How Exams Ruin Everyone's Life

How Exams Ruin Everyone's Life

Exams are just tools of the devil in disguise.

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As the finals week begin, we all notice the exhaustion behind every student's eyes. Some may scream in pain to demonstrate their agony while others will grunt with disgust. Students with stronger will would still feel the effects of finals week as they spend countless hours on the chair rather in bed. Those who do choose to turn in for the day early get anxious and insomnia as the looming exams haunts their dreams. It seems that students are the only ones being affected by the exam, but that's far from the truth.

We now turn to the professors who had to write all the exams and the TA's that are responsible for distributing, managing, and grading during the entire examination period. Why would professors want to torture themselves to grade hundreds of exam papers that have the same wrong answers for hours and hours? Wouldn't it be better for them just to say, "semester's over, your final grade is your grade on your transcript now." Instead, now they have to say "here's a long test that determines over 50% of your grade and if you fail this you basically fail the class". Do you really think professors want to spend hours just looking at all the wrong answers his/her students are giving just to torture themselves? Do professors and TAs really want to pull out time to have review sessions on an exam that everyone will probably fail?

Even the facility staff and people are frustrated with the exams. They have to make events to cheer students up and bring in therapy sessions to ensure the mental wellness of students although most of us are already dead inside. The health center probably isn't too thrilled that so many students are coming in for therapy sessions and constantly having to tell students to get over it. The dining staff is also done about how many dishes are being broken every day because students are too tired to care about breaking some plates by accident. In general, the facility staff is being indirectly affected by the exams from students.

Lastly, the people who are concerned the most are the parents. They see that their child is suffering and basically dying just not to fail the course and see the weight of their kid drop dramatically. Any sensible parent would not want this to happen to their kids even if they were the strictest person in the world.

As a student, I definitely feel the stress coming from exams, but I also know that others are stressed too just like me. So my thought is this: why not just get rid of the final exam so everyone could be happy and less stressed and maybe enjoy life a little longer? So dear Mr/Ms person who is in charge, please get rid of the final exams so we can all live a little longer in happiness rather than despair. We the students really want our winter to be welcomed by the holiday seasons and not by loads of papers and notes and emails telling us how to grade our grade is. Thanks.

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Your To-Do List May Be 15 Miles Long, But You Can Spare 15 Minutes For A Face Mask

That extra amount of stress that inevitably creeps up on everyone, unfortunately, has a knack for growing exponentially when deadlines and exam dates get closer and closer.

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In line with it being midterm season, I thought it would be appropriate to stress the importance of self-care. While I understand that your to-do list is miles long, I'm also fairly willing to bet at least $10 that you have 20 minutes to spare.

Yes, I realize that your chemistry midterm is worth 20% of your grade and I also realize that you want to do well and I fully support that. However, that extra amount of stress that inevitably creeps up on everyone, unfortunately, has a knack for growing exponentially when deadlines and exam dates get closer and closer. This is why I'm here to provide you with my three favorite ways to de-stress, all of which take 20 minutes, or less.

1. Painting or drawing

This is a personal favorite of mine. For those saying they "can't paint," yes, you can actually. You don't have to create masterpieces, in fact, I'd discourage you from that — unless you want to, of course. Rather, I'm advocating for simply covering a sheet of paper with a mesh of vibrant colors. If it turns out to be simply a unique combination of colors, perfect. I've found it rather therapeutic to mindlessly paint vibrant colors onto blank canvases (though sheets of paperwork just as nicely). (Personally, I've always enjoyed drawing in my free time ever since I could hold a pencil.) If you don't have paint, just doodling on a spare piece of paper works just as well.

2. Face masks

Typically the suggested amount of time you should leave them on is 10-20 minutes. The added bonus is that your skin will feel extremely soft after.

3. An episode of "Friends" or "The Office"

Laughing relieves stress, I promise. Personally, I prefer "Friends" on any given day, but if I really want to laugh (the kind of laugh where you sound like a suffocating seal and are tearing up), I'll choose "The Office." I'd recommend watching the fire drill episode of "The Office" for maximum laughter.

Please consider one of the above forms of stress relief or some other method of self-care you prefer. Take care of yourself. Yes, you can take 15 minutes for yourself. I promise. And even better, you'll probably be more productive after.

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Everything You Need To Know About The Government Shutdown

The longest government shutdown in history will impact every American.

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In the early morning hours of December 22, the longest government shutdown in United States history began. At this writing, the government has been shut down for 24 days -- and counting.

The current shutdown revolves around President Trump's request for over five billion dollars to fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, which he sees as a necessary response to the "massive Humanitarian Crisis" taking place at the southern border -- the flow of migrants from Central America. Democrats in Congress, who fervently deny the severity of the situation, refuse to allocate funds towards a wall, instead looking to negotiate other measures for border security. Unable to pass bipartisan spending legislation, the government remains closed.But what exactly is a shutdown, and what does it mean for ordinary Americans?

A government shutdown occurs when the annual appropriations bills that fund several government agencies and programs fail to reach passage by both Congress and the president. Congress is in charge of creating these bills, and each year the president must sign them into law in order to fund the government for a new fiscal period. In October, at the beginning of the current fiscal year, only a few of the necessary appropriations bills were enacted, and Congress had until December 21 to enact the rest. However, due to congressional infighting and the President's incessant demands for a wall, the government failed to reach a spending agreement by the deadline, and a shutdown ensued.

Without appropriated funds, any departments or agencies deemed "non-essential" are put on hold under a government shutdown. This means that many federal workers, including those within the Food and Drug Administration and National Park Service, are furloughed, or put on temporary leave without pay. The remaining employees, who work in departments or agencies considered "essential," are forced to work without pay until appropriations are made by Congress and the President. Once the government is open again, they will receive their missed checks in back pay.

Put simply, the 800,000 Americans who work for departments affected by the shutdown have been without a paycheck for almost an entire month now. In past weeks, several of these workers have taken to Washington to protest the shutdown and have appeared on television to voice their frustrations. Forced to deplete their savings to make ends meet, they worry about how they'll make their next mortgage payment and keep their families fed. Paying for daycare services for infants, or college tuition for young adults, has become almost impossible for some.

And government employees aren't the only Americans affected by the shutdown. Though social security checks are sent out and Medicare is paid for, the issuance of insurance cards could cease, meaning that those newly eligible for Medicare could be turned away. Hundreds of sites with hazardous waste or polluted drinking water will go uninspected by the EPA. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, responsible for feeding thousands of impoverished families, cannot last another two months without funding.

Perhaps the scariest effect of the shutdown is its impact on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), responsible for screening passengers at airports. Since the shutdown began, airports across the country have dealt with a shortage of staff, causing long lines and massive travel delays. George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Texas and Miami International Airport in Florida have both been forced to close entire terminals in response to a staffing shortage. On January 14, TSA spokesman Michael Biello tweeted that TSA "experienced a national rate of 7.6 percent unscheduled absences compared to a 3.2 percent rate one year ago, Monday, January 15, 2018." Although the agency claims that security has not been compromised during the shutdown, the lack of workers leaves many travellers skeptical.

As President Trump continues to exploit the "crisis" at the border (see the televised address) and top Democrats defend the merits of legal immigration, it is unclear just how long the shutdown will continue. In the House, Democrats have passed spending bills supporting the immediate re-opening of affected federal departments, but such bills have not yet been brought to the Republican-controlled Senate. There have been no meetings scheduled between the White House and congressional staff, and Trump has abandoned his idea of declaring a national emergency. It seems the only thing left to do is wait.

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