7 Phrases You've Been Misquoting

7 Phrases You've Been Misquoting

That doesn't mean what you think it means.

It's an ancient tradition - words of wisdom passed down in short phrases from one generation to the next. The problem with this is that sometimes, things get switched around and the original meaning is lost. We often misquote famous phrases without even knowing it. In fact, do you know that the most famous misquote is from "Apollo 13"?

Thankfully, we have the internet; where there is always someone there to fact check you. These phrases look a little different when you get to see the whole picture.

1. Blood is thicker than water.

The full saying is actually “the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.” Basically, it means exactly the opposite of what most people think. It refers to the idea that the bonds you choose to make can mean much more to you than the ones you were born into and don’t have much of a say in.

2. Curiosity killed the cat.

This phrase continues: “but satisfaction brought it back.” This makes sense, considering the whole idea that cats get nine lives. I often heard the first half when I was little and asking too many questions, but the full phrase suggest that there is no such thing as too many questions.

3. A jack of all trades is a master of none.

This saying got cut short as well and originally said “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Unlike what our version would lead you to believe, having multiple interests but not being an expert in anything could actually prove advantageous.

4. Great minds think alike.

“Small minds rarely differ” is the following line to this once reassuring quote. I would advise you try not to think about that too much the next time you and your classmates are on a roll with your group project, sometimes phrases get cut short for good reason.

5. Money is the root of all evil.

Again, the original version is a little longer. This biblical phrase originally reads “The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” There’s a difference in making more money than you could possibly spend and keeping it.

6. My country, right or wrong.

This is often used to justify supporting bad wars, the original actually says “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong to be set right.” This puts the responsibility on the citizen to make sure their country is a good one, not the other way around.

7. Starve a cold, feed a fever.

I’ve only heard this a couple times and it could have multiple meanings just by reading it differently. Not only is it terrible advice, it’s poorly quoted. The original states “if you starve a cold, you’ll have to feed a fever.” Now, that’s advice I can take to heart.

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How Can An Acting Class Prepare You For Medical School?

Acting is the secret to the "Art of Doctoring"!

When you enter college with the dreams of one day becoming a doctor, there are so many classes that you have to take. You're told to take Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and every other science class on earth. Then you're told to take your required Physics class, that one random English class, and a Psychology class to fill some schedule gaps. At the end of your college career, you may be prepared for medical school from an academic standpoint, but you've failed to learn the skills that will allow you to master what I like to call "the art of doctoring."

Is there any class that will help you learn the "art of doctoring"? Yes, there is!

Acting classes!

An extremely important aspect of being a doctor that several students tend to forget about is the art of connecting with your patients. Doctors have to be effective communicators in order to get the most out of their patients and make their patients understand what is happening to them. Doctors must be emotionally available for their patients. They must help their patients overcome the vulnerability or embarrassment they might feel exposing intimate parts of themselves and their lives to their doctors.

In my opinion, the best way to learn how to connect to people, how to understand other's perspectives, and how to properly access situations and react accordingly is by learning how to act. You may not be the best actor in the world; As a first-year medical student that minored in theatre, I can assure you that I was far from the label of "Best Actress". Yet, my experiences in acting class and on the stage truly helped me when we started having patient interactions. I was better able to understand others' emotions because I had learned how to, essentially, become other people and tell others' stories.

I believe that every student studying something science or mathematics based such as Biology, Computer Science, or Engineering will benefit from finding some time to take an acting class. You will improve your communication skills, relieve some stress, learn new skills, and make new friends.

I understand that the 3, 4, 5 or more years spent in college can actually go by very quickly making us feel like we don't have time. I know that there are so many other classes to take and requirements we must fill, but just one acting class can be such an amazing experience. If you still have the chance to, I suggest trying out an acting class or minoring in theatre, like I did. It's actually quite interesting to see how a set of skills seemingly unrelated to your "major" or "career plans" can make you a better student and professional in the future.

And if nothing like that happens for you, at least you experienced something new!

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7 Ways To Cope With The Stress Of College Midterms

With class, clubs, and your social life, you barely have time to breathe.

Professors are pounding you with homework, midterm paper due dates are drawing way to close for comfort, and you’re probably swamped with everything else in your life. It can get pretty stressful, especially with daydreams of spring break keep you from paying attention to important information in class. With all the work you have to do, it’s important to take a few breaks now and then, for sanity’s sake. Here are some ways that you can do that in a healthy and relaxing way.

1. Go for a walk and crank some music.

Sometimes just giving your brain a break is helpful. Trying to plow through can keep you from doing your best work. So go for a walk outside if it's nice, put some headphones in and jam out for a little bit.

2. Take a nap (we all know you don't get enough sleep).

Get some gosh darn sleep! Taking a 20-minute power nap can and will reenergize you. Lay down and set the alarm so you don't sleep for hours and then you can get right back to studying or writing that paper. Never underestimate the wonders of a nap, it's truly magical.

3. Exercise!

Not everyone likes to go for a 4-mile run, but even just going for a mile can be really good for your mental stability. It's been proven to relieve stress, and it's good for your body. Just grab a buddy and hit the gym!

4. Hang out with friends.

Sometimes you get caught up in all the papers you have to write that you forget to interact with other human beings. Go get coffee or let off some steam with some of your buds. Watch a movie, play some games, or even just talk to them, being around people you enjoy will always make your stress disappear.

5. Online shop, but don't buy anything.

Fill up that cart, look at the most expensive things, look at every single pair of shoes that a store has on their website. I don't know about you, but looking at a really cute pair of sneakers always puts me in a good mood. Then you can always get a good laugh when you look at your cart and look at the price. It's always fun to think about what it would be like to be rich. Maybe it'll give you the motivation to do your homework so you can get a job that allows you to buy all the things.

6. Reflect on your day/week.

Take a few minutes just to talk to yourself and reflect on your life. Allow yourself to worry for a few minutes, then give yourself a pep talk. Think about what you are grateful for and what you want to do within the next month or year. Sometimes just taking a minute to think can be beneficial. You never know, you might just figure a few things out along the way.

7. Do some laundry or clean your room.

A clean space to study in is very important. It's hard to get things done when your room is a mess, and everything that could possibly distract you is just lying right in front of you waiting for you to give in. And having clean clothes is always a plus. I've found folding laundry to be very relaxing. Not only are you giving yourself a break, but you're getting other important things done too!

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