get it done, right?

Another thing I’d like to warn my fellow students about is coming off as superior to others. Brilliance doesn’t make a difference if nobody can stand to be around you for more than a few seconds without considering the feasibility of jumping out of the nearest window.

It’s bad enough when intelligent people are too smug, but it’s 10 times worse when people act like they have multiple degrees in something they’ve never even cracked a book open to learn about. If you’re insecure enough to have to one-up everyone around you who is a little more educated, I think you have bigger problems than just your intelligence.

Oxymoron: Responsible college students

Graphic by: Marie Stovall

In a time when we should all be acting like adults and being responsible, most of us are acting more irresponsible than we ever have. The lack of parental supervision and the surplus of alcohol and other drugs has made many of us into the kids that our parents never wanted. We are supposed to be acting like responsible adults; we are supposed to be getting an education in order to get a good job and eventually become successful as actual adults.

Without our parents breathing down our necks and teachers telling us specifically what we need to do, we may be getting too much independence. I personally love the independence of college, and I’m not saying that we should all be forced to live at home for the rest of our lives. However, in order for us to truly appreciate this independence, there needs to be a level of maturity that many college students haven’t gotten to yet.

I’m going to make the assumption that anyone reading this has gone to and graduated from high school. In high school there are a few authority figures who made it so that we had to do our work and go to class or there would be punishment. In my high school they had an LC (loss of credit) policy. If you missed more than five classes, in any one class, then you would LC that class and not get credit for it. Along with this, if you failed that class after LCing (which is what the majority of students did) then you would get an LC with an E (we didn’t use Fs). There was also a policy that if you showed up late three times to a class it would equal one absence.

My school had to make these policies because, to be honest, the students there were less than exemplary. More than half of the girls were either knocked up or post-abortion and the mass majority of the school would skip class to go smoke weed or drink during the day. This being said, the PTSA (apparently PTA was offensive) would do everything they could to get teachers to start cracking down more on students. But in college (yes there was a point to this rant) the mass majority of teachers do not care if you come to class, don’t remind you when assignments are due nor do they give you a hard time when you don’t turn them in, and your parents aren’t going to PTSA meetings cause we are “responsible” college students.

I understand the temptation to be crazy and drink and all that, but we need to do our work as well. If you don’t, there will be consequences. Academic probation means a very very long mandatory study hall that you have to go to daily. Would you rather do your work now or be forced to sit in a room with other people who are as unfortunate as you and do it then? There is a certain standard which college students are expected to uphold; just don’t disappoint your parents too much. Radford is fun; you wouldn’t want them to stop paying tuition because you got caught smoking pot.

There needs to be a happy median between partying and school work. Students need to learn that they are not just in college to party. Our parents are not paying for our educations for us to throw them away because studying on Thirsty Thursday just seems like a sin. College students are expected to be responsible while there are so many distractions keeping us from doing so. Students need to grow up and smell the diploma, because that is what we are here for.