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Summer School Blues

Welcome to Summer School…..

Probably the closest thing to hell you’ll experience this year.

 

So you failed a class and are now being forced to go to summer school. Yeah, you, with that pitiful look in your eyes as you drag your sandal-covered feet around in 95 degree (F) weather.

I feel bad for you son.

Everyone’s all like:

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And you’re here like…

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Well, perhaps it didn’t happen that way. Maybe you needed to bring up your grades or need to take extra classes to put you at the status you want to be at in school.

So is there anyway to retain your dignity and cool-ness during this hot summer? Yes, yes there is.

Here’s how to Survive the Summer.

 

1) Don’t give up hope.

Leaving your dorm every day can be annoying, especially leaving the ultra-cool temperature of the inside and stepping out into the clear, wavering steam rising from the ground. Don’t turn and go back inside…. Don’t lay down and wait for death either…. it will be OK. Just get to class, and chances are, there’ll be AC there! No need to worry until the next time you need to step outside. In like…. 2 hours.

Repeat happy thoughts 5 times a day, and it’ll help you be strong.

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2) “Put away all sharp objects”

This is the first piece of advice my friend gave me when he heard that I was spending summer at school.

Truth is…. I’ve only been here three days and I already want to kill myself. The loneliness of being in school when your friends aren’t here, and the growing despair of knowing that including summer school, you’ll spend like 10 months out of 12 in school, is gag-worthy.

But hold it in! Cuz, once you clear your room of knives, scissors and sharp paper, there’ll be no temptation to end it. Stay strong, love. You’ll survive.

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3) Make a friend.

That weird guy you used to see lurking around during the Spring semester may just be your new bestie! Or bff…. forevs.

That’s how summer school works. You might meet the most unlikely of friends because of necessity. Cheer up, the friendship may only last 6-8 weeks. It’s not THAT bad….. Unless it is.

The main thing to remember is that your standard of what you look for in friends will undoubtedly drastically decrease this summer…. In fact, you may have no standards at all. I don’t advise this, so I’ve made a little list of what you should look for, accept and stay away from when making friends this summer.

Summer friend flowchart

Unfortunately, issues such as if the person has a B.O doesn’t matter during times of desperation. Throw some scented hand sanitizer at them and call it a day.

Tell me how you are surviving summer school in the comments below!

 

Student Perceptions: Internationals vs. Americans.

This will revolutionize your way of thinking… Or at least you’ll smile.

 

Being an international student and studying in the U.S, there are obvious cultural differences. Now if you’re like me and someone asks you:

“Do you have to take a boat back to your country?”

You’d render tit for tat holding your heart dramatically and telling them “Oh no sweetie! I take a flight to Miami, a boat from there to Jamaica and them swim on over to my country.”

Of course…. this may be seen as rude. Like it’s not rude to ask internationals if they all live in tree houses. Or perhaps, “guuuuurl, y’all have streets there?”  Or… OR “how come y’all don’t look alike if you’re from the same country?”

 

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Yes…. yes they did.

 

Well chances are, if you were to quip back with some stereotypes of Americans (like the standard of education, or the hella expensive health care….. Yeah, if I broke my sphincter, DO NOT CALL THE AMBULANCE. Seriously), friends may just laugh or tell you shut up, but others may just be like “Why does y’all immigrants hate ‘Mericans?”

Or my personal favorite: “This is America, Speak English!”

English is the only language I know, just… by the way.

Talk about your double standard right? So, here’s some things to remember when dealing with perceptions before battling it out like gladiators.

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1) One idiot does not represent the country’s cross section.

Keep in mind, every country has idiots. My theory is, there’s a special germ out there, it attacks the weak minded.

So before you get your panties in a bunch by someone asking you if your country  still has slaves, and before you push them down a flight of stairs and get deported for battery…

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Remember it’s just one little old idiot.

 

2) Media is a hell of a thing.

Now now, I feel bad for the Africans at my University because every bad, third world statistic is quoted about that continent. “Oh, oh hey, statistics say that in Africa, 3 out of every 4 children have never tasted food”

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And while I’m semi-aware of it’s problems, every country has its own set of problems to deal with. I’m all for charity and volunteering, but seriously, thanks for neglecting to point out any positives of a whole continent.

TV perpetuates this. Movies, advertisements, pictures. What else could the average American think if this is what they were fed?

 

3) Good intentions

Many times, after the initial set of stupid questions (yes, there is such a thing), the same people are actually pretty interested in knowing cultural differences. Chances are, if you gave them some of your country’s food, they would try it, or try some cultural garb in your closet- a dashiki or a sari.

Underneath the lack of knowledge and the perceived idiotic ways, there may actually be a good heart.

If you’re like me, you’d crush it before finding out, BUT, sometimes in finding out, you’d make a really good friend.

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Or they’ll just think you’re cute because of your sexy accent.

 

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As usual, drop a comment below and let me know your views!