5 Finals Tips For The Underdogs

I wanted to get this post out quickly before it becomes May 4th and my blog gets even more behind! With studying for finals, I haven’t had much time to brainstorm and really plan out all of my posts for this month just yet. So I’ve had to come up with this on the fly so just stay with me here. I decided that the most appropriate post was one about the main thing on my mind at the moment…finals! So here are 5 quick suggestions and tips that you probably already know but I hope you find them at least a little bit relevant and helpful anyway.

1. Get some sleep!

I know this is like impossible for any college kid to the point where most of us have just gone ahead and embraced the whole no sleep thing. But, I still believe that you can get at least a little bit of sleep. It’s important to do everything you can not to be up all night cramming at the last second. If you want to cram at all, make sure it’s right before you actually take your exam. Sleep is really important, red bull isn’t your friend. Chances are, if you take it, you might end up crashing right when you’re taking your exam and no one wants that. The best way to be fully focuses is with plenty of sleep.

2. Minimize your distractions

Setting aside some time where you just sit down and study all your materials for each exam is the best way to just center yourself on what you’re doing. I realize this is pretty much impossible but try to just stay inside your own little bubble. Don’t bring in any electronics or anything of that nature because you’re bound to get seriously sidetracked.

3. Use some white noise or instrumental/classical music

Music with words can be dangerous while studying because you start to simply focus on that and not what you’re studying. However, there are other types of music that work quietly in the background as you get to work. White noise is a great tool for when you want to buckle down and study. You can also never go wrong with some classical music to get you in the study zone. Modern classical music is good too but some (like the ones that are the instrumental versions of your favorite songs) may be a bit distracting, so watch out for that!

4. Work with others

There are both pros and cons to spending all your time studying for finals for other people, but sometimes it can be a very helpful thing to do. I recommend this one when you share a class with a friend. You both can share your notes and you can get some feedback if they caught something that you didn’t or vice versa. They might also give you some cool study ideas that you’ve never heard of before!

5. Find an organization strategy

Everyone has a different method to studying that works for them. Most students never had any need for them in high school so some of us may still be developing this as we go along in college. That being said, you know what works for you. I just think it’s crucial to at least have something set in place that is your own personal method that you know has worked for you in the past.

Steve Job Quotes

Steve Jobs was a insanely creative and innovative guy. He was also a guy who faced a lot of failure in his life. He was a college drop out who was at rock bottom but who found a way to get back to the top and take classes that he was genuinely interested in. Then once he had that company, he ended up getting fired from the company that he helped create. Then his work began with Pixar and he found his way back to Apple. He had a complicated journey to the top and even though he died of pancreatic cancer in 2011, he still was a success story. Years before his death, he gave a commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University. I’m going to list several important Steve Jobs quotes and most of them come from that speech.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“If you live each day as it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.”
“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”
“Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.”  
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”

May Theme

Wow, I can’t believe that May is already here. Finals are just around the corner (Monday and Tuesday for me) and that’s just crazy to me that I’m already nearly finished with my first year of college. So I’m off to a late start for the month of May and I contemplated not doing a theme at all. But then I realized that sticking to one theme for the whole theme has helped me become a lot more organized and consistent with my blog posts so I might as well continue doing them. So this month I’m going to talk about underdogs: the washed up, those that have all the odds against them, and just those that you can’t help but root for and be inspired by. Some of these underdogs don’t ALWAYS win, but you always want them to due to the fact that they never give up. Some other words to describe them and just general words to think about this month are: outcasts, misfits, freaks, geeks, weirdos, round pegs in square holes, rebels, and dreamers. Basically the best way to sum up this month is this quote from Apple,

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

So this is the quote that helped me come up with this theme because it’s a quote that I come back to fairly often. Underdogs seem to have the whole world against theme but somehow they manage to find something or someone to believe in and they find a way to reach some level of success. Some of the things I’ll be talking about this month include: Broadway musicals, Disney movies, books about the world being against you, movies about finding a way to overcome, and also a few rad playlists, one of which will definitely be for those of you studying for finals. Plus there will be many more things that are going to be a surprise so stay with me this month!

Sidenote: Since I’m a day late getting started, I’ll also put my first post that should have been today sometime later on in the day so I don’t get too behind with my posts.

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What Makes A Good Athlete

What makes a good athlete? Well, that right there is the million dollar question. I don’t really have one simple and straight forward answer to that question. Here are some qualities that I personally believe are important. Take my opinion with a grain of salt. What I think may not be similar to what others say at all.

1. Team player

A good athlete makes choices based on the good of his whole team. They do whatever needs to be done with little to no complaints.

2. Being a leader

If you want to be a star athlete, you need to have the gift of leading. This is one of those things that you pretty much have or you don’t have it. Yes, you can work on becoming a stronger leader. But you have that natural talent of leading, you just become more mature with time.

3. Dedicated

You need to be beyond dedicated to your sport. You want to get continually better. You also desire playing your sport of choice pretty much all the time. You can’t just play it sometimes, there has to be a high level of dedication to it.

4. You have to love it

This is basically a given, if you don’t love something, you’re probably not going to be very good at it. This is mostly due to the fact that you will most likely dread playing the sport so loving it is a big factor in how good you will potentially be.

5. You have to balance fun and serious

Having fun with your sport of choice is important. If you take the sport too seriously, it becomes less of something that you look forward to. However, you have to take your sport seriously and not as if it’s completely a joke. So there’s got to be a balance which can be a hard thing to do. But I think if you take all of those above qualities, then you also will have some ability to balance both fun and serious.

Celebrities Who Went To College

It’s true that a lot of celebrities skipped getting a degree and went straight to college. Some became actresses and actors then later pursued college. Regardless of when they did it, these are all famous people that you don’t know because of their brains but they’ve certainly proved their smarts!

Natalie Portman
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This stunning actress has brains too! She went to Harvard and got her degree in psychology. She also speaks many different languages like: Hebrew, French, Arabic, German, Japanese, and obviously English. She’s proved that being smart and learning things just because can be beneficial to you in the future!

James Franco


This actor has basically studied everywhere at this point. He obviously can’t get enough of education which isn’t a bad thing at all. He first started off studying at UCLA. After becoming an actor for awhile, he decided he wanted to attend graduate school so he did so in New York. I’m not going to mention all the schools he attended for graduate school since there’s like three rather wordy names. But basically, he’s currently getting his PhD at Yale University.

Conan O’Brien

The funny comedian graduated from Harvard University.

Edward Norton


This actor went to Yale University where he was a competitive rower. He also managed to act in the university productions alongside fellow actors Ron Livingston and Paul Giamatti. Norton ended up graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in History.

Meryl Streep


This actress who’s been nominated for more Oