True Confessions of Millersville students

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Millersville students let loose their frustrations and confess their academic and personal stresses.

Brigitte Bradnick
Features Writer

College students certainly know what it means to be disgruntled when it comes to various stressors that go along with being a student.

Specifically, students at Millersville were given the opportunity to divulge their secrets or frustrations anonymously that they experience while attending college through participation in an online survey that was sent out using Survey Monkey. The survey disclosed that the information would be used in an article pertaining to Millersville confessions.

A series of five open-ended questions were asked, allowing students to put it all out there on a platform that is not otherwise offered. Some students struggle through an entire semester holding in frustrations because they are too embarrassed, too shy or fear getting in trouble.

Before discussing academics, the topic of living with a roommate must be addressed. It comes as no surprise that not all roommates have a civil relationship with one another. “My freshman roommate was a disgusting slob who also liked to party and be obnoxious,” says one respondent.

Another claimed that “one of my roommates NEVER DOES THE DISHES.” Different personalities certainly bring about different views on how to behave in any living situation. Another participant of the survey admitted that “my roommate talked to stuffed animals and stole money from me.”

Something as personal as living situations on or off campus can bring about irritation, but experiencing an embarrassing moment is enough to turn a great day into a bad one. Millersville students shared some of their most embarrassing moments on campus. One student shared that “last semester, on a cold winter day, I came running out of the Winter Center, slipped on a sheet of ice, and fell straight on my bum. “

A female student shared that her most embarrassing moment was “walking into the boy bathroom in the library.”
Another student said, “I called one of my professors ‘mom’ once.”
Beyond dealing with messy roommates and embarrassing moments, students experience the stress that money brings about as a college student.

Some struggles associated with money force students to focus more time and energy on their jobs instead of their studies. “If I didn’t have a job in order to support myself, I’d be able to put more time and effort into my schoolwork, and would most likely be more involved with some of the activities on campus,” says a student.

Another student says, “Textbooks are huge! I live off campus, so my expense is in the tuition, food and travel cost.” Textbooks do cost a lot of money and those high costs are especially frustrating when professors choose not to utilize those “required” textbooks.

Professors generally are the source of most frustrations for students on campus. This is most likely the one area of annoyance that students do not discuss directly with the source.

“I get really frustrated when a professor wastes most of the class period rambling on about something that has nothing at all to do with what we are studying,” says one student.
Another student says, “it’s frustrating when professors have absolute due dates, and stress them, but then take the rest of the semester to hand things back and grade them.”

A common theme among students however, is that professor’s assign more work than they can handle. “[Professors] don’t seem to realize we have other classes,” one respondent confesses.

Similarly, another respondent says, “they pile on loads of work and don’t consider our other classes or that some students also have a job.”
As the fall semester slowly comes to an end, students find solace in venting these irritations and even discovering they are not alone in experiencing such annoyances.

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