7 Things You Should Be Doing Instead Of Writing That Final Paper

7 Things You Should Be Doing Instead Of Writing That Final Paper

You know that paper that was assigned at the beginning of the semester? Yeah, the one you still haven't written.

You know, that paper. The one that was assigned to you at the beginning of the semester. You have been going along completing the small steps toward its completion that were due every other week. You have a basic outline, but you're still avoiding sitting down and hammering out those ten pages you still need to write for the final draft. So, while I sit here procrastinating on my own, here’s a list of ways you can procrastinate on your final paper. Really, though I urge you not to do this, we all know a little procrastination never hurt anybody, right?

1. Watch a full season of a show you’ve seen on Netflix a few too many times.

Who wouldn’t want to watch season five of “Grey’s Anatomy” for the third time? I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to watch tragedy over and over again. Emotional pain caused by Shonda Rhimes > that paper.

2. Count how many times Donald Trump insults something in a public interview.

Cultural heritage? Sacred landmarks? Other leaders? There are so many different ways you could count the insulting remarks our great leader makes on a daily basis. You could even calculate the proportion of insulting Tweets he writes per day. It will be overwhelmingly disappointing and interesting all at the same time. But, even overwhelming disappointment sounds better than writing your paper.

3. Create a budget with the money you barely have

I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather look at the crushing amount of nonexistent money I have in my bank account than write that paper. Some losses are just easier to swallow.

4. Shop online with the money you don't have. *Throws newly made budget out the window*

New leggings? Oh yeah! Wait, are you saying panties are 7/$27?! That never happens! How about socks; everyone loves socks. I bet I could find more cute coffee mugs I don't need! Ahh yes, spending money you don't have on items you don't need still feels better than writing that paper.

5. Clean your room.

Who doesn’t love a clean room? I do. I actually enjoy cleaning it for some reason, too. But, then again, I've always been a little odd). At this point, vacuuming, dusting, folding laundry and cleaning the dishes all sound a little bit better than sitting down to that daunting paper again.

6. Pluck your overgrown eyebrows.

College has let my eyebrows down; a girl ain’t got time for personal upkeep! So, sit yourself down in front of that mirror and pluck, pluck away. It may hurt, but it hurts less than that paper.

7. Count the hairs on your arm.

Hey, I’ve always been curious as to how many little hairs are on my arm. You can even take it a step further and measure how long each one is. Hell, find the average length of your arm hair and create an Excel spreadsheet. Make a scatter plot...or a histogram! Literally anything would be better than sitting down for hours to write that paper.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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Things To Do When You're So Bored All You Want To Do Is Cry

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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

5. Visit friends/ family

Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

6. Write

Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

11. Join an Odyssey Team!

Writing articles through the Odyssey is an amazing experience and can always keep you busy!

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