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(JMU Breeze)   "What are we doing with our lives?" asks exasperated snowflake. Was she a) working two jobs to make ends meet, b) wondering how to pay her bills, or c) studying for exams?   (breezejmu.org) divider line 122
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2013-12-20 05:27:48 PM  
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2013-12-20 05:29:18 PM  
Is this the thread where we complain that these damn kids today are spoiled rotten, don't have any work ethic, have poor manners, won't eat their greens, and keep running all over the damn lawn, even though we shout at them not to?

I'm going to have to miss this one. Matlock's on!
 
2013-12-20 05:31:05 PM  
While she may sound like a whiner, depending on your major, college could be a real biatch.
I remember sitting in the engineering lab at 2am trying to debug some COBOL programming, then studying for an accounting exam and stats.
While the social life was fun, college was much more work (longer hours for free) than what I do now.
Would I want to go back and do that again? Hell no!!
 
2013-12-20 05:32:16 PM  
I assume their class schedule is so packed that they are unable to spread out their learning hours any further?
 
2013-12-20 05:32:26 PM  
I remember snapping once during finals week.  This is their *job*.  To study and take tests.
I've had pressure at work like this, but it's a different kind of stress.  What stress does a 20 y/o have (unless they're in the military)?
 
2013-12-20 05:33:27 PM  
D) Crying because her parents didn't get her a trust fund.
 
2013-12-20 05:33:48 PM  
Finals sucked for every generation,  Subby. This just happens to be the first generation that has to pay a price equivalent to a 2-bedroom house in the Midwest in order to take those finals.
 
2013-12-20 05:34:12 PM  
Fret not, farkers. Their lives will suck a lot more in the years to come.
 
2013-12-20 05:36:12 PM  

the_end_is_rear: Would I want to go back and do that again? Hell no!!


I suspect that is true of an awful lot of people who went to college and are now in the workforce. Would they trade places with a college student? Long hours, late nights, no pay, combined with a generally uncertain outcome? Come on, of course not.
 
2013-12-20 05:36:43 PM  
It;s the final countdown.
 
2013-12-20 05:39:40 PM  
I used to work from 10PM - 8AM, I'd drive to school & get there just in time for my 9AM class, go until 3:30 or 5:00 (depending on the day), then sleep for a few hours before heading back to work.

My lawn. Get off of it.
 
2013-12-20 05:40:09 PM  

ryant123: the_end_is_rear: Would I want to go back and do that again? Hell no!!

I suspect that is true of an awful lot of people who went to college and are now in the workforce. Would they trade places with a college student? Long hours, late nights, no pay, combined with a generally uncertain outcome? Come on, of course not.


I'd give everything I have to be a 20-year-old college student with no problems other than studying for exams. To be young, healthy and have your whole life ahead of you? What could possibly be better than that?
 
2013-12-20 05:40:10 PM  

the_end_is_rear: While she may sound like a whiner, depending on your major, college could be a real biatch.


She is a senior in Modern Foreign Language.

LET THE FARK JUDGEMENT COMMENCE.
 
2013-12-20 05:40:15 PM  
We've all seen Real Genius, we know how stressful studying can be.
 
2013-12-20 05:41:06 PM  
College was great, if you didn't have to go to class.
 
2013-12-20 05:41:19 PM  
"Entitled" and "Snowflake" are two words that always seem to describe the speaker more than the subject.
 
2013-12-20 05:41:26 PM  
i306.photobucket.com
 
2013-12-20 05:42:14 PM  
I'll need to get an electron microscope to find outrage in this.
 
2013-12-20 05:43:07 PM  

ryant123: the_end_is_rear: Would I want to go back and do that again? Hell no!!

I suspect that is true of an awful lot of people who went to college and are now in the workforce. Would they trade places with a college student? Long hours, late nights, no pay, combined with a generally uncertain outcome? Come on, of course not.


Are you serious? I trade it in a second. I took relatively challenging courses in college.
- Drunk all the time
- Coeds
- Drunk some more
- etc.
 
2013-12-20 05:43:34 PM  
Stop procrastinating and you won't have to cram study or stay up until the wee hours of the morning finishing papers you've had all semester to complete.

/finished exams on Monday
//aced it
 
2013-12-20 05:44:32 PM  
Oh look, another snowflake who is about to have a rude awakening due to degree inflation. I sure hope she got a degree in something that actually has a market that isn't saturated or otherwise deflating in value vs. the cost of the degree.
 
2013-12-20 05:45:48 PM  

TastyEloi


I'd give everything I have to be a 20-year-old college student with no problems other than studying for exams. To be young, healthy and have your whole life ahead of you? What could possibly be better than that?


To be able to have a fair expectation of putting that education toward a career in one's chosen field without a massive burden of of student loans?
 
2013-12-20 05:49:33 PM  
Cramming for finals is an indicator of poor study habits.  You should be able to take the night before finals completely off if you've done a good job preparing.
 
2013-12-20 05:49:34 PM  

baconbeard: ryant123: the_end_is_rear: Would I want to go back and do that again? Hell no!!

