The Week Of Finals In 14 Songs

The Week Of Finals In 14 Songs


December in upon us and so is the week of finals. That moment when you don't know if you'd prefer to see time flying fast toward winter break or if you wish time would freeze just so you could prepare yourself as much as possible.

But, trust me, I feel your pain. And I came up with a list of songs that sum up your emotions during this week perfectly, just so you know that you are not alone. We're all in this together.

1."Haunted" - Beyoncé

When finals week is approaching and you are trying to enjoy your last moments of free time but still thinking of what will your life be in just a few days.

2."The Final Countdown" - Europe

The moment when you just can't hide anymore. Brace yourselves, finals are coming.

3."Highway to Hell" - AC/DC

Goin' down. Study Time. Your friends are gonna be there too.

4."Get'cha Head In The Game" - High School Musical

Ok, you've got this. This is the moment when you gather all your confidence, motivation and your caffeine stock. Sleep. Eat. Study. Repeat.

5."Under Pressure" - Queen

Hmm... Maybe things are not as in control as you thought. Tons of work, not enough time. Do you feel the pressure pushing down on you?

6. "The Sound of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel

When you start studying so much the only one sound you hear is the sound of silence, and darkness is your only friend.

7. "Hello" - Adele

Your friends are done with their exams and papers, but you are still stuck with your head in the books. They start planning fun things to do, but you can't go. You still have lots of work to do.

8. "The Sweet Escape" - Gwen Stefani

It's seems like you're the only one in the world not having fun. If only you had started those final projects sooner, huh?

9. "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" - Pat Benatar

You've done your studying. You're confident. You know everything there is to know about the subject. If the professor thinks he's failing you, he's got it wrong.

10. "Jesus Take The Wheel" - Carrie Underwood

Ok. Now you're looking at the test and you don't know how to answer the first question. Or the last. Or any one in between.

11. "Keep Your Head Up" - Andy Grammer

Finals week is almost over. I know you haven't sleep at all. I know you forgot a meal or two. But come on, I know you can do it.

12. "Por Onde Andei" - Nando Reis

"Sorry, I'm a bit late. But I hope there is still time to say that I am wrong and I know it. Your complaints are so justifiable and my absence during this week. Things that would seem clear even to a child."

For those moments when you're handing your work to the professor a little later than the actual deadline.

13. Let It Go - Idina Menzel (Frozen)

Time is up but there were still a few questions to answer on your exam? You hand in your paper and realize you forgot to put the page number, or your name on it? Did you screw up the citation format? There is just one thing you can do. Let it go.

14."Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + The Machine

Last final on the last day of school? Congratulations! You finally did it! You are ready for Winter Break! Treat your self. You deserve it.

And if you need extra inspiration for your mood during finals week, you can listen to the whole playlist here. Happy studying!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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