I’ve been sitting on this episode for a while now for no particular reason other than sheer laziness (and reading a couple books in the meantime) but I’m so excited to finally release this interview with UMass Journalism’s boy wonder- Matt Berg.
Matt has an extremely bright future ahead wherever it takes him but he has already had his work featured for The Boston Globe and UMass Daily Collegian amongst others. It was so awesome to finally get the chance to sit down with him.
By: Kate Devine Twitter: @katiedevinee Instagram: @katedevinee
Let’s take a trip back in time to my first day of junior year of high school.
I am sitting in Mrs. Kelly’s classroom, ready to flaunt my new Vera Bradley pencil case for the world to see*. (Yes- I was one of those girls.) After helping pass out all of the unnecessary forms, I saunter back to my desk to check out my schedule that was just passed out. Double-checking to see that everything is correct, I immediately start to stress out over the course load I picked out. 3 APs and all Honors? (Weird brag, much?) I look over to my friend sitting next to me and say something to the effect of, “Wow, it’s going to be a rough year.”
Hoping to find some reassurance from my friend, I instead get slapped in the face with, “You’re not taking AP Chem, so don’t even complain.”
Don’t even complain? My mind started to wander a mile a minute. Am I not taking hard enough classes? Do people think I’m stupid for taking AP Bio over AP Chem?
If I could tell my Junior year self anything, it would be two things:
Vera Bradley ain’t it.
You are smart enough!
I, for one, thought that this toxic competition of classes had ended in high school, but unfortunately, it only gets worse in college.
As a Biology major, I constantly hear my peers complaining about our major and how they wish it was easier, like the Criminal Justice major. Meanwhile, my friend, a CJ major, service learns 30 hours a week for one of her courses and takes intense research classes each semester.
Newsflash: It doesn’t matter what major you are, college is hard for everyone!
Am I always 100% understanding of this concept? Absolutely not! If you scroll through my Twitter likes, you are most certainly going to find some hilarious content mocking nursing majors or business majors.
As finals season has unfortunately come around the corner once again, here are a few handy reminders.
The fact of the matter is we all have challenging, time-consuming homework. We all have crazy professors. College is hard, because it is supposed to be!
College is meant to challenge you. If you think college is difficult, then you are on the right track! If you hate college and truly believe you aren’t getting anything beneficial from it, it might be time to think more on what you are passionate about and if your current course load reflects that.
Some of my friends tell me how they can’t imagine having two three-hour labs each week, but, I couldn’t imagine college without it. On the other hand, the idea of writing multiple essays a week like my English major friends do, makes my skin crawl. College reels out our skills and strengthens them. Not all of us have the same skills, and that is normal.
Why do we find it normal to compete with each other about who has it worse?
Being proud of being more stressed or ‘having it worse’ isn’t just something that applies to school. Unfortunately, we see this twisted ideology all throughout our society. We find it cool to be sadder than others, broker than others, lonelier than others. When are we going to stop competing with each other’s struggles and instead acknowledge the fact that we all have them and should help each other get through theirs?
Maybe one day we can stop being Negative Nancies and Debby Downers and instead be normal college students, all trying to make it by, together. In the meantime, you can find me minding my own business and shading nursing majors.
Good luck on your finals and remember you always know more than you think you know.
Finals season is upon us, and if you are anything like me you are probably up late into the night, working on assignments that are due or studying for your exams that are coming up. It’s an extremely stressful time of the year and it is easy for you to complain about everything that you have going on and feel sorry for yourself because you are so miserable.
It would have been easy for Pete Frates to do that. For those unfamiliar with his story, Pete was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 at age 27. A former Boston College baseball player, Pete was only 5 years out of college when he was diagnosed. He had his entire life in front of him, but suddenly that future was swiped away with his diagnosis. At age 27, Pete was told that his health was going to quickly get worse, and that he did not have much life in front of him. As his disease worsened, Pete was paralyzed and was forced into a wheelchair, lost his ability to talk, and was fed through a tube. With such a terrible situation given to him, it would have been easy for him to give up, feel sorry for himself, and complain to everyone about how his life was ruined.
But he didn’t.
Pete decided he was going to fight ALS, and he fought like hell. He was the one who really helped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge explode during the summer of 2014, and the Ice Bucket Challenge helped raise $220 million for ALS research.
Unfortunately, yesterday Pete’s 7-year long fight came to an end, as he died at the age of 34.
Pete Frates is an inspiration. He taught me and many others that no matter how bad a situation gets, you need to keep fighting and try to make the best of it. He inspired everyone he came into contact with, and was the true definition of a superhero. People not only in Boston, but all over the country, will be feeling this loss.
So, during this stressful time where you are facing some small adversity, just take a second to remember how Pete Frates responded to the most severe adversity anyone could face. He’s the ultimate role model, and every single person on this planet can take a lesson from the way he fought a disease in a way that most of us couldn’t.
Rest in peace Pete Frates. An inspiration to all, and a leader in the fight to stop ALS.
There were a lot of things that interested me freshman year that I never got around to writing about- but better late than never right?
I’m very interested in film because I look at them as a way to learn. The best films in my opinion are the ones that cause you to reflect on things in your real life. I hope to provide plenty of recommendations going forward but there is one in particular that has been stuck in my head recently because I find that some of the major themes in it are more relevant than ever today.