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Your 5 Worst Enemies During Finals

Categories: College Life

Studying for finals is an important part of an adolescent’s journey to adulthood. It’s a time when students must make wise decisions by weighing the pros and cons of various outcomes, for instance, raging all night or paging all night through the books. Decisions decisions decisions. Two hour nap or two more hours of studying? Mass texting fifteen people from high school you haven’t spoken to in three years or writing that fifteen-page paper?

The biggest question of them all is whether you will get your studying done in time by the deadline.

For that reason, we present to you your 5 worst enemies to avoid during finals:

1. The Nap
Why is it that just opening a text book makes you sleepy? Perhaps your body is already anticipating how much brain power it will have to use to memorize that comprehensive list of 20th century Russian leaders. Your body will try its darnedest to convince you that all it needs is one tiny little nap to recharge for the rest of your studying. DO NOT BELIEVE IT. Your body is lying to you because it does not want to study. Instead of giving into a nap. Give your self a block of time that you force yourself to study in. And as soon as that’s over, you can go nap.

2. The Cell Phone
Avoid bringing your cell phone along with you to the library. Or if you do, put in on silent and hide it in the the deepest crevice of your backpack only to be rediscovered after you’ve completed an adequate amount of work. Having your cell phone around you while you study is basically asking for non-stop interruptions and reasons to help your mother decide whether or not she should buy you a blue shirt for Christmas or a red one.  Also, talking on the phone is unbelievably annoying to other library patrons.

3. The Less-Motivated But Completely Charismatic Friend
Do not let your super fun awesome friend steal you away from your books. Sure, your friend is a great conversationalist, you always have fun with him/her, and somehow you just feel more alive when you’re with them! But hey, they may just possibly ruin your life if you let them take you away from your books. Also keep in mind, said friend probably has a sick trust fund and doesn’t need to hit the books because his/her father invented books. You need to study. So tell them you’ll meet up after finals.

4. The Way Smarter Than You Doesn’t Have to Study, Equally Charismatic Friend
This is the most deceiving of all friends: the friend whose brain is so much more developed than 99% of all other humans, but amazingly doesn’t act like a robot, leading you to believe that you are on the same level. This is utter deception. Just because your friend doesn’t need to study, doesn’t mean that you don’t either. In fact, chances are  you do.

5. The Telly
Ah yes, the television. It’s a law of nature that whenever you have something important to do, the best things are on television. Or is it more along the lines that when you have a lot to study, that show on jockeys seems ten times more interesting? It’s probably the latter, even though jockeys are interesting. How do they get that small? Do not let yourself settle in front of the TV (or Internet). It is a studybuzz killer. Do not let it ruin your studybuzz. Reward yourself by watching a TV show after you’re completely 100% done with studying for your finals.

What are your study habits like? Any tips? Leave a comment below!

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Friday College Town Hall

In Friday College Town Hall, we post a question about college, and you leave an answer in the comment field.

Today’s question comes from the 2011 National Survey on Student Engagement:

Only 70% of students frequently seek help when they do not understand course material.

Why don’t all students speak up if they don’t understand class information? What holds the other 30% back from seeking help?

Have a thought or an answer? Leave a reply below.

We’ve also asked our @Cappex Twitter followers to chime in! Here’s what people are saying on Twitter:

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11 College Classes in Pop Culture

Categories: College Life

A true liberal arts educations means getting to dip your toes into at least one class that seems completely irrelevant to your education but super fun brain candy.

I took a couple, something on dinosaurs (which, to my surprise, did have more than one lecture simply stating, ‘And then they went extinct’) and one on Harry Potter. And you know what? Those professors know what they’re doing because I actually learned a lot more than I bargained for–a lot of information on how rocks form, which is WAY more exciting than it sounds, and a bunch of themes in British literature that even J.K. Rowling herself is not immune to (probably because she knew what she was doing while she was writing the best books ever).