I suspect that is true of an awful lot of people who went to college and are now in the workforce. Would they trade places with a college student? Long hours, late nights, no pay, combined with a generally uncertain outcome? Come on, of course not.

Are you serious? I trade it in a second. I took relatively challenging courses in college.
- Drunk all the time
- Coeds
- Drunk some more
- etc.


I married, no kids, we just got back from 10 good time days in Play del Carmen. Job pays well.
Like I said, the social life was fun in college, but the rest was an ass kicker.
Things are so much better now.
But that is just me.
Everyone's experience is different.
 
2013-12-20 05:50:25 PM  
This just in: studying for finals is stressful and may be the most stressful thing some young people have ever experienced.  Without greater perspective on life some of them may make comments that to older people seem melodramatic.  More at 11.
 
2013-12-20 05:50:33 PM  
A little meth and a few Ritalin make finals week a breeze.
 
2013-12-20 05:51:07 PM  

Captain Dan: Cramming for finals is an indicator of poor study habits.  You should be able to take the night before finals completely off if you've done a good job preparing.


That's what I was thinking.  If you're staying up all night to study for a test it means you probably weren't studying that much during the semester.  I pulled my fair share of all-nighters, but it was always my own fault that I was under-prepared.
 
2013-12-20 05:51:53 PM  
It's no picnic grading them either, princess.

/college professor
//just spent 8 hours grading papers and exams
///what am I doing with my life?
 
2013-12-20 05:52:34 PM  
Didn't rtfa yet...but I'm wondering if she's going to be a genuine Diva. There is some legitimacy to the question after all...

I feel for kids today and by "kids" I mean anyone under 21. True, we all know exceptions in both directions. That said...

With the access to the information they have I too would have been cynical and questioned the point of a lot of things. It used to take a little longer (mid-life crisis?).

Plus with sites like this one you see a great mixing of demographics that probably has some effect: my formative teenage years didn't have a lot of Pocket_Ninjas, Weaver95s, Tatsumas, or Skinnyheads (To name just a few) in it. Imagine the kid who is passively educated...fark-schooled if you will...to view the world through our particular lens.

I say good luck to them as they're going to need it.
 
2013-12-20 05:54:05 PM  
Sounds like subby should have applied herself or himself a bit more in high school, then perhaps he might have experienced the joy of living through finals weeks rather than have to settle for that fast track to assistant manager at McDonalds and a lifetime of living in mommy's basement looking down her or his nose at people who did.

Everything is relative.  Your work nightmare is somebody else's plum job.  These kids will eventually graduate from college to discover there are things in life much more stressful than finals week.
 
2013-12-20 05:54:06 PM  
The only time I stressed was with Antibiotic, Biologicals and Infectious Diseases class.

I needed a solid grade not to fail and delay graduation by a year.
 
2013-12-20 05:54:07 PM  

baconbeard: ryant123: the_end_is_rear: Would I want to go back and do that again? Hell no!!

I suspect that is true of an awful lot of people who went to college and are now in the workforce. Would they trade places with a college student? Long hours, late nights, no pay, combined with a generally uncertain outcome? Come on, of course not.

Are you serious? I trade it in a second. I took relatively challenging courses in college.
- Drunk all the time
- Coeds
- Drunk some more
- etc.


So...why don't you just go back to college?
 
2013-12-20 05:54:43 PM  

Ambitwistor: the_end_is_rear: While she may sound like a whiner, depending on your major, college could be a real biatch.

She is a senior in Modern Foreign Language.

LET THE FARK JUDGEMENT COMMENCE.


Yeah, it's completely stupid because America doesn't do ANY business in foreign countries.
 
2013-12-20 05:55:06 PM  

Vanis: Didn't rtfa yet...but I'm wondering if she's going to be a genuine Diva. There is some legitimacy to the question after all...

I feel for kids today and by "kids" I mean anyone under 21. True, we all know exceptions in both directions. That said...

With the access to the information they have I too would have been cynical and questioned the point of a lot of things. It used to take a little longer (mid-life crisis?).

Plus with sites like this one you see a great mixing of demographics that probably has some effect: my formative teenage years didn't have a lot of Pocket_Ninjas, Weaver95s, Tatsumas, or Skinnyheads (To name just a few) in it. Imagine the kid who is passively educated...fark-schooled if you will...to view the world through our particular lens.

I say good luck to them as they're going to need it.


Damn...how could I forget Bevets...
 
2013-12-20 05:56:49 PM  

Captain Dan: Cramming for finals is an indicator of poor study habits.  You should be able to take the night before finals completely off if you've done a good job preparing.



You must have been a lot of fun in college.
 
2013-12-20 05:57:18 PM  

rugman11: Captain Dan: Cramming for finals is an indicator of poor study habits.  You should be able to take the night before finals completely off if you've done a good job preparing.

That's what I was thinking.  If you're staying up all night to study for a test it means you probably weren't studying that much during the semester. I pulled my fair share of all-nighters, but it was always my own fault that I was under-prepared.


