How to survive night classes

The semester is back in full swing, and that means thousands of students taking classes all day, every day. Most of us students have ideal class times based on whether we’re early risers or night owls. Still, I think we can all agree that we’ve had to take a class or two at a time that wasn’t perfect for us. That’s right, 8 a.m. classes, I’m talking to you. But a potentially more problematic class (if you’re like me, that is) occurs at night: the dreadful "6 to 9." 

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What we can take away from 2017

Right now, at the beginning of 2018, we are all presented with an opportunity to look back at 2017, recognize its tragedies and its joys, and learn from them. We all have the opportunity to better ourselves and to make 2018 a year that is full of good instead of plagued with loss. In order to do this, let’s take a look back at 2017.  

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Why staying informed is so important

The world we live in today is bursting with information. Our everyday lives are saturated with news stories, trending topics and the hottest celeb gossip 24/7. This "CNN effect" can be overwhelming, but what’s more important is its connection to greater knowledge within the world. It’s a reminder that we all have a duty to be informed.  

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Why appearance shouldn’t define capability

We’ve all heard the saying "don’t judge a book by its cover." As a population, we are notorious for judging people based on their appearance, whether it be clothing, age, race or something even more minute. We do this in our own lives, but we also do this to people of power. The problem is that appearance has very little, if anything, to do with capability. 

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Why physical textbooks are better than their online counterparts

There are currently six textbooks sitting atop my bookshelf. Some of them are old and worn; some of them are brand new; and, if I’m being honest, a lot of them haven’t been opened in a while. I wouldn’t consider a textbook to be my friend, and only sometimes would I even consider one to be helpful. They are long, boring and difficult to read, let alone comprehend.

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Why we need selective question testing

Exam week is drawing near, and for most students, that means "binge" studying in an effort to absorb all of the material taught from each and every one of their classes. Yikes. All of that material can be pretty overwhelming, especially if the corresponding final exams are cumulative. It’s hard, from my experience, to know which areas to focus on. For this reason, I advocate for what I call "selective question testing."

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A good movie with a great mustache

I’m not a die-hard fan of the murder-mystery genre. Prior to my viewing of "Murder on the Orient Express" in theaters, the entirety of my experience with its original creator (and bestselling mystery author of all time), Agatha Christie, was a "Doctor Who" episode in which her telepathic link with a drowning alien wasp gives her amnesia.  But despite the 2017 movie presumably being targeted to a demographic whose first notion of Christie’s work is not “oh, that’s from the space-bug lady,” I ended up enjoying it immensely. 

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Better than 'Batman v Superman': 'Justice League' is lighter, funnier than its predecessor

You don’t have to be a hard-core comics fan to know that Marvel’s superhero movies (which, in recent years, have transformed into a huge franchise enlisting characters as bizarre as those of the "Guardians of the Galaxy") have been performing better than DC’s attempts to do the same. Unfortunately for DC, the performance of "Justice League" in the box office is a new low for the already less-successful DC Extended University—which is unfortunate, considering how despite its flaws, it’s still a better superhero movie than "Batman v Superman" and its forerunners.

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