Finals Don't Determine My Intelligence

Finals Don't Determine My Intelligence

If things don't come naturally, we won't remember it.

Every November and every April/May, students everywhere get stressed and want to pull their hair out because the grades they make on their finals make or break the grades they have in their classes. It's too much.

I have never been a good test taker and I probably never will be. It's just the anxiety that surrounds the idea of a 50 question, true/false, matching, fill in the blank test. And for what? To, ultimately, determine my intelligence. Some may say, "no, it's to test your understanding of the material", that may be true but there are other ways to do that by doing more laid back things. Ever think that maybe if we scrapped taking tests and just did crossword puzzles or something instead, students would get better grades?

And usually, it's testing us on subjects that have nothing to do with anything. The only thing I really remember from high school is the quadratic formula song. Mainly because it was a song and not on a test. During finals, I have heard a lot of my peers say that when they study hard and take the test, they forget everything. That shouldn't be the case, though it happens to me too. To me, that means the tests aren't doing the jobs that they need to be doing. Instead, they are wrecking our minds trying to pull things out that weren't really there in the first place. If things don't come naturally, we won't remember it. That's just my two cents on the matter. Finals don't determine my intelligence, I can prove that in other ways.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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College Admissions Should Not Be A Game Of Who Can Pay The Most, Legally Or Illegally

College admissions is supposed to be a fair shot for all kids, not a competition of who can pay the most to get in.


My mother taught me that education is the most important thing in my life and that education always comes first. My mother taught me that in order to succeed in life I had to work hard and learn how to become something on my own. I was taught to use everything that my parents have given me to make a better life for myself. Through these values, I learned just how vital getting a good education is and just how hard I had to work to succeed academically.

Unfortunately, there are those entitled parents that believe that money can buy everything. Money shouldn't be able to buy everything, especially college admissions. However, recent events have proven that a good amount of money can buy admissions into elite colleges. College admissions are supposed to be a fair shot for all kids, not a competition of who can pay the most to get in.

Recently, a huge college admissions scandal has been unfolded that involves celebrities and big names in the business, including Lori Loughlin, the actress who played Aunt Becky on "Full House." Basically, through a supposed non-profit, known as The Key, wealthy parents were able to "donate" money to this "college counseling company." Through the "donations" made, The Key was used to bribe athletic college coaches and test administrators in order to benefit the children of the parents. Events like this make me question if working hard is even worth it since privilege is so pertinent in this country. It boggles my mind the lengths that these wealthy parents went through to get their kids into big name schools.

It's crazy to me how these families had the money and resources available to provide their kids with world-renowned tutors, prep books or athletic trainers, but they chose to cheat the system and bribe their way into college.

Rich, entitled and privileged kids get into these amazing colleges and take spots from deserving, unprivileged students, who have worked their entire lives and overcome several obstacles to get where they are. It's unfair and appalling. These children already have privileges beyond most people. There are kids that literally depend on going to college to have any kind of future for themselves. Buying your way through life eventually catches up to you and I hope that these families are persecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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