If You Don't Know November Is The Hardest Month Of College, You Will

If You Don't Know November Is The Hardest Month Of College, You Will

Yes, it's even worse than December.
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Ah... November. What a month it is. Starbucks has brought back its winter drinks.

The leaves have almost completely off the trees. The smell of turkey looms in every supermarket and grocery store. Most importantly, the end of the semester is right around the corner, and everyone is relaxing because we have almost made it. However, in the words of Admiral Akbar:

The semester is not over. I repeat, the semester is not over. It might seem like it, but there is still a little over a month left that needs to be completed. As sad as it is, and believe me, I know, we still need to push. There are probably still tests you have to take in November, and even though it's tempting to just ignore all responsibilities and prepare for winter break, you will regret it if you do. More than likely, you also have homework that needs to be done or papers that need to be written. And let us not forget those finals still need to be taken.

The very mention of finals makes me cringe. as I'm sure it does to most of us. But usually, they don't come until early December. This makes November all the more worse. Sometimes either we, or professors, or both, get lazy throughout the semester and end up having to cram all the rest of the work that needs to get done at the end of it, which happens to be November. Plus, the anticipation of finals can sometimes be distracting. Especially if you are trying to get excited for Thanksgiving while simultaneously worrying about last minute work due for the semester AND preparing for finals, it can be a bit much.

Thanksgiving break comes at both a good and a bad time. The break itself is great, just like every break from school, but the timing of the break isn't so great. Obviously, spending quality time with family is the top priority during this break. Plus, who can ignore all the Black Friday deals and shopping opportunities? I know I can't, and I know you can't either. However, the prime time for a professor to make a paper due or give their final test before finals week right after a long break like the one for Thanksgiving. This means studying and preparing needs a priority as well, and even though it kills some of the fun that breaks bring to our lives, it will be well worth it in the end.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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How To Stay Strong As The Semester Winds Down

No matter what the end of the semester might bring you, nothing about it can combat true commitment.
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Considering that this semester has been a rollercoaster, it is to be expected that dead week would suddenly sneak up on me. On this day last year, I remember laying in my dorm room in a panic while in tears on the phone with my dad because of the emotional stress of trying to prioritize projects between summer plans and wishing that they weren’t thousands of miles away in a foreign country. Last year’s spring semester was way more tame than this year, mostly due to still having fairly basic lower level classes and no job; however, I will take being busy and feeling accomplished this year over feeling worried and bored any day.

Last year at around this time, I was pretty much at my breaking point. So much was going through my head. Most notably, I was figuring out what to do over the summer and how to achieve my biggest goal during it - learning to drive. Thankfully, my experiences of overthinking at the end of the semester have built me up. While it caused me to be an emotional mess at the time, overthinking taught me how to manage recurring thoughts as well as allowing me to find my inner peace and strength by letting me know what was most important and essential to my mental health.

Finishing up the semester is no walk in the park, but taking a walk through your local park (for Marshall students, I highly recommend Harris Riverfront Park in the evening) will definitely take your mind off of any worries and help you find your inner peace. Finding strength is especially difficult, and it does involve some breakdowns. Trust me when I say that a journal and a pen go a long way. Writing has always been a great getaway for me, and journaling what is occurring in my life as well as how I plan to work it out has probably been my best form of meditation without the actual zen.

As for the projects and finals, having them all at once gets rough, but that’s when you need the syllabi the most (and having your university’s final exam schedule on hand is pretty helpful as well). Trust me when I say that the library will become your best friend, especially in a study room for group projects. As a person who has always preferred working at night, there is no other study method that I have enjoyed more than getting a couple of group partners or a good friend to study and talk about current issues with in a peaceful, secluded study room after a long day.

By going to class in the morning, working and journaling during the day, taking a walk in the evening, and studying at night, I have established a schedule that keeps me busy yet sane when it comes to finals time.

Take advantage of the end of the semester and establish a schedule so that you can remain strong and stand up against any battle.

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