What’s super neat-o awesome about a liberal arts education is that you can take a class on the metaphysical mechanics of Doc Brown’s time machine in Back to the Future, and you will leave knowing so much more about the world than you could’ve possibly expected. That’s the beauty of the liberal arts; it’s not just black and white. That’s why it’s important to study different mediums to discuss language, philosophy, science and history. Even if one of those fields is your major, there’s a good chance there’ll bee some cross-pollination (see what I did there?) You’ll have to know how to study history if you’re an English major and vice a versa.

So when you’re looking through that course guide, don’t just skip over the flashy pop culture courses because you think you won’t get anything out of them; you most definitely will.

On that note, here are 11 popular culture classes being offered this semester at colleges across the nation. Do any interest you?

1Consumerism and Social Change in Mad Men America, 1960-1963
Northwestern University
What it’s about: 
Taught and conceived by Professor Michael Allen, this Mad Men class will assign students to watch episodes of the popular TV series, which Allen believes accurately portrays American life in the 1950s-60s. 

2. South Park and Contemporary Social Issues
McDaniel College
What it’s about:
 Dr. Baron (Philosophy) and Dr. Raley (Sociology) of McDaniel College are using South Park–a show which has never shied away from tackling the big social issues from its own point of view–paired with  historical and contemporary texts, theories, and concepts from sociology and philosophy to understand and discuss contemporary social issues.

3. Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame
University of South Carolina
What it’s about: Students who take the course with Mathieu Deflem will focus on relevant elements of the societal context of Lady Gaga’s rise to fame, with students better able to engage in scholarly thinking about relevant aspects of popular culture, music, and fame.

4. Zombies in Popular Media
Columbia College Chicago
What it’s about: This course explores the history, significance, and representation of the zombie as a figure in horror and fantasy texts. Instruction follows an intense schedule, using critical theory and source media (literature, comics, and films) to spur discussion and exploration of the figures many incarnations….beware…

5. Wordplay: A Wry Plod From Babel to Scrabble
What it’s about: Professor Joshua Katz teaches this course with the goal to bring together interesting reading, thoughtful scholarship, and hands-on revelry in the exploration of the ludic side of language. Linguistic play is part of many people’s normal experience (think of the daily crossword puzzle and the excitement that surrounds the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee) and yet it is widely considered a trivial pursuit, often childish (Dr. Seuss and counting-out rhymes) but sometimes abstruse (James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov).

6. “Oh, Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing
Belmont University
What it’s about:This course challenges the general conception that being distracted, i.e. students with A.D.D, infringe on “knowing”. T he course is all about ways of knowing, so it embraces the fact that we are distracted as a culture, why are we distracted, how can we embrace it and how do we get back to the thing that we were doing in the first place

7. What if Harry Potter is Real?
Appalachian State University
What it’s about: 
This course asks questions about the very nature of history. Who decides what history is? Who decides how it is used or mis-used? How does this use or misuse affect us? How can the historical imagination inform literature and fantasy? How can fantasy reshape how we look at history? The Harry Potter novels and films are fertile ground for exploring all of these deeper questions. Wingardium leviosa!

8. The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur
University of Washington
What it’s about: The course explores the philosophical, historical and literary influences of the late rapper and activist, Tupac Shakur.

9. Goldberg’s Canon: Makin’ Whoopi
Bates College
What it’s about:
Simply said, it’s a symposium on the career of Whoopi Goldberg.

10. Philosophy of Star Trek
What it’s about:
Taught by Associate Professor Linda Wetzel, this course will go at light speed discussing topics in metaphysics that come up again and again in Star Trek. In conjunction with watching Star Trek, excerpts from the writings of great philosophers, extract key concepts and arguments will be assigned.

11. Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay-Z
What it’s about: The course is taught by Michael Eric Dyson, who wanted to seriously investigate the fuss behind Jay’z rhetorical impact.

Do any of these classes pique your interest? What class would you want taught?