5 Reasons Why Dead Week Is Not Really Dead Week

5 Reasons Why Dead Week Is Not Really Dead Week

Dead week is not the week to slack off.

At the beginning of my freshman year in college, I had no idea what “dead week” was. After asking around, I was told it was the week before finals, where teachers were not supposed to give out quizzes or major assignments or even have any regular classes. This was supposed to be the week where students were allowed time to study and prepare for finals week, but dead week is definitely not a time where things are even close to “dead.” There are so many reasons why dead week really shouldn’t be called dead week.

1. Final Projects are due

This is definitely the week where professors think it is a great idea to make all major assignments due. Now, this big assignment was probably assigned weeks ago and could have been done before dead week, but who are we kidding, that project will be done a few days before it is due, and the entire dead week we will just be stressing about turning it in.

2. Class presentations

Not only are projects due, but some professors assign class presentations during this week. Presentations are never fun. They are even worse when they are a week before finals week and worth half your grade.

3. Classes aren't canceled

Whoever told me that classes are usually canceled during dead week was a liar. During dead week, classes are still a thing. It may even be very crucial to your grade that you go, because some professors do in-class review.

4. Quizzes

As if a final wasn’t enough to stress about, professors decide to hit us with pop quizzes. The minute I was handed my first quiz during “dead week” I was convinced dead week was a myth.

5. Studying for Finals

Dead week is the time when the library starts buzzing with college students trying to study for finals. It is also the time when it begins to settle in that finals are a week away, which means we only have a week to study an entire semester’s material. How fun.

Dead week could be referring to how “dead” and exhausted college students feel during this week, but dead week is not the week to slack off. Even though finals are approaching, try to remember that we will get through this dead week and finals week together!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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My Hurricane Experience

I KNOW that it's a natural disaster... but we all enjoy the break, right?


I feel horrible because although climate change is real and Charleston gets damaged, I always enjoy the little break at the beginning of the school year where you don't have to worry about school or work. I had a super fun "hurrication" this past year with all of these people who have turned out to be my best friends ever.

When it was announced that school was going to be canceled, three of my best friends, Hannah, Ben and Sean decided that they were going to come home to Knoxville with me. We were so excited, I slept on their porch on an Eno, which ended in my face being covered with chigger bites, but nothing could ruin the excitement of my friends getting to see my home.

We drove in lots of traffic and stopped at Waffle House on the way, so my northern friends could try some scattered, covered and diced hash browns. Sadly I committed a party foul and covered my hash browns in ketchup, making the car smell disgusting for the long drive through the mountains. We had probably the best car ride ever filled with the alphabet game and tons of good throwback tunes like some Kelly Clarkson and Black Eyed Peas. We finally got to Knoxville, and it happened to be the weekend we played Florida. Big Orange Weekend, if you will) and right when we got to downtown Knoxville, Rocky Top, the Vol anthem, came on.

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We drove through Knoxville and stopped at my house in good ole Hardin Valley and got to meet my parents' new dog Hank. Then went to my high school so I could sing the national anthem at my high school's homecoming. So my friends not only got to see my city, they also got to tour my high school, meet my old choir, and root for the Hawks to win their homecoming game. We ended our night drinking some of my mom's super old wine. Wine so old that cork was in it and it could legally register to vote. When you're in college though, you don't ask for much.

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The next morning we ended up finding an old farmers market in Oak Ridge and got to sample some weird fruits and berries, then we ate at a Polish breakfast restaurant called Razzleberries. After eating this surprisingly delicious breakfast, we went to my family friends' farm and got to pet horses and goats and hold baby chickens.

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Our day had only just started though because it was big orange weekend and the Vols were set to play the Florida Gators. Obviously, an occasion like this calls for a family lake day.

It was September during a hurricane, so the lake water was not very friendly. Nothing was going to stop us though, so after we dove into some spinach and artichoke dip and pigs in a blanket, we went tubing. My dad had no mercy dragging us.

It was all fun and games until someone got thrown into the freezing water. Luckily the water got out blood pumping and after we tubed, we drove over to a cliff called Stoney Point and climbed up the rocks to the top. I could write another story on the excursion to Stoney Point, but I'll save it and end this with, we jumped off the cliff. After watching a horrific loss for the Vols, my friends, sister, cousin and I all went to a trampoline park called Jump Jam and jumped until we could no more.

The next day we went to Asheville and met up with some of our friends who were staying nearby. We stopped and looked at lots of street art, and we shopped at some great vintage stores. That same day, we met up with Sean and Ben's roommates, Jake and Noah, and our two friends Jess and Mattile and we all drove up to Max Patch mountain. We made the long drive up there and then carried all of our camping stuff up the steep mountain. We set up our tent and drank boxed wine and watched the sunset. It was the most beautiful sight watching it go down below the horizon. We made a fire pit and sat in a circle and danced and chatted and then the hurricane caught up to us.

The guys started moving the tent to a lower spot, which may have been our demise, and then we all crowded into it. The wind was beating so hard on us all night long. Everything that was left outside blew away. The tent had so many weird folds in it from the wind, but everyone was too scared to go outside and look. People slept throughout the night for at most an hour and some woke up thinking they were dead. The next morning we exited our tent and it looked like this. There were a few poles broken.

On our last day, we went down to Greenville to stay with our best friend Jamie and see her city. We toured the Westin and had an actual horrible time at Carolina Ale House, because of Ben (just kidding) and ran into our friend Makenna!

We finally made it back to Charleston and everyone had hot smelly houses and dirt was mud and streets were flooded. We ended the hurricane break with all of the homework we put off. It was such a good time for making friends with the people we are still best friends with. I am sorry to say that a natural disaster really works to my advantage.

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