The 15 Stages Of Finals Week, As Told By The Grinch

The 15 Stages Of Finals Week, As Told By The Grinch

Nothing steals away holiday joy more than exam week. Not even The Grinch.


The weeks before Christmas break may be the most trying, but by the time you make it to the middle of December, you've made it to the big event. That's right folks, it's finals week. Finals week is always the most trying week of the year, regardless of which semester it is because you've got an amazing break to look forward to. Fall semester finals might be the hardest, however, because it's the holiday season.

We've all been hyped up for weeks hearing the music, seeing the lights, watching the ads, making plans with family and friends. It's a time of year that is (while admittedly hectic and usually causes families to want to strangle each other by the end) of relaxation and good, genuine family time. No summer jobs or internships to worry about. Just good, old-fashioned holiday fun. But before you get to all this, you have to make it past the big exams. Face it, no matter how much you study or how many papers you write, it never seems like you're done and you'll never feel completely prepared. It's almost criminal that this single week can almost kill the holiday spirit for millions of college students. But who better to describe the forced stealing of the holiday spirit than the expert himself: The Grinch.

1. Professors: "If you study all this material, you'll be fine for the final!" 

Yes, thank you. As helpful as this is, I can't feasibly memorize an 18-page study guide in the three days between the last day of class and the exam. But I'll try to know page one by heart.

2. Person who hasn't been in class for the whole semester: "Hey, can I see your notes? I don't think I was here for that." You: 

Actually no. No, you may not. It's not like I haven't been sleep deprived and busy this whole semester. I've managed to get to class, you can too.

3. That moment when you realize that you've been eating your way through an entire study guide: 

Order insomnia cookies and a pizza at 3 a.m. No shame. Take coffee number six to the library with a bag of Doritos. Also no shame. Do what you gotta do - but if you're nice, share with a study buddy.

4. Let's face it, exams can be a little disheartening. 

I do not apologize for the bad pun.

5. "Oh you didn't have enough to do in this stressful week? Here's a last minute assignment you have to finish." 

Thanks, it's not like I have exams to study for. Let's write a paper I could have written weeks ago if you'd have given me the prompt.

6. Don't worry, I've worked in utter hopelessness into your afternoon schedule. 

I recommend a good solid 5-minute cry wrapped in your warmest blanket. Maybe make some hot chocolate.

7. Followed swiftly by trying to escape reality in general. 

Just take the pillow to the library. It's good for a quick nap or a solid freak out.

8. Sometimes those exams really hit us. Literally. 

Exam: 10.

Me: 0.

9. But, hey, you've studied enough. Confidence is important. 

I don't know where that random spurt of self-confidence and focus comes from, but we all get it - even for a few minutes. Latch on to that feeling and never let go.

10. But then the realization hits that it is still finals week, and there are not exams to come. 

Alas, that feeling will fade. And we are brought down to our knees.

11. Just take a minute and really let yourself freak out. 

Everybody just needs to take a minute to do...whatever that is.

12. But then just jump right back in there. 

Cramming to the ultimate degree.

13. Take a break, go the gym. The exercise will get the brain-juices flowing. 

Exercise improves academic performance. Or so they say. But why not try it out and go li lift some weights.

14. Be excited! You get to go home and see your pets soon! 

YOU GET TO SEE YOUR DOG! Or cat if you're a cat person. Sorry if you don't have a pet. Ask for one for Christmas.

15. And most importantly, once you turn that last exam in...IT'S CHRISTMAS! 

Enjoy the holidays with friends and family. You've earned it!

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'Baby, It's Cold Outside' Is NOT About Date Rape, It's A Fight Against Social Norms Of The 1940s

The popular Christmas song shouldn't be considered inappropriate.


The classic Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" has recently come under attack. There has been controversy over the song being deemed as inappropriate since it has been suggested that it promotes date rape. Others believe that the song is another common example of our culture's promotion of rape. You may be wondering, where did they get that idea from?

The controversy has led to one radio station, WDOK, taking the song off the air and banning it from their station. Some people believe that this song goes against the #MeToo movement since it promotes rape. However, people are not considering the fact that this traditional Christmas song was made in the 1940s.

People are viewing the song from a modern-day cultural perspective rather than from the perspective of the 1940s. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written in 1944. Many people have viewed the song from the perspective of our cultural and social norms. People believe that the song promotes date rape because of lyrics that suggest that the male singing is trying to stop the female singer from leaving, and the female singer is constantly singing about trying to escape with verses like "I really can't stay" or "I've got to go home."

When you first view the song from the perspective of today's culture, you may jump to the conclusion that the song is part of the date rape culture. And it's very easy to jump to this conclusion, especially when you are viewing only one line from the song. We're used to women being given more freedom. In our society, women can have jobs, marry and be independent. However, what everyone seems to forget is that women did not always have this freedom.

