10 Struggles Every College Student Faces at the Turn of 2nd Semester

By: Morgan Harper

1. Having no clue where your classes are when you're already running 5 minutes late

This makes for great first impressions on those professors that you've never had before. Just kidding. It doesn't. You'll be lucky to get a C in this class now.

2. Walking into a classroom and silently praying you can find a familiar face to sit next to.

Or worse… walking into a class and realizing you know absolutely no one to borrow notes from.

3. Trying to decide what clothes are currently weather-appropriate

Last time school was in session, everyone was darting from class to class in shorts and t-shirts, but now everyone is parading around campus in their crisp, stylish new clothes that we can only assume were gifts from Santa. 

4. Reconstructing your sleeping schedule

Now that you have to wake up before noon, it's imperative that you get a good night's rest. Not too difficult, right? Except for the fact that your body is totally confused about why you're trying to go to bed before 4 a.m., so you toss and turn until your alarm goes off.

5. Coping with the fact that it's time to face reality again.

Nothing hits quite as hard as Sunday blues on the day before the first day of the semester. Accepting that homework, checking your email, and wearing pants are now a very real part of your life is almost painful.  

6. Looking at your GPA for the first time since last semester and telling yourself it's time to "buckle down."

You know the drill. The first week of class, you arrive promptly with your planner and supplies in hand, ready to learn… and then you suddenly remember that keeping up with that studious facade is a lot more work than you're ready to handle  

7. Writing the wrong year when you have to sign and date something

On paper, we're all reliving January of 2015 for the first couple of weeks of the semester.  

8. Answering the dreaded, "How was your break?" question at least 20 times the first week back

*cue flashbacks of binge-watching Netflix and constantly refreshing your Twitter timeline.* "It was good! How about yours?"  

9. Learning to function as an independent grownup again.

When you go home for the holidays, you suddenly transform from a young and thriving adult into your mother's child. Most of us are thrilled to be back on campus after complying with our over-protective parents' rules for almost a month. What even is a curfew…?  

10. Realizing you're one semester closer to graduation

…and panicking. Going back to school after a long break can be overwhelming; the only thing scarier than that is the thought that the so-called "best years of your life" are drawing nearer at a much faster rate than you expected. The good news is: With the panic that this brutal reality brings also comes a shift in your attitude toward school. We realize that now, more than ever, time is of the essence, and it's time to make the most of it!    


Morgan Harper is a Junior English for Corporate Communications major at Christian Brothers University and a staff writer at the Galleon

Posted by Josh Colfer at 2:02 PM

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