Finals Week As Described By Dwight Schrute

Finals Week As Described By Dwight Schrute

Beet farmers take tests, too.

Finals week is intimidating, but it can be absolutely menacing without a plan. Before you start to study, you need to think of what your strategy is going to be.

There is so much promise going into finals week. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel (aka mom's cooking and free WiFi) if you can only make it through this last round of exams. Your backpack is stuffed, thermos full and you are off to the library. Let's go!

Getting started isn't always easy. I mean, no one will even know how studious you are if you don't take a couple Snapchats and post an Instagram of your study setup. Plus, where did all these people come from? The library is even above Walmart on the "Best Places To People Watch" list.

You will eventually get started, though, and this time will quickly turn into a caffeine-fueled stress fest. This is the point where you finally realize that you know nothing.Then comes the panicking and regret for every minute of class you spent on Pinterest or daydreaming about the leftover Mexican food in your refrigerator.

At some point you will reach the stage where you start to question every life decision you have ever made. Do you even like this major? Should you just drop out of college? Maybe you could be a karate instructor? How much do they get paid?

Next comes the delirium. By now, you have taken in so much information that your brain has physically cut you off. The different subjects and concepts are becoming such a blur that you cannot even remember the simplest of facts.

Your sleep deprivation paired with the multiple breakdowns you had alone in your library cubicle make you a threat to anyone you come in contact with on the morning of your exam. That overly cheery Starbucks worker you usually find charming? Not today.

Of course you will also get caught in the herd of zombified students all headed to their respective deaths... I mean exams. Again I ask, where did all of these people come from?

Finally, the moment is here and that test booklet is smacked onto your desk. You are confident. You are prepared. Then your professor says the most heinous word in all of education: comprehensive.

Then something magical happens, you realize that you actually learned this semester.

Now begins the waiting game. You will monitor your computer closer than security at Fort Knox waiting for your grade to be posted. Honestly, how hard can it be to run a Scantron through a machine and type a number in your grade book?

The alert has finally come in that a new grade has been posted. So many thoughts run through your mind when you see the letter "A" but you mostly:

Celebration time! Who cares that you have slept three hours in five days? Who cares that your main food groups are coffee and Skittles? You did not work this hard for nothing. Time to load up the gang and let off all of the stress of school.

Until next semester, finals week.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Teaching Is An Amazing Career, It's More Powerful Than We Give It Credit For

Teaching is a career that is heavily overlooked — it is much more powerful than people realize.


When it comes to teaching, it's not always easy or fun. But, let me ask you this: what career really is easy or fun all the time? Being challenged can beneficial. Otherwise, you are just going through the same routine over and over. Teaching will definitely keep you on your toes because there's always something happening.

People seem to think teachers just lecture on information that they hope their students remember for the test. You know what? Those people are dead wrong. Teaching is more than that. Teaching means having the passion and drive to educate children. Teaching is turning something dull to something that students will find more interesting and enjoyable.

Teaching is also about providing tools and other resources for students in order for them to succeed, especially the ones who tend to struggle in school. Being able to give those tools to help them accomplish their goals is extremely rewarding. A teacher will work with a student who is behind on his/her reading skills to have him/her be right at the level he/she needs to be by the end of the school year. Not many jobs provide a reward quite like guiding a student, if not more, to success.

Although it focuses on academics, teaching is not just about that. Sure, being an effective teacher is key, but there are other aspects that are just as significant. As a teacher, you also have to connect with your students. Knowing your students on a personal level is so important. The connection can build respect that will, in turn, help them to succeed. Plus, students spend more time with you on a day-to-day basis than they do with their parents — isn't that frightening? So, you have to be able to support them and let them know them that you are there for them if they are having trouble.

Additionally, that connection you build with your students can last a lifetime. You can witness the growth of a student right in front of you. In fact, I am still very close with some of my teachers from elementary school. Many of them inspired me to become a teacher. Because of those great bonds I built, I had the opportunity to intern with some of my past teachers, which was a rewarding experience for everyone. Being able to develop such a connection with someone so different in age is something that is so powerful and that doesn't come with many other careers.

Teaching is so amazing. There are so many layers and beautiful aspects to it. Again, it can be difficult, but it's also a lot of fun. Not many people can say they have fun and laugh every day at work. I also truly believe that not many other people can say their careers provide as rewarding of a feeling as teaching does. To be able to make such a difference in someone's life is an incredible thing. Teaching is my passion. I know teaching will not be only gratifying but something that will bring me pure joy.

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