How You Know That It's The Hardest Part Of The Semester

How You Know That It's The Hardest Part Of The Semester

It's rough.
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There is undoubtedly one part of the semester that challenges college students the most. You might think that it’s finals week. I mean, that is hard, but I don’t know about it being the hardest. In my opinion, this award goes to the "lull." Often, the lull sneaks up on us and, before we know it, we’re sitting in the library and staring at a computer screen full of things to do, unable to justify doing a single thing. Here’s a convenient list to help you be sure that you’re in the middle of the lull and not just being lazy, because it can be hard to be certain.


1. You have no impending exam swinging over your head like an axe held by a piece of dental floss.

There’s an exam. There’s always an exam. Now, however, there’s enough time until the exam that you’re not in full-on panic mode. There is not so much time that you can afford even one day of not looking over the material, but there's enough that you spend several hours per day convincing yourself of the idea that there is enough time. In fact, you could spend that amount of time studying and you’d probably be fine.


2. I would say that you’d know because you get sick, but we all know that you only get sick during the times when you cannot afford to get sick.

Here’s a real sign: You get further in your current favorite Netflix series than you could have ever dreamt of doing in such a short period of time. There is a point of no return after which that season must be finished and this probably cuts into your study time. Just erase that budgeted study time from your planner and rewrite it in tomorrow’s box.


3. While we’re on the subject, you have erased and rewritten so many tasks in your planner that you can barely read what’s currently written.

At this point, you deserve a high-five for still keeping up with your planner. Even if you destroy the evidence of any planned productivity, you still know about it and it hurts you.


4. You find any excuse that you can to avoid being productive.

Do you have a yoga class? Do you have an ENO date? Do you want Starbucks? Is there a meeting of club that you’ve never heard of in a building that you’ve never heard of during your most important mandatory class? Before you know it, it’s 11:00 at night and you’ve accomplished exactly 28 percent of what you needed to have done by this time, but your life is enriched, right?


5. Even the smallest distraction seems like a sign from a higher power that you can take a few minutes off.

There’s another photo series about Trump’s hairpiece? Is your room is dirty? Do you need a new pair of shoes? While you’re at it, this seems like a good time to make your birthday list. Ten months will go by before you know it. There’s a dog on campus? Actually, that’s an excusable distraction.


So, now you know how to be certain that you’re in the torturous period known as the lull. I wish you all the best. You can do it. Soon enough, when you’re lying on the beach, you’ll forget that you ever had to suffer through this. At least, I hope that's the case. Good luck, friend.

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.

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When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


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As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


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Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


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Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.


So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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