To The College Student Dreading Finals, I Believe In You

To The College Student Dreading Finals, I Believe In You

I believe in you. I believe you will do your best. I believe that you can get through this week. I know, you are worth more than any A in any class.
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Dear College Student,

It is the most dreaded time of the year... finals week. There are no words to explain the misery, overwhelming stress, and lack of sleep that is brought on from this week. Unfortunately, it is college and we all have to go through them in some degree.

It's hard to know where to begin. You are probably going to get overwhelmed. It's OK, you're not alone, in fact, you are in the same boat as every other college student right now.

Although you are stressed, although it may seem like the world is ending, you are going to be OK. How do I know this? Simple. Grades do not define your worth. Need me to say it louder? GRADES. DO. NOT. DEFINE. YOUR. WORTH. Do they affect your GPA? Yes. Will it suck if worst case scenario you fail a class? Yes, absolutely. Does that make you any less of a person or even student? Heck no!

Some people aren't good writers and struggle classes that require final papers. Some people are horrible test-takers, especially when it comes to timed tests and can spend days upon days studying for finals, hoping to just get a C on the final. If that's you, I'm with ya! Some people have project finals, where it's so much preparation and work that have to rush and not put your best work forth. We've all been there, we all struggle in some way. No one is perfect, even if it seems like it.

The worst thing you can do to yourself, on top of all the stress you are going through is making this test a life or death situation. The best thing you can do is to study hard, put your best foot forward, and not dwell on the outcome. I know it is easier said than done, but if you dwell it is only going to make your next semester start out on a negative note.

Remember, you are not perfect. You will make mistakes. You will get those easy questions wrong on accident that you could've answered in your sleep. Sometimes you might forget a period, or use the wrong tense. Maybe, it wasn't the best project you've turned in but you just really wanted an extra hour of sleep instead.

Guess what? That's OK.

DO to the best of your capability, but DON'T stress yourself out where you are putting your health and self-image in jeopardy. One grade is not worth it.

You, my friend, are a complex person full of personality, thoughts, feelings, and intellect. Never, let any grade take that away from you. Do not give a class that power over you.

I believe in you. I believe you will do your best. I believe that you can get through this week. I know, you are worth more than any A in any class.

Wishing you the best in this week, and remember to take care of yourself, your too precious not to!

Sincerely,

Your fellow college student

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The Benefits And Negatives Of The Neolithic Revolution

Was the First Agricultural Revolution really that great?
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The Neolithic Revolution was a groundbreaking event that happened at around 10000 B.C., when the earliest humans learned how to plant seeds and learned rudimentary horticulture, as well as how to domesticate animals. It was a huge stepping stone for the early humans, for it started the transition from a hunting-gathering society to an urban, agricultural society and shaped the course for the rest of human history. While it is a widely accepted fact that the Neolithic Revolution was a monumental step, and a great thing that happened in history, an opinion has started to grow among historians that the Neolithic Revolution might have actually been a mistake.

Here are some reasons why some think it was beneficial, and why some think it was a mistake.

The Benefits

1. Humans began farming.

Farming was an important step in human history because before, humans were nomadic hunter gatherers, which meant that they would hunt their food and gather fruits and berries in their surroundings. They would not stay in one place and would follow their main food source (usually animals) around. Hunting and gathering was a dangerous life to live, due to the inconsistent food source. It could take hours to track down an animal herd, and even then, the animals could always get away. When the humans started farming, however, they found a new, reliable food source that was easy and sustaining. This was a stepping stone to many of the future changes that happened because of the Revolution.

2. Humans settled down into cities.

When humans started farming, they did not have to wander the land, following the animals they used to depend on. They started to settle down near their food source and come together. Soon, they had permanent settlements with more people living together. That led to more collaboration and work between people. This was also a big step in making empires and proper civilizations later on.

3. Food surplus, specialization of labor, and new technology

When the early humans were hunter-gatherers, the entire tribe/family of people were involved in finding food. They were all part of tracking down the animals that were being hunted, skinning, roasting or another part of the process. However, when the humans started farming, they realized that they actually had an abundance of food on their hands and that it was more than they needed. This is called a surplus.

When they attained a surplus, there were fewer people needed to grow food. That left a lot of the people with free time on their hands, and they began to work on other things. Some became artisans and focused on making specific crafts to help them survive. Others became merchants and specialized in trading and selling things. And others became blacksmiths skilled in making things from metals. When people started to specialize, they invented new technologies in their respective fields. For example, after the Neolithic Revolution, humans learned how to work with bronze. They also invented the wheel. New systems of irrigation were invented to increase crop yields. Soon, instead of everyone focused on the production of food, there were many different areas in which people were working, creating a diverse environment,

The Negatives

1. Social Class Structure

Before the Neolithic Revolution, the human society was generally an egalitarian. Each person played a simple role, and they worked toward the same purpose: attaining food to survive. However, when the humans settled down and started farming, they needed someone to control who did what and how things were being made. This is where kings came into the picture.

Kings and rulers were put in charge of the allocation of resources, infrastructure development and other aspects of early civilization. However, when kings were put into power, a social hierarchy rose up with them. On top were the kings or rulers, then came the priests, then the middle-class workers, such as the merchants and the artisans followed by the peasants and then, there were the slaves. The advent of a ruler caused certain people to rise in power, and others to fall.

Also, with the surplus food the revolution created, there arose the chance for monetary gain among citizens. Some people became richer than others, and they became part of the social elite. Those who held special occupations, like artisans, blacksmiths and scribes, were right under them. Due to the surplus of food, the value of food production decreases, as did that of those who made a living off of it. They were right under the specialists. And finally, the slaves were at the bottom. The slaves were either prisoners of war from a rival village or someone who could not pay off his or her debts.

2. Gender Inequality

In the time before farming became prevalent, both genders were usually considered equal. Men and women spent their day hours looking for food and preparing it. The gender equality common in the Paleolithic society was partially due to the fact that both men and women had the same role: food gatherer. However, all that changes when societies transitioned over to an agrarian lifestyle. Women kept their roles as farmers and raised children. In contrast, men did not need to hunt anymore and left their jobs as hunters to find new, specialized jobs. Through those jobs, they gained money and power, while the women stayed home. This can be interpreted as the foundation of the patriarchal society that dominated most centuries for millions of years.


The Neolithic Revolution was one of the most important transitions man has ever made. The switch from a nomadic lifestyle of hunting for food to a sedentary agrarian society indirectly helped the early civilizations of Sumer, Babylon, and Egypt to grow and develop, thus setting the stage for everything in history that came after it. However, it also came with many negative socio-economic problems, some which we are still suffering from as of today. Whether you think that it was good or bad, it should be known that the Neolithic Transition is one of the most impactful events in history.

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Queer Eye Gifs For Every College Student's Moods

Who better to represent the up and downs of college than the Fab Five?

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Queer Eye has taken college campuses by storm. I had no idea who they were when is stepped on campus in August, and now along with 85% of the female population, I am obsessed with five fabulous, gay men who change lives. So it's only fitting to represent my every mood with a Fab Five gif.

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When your friends are having mental breakdowns.

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When your roommate cooks for the first time.

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