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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Tips for acing your finals

At long last, it's that time of the semester: Only one more week of exams, projects, and essays stands between you and your bed back home, your family and three weeks of freedom. Here’s how to finish off finals week strong, regardless of which type of final has you stressed or how badly you’ve procrastinated.  

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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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