A College Student’s Worst Fear

Exam week is always the hardest week for college students. Many students stress about creating study guides, and finding enough time to study all the material. However, these are the stresses of normal college students. The students at Averett University during last year’s finals week had to think outside the box in order to ace their exams.

During fall finals, the Wi-Fi went out the night before final exams. This caused many students including myself, to have to find other ways of studying. Several of seniors took this as a sign of bad luck, and we were all going to fail our exams. However, I did not think so I used it as motivation to study twice as hard for my exam. If students found they needed to access the internet in order to study, then they took their laptops to nearby coffee shops to study. The IT department had the Wi-Fi up and running within the next couple of days.

At the time, the Wi-Fi outage seemed like the worst thing in the world. Finals week is already stressful enough, and then to not have Wi-Fi is even worse. However, when spring finals arrived we all learned to be grateful for the simple things we use every day.

When spring finals arrived, the first day of exams went very smoothly and nothing went wrong. It was Monday evening when chaos erupted. We had a bad storm in Danville that evening, so bad we had a tornado watch. I was in the dorms with my friends taking shelter from the possible tornado that could have been approaching the campus, when everything went quiet.

As soon as the campus lost power, you could hear the students on the floors above me and below me moaning in agony. Everyone started to come out of their rooms and try to figure out what had happened. For a small campus, it did not take long to figure out a tree had fallen on a power line and knocked out all the power four miles around Averett.  Many students waited until late in the night to start studying, and they went to Starbucks or Subway in Walmart to study. Even though there were rumors going around that morning exams may be canceled I did not want to take any chances, I decided to go ahead and study. I studied while hanging out in the hallway with my friends, and then once it got too dark to study in the hallway I decided to walk down to the Student Success Center to study by the flood lights. It was extremely packed in the Success Center; however, I was able to find a spot by a flood light for my friend and I.

We studied for a major part of the night in the Success Center, and were later joined by a couple more of my friends who came down from the dorms. They came down from the dorms because two of the football players was walking around the dorms in a clown mask and a Purge mask. They would walk around the dorms and would knock on some doors saying, “Hey do you want to play a game?” They got scared and decided to come down to where we were studying, but those football players decided to come down to the Success Center also. Once I saw how terrified my friends were, I texted my resident assistant and told her there were guys with clown masks in the success center, and she got security to come and take the masks away.

After studying for a while, we all decided to go back upstairs to the dorms, because it did not look like the power was coming back on that night. We all went back upstairs, and I charged my phone with my laptop, so I would have that if someone needed to reach me. My roommate charged her phone with a friend’s laptop and then we went to bed in an extremely quiet dorm.

The next morning, we woke up and my morning exam was canceled. I was very lucky that Averett is located in the city, so I could at least take a shower. The shower I took that morning was one of the coldest showers I have ever taken, due to the hot water tank not working. I knew the café would not have a very fulfilling breakfast that morning due to the power outage. Once my roommate awoke and got going, we both hopped in the car and we went to Hardees with our laptops, textbooks, and chargers, and ate breakfast.

Once we finished eating our breakfast, we started studying for our finals. My roommate had to use Wi-Fi to study for test. I preferred the old-fashioned method of flashcards, especially after our last finals week. Once my roommate started studying, she started to notice she was struggling with getting Wi-Fi signal. I asked her if she wanted to go to our favorite coffee shop so she could study easier and she said yes.

We packed up our stuff, and headed to our coffee shop, where we saw some of our professors. They informed us the power should be back on by 10 a.m. We were very hopeful, but since we had an hour until the power was supposed to be back on we sat down with our coffee. We studied for an hour and charged our devices, while observing the many people rushing to work and grabbing their morning coffee. My roommate struggled to concentrate, because of the loud expresso machines and the many conversations that were taking place. However, I found it very pleasing to have something to distract me from studying from time to time.

At 9:58 a.m. I received a text from one of my friends who was back on campus saying the power was back on. We waited a couple minutes, just in case the power came on too quickly and through a breaker and went off again, then we went back to campus. We took our final exams and passed with high grades. Then we started our summer after an adventurous week at college.

Once back on campus, all appreciated having our lights back on. Especially, since the power was out campus wide for 16 hours. The outage made all of the students think of new places to study and different ways to charge their electronics. The students who are normally afraid to say something on campus, had to speak up and help their friends. Other students were forced to think outside the box in order to accomplish what one would think would be a simple task.

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Joey Franklin’s: Working at Wendy’s

 

When authors write essays, they generally have a deeper meaning to the content of what is written on the paper. For Joey Franklin’s “Working at Wendy’s” essay, he provides us great insight into what it is like work at a fast food restaurant. Not to do the physical work, but to get to know the employees there on an individual basis. Franklin shows us to never judge someone by their outside looks, because you never know what they have going on at home.

Joey Franklin’s purpose for writing this essay, was to show the typical stereotypes that work in fast food restaurants. He showed us a high school student who to the average person looks like he is just working there part time. However, little does the customers know he has been forced to find his own place to live by his dad and is currently homeless until he enlists in the military. Franklin uses several other examples of stereotypes in his essay to show us what we typically think of as fast food worker is generally false. Joey Franklin manages to write in a narrative and descriptive tone, while telling us there is more than the eye can see when it comes to fast food employees. His writes in such a narrative tone that it almost seems like we are reading a journal of his, that is describing a time he worked at Wendy’s while in college.

Joey Franklin’s essay “Working at Wendy’s” diminishes the typical stereotypes of fast food employees by providing insight into the everyday lives of its employees. Franklin manages to do all of this while maintaining a descriptive and narrative tone throughout his text, which makes the reader feel as if they are really in the restaurant as the story is taking place. He causes the reader to think twice before judging a person by their looks, because one never knows what is going on in a person’s life at home.

 

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Work Cited

Franklin, Joey. “Working at Wendy’s.” The Little Norton Reader (2006): 401-10. Print.

Sherman Alexie’s: Superman and Me

Sherman Alexie does an excellent job of describing how Indians are expected to fail in society in his essay Superman and Me. Alexie not only explains how they are expected to fail, but he goes further to explain how their failure is accepted in society. He does an excellent job of showing us we will be expected to fail in life based on certain situations, but we must refuse to fail and always pursue our goals.

Alexie chose to write in informal language to help give the reader a clear image of what life is like growing up on a reservation. He goes through his life story and tells us about his childhood. Where his father had many books in his home, and this inspired him to do the best he could in his lifetime. Alexie writing in this format, makes the reader know how hard it is to become an above average Indian when growing up. He proves to us that it is easy to become the average person in society, but to go above and beyond average you must refuse to give up even when times get hard. Alexie uses a lot of evidence to support his argument throughout his essay. He talks about how he was above average and successful, and how it was abnormal on his reservation because many expected Indian children to fail in society. Alexie does an impeccable job at convincing the reader of his point. He uses his personal experiences of him going into classrooms on Indian reservations, and tells the reader of how excited the children are to see him. He explains he is trying to save their lives, and when he sees those who are in the back who have already lost hope, he tells them books are their answer. He shows us to give back to our community, and to those less fortunate when we become successful.

Sherman Alexie does a great job at explaining to the reader how children on Indian reservations are not taught the motivation in life to succeed. He explains the key to his success was reading, and he knew he was smarter than the average person so he pushed himself. Alexie teaches us a very valuable lesson in life to always give back, and to remember where we came from.

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