In 1944, one of the social norms was that women had curfews and were not allowed to be in the same house as a man at a later time. It was considered a scandal if a single woman so much as stayed at another man's house, let alone be in the same room together. It's mind-blowing, right? You can imagine that this song was probably considered very provocative for the time period.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" is not a song that encourages date rape, but is actually challenging the social norms of society during the time period. When you listen to the song, you notice that at one part of the song, the female states, "At least I can say that I tried," which suggests that she really doesn't want to leave. In fact, most of the song, she is going back and forth the whole time about leaving stating, "I ought to say no…well maybe just a half a drink more," and other phrases.

She doesn't want to leave but doesn't really have a choice due to fear of causing a scandal, which would have consequences with how others will treat her. It was not like today's society where nobody cares how late someone stays at another man's house. Nowadays, we could care less if we heard that our single neighbor stayed over a single man's house after 7. We especially don't try to look through our curtain to check on our neighbor. Well, maybe some of us do. But back then, people did care about where women were and what they were doing.

The female singer also says in the lyrics, "The neighbors might think," and, "There's bound to be talk tomorrow," meaning she's scared of how others might perceive her for staying with him. She even says, "My sister will be suspicious," and, "My brother will be there at the door," again stating that she's worried that her family will find out and she will face repercussions for her actions. Yes, she is a grown woman, but that doesn't mean that she won't be treated negatively by others for going against the social norms of the time period.

Then why did the male singer keep pressuring her in the song? This is again because the song is more about challenging the social norms of the time period. Both the female and male singers in the song are trying to find excuses to stay and not leave.

On top of that, when you watch the video of the scene in which the song was originally viewed, you notice that the genders suddenly switch for another two characters, and now it's a female singer singing the male singer's part and vice versa. You also notice that the whole time, both characters are attracted to one another and trying to find a way to stay over longer.

Yes, I know you're thinking it doesn't matter about the genders. But, the song is again consensual for both couples. The woman, in the beginning, wants to stay but knows what will await if she doesn't leave. The male singer meanwhile is trying to convince her to forget about the rules for the time period and break them.

In addition, the complaint regarding the lyric "What's in this drink?" is misguided. What a lot of people don't understand is that back in 1944, this was a common saying. If you look at the lyrics of the song, you notice that the woman who is singing is trying to blame the alcoholic drink for causing her to want to stay longer instead of leaving early. It has nothing to do with her supposed fear that he may have tried to give her too much to drink in order to date rape her. Rather, she is trying to find something to blame for her wanting to commit a scandal.

As you can see, when you view the song from the cultural perspective of the 1940s, you realize that the song could be said to fight against the social norms of that decade. It is a song that challenges the social constrictions against women during the time period. You could even say that it's an example of women's rights, if you wanted to really start an argument.

Yes, I will admit that there were movies and songs made back in the time period that were part of the culture of date rape. However, this song is not the case. It has a historical context that cannot be viewed from today's perspective.

The #MeToo movement is an important movement that has led to so many changes in our society today. However, this is not the right song to use as an example of the date rape culture.

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Sorry, But The 'War On Christmas' Isn't A Thing

Stop trying to make the war happen, you Grinch. It isn't going to happen.


Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, some have been saying that it's okay to celebrate Christmas again.

To this, I ask: Were you not celebrating Christmas before this administration?

Jordan Klepper has a great video in which he interviewed people at a Trump rally and asked them what was normalized under the new administration (2:01 in the video). Two women said Trump has made it 'okay again' to be a Christian and to say 'Merry Christmas.'

I understand what they mean by people saying 'Happy Holidays' being 'too PC', but it's not like Christmas doesn't take up 1/6th of the year. It's practically forced down our throats the moment Halloween ends.

In fact, keeping 'Christ' in Christmas is quite easy when there are blow-up nativity scenes on people's front lawns and songs played over and over on the radio about Christ's birth. You can never forget the 'reason for the season' because it is constantly in your face this time of year. Side note: Something we both can agree on? Commercialism is killing Christmas. That's a whole other issue.

The most significant problem I have with people saying there's a 'war on Christmas' is the fact there was never a war, to begin with. Acting like you're a marginalized group when you are the largest denomination of any religion in this country is childish.

A study done by Pew Research center in 2014 showed if there were only 100 citizens in the U.S., there would be 71 Christians compared to two Jewish people and one Muslim person. To say Christmas is coming under fire from other religious denominations is absurd because there is not enough of any other one religion to declare war on the entire population of Christians in this country.

I apologize for the angry tone of this article, but I truly do not understand why there must be this underlying rage at Christmas time to 'keep Christ in Christmas.' Let's all be joyful and happy that this time of year involves people coming together for one purpose in gratitude and cheer.

Keep the happiness at Christmas.

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