This, highlighted. In finishing up my BAAS, I've been taking classes at both a junior college and a "senior college" (3rd, 4th year & grad school classes only). At the JuCo, it was common to see a 20-something spend the entire 3 hours with his/her head down on the desk sleeping instead of paying attention, engaging, asking questions, reading, etc.

College is not like high school. You do not get a passing grade just for attendance.
 
2013-12-20 05:58:08 PM  

Kit Fister: Oh look, another snowflake who is about to have a rude awakening due to degree inflation. I sure hope she got a degree in something that actually has a market that isn't saturated or otherwise deflating in value vs. the cost of the degree.


We can't all be programmers.
 
2013-12-20 05:58:28 PM  

free_xenu: A little meth and a few Ritalin make finals week a breeze.


I've been on ADHD medication since I was 8 (yeah, Millennial here) and that stuff only takes you so far. It'll keep you from falling asleep, sure, but at some point, you just can't focus anymore. I just turn into a zombie. Then again, I have ADHD, so "normies" (as we call those of you without ADHD) might not have that problem.

/they'll just have tachycardia and bite their fingernails until they bleed
 
2013-12-20 05:59:03 PM  

minuslars: Kit Fister: Oh look, another snowflake who is about to have a rude awakening due to degree inflation. I sure hope she got a degree in something that actually has a market that isn't saturated or otherwise deflating in value vs. the cost of the degree.

We can't all be programmers.


LIES.
 
2013-12-20 05:59:22 PM  
When I sit in bumper to bumper traffic with the rest of the drones actually fighting to get to the office I often ask myself this very question.

If there is a god I have a hard time believing he or she or it put us here for this purpose
 
2013-12-20 06:02:05 PM  
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the_end_is_rear: While she may sound like a whiner, depending on your major, college could be a real biatch.


That does not seem to be the issue here, FTFA:

Jewell, a sophomore psychology major.

Frye, a sophomore hospitality management major

Caroline Cooke, a senior psychology major
 
2013-12-20 06:02:09 PM  
 
2013-12-20 06:08:43 PM  
College students get very stressed about final exams and are somewhat self-absorbed.

NEWS AT MOTHERFARKING ELEVEN
 
2013-12-20 06:10:01 PM  

HeartBurnKid: "Entitled" and "Snowflake" are two words that always seem to describe the speaker more than the subject.


Depends on how you want to read it. I usually see it more as "We aren't saying we had it harder then, we are saying you don't have it harder now."

henryhill: Captain Dan: Cramming for finals is an indicator of poor study habits.  You should be able to take the night before finals completely off if you've done a good job preparing.


You must have been a lot of fun in college.


No kidding. He probably isn't even heading to the gym in 26 minutes.
 
2013-12-20 06:11:41 PM  
Working full time and still aced 2/3 of my finals this week. Suck it up, buttercup.
 
2013-12-20 06:11:43 PM  
Didn't RTFA but there is still surprisingly a lot of apologism for our rather neurotic way of life. Yeah we should be moving past this rat race mentality, but we haven't. And what's more, many of you tend to defend it, despite the fact that you're getting farked too. Deal with it.
 
2013-12-20 06:11:55 PM  

hasty ambush: Jewell, a sophomore psychology major.

Frye, a sophomore hospitality management major

Caroline Cooke, a senior psychology major


LOL because psychology research and micromanaging hotel operations don't require any work at all, amirite?????
Everybody who isn't majoring in Advanced Quantitative Superiority Complexes or Applied Bootstrap Engineering is clearly a vile untermensch who should be thinned from the herd pronto.
 
2013-12-20 06:12:05 PM  
Several of my classes required all-nighters during finals, with the worst in my very last semester, a portfolio class. It was an 8 am class, and at least half of my classmates had been up for at least a full 24 hour day to get their projects done. I was up for 29 hours myself (came in 2nd), and one other person pulled 34 hours straight. This was BEFORE the final with a full day of class ahead.
When classes ended I got into the back of my SUV, folded down all the seats, locked all the doors, and slept for 6 hours because I knew I could not drive home.

Long hours on watch with the US Navy trained me well. Sometimes things take the time they take. I do not envy these kids.
 
2013-12-20 06:13:48 PM  
You think you hate your lives now? Wait til you're in the real world and have jobs.

/ jokes on me... They'll never have jerbs
 
2013-12-20 06:15:22 PM  

marcre3363: I used to work from 10PM - 8AM, I'd drive to school & get there just in time for my 9AM class, go until 3:30 or 5:00 (depending on the day), then sleep for a few hours before heading back to work.

My lawn. Get off of it.


Yeah, I had a similar deal, though I only worked part-time.  Drove an hour each way to school, and I had a job on top of that.  I did both every day, and I still managed to graduate with a high GPA (in 2004).  My "trick" was to study throughout the entire semester and not leave everything until finals week.

I don't like to act like the old, competitive grouch, but I have a hard time feeling sorry for these people who complain about how stressful school is when they have no outside obligations (and, with four macchiatos a day, apparently no financial concerns).  I'm genuinely curious as to how they spend the rest of their semester in regards to their studies.
 
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