Finals Week: Why You Should Be Thankful For Your Education

Finals Week: Why You Should Be Thankful For Your Education

I wish with all my heart to make it through finals week without falling apart.
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It is once again the most dreaded time of the year for college students: finals week. Finals week is the time in the semester when everything is coming to an end and you can finally see the light at the end of the incredibly long tunnel. But, the best part of finals week is that it is almost summer vacation - keyword being almost. Summer vacation is so close; yet, the only thing in between you and the sunny days of relaxation are five homework assignments, four super-sized cups of coffee, three hours of sleep each night, two "oh man, what is this" moments while studying, and one mental breakdown. Finals week isn't impossible to make it through, it just seems that way because of the stress we are all under. In the midst of having stress levels higher than the hills of West Virginia, it' easy to take the education we are pursuing for granted. So, before this "wonderful" week begins, please, take a moment to put things into perspective and remember how blessed you are.

1. Education is a choice and privilege.

Flashback to the days of receiving countless college fliers each day in the mail. As the stack of fliers piled up on your desk, the opportunities that had now opened up to you seemed endless. Once you figured out what qualities you most wanted in your potential school and major, you narrowed down the possible schools until you found the one that fit you the best, filled out the application, and waited anxiously for the acceptance letter to arrive.

And now, fast-forward to May 2016, here you are living life as a college student who is pursuing a major that they are passionate about in the school that felt like a second home.

In the world today, it seems as though so many young people graduate high school and immediately start college in the fall because that is what is expected. But, in many places within this country and across the world, higher education is not so easily attained nor can people be as picky when deciding on what school to attend. Some people don't have the money to go to their ideal school. So, be grateful to be attending a school that you picked as your top choice, wherever that place may be.

2. Education is the key to knowledge.

When you begin college, you are forced to take a bunch of general education classes that seem like a waste of time and money. But, the GEC classes are far from a waste of time. These are the classes that give you the chance to learn a little bit about anything that you could think of from art history, political science, philosophy, psychology, and economics to name a few. These classes have the potential to transform you into a well-rounded person while also inspiring you to learn about other things that you may not have thought about prior to taking that class.

3. Education opens doors to opportunities.

Do you remember when you were a little kid and your parents always told you that you could be anything that you wanted to be? Well, you believed what they said. You used to say what you wanted to be when you grew up only to change your mind by the end of the week because you had thought of something better. The choices seemed endless for the younger you that was full of wonder. But, we have grown up and don't see the world through such rose-colored glasses anymore. Even though we don't dream as much as we used to, it doesn't mean that something is impossible. Yes, you may struggle in a class or two but taking that class increases the knowledge that you have. Furthermore, that knowledge may help to open a door that seemed as though it would remain closed. Any bit of knowledge you have will benefit you in the future in some way, shape, or form.

4. More education is something you will never regret having.

As I said before, the knowledge you have will benefit you in the future by opening doors of opportunity. You may hate the subject matter that you are learning from time to time, or all the time, but in the end, you will never regret having that extra knowledge.

For example, in my advising meeting a few weeks ago, I talked to my advisor about how nervous I was to take the higher math and science courses. The advice he gave me was completely true. He said that even though people hate taking the courses that force them to be challenged, once the class is over they feel accomplished. The accomplishment is what motivates them to continue pushing themselves and eventually succeed. Finding success at the end of a difficult journey is not only a huge achievement to be proud of but it is also something that all people will take never regret having done once it is over.

Even though it seems as though finals week is never going to end, it will but not without some hard-work and dedication to your studies. No one said that college would be easy. And, no one said that it wouldn't require hard-work because we all know differently. And so, when the stress of finals week is depressing you remember this: you are capable, you are intelligent, and you can do this. You can make it through this week because this is merely a stepping stone to you earning your degree.

Good luck to everyone studying for their final exams!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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