It's Like You're Always Stuck In The End Of The Semester Slump

It's Like You're Always Stuck In The End Of The Semester Slump

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Eight crazy months later, finals are here and we’re all eager for summer vacation. Many of us checked out a while ago, but for those of us who are somehow managing to stay focused, this is one of the most intense times of our lives. Papers, presentations and final examinations take up way more of your time, effort and dedication than you ever remembered. It’s time to buckle down, crack open that book (maybe even for the first time this semester) and spend countless hours in the library driving yourself absolutely insane. It’s a time where you don’t need a reason for anything. A time when simply because is good enough. Who could better understand exactly how deranged your life is at this very moment than our friends, Friends? They definitely know what you’re going through, so let’s let them put it into words that everyone can relate to.


Finals week is the time in the semester when you know the pain is coming, and there’s really nothing you can do except embrace it.

There is nothing less motivating than knowing that all of your friends from other schools are done with classes for the summer and are waiting for you to come home so the fun can begin.

During finals, teachers are supposed to be encouraging, right? So who do these people think they are telling me that there isn’t going to be a curve applied to the class!?

Okay, so now that there isn’t going to be a curve, you actually have to study for the final. You learned all of this information throughout the semester, right? So you know all of the answers, right? You’ll be fine…

But then some how, some way, there is a God, and he announces that you are allowed to bring one sheet of paper to your final exam.

So you begin what could be the most trying night of your entire semester…. A solid 19 straight hours in the library.

And around 3 a.m., you do the only logical thing you can think of- go grab some coffee. Except you get to the café and they make the worst mistakes of their lives by accidentally giving you decaf.

Now you’re feeling completely helpless. You’ve officially caved and started asking people for help, only to be felt like the world’s biggest loser when you realize that you know a little bit less than nothing.

You’re becoming delirious, and you have no choice but to start answering questions that no one is asking.

Now it’s 4 a.m. and you’ve started looking for any reason at all to take a study break.

And finally, you’ve just completely lost it.

So you start trying to justify your finals week actions (which are unjustifiable).

You begin to acknowledge how poorly you’ve actually done this semester.

And you start to accept that you’re probably going to fail your final.

And so you walk into class and silently freak out about all of the things on your exam that you absolutely never learned.

But it’s okay! Finals can be rough, but you’ll make it out alive. I promise. And when you’re feeling like you can’t carry on for a single minute longer, just remember: when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your semester, we’ll be there for you. Good luck on finals!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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5 things bisexual people are So tired of hearing From Cis-Hets

Too many people can't wrap their head around the concept of bisexuality, and it's getting old.

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The Merriam-Webster definition of bisexuality: sexual or romantic attraction to members of both sexes; also: engaging in sexual activity with partners of more than one gender. Yet, this can often be a very confusing concept for certain people to understand. As a result, people who identify openly as bisexual are often subjected to a slew of frustrating questions and statements that have grown tiring. So here is a list of just a handful of them.

1. "So, you're straight now?"

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So, as the definition implies, bisexuals typically like both men and women. So, if you are a bisexual woman, and you are dating a man, no, that does not mean that you are straight now. You are still bisexual, you are just in a relationship with a man at the moment. Please, stop asking this.

2. "So, you're gay now?"

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Okay, so, this is the flip side of the previous question, yes, but it needs to be said because of the frequency of its utterance. If a bisexual man is in a relationship with a man, he is not "gay now". He is still bisexual, again. He is just in a relationship with a man. Regardless of whether or not a bisexual person is in a same-sex or different-sex relationship, they remain, and will always remain bisexual. So, let's just put this question and the former question to rest.

3. "Do you have sex with everyone and anyone?"

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Bisexuality does not equal sexual deviancy. Just because a bisexual person can fall in love with or have a sexual relationship with a person of any gender does not mean that they will have sex with literally any human being who offers. No, they will not have sex with anyone just because they can. That is not how it works.

4. "Will you have a threesome with me and my boyfriend/girlfriend?"

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NO. No, no, no. Just because a bisexual person will have sex with someone of either gender does not mean that they want to have sex with you and your significant other at the same time. Please, stop asking your bisexual friends and acquaintances to jump into bed with you and your boyfriend or girlfriend just to spice things up in the bedroom. It's extremely rude and presumptuous. Bisexual people are not your sexual fantasy or your sexual fantasy come true.

5. "Bisexuals are just selfish/looking for attention."

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People always say that most bisexuals are just pretending to be bisexual for attention and that they aren't genuinely attracted to more than one gender. This is a fallacy. Stop accusing young bisexuals of playing pretend or going through a phase. Bisexuals are valid. They're sick of hearing these erasure comments. It's also constantly implied that bisexuals are just being selfish/greedy. That is not the case, and this belief system needs to be destroyed and done away with immediately. As stated before, bisexuals are not these inherently sexually crazed lunatics. Being attracted to more than one gender does not automatically equate to sex with everyone. Bisexuals are not greedy nymphomaniacs who just want to have as much sex as they can for themselves.

There are numerous other frustrating comments and questions that bisexuals get bombarded with on the daily. This is just a select few that stand out. So, please, if you are someone who says these things, stop. If you have heard someone say these things, or you hear them say any variation of these things in the future, please, correct them. We all need to make a conscious effort to stop this close-minded conversation to continue.

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