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!

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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Human Libraries Growing Worldwide

Have you ever wished you could check out a living, breathing 'book' from the library? Now you can.

The Human Library originated in the spring of 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark where the project was displayed at the Roskilde Festival as part of a youth movement called "Stop The Violence". After their friend was attacked and brutally stabbed, brothers: Ronni and Dany Abergel, and colleagues: Asma Mouna and Christoffer Erichson began the movement. Their project was met with immediate groundbreaking success. Intended to address prejudice and challenge stereotypes, the original project featured over fifty living 'books'.

With over 30,000 members today, The Human Library Organization continues to host events in over 70 countries in order to allow the public to engage in invaluable conversations with individuals who have first-handedly experienced controversial issues such as: ethnicity, sexual orientation, abortion, feminism, divorce, single parenthood, eating disorders, mental disorders, unemployment, and homelessness. Beyond these topics, others may choose to share their stories on being a veteran, teacher, policeman, lawyer, politician, historian, scientist, environmentalist, activist, monk, etc.

Erik Pontoppidan of the Copenhagen Metropolitan Police Department stated that "In all my years in the police, I have never experienced anything this powerful." One can only imagine the wisdom and benefits of attending such a moving event.

To have the opportunity to check out a war veteran as an anti-war activist or a feminist as an anti-feminist, would undoubtedly alter the realm in which we carry our stereotypes. It is one thing to read a book, but it is another to have it's author sitting across the table willing to answer any question from the perspective of someone who's life lead them to share the story of their experiences in the precise area we hold prejudice.

Imagine what a significant difference of a number of permanent Human Libraries would hold in terms of our political beliefs. Would our opinions change if we had the opportunity to avoid framing our beliefs through polarization—peer pressure and our upbringings? Would checking out living books help us to sympathize and soften our views by embracing the experiences of others? Perhaps children would have greater motivation to visit the library than their local video game store. Maybe, our young leaders would have the opportunity to hear advice and develop their ethics from 'books' that might one day become their local mentors. Perhaps this is one of the greatest changes our country could make in hopes for an improved society.

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6 'Bad' Books That Are Real Page-Turners

Remember if the topics make you uncomfortable, that's the point.

If you're not much of a reader you probably don't know much about banned books. Banned books are pieces of literature that contain controversial subjects, ideas, or themes. For one reason or another these books were banned.

However, banned books are an important part of culture. It gives insight on topics you might not have even discussed. They challenge society and question reality. For me, they were surreal experiences into life that became some of my favorite books of all time. Many banned books are actually award-winning novels and are worth the read.

1. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

The Invisible Man isn't some magician act, it's a story of an African American man whose color renders him invisible. It addresses many of the social and intellectual issues facing African Americans early in the twentieth century and caused some uproar.
Excerpts of the book were banned in Butler, PA (1975), removed from the high school English reading list in St. Francis, WI (1975), retained in the Yakima, WA schools (1994) after a five-month dispute over what advanced high school students should read in the classroom. Two parents raised concerns about profanity and images of violence and sexuality in the book and requested that it be removed from the reading list.

2. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
This book is a graphic autobiography that depicts the author's childhood life to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. In March 2013, Chicago Public Schools removed copies from grade 7 classrooms and reviewed for use in grade 8 – 10 classrooms. Following the district’s review, grade 8 – 10 teachers who wish to use the book in their classrooms are now required to first complete supplemental training. Persepolis remains banned from CPS classrooms below grade 8. Persepolis faced three more school challenges in the years after 2014.

3. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
An astounding young-adult novel about soldiers in the Vietnam war. A controversial war makes a controversial war novel even more likely. Fallen Angels was #11 on the list of top 100 Banned/Challenged books from 2000-2009 and #36 from 1990-1999, according to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, which cites “Reasons: offensive language, racism, violence.”

4. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
A wonderful tale of women joined by their love for each other, the men who abuse them, and the children they care for. Alright, Ms. Walker's book was challenged as appropriate reading for Oakland, CA High School honors class (1984) due to the work's "sexual and social explicitness" and its "troubling ideas about race relations, man's relationship to God, African history, and human sexuality." There are several other challenges of the book, but the list is too long to include in this article.

5. Go Ask Alice, by Beatrice Sparks
A fiction book about a teenage girl who develops a drug habit at age 15 and runs away from home on a journey of self-destructive escapism. Attributed to "Anonymous", the book is in diary form and was originally presented as being the edited "real diary" of the unnamed teenage protagonist.This piece remained #18 on Top Challenged books 2000-2009 for due to language and sexual content.

6. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
Even though she's Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own. It was challenged for racism, offensive language, and being sexually explicit and claimed as "subject matter that set bad examples and gives students negative views of life." It placed #55 Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2005.

Have you heard of these books before? Will you take a chance and dive into any banned books? Remember if they make you uncomfortable, that's the point. You're supposed to reflect and think about these topics.

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