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Ahhh College…Words to Remember it by

After not being in school for a few months now, I thought about how can I sum up some college experiences.

The result was having a list of ten quotes which others and I can relate:

1. “College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night”  -David Wood

2.”I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” -Frank Sinatra

3. College is a fountain of knowledge. And students are there to drink.”

4.”You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…” Tom Petty

5. “College is a place to keep warm between high school and early marriage.” -George Gobel

6. “College is the best time of your life. Enjoy it!”

7. “80 percent of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed and the one book you didn’t read.”

8. “Never get married in college; it’s hard to get a start if a prospective employer finds you’ve already made one mistake” -Elbert Hubbard

9. A white boy that makes C’s in college can make it to the White House.” -Chris Rock

10. “When I was in college, all the pretty women were in the theater, so I auditioned for a play.” -Judd Nelson

Uggs?? Uhmmm, Hellllll No

Welcome to part two of “What Grinds my Gears.” Part two will consist of one of my biggest pet peeves in the world, UGG boots. I cannot stand them. What bothers me the most with people who wear Uggs are people who wear them with skirts or dresses.

This is a NO NO!!

I understand that the boots are comfortable. If that was the premise for many women and some men wearing the boots I’d accept that, but problem is that it often isn’t – people see Uggs as some sort of fashion statement. They aren’t!!

Uggs are ugly, unattractive boots which many people purchase simply because other people have them.  These ‘sheep,’ as I like to call them, don’t have minds of their own and just buy the boots because they want to look like everyone else and be a part of the ‘in’ crowd.

I respect those people who have these boots and only wear them during the winter or other times when it is cold outside. It irks the hell out of me when people wear them throughout the year and wear them as if they’re some sort of fashionable footwear. Wearing Uggs going out to a bar, party, or any other social occasion because you think they look good is no good my book.

Uggs for winter wear- they’re okay, but they’re ugly people! know it! Uggs as a fashion statement with dresses and skirts, don’t do it! They’re ugly ass things which look like someone/something threw up on your foot.

This is where they belong!

Words To Live By

Going through of my reflective phases, I have a list of quotes which I try to live by. I feel it’s my duty at the moment to share some of the quotes that I heed most:

 

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” -Bill Cosby

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. “- King Whitney Jr.

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”- Nelson Mandela

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” – Jim Valvano

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” – Albert Einstein

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles” – Mahatma Gandhi

And just a random one from a good friend of mine

“My friend pointed out that me choosing employment over baseball is what makes us different from Boston fans … well that, and 20 championships.”

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To go, or not to go. This is the question.

After doing another course evaluation form, I thought about the overall effectiveness of the courses at Hofstra University. I thought about the mandate at Hofstra that attendance represents a part of an individual’s grade.

The notion that you being by not going to class is a faulty one. This notion is faulty by three main points. The first being that if you don’t have to go to a class to learn the information provided in the class, what is the point of being there in the first place. The purpose of a class is the increase your overall knowledge about a subject; however, if you don’t need to go to the class to gain knowledge about the subject, what exactly is the point of going? Secondly, in classes which there are assignments due on a regular basis, you’re obligated at the very least to show up to class to hand in the assignments, so why are you obligated through an attendance policy to show up to a class; in this case the assignments are attendance in itself. Thirdly, by the time you’re in college you should be accountable to go to class on your own without being threatened by an attendance policy. A college student should know whether they need to go to class without the notion that they’re going to lose a letter grade by missing three or four classes through a semester where you have a professor talking at the class for an hour and a half 25-30 times.

Furthermore, the Hofstra attendance policy is very hypocritical. After conserving with my mother, many of these professors don’t even practice what they preach. For instance, I’ve had multiple classes canceled this semester which is the equivalent for a student of an unexcused absence. Professors are given schedules which they are available to teach just the same as students make their schedules for times which they are available to go to class.

To show the hypocritically of the attendance policy I’ll use an example from a class I am taking this semester. Currently, I am taking a linguistics course which is on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s. The class was canceled two times this week and two others times this semester which is a total of four times for the semester. This linguistics class on the syllabus permits a maximum of three unexcused absences before you are adversely affected. This shows a glaring problem with the concept of mandatory attendance, how can you have a professor at a university put on their syllabus that you can have only three unexcused absences before it’ll adversely affect you grade when they have missed four themselves. Is the result for this class that you gain a letter grade because they’ve missed four classes?

Of course not…