10 Movie Quotes That Describe The End Of The Semester Funk

10 Movie Quotes That Describe The End Of The Semester Funk

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Let's face it, November is not the all-star month. It's basically one long struggle until we reach the Thanksgiving holiday, only to be reminded that upon our not-so-glorious return to campus we will find ourselves thrust into the end-of-the-semester whirlwind of homework, papers, tests, projects, and final exams. Somehow, professors will manage to squeeze the same amount of work into 10 days that they did into the first month of classes. How? I honestly can't tell you, it's a mystery. And a miracle if we, the oh-so-lucky students, actually get everything done on time. Literally, the only thing to look forward to at this point is setting up your dorm or apartment holiday decorations, studying to Christmas tunes, and praying your way through exams to go home for the holidays.

But to get there, I find myself in serious need for some inspiration. And when all my creative juices are going into some essay or presentation, I don't have a lot to spare to come up with some inspirational motto. Luckily, there are people out there in the world that are paid to write things. Hey, they're even given awards if they're good enough! Even better, inspiration doesn't have to come from a book - like I have time to read for fun when I'm 865 pages into my American Literature anthology! I don't have time to hunt through an inspirational book to find a passage to get me to my Christmas break. Movies, on the other hand, offer quick one-liners that stick with us for a lifetime. So here, compiled for your convenience, are a list of 10 movie quotes to live by as you make your way to the end of the semester:

1. "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, What do we do? We swim, swim." - Dory, "Finding Nemo"  

Persistence is key. If you keep studying long enough, the homework pile will end. Or you'll fall asleep. Either is fine.

2. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris, "Ferris Bueller's Day off" 

Studying is important, but study breaks are important too! Don't miss out on some fun pre-holiday celebrations with your friends just because you're stuck at the library. You need the good times to refuel!

3. "You're killing me smalls!" - Ham, "The Sandlot"  

Am I the only person that thinks this at their professor this time of year? We've had 14 weeks to cover this already, and you're squeezing half the book into the last two weeks? What were were doing the last 3 months?!?!?!

4. "Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda, "The Empire Strikes Back" 

This just feels inspirational. And it's Yoda. But seriously, this is the kind of mentality that gets me through those exams. If I'm gonna do this, I might as well go all in.

5. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." - Johnny Castle, "Dirty Dancing" 

Unless it's the corner table at Starbucks. Then reserve that for me cause I'm studying there until midnight.

6. "Pull the lever, Kronk!" - Yzma, "The Emperor's New Groove" 

Well, I'm going down anyway. Might as well get to use a slide.

7. "What an idiot." - Hermione Granger, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" 

Hermione is me. I am Hermione. This is how I view every person cramming for the exam the night before. Or better yet, the people who just didn't study. Did you not take Yoda's advice????

8. "Right now, my life is a mess." - Olive, "Easy A"

This quote describes life in general, but somehow the end of the semester rush amps it up to 11.

9. "May the odds be ever in your favor." - "The Hunger Games" 

Let's face it: we've all said this to ourselves as we walk into our classes and exams in December.

10. "Crushed it." - Fat Amy, "Pitch Perfect" 

When you reach break: Hey, give yourself some credit. You did it! It's over! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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7 Inspirational Quotes From "The Polar Express"

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For all the people who love watching "The Polar Express" movie every time around Christmas, here are my top seven inspirational quotes from the movie. Hope you enjoy!

1. "Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."

2. "Just remember the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart" — Santa Claus

3. "Though I've grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe."

4. "Seeing is believing but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."

5." One thing about trains: it doesn't matter where they're goin'. What matters is deciding to get on."

6. "There's no greater gift than friends" — Santa Clause

7. "Seeing is believing."

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The Case For V.A.T.S. In 'Fallout 76'

This week I decided to take a break from my "hero's journey" in cinema discussion to talk about a much more pressing issue at hand: V.A.T.S. in the most recent "Fallout" game.

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Although this isn't my first article on "Fallout 76" (and it most likely won't be my last) I wanted to take the time to argue my thoughts on the changes made to the V.A.T.S. or Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System for the multiplayer title. Although there is the main issue of it only working half the time due to one of the many bugs in the game, seriously, I had 98% on a super mutant that was 5 feet in front of me and nothing hit, my main grip isn't with a bug, it's with the system itself.

For those of you unfamiliar to the Bethesda series, the V.A.T.S. system is a unique feature of the "Fallout" games that has been a staple of the franchise since the original "Fallout," then with the game studio Interplay. The system is fairly simple to use, hit a button on your controller/keyboard and the world will freeze for a few moments allowing players to target nearby enemies and even includes a percent chance to hit on the target. With perks you can even aim at specific body parts which can sometimes allow you to shoot off the arm holding the weapon in their hand.

For me, especially grinding those first few hours of gameplay into a "Fallout" game, V.A.T.S. is not only effective to help me finish quests and kill feral ghouls, but it is a great XP booster too which allows me to get newer weapons, more perks, and a better gaming experience overall.

So here is where my gripe comes in, "Fallout 76's" V.A.T.S. (when it works) doesn't stop time, but just slows down it, taking away those great cinematics that accompany using the feature. And look, I understand Bethesda's reason for the change, because "76" is a multiplayer game there is no pausing at all whenever you are playing the game, even when you bring up the main menu, so why would V.A.T.S. be any different?

This major shift, no matter how small it may seem, has completely changed my favorite part of the franchise in a way that I don't think is worth it. And with Bethesda most likely not changing back this change, it looks like I will need to start playing "Fallout 4" again to relieve my V.A.T.S. itch.

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