It's That Time Of The Semester Again...

It's That Time Of The Semester Again...

Follow these 6 tips to make finals week a little less stressful!
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Finals can be a very stressful time period for many. Trying to study for every test, doing last minute assignments, and trying to do all the things that you normally do is without a doubt difficult to handle. If your stressed about finals, remember to follow these easy steps to get you through it.

1. Only study one subject at a time.

Do not create more stress for yourself and study one subject then go to another then go back to the other one. Study for each subject once a day so you will not get your information confused.

2. Do not wait until the last minute to study.

Nobody wants to think about finals, because lets face it, just hearing the word makes us stressed out. This is not an excuse to not study! Do not wait until the absolute last minute to study. Studying a little bit everyday will reduce your stress level.

3. Take a break when you are studying.

Do not overwhelm your brain and study the 24 hours that are in the day! Take a break every few hours to give your mind a rest! Go to the gym, go get food, get some sleep, hang out with friends, watch some TV; just do not stay glued to your books all day!

4. Study in a group or with friends.

Studying alone is not always best. Study with a group as well as on your own to gain the perspectives from others. Sometimes studying with others can allow you to remember things a lot more. You can also gain study tips as well as things like mnemonic devices that they thought of, which will allow you to have an easier time to study.

5. Get Sleep and remember to eat.

We all want to do well on our finals, but you have to remember to take care of yourself as well. You are no good to yourself if you do not take care of yourself. By not getting enough sleep or eating, your body will not have any energy. Not having the energy to do anything will create more stress upon yourself.

6. Have confidence in yourself

Finals are very stressful and many of us feel that we are going to fail. One important thing to remember is that you CAN do this. Go into finals week with a positive attitude and confidence within yourself and it will show.

Now I know finals are not easy, but by following these easy steps it will save yourself a lot of stress. Now keep your head up, you got this! You are almost done! Good luck on finals and happy studying!

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15 Things You Realize As Your Baby Brother Grows Up

No matter how old he gets, he will always be your baby brother.
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Despite the fistfights and days of locking each other out of the house, a little brother is one of the biggest blessings you can receive. Most sisters can agree that they probably bossed their brothers around a lot when they were younger (and probably still do). Most sisters have also most likely forced their brothers to participate in many games that were only enjoyable for one party (baby dolls, house, dress up, etc.)

As a little brother grows up, you start to realize a lot of things as they become your lifelong best friend. Here are 15 of them:

1. He will outgrow you

Even though you were once able to beat him in a wrestling match, and have a fair game of tag, as you get older, he begins to pass you up in size and you realize it probably isn't in your best interest to pick a fight.

2. Teenage boy sass is a real thing

So many times, girls get a bad rep for the teenage phase, but let me tell you, teenage boys have just as much sass if not more than the average hormonal girl. But you also realize that you will get through it, and he is still your sweet brother somewhere deep, deep down.

3. He will go through a phase when he is too cool for you

Your whole life you have been used to your little brother looking up to you and wanting to be just like you and do all the things you do. This probably really annoyed you at some point too and I know I found the words "stop copying me" coming out of my mouth a lot. Don't wish it away, enjoy these times because there hits a point where he will want to do their own thing for a while.

4. He will begin to form his own opinions, and he is actually really smart

He still looks up to you, but there comes a time when he actually starts to contradict and challenge your opinions, and his arguments are surprisingly really good. You learn a lot from your little brother, so start listening to what they have to say sometimes.

5. No girl will ever be good enough for him

When he brings a girl home, you can't help but judge everything about her (no pressure) because to you, no girl will match up to his awesomeness. You know you are annoying, over-controlling, and overly judgmental, but you can't help it, he is your baby brother after all.

6. Regardless of how old or big he gets, if anyone messes with him, you will "beat them up"

I am not a fighter, but somehow anytime someone messes with my little brother, I get the ego of Muhammed Ali and believe that I can beat anyone up. Even now that he has outgrown me by about six inches and 50 pounds and is definitely a lot stronger than me, I still threaten to protect him because for some reason I feel like I can defend him better than he can himself. If anyone shoves him on the soccer field or says something mean to him at school, all of the sudden the big sister is the most intimidating and feisty little 5'4" girl there is out there.

7. He has your back

The once quiet and shy boy you outspoke as a child is not afraid to stand up for you. Even if he knows you're wrong, he is just as protective of you as you are of him and he will always be there for you whether you need a shoulder to cry on, you've had a fight with your friends and need someone to talk to, or a guy blows you off and you just need dairy queen and a movie night.

8. People will think he is your boyfriend and vice versa

As little kids, you were obviously the big sister, but now that he has outgrown you, hit puberty and matured, people mistake him as your boyfriend all the time. When you go to dinner and get the "you are such a cute couple" comment, you can't help but laugh.

9. All of his academic success is obviously all thanks to you

All the days you forced him to play "school" with you and tried to teach him everything you knew paid off because he actually knows what he is doing now. You're welcome.

10. Every year he turns another year older, you freak out because you remember how old you felt when you were his age, and it is not possible for him to be that old

No, no, no. He is little. He cannot drive just because he is 16. That is scary. [Only you were mature enough and ready to drive at 16.] There is no way that he is already 18 and can vote. You will never get used to the fact that he is growing up at the same pace as you are.

11. He is the one person who defies your theory that you are never wrong

He always has your best interests in mind, so if he disapproves of a guy, or questions a choice you are making, he is most likely right, just listen to him. Seriously, it will save you time in the future.

12. You will always worry about him

Yes, you are annoying and you know he can handle himself, but the thought of him ever getting hurt kills you. Every time he goes out or takes a risk, you worry about him. However, you also know and trust that he is smart and makes good choices, and if he ever doesn't, you will always be here to save the day, duh!

13. You are his biggest fan

And you are absolutely obnoxious at sporting games and other events. You are the first person to yell at the referee when he gets fouled and the loudest person screaming when he scores a goal. You also find yourself bragging about him to your friends because you are just so proud, and you taught him everything he knows (duh again).

14. He is your best friend

You can tell him anything and he can tell you anything. You guys have a pact and he won't tell your secrets. He's your person, and you have come to find out that he actually gives great advice when you give him the chance to talk.

15. No matter how old he gets, he will always be your baby brother

No matter how old my brother gets, we still say "I love you" every night and he will always be my little baby brother who I watch over and protect, always. I know I have a lifelong best friend who I can lean on during hard times, and celebrate with when the times are good. Bless up.

Special shoutout to my baby brother, Luke, for teaching me so much about myself and always being there for me.

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22 Undeniable Signs You Grew Up In Connecticut

"Connecticut is a state? I thought it was just made up for Gossip Girl."- My freshman year roommate.

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It wasn't until I left my Connecticut home for my freshman year of college in Alabama that I realized how many stereotypes were thought toward my home state. We're categorized as a state with high taxes, rich people and celebrity New England homes. Though that may have a hint of truth to it, there are a few things you'll only know if you call Connecticut your childhood home.

1. You're either a Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan and there is NO in between. 

Here is an accurate representation of the rivalry.

2. You call a liquor store a "Packie" 

It takes you an hour to explain to someone why.

3. You probably went to a private school.

If not, your public school rivaled one.

4. You own UCONN Huskies gear. 

Because at least five people you know go to UCONN.

5. New Haven pizza is the best pizza in the nation. 

Nothing like Frank Pepe's.

6. Your first real night out probably went down at Toad's Place. 

Your first taste of college.

7. You feel like you know Elvis Duran personally. 

You could recognize his voice anywhere.

8. The only reason you come home during summer break is for Xfinity Concerts. 

Do you have a record for how many you can attend in one summer?

9. A Friday night during high school always ended in a diner. 

Athenian Diner in Middletown is my personal favorite.

10. Avoid I-95 at all costs. 

I'd rather take the Merit and that's saying a lot.

11. If you didn't drive a jeep, there were close to 20 in your high school parking lot. 

I'm guilty.

12. Fairfield Prep boys...

If you know, you know.

13. There is a "haunted house" in your town.

"The Haunting in Connecticut" and all.

14. It's called a Grinder...nothing else. 

I will never order a "sub" or "hoagie."

15. All of your field trips as a child were to an historic site. 

Peabody Museum, Essex Steam Train, Mark Twain House, Sturbridge Village... I could go on.

16. Connecticut runs on Dunkin'. 

In fact, you could probably name 3 Dunkin's within a 5 mile radius of your house.

17. "The City" is always NYC.

Just a train ride away.

18. The letters "CMT" gives you chills. 

Years before the SAT and they caused you the same amount of stress.

19. You've been to a Rock Cats game. 

Who are the Yard Goats?

20. The Hartford Whalers; in our hearts forever.

Your first love for hockey.

21. A high school "party" consisted of a bonfire. 

But these were the best nights of all.

22. You feel an obligation to go apply picking in the fall. 

Lyman's Orchard's is waiting for you.

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