Your Favorite Cartoon Family Explains The Terrors That Are Finals Week

Your Favorite Cartoon Family Explains The Terrors That Are Finals Week


Finals - (n) death by examination

Finals week - (n) the one week in the semester where study breaks are totally necessary, panic attacks come by the dozen, and you start to realize that you never actually learned any of the material

As the semester nears an end, finals are just around the corner and we've got a little bit of a love/hate relationship with them. We love finals because not far behind them, the end of the semester always tags along. However, we hate them because no matter how ready you think you are, you're usually not actually ready. Finals week has been described as "the worst week of a college student's life," typically involving all nighters, attempts to reverse months of slacking, lots of stress and very little sleep. Us college students like to think of our "finals week abilities" sort of like a superpower that only comes out in times of great desperation. Here are a few times when the Griffin family perfectly described your finals week experience.

When you think about how soon finals are, and how unprepared you are.

When all of your friends are already done for the semester and are on summer vacation, but you still have 4 finals to take.

Can you say 24 hour study hours?

When your grades have gotten so bad that your final exam grade is the only thing keeping you afloat.

But no matter how hard you try...

...Your efforts seem futile.

When you're up all night studying, hopped up on caffeine.

When someone is trying to teach you something that you just don't understand.

When you're trying to be responsible, but it's the end of the semester and you can't even find a pencil anymore.

When you think you're prepared, but you walk into the exam and forget every single thing you have ever known.

When you did it right. You know you did it right. You're positive you did it right. Except you didn't.

After an exam when you walk out into the hallway and everyone is talking about their answers and you didn't get anything that they got.

When you somehow managed to do way better than you thought you were going to.

When the class average on an exam was really high, but you did really bad.

So though it can be trying, and though it may seem like there is no end in sight- I promise, there is. And it's closer than you think! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you do have a future, and you will make it through. Keep your head up, stay positive, study hard and good luck on finals!

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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When It's Impossible To Ignore Panhandlers: Part 2

Does asking a stranger for money cross a line? It's hard to tell, especially if you feel you've been scammed into it.


Continued from Part 1.

When I left the Walgreens, I felt conflicted. After all, I'd just gone back on my word, in a sense: a stranger had asked for help and I backed out when the terms of the arrangement got a little muddled. I hadn't realized that she'd wanted me to buy what she didn't have enough money for--a $25 gift card.

As soon as I knew I was in no trouble--and I was kicking myself, mentally, for momentarily engaging with the question of "Miss! Hey Miss! Can you help me out?"--I walked out. It had never occurred to me that it happened that way--I'd seen homeless people at countless medians, street corners, and grocery stores. I'd been approached in parking lots by people asking for money to feed their kids or to get to the next town. Sometimes, I made a donation; most times, I didn't.

I'm not sure whether it was a lack of sympathy, the ability to learn to ignore what one sees every day or the fact that I almost never carried any actual cash to hand out when the occasion called for it. I'd never been in a store and asked to buy something for someone. The more I thought about that, the weirder I felt.

What that girl did wasn't so different from a scam caller, I realized. She'd taken me by surprise with a request I didn't understand, there was no easy way of brushing her off, and she was insistent that I oblige. She'd even come back into the store when I'd asked the cashier if it was okay to buy someone else a gift card--basically a callback after you hang up the phone, again. I was upset when I realized that she'd picked out the first person she saw and didn't hesitate to think that someone else's money was hers to ask for.

I know I'll probably get some flak for that. People can ask questions. "Will you buy me something?" is a question. It felt dishonest that the girl had asked in such a roundabout way--although anyone could've done the math when she handed me the twenty. Legally, money changing hands is a basis for the creation of a contract--albeit an awkward one, and one in which I didn't know the exact terms.

The whole lunch break felt dishonest, and I had a hard time understanding what bothered me so much about it. I don't know if the girl was actually homeless, or just trying to turn one bill into more--if she was after cash, she could've used the receipt to sell the card back. Maybe she just needed to pay for something else she really needed. Part of me said I should have just given up my own money to get her what she wanted, and another said that she had no right to ask me for it in the first place. Neither was quite satisfying. I'm just not able to pin down why, exactly.

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