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# The Four Stages Of Studying For a Calculus Exam

## There are highs and lows, but mainly lows.

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Calculus exams are always a thing of magic - but not like the Disney-Princess kind of magic, it's more like black magic. Equations, series, and integrals appear that you swear can't even exist. Studying for a Calculus Exam has highs and lows, mainly lows... okay, only lows.

## 1. Believing you have a chance

You plan out your study schedule and feel super confident about your abilities. It's just a math exam right? You should be fine, you got an A in pre-Algebra, you're a math wizard.

## 2. Memorizing formulas, rules, and identities

This is what you think the simple part of studying will be. However, you then realize you need to know 26 different equations for each question, oh wait make that 27. Unfortunately, the Pythagorean Theorem isn't applicable to a diverging series.

## 3. Realizing you know nothing

This is the moment where you flip through your notes and realize that you might as well be learning how to fly. So unless you're Peter Pan, you're out of luck here.

## 4. Panic

This is the moment when you convince yourself you'd do society a favor by dropping Calculus. The numbers are behaving like variables and the variables are behaving like numbers and the world is in chaos. Everything you thought you knew at this point has been continuously disproved and now you wonder if 2+2 even really exists.

Sometimes Calculus clicks, but mostly it doesn't. Calculus exams can be daunting and even life changing. However, I promise you don't need to know how to find an interval of convergence in order to pay your bills. It's just a nice party trick. Keep watching YouTube videos on Calculus concepts the day of the exam, I promise it might help you get at least 3 right.

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## Yoga love

### A long over due thank you note to my greatest passion.

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Dearest Yoga,

You deserve a great thank you.

Never would I have thought a few years ago that I would be such a huge yoga fanatic, that I would be hitting the gym almost every day to get to class, and that I would be forming all these amazing relationships with so many incredible people who also share a love for you. You've enhanced my way of life in numerous ways that I need to thank you for.

Thank you for showing me my true strength. Not only physical strength, but more importantly mental strength. You've shown me that I am more than what others may think of me, and that I can rise above any obstacle that comes through my path.

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Thank you for helping me to walk through life with grace and passion.To love what I do and love the life that I share with those around me. Before experiencing yoga, I never truly understood what it was like to be passionate about something. Now that I have, not only do I know what it's like to be passionate, but also have a willing to be passionate.

Thank you for teaching me what it is like to appreciate the small things in life. Which has only helped me more to appreciate the big things. You've shown me to not only appreciate the life around me, but also to give myself the appreciation that I deserve. And more importantly, give others the appreciation that they deserve.

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Thank you for allowing me to let go. Whenever I feel as if I need a break from the world, the yoga studio is the first place I think of. As soon as I enter the studio, the outside world leaves my mind. You've allowed me an escape that I will be forever thankful for.

Thank you for turning me into a mindful person. Having mindfulness is harder than it seems, especially here in today's society. Over the past couple years, I have become more mindful to the world around me, I have been able to truly be myself and let everyone else be themselves -- all thanks to yoga.

And lastly, thank you for allowing me to breathe. As simple as it sounds, breathing is the one thing that I carry around most with me off the mat. Deep breaths are what get me through the day. Throughout tough situations, emotional battles, and stressful times, I always know to come back to my yoga, to come back to my breath.

I only hope that those around me feel the same way as I do about you, yoga. You have truly transformed my life in the best way imaginable. It is a gift and a great privilege to be able to experience the practice. Thanks to you, I have grown as a person, proved to myself the true strength I have, become more aware and have ultimately started living a better life.

You're the best,

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## Epic Creation Myths: Norse Origins Unveiled

### What happened in the beginning, and how the heavens were set in motion.

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Now, I have the everlasting joy of explaining the Norse creation myth. To be honest, it can be a bit kooky, so talking about it is always fun. The entire cosmos is included in this creation myth, not just the earth but the sun and the moon as well. This will be a short retelling, a summary of the creation myth, somewhat like I did with Hermod's ride to Hel.

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The Norse cosmos began with two worlds, Niflheim and Muspellheim. These two worlds, the worlds of primordial cold and fire, were separated by a great fissure called Ginnungagap. The waters from the well Hvergelmir, at the center of Niflheim, by many rivers flowed into Ginnungagap and "when those rivers, which are called Elivagar, came so far from their source, the poisonous flow hardened like a slag of cinders running from a furnace, and became ice. ...Then layer by layer, the ice grew within Ginnungagap" (Byock 13). The northernmost regions of the gap filled with hoar frost and rime, but the southernmost were "the regions bordering on Muspell [and] were warm and bright" (Byock 13). Where the cold of Niflheim's ice and the warmth of Muspellheim's fire met in Ginnungagap the ice thawed, and "there was a quickening in these flowing drops and life sprang up" (Byock 14). From the ice came Ymir, known as Aurgelmir by the giants, the origin of all frost giants. As the wise giant Vafthruthnir says, "'down from Elivagar did venom drop, / And waxed till a giant it was; / And thence arose our giants' race, / And thus so fierce are we found'" (Bellows 76-77).

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## 25 Throwback Songs You Forgot About

### But you know you still know every word.

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We all scroll through the radio stations in the car every once in a while, whether its because we lost signal to our favorite one or we are just bored with the same ol' songs every day. You know when you're going through and you hear a song where you're just like "I forgot this existed!" and before you know it, you're singing every word? Yeah, me too. Like, 95% of the time. If you're like me and LOVE some good throwback music, here's a list of songs from every genre that have gotten lost in time, but never truly forgotten.

## 1. "Big Pimpin'" - Jay-ZÂ ft. UGK

Jay-Z gives us a ballad about, you guessed it, pimpin' big in NYC. Jay-Z's rhymes paired with that catchy beat is just bound to get stuck in your head for the rest of the night.

## 2. "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers

If you say that you don't know any of the words to this song, you're the worst kind of person... a liar. This classic has left stamps of its lyrics on 99% of the population, and has a forever spot in my soul.

## 3. "Lose Yourself" - Eminem

This song always leaves me feeling like I could sign a record deal and launch my career as a rap/hip-hop legend... and craving spaghetti.

## 4. "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) - Toby Keith

A ballad for the ages that brings the overly patriotic American badass out of all of us.

## 5. "Drop It Like It's Hot" - Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams

SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!

## 6. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Green Day

This song makes me want to walk down a lonely road, preferably a dark one, and reflect on all of my life choices. Nevertheless, it's still a fantastic song.

## 7. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Panic! At The Disco

If your friends don't "chime in" by screaming the chorus at the top of their lungs in the car with you, it's time to leave them there and find new friends. Also, did anyone ever tell the groom what his bride has been up to?

## 8. "Semi-Charmed Life" - Third Eye Blind

A life anthem for all of us. Third Eye Blind has recently released another album. My inner child is tingling.

## 9. "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix A Lot

Nicki Minaj sampled this in her song "Anaconda" in 2014. Take a minute to realize that some people have heard that, but not the REAL jam that the sample came from. Now, cry.

## 10. "Get Low" - Lil Jon ft. Ying Yang Twinz

The real question is which version is better: Lil Jon's or Sandra Bullock's?

## 11. "Check Yes Or No" - George Strait

You don't have to be a country lover to know this song. My hardcore rocker/screamo friend even knows the chorus. Don't try and tell me you don't. I don't like liars.

## 12. "Ride Wit Me" - Nelly

"Ayyyyye, must be the monaaayyy!" - frequently screamed lyric

## 13. "Pony" - Ginuwine

Even though I can't hear this song without seeing Channing Tatum's half naked body in my mind, it's still one of my favorite songs to hear. Instant day brightener when I hear that funky beat at the beginning.

## 14. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" - Eminem

As sad as these lyrics are, Eminem really hit this one out of the park.

## 15. "Gangstas Paradise" - Coolio

10/10 would recommend listening to Weird Al's parody of this song.

## 16. "It Was A Good Day" - Ice Cube

The first time I heard this may have been on Grand Theft Auto, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a great song.

## 17. "What's Your Fantasy" - Ludacris

Another song that I knew most of the lyrics to that I probably shouldn't have at a young age.

## 18. "Everybody (Backstreets Back)" - Backstreet Boys

They really were back, and we all wish they had stayed.

## 19. "Misery Business" - Paramore

I can't tell if I want to be Hayley Williams or be ON Hayley Williams. I'd be okay with either. #girlcrush

## 20. "Steal My Sunshine" - Len

This feel good song makes me want to rip open a popsicle and ride my bicycle around town.

## 21. "Fly" - Sugar Ray

As repetitive as this is, this song will never get old.

WOO-HOO!

## 23. "Buddy Holly" - Weezer

Weezer may have hated this song, but we are glad they recorded it.

## 24. "No Rain" - Blind Melon

Maybe it's just me who is obsessed with this song, but if you haven't heard it, I highly recommend.

## 25. "99 Problems" - Jay-Z

I have 99 problems, and this playlist solves all of them.

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## 27 Hidden Joys

### Appreciation for some of life's most discredited pleasures.

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Life is full of many wonderful pleasures that many of us, like myself, often forget about. And it's important to recognize that even on bad days, good things still happen. Focusing on these positive aspects of our day-to-day lives can really change a person's perspective. So in thinking about the little things that make so many of us happy, I've here's a list of some of the best things that often go unrecognized and deserve more appreciation:

## 7. "This reminded me of you"

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## 8. Breakfast foods

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## 9. Over-sized clothes

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## 10. Contagious laughs

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## 11. Car rides with that one person

woman in black and white floral dress sitting on red car hood during daytime Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

## 12. Random (I miss you/ I love you) texts

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## 13. The city at night

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## 14. Surprises

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## 15. Blanket cocoons

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## 16. Good hair days

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## 17. Really good coffee

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## 18. Days where you're in a good mood naturally and for no particular reason

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## 19. Conquering a fear

person jumping on big rock under gray and white sky during daytime Photo by Sammie Chaffin on Unsplash

## 20. When they give you a lot of guac at Chipotle

a bowl of guacamole next to a bowl of tortilla chips Photo by Zoshua Colah on Unsplash

## 21. Being so comfortable with someone that you can literally talk about anything

two women sitting on a couch in a living room Photo by Marea Wellness on Unsplash

## 22. Home-cooked meals

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## 23. Tattoo stories

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## 24. Leaves changing color in fall

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## 25. Butterflies in your stomach

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## 26. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches

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## 27. When you can't stop laughing

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## Cool Off with These 8 Beers!

### Cool Off with These 8 Beers!

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Summer is hot and humid, and it's almost like summer was made specifically to drink the refreshing, cold, crisp wonderful, delicious, nutritious nectar of the gods. Which is none other than beer; wonderful cold beer. With summer playing peek-a-boo around the corner while we finish up this semester, it's time to discuss the only important part of summer. And if you haven't already guessed, it's beer. There are few things I take more seriously than my beer, in order are: sports... and beer. Here are my favorite summer brews:

## Coors Light Summer Brew:

This summer shandy begins this list, it's a mix of lemon, lime and orange. While this is by no means a craft beer, it still has it place as a refreshing summer brew to enjoy.

## Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

Solid choice for any summer get together, great taste with a hint of citrus.

## Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat

Distinctly reminds me of Fruity Pebbles, but nonetheless is a wonderful summer beer.

## Want to know more about beer?

Summertime is the perfect time for beer, and that's why International Beer Day is on August 2nd. Our community has you covered with more stories about beer, including:

1. The Benefits of Drinking Beer: Let us count the ways. There are more than you might think.
2. Delicious Beer Substitutes: Is beer not typically your thing? Try one of these instead.
3. Unique Beer Flavors to Try: Whether it's hard apple cider or the tase of wild blueberries, these are great options.
4. If College Majors Were Beers: Business, sports medicine, design â€“ there's a beer for every major.

Sam Adams is known for their traditional Boston Lager, but their Summer Ale is damn good.

## Hell or High Watermelon

Made with real watermelon, not much is more summer-esque than juicy watermelon in July.

## Blue Moon Summer Honey

I love me some Blue Moon, so the summer brew is a no-brainer on this list.

## LandShark Lager

Fun fact: LandShark is owned by Anheuser-Busch, and is more commonly know as the signature drink of Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.

## Corona

Obviously Corona had to take the number one spot. To me, there's nothing more refreshing than a cold Corona with lime on a hot summer day.

So whether you're on a sandy beach, a fishing boat, or at a pool, just remember what our dear friend Jack Nicholson said, "Beer, it's the best damn drink in the world."

Drink responsibly and never drink and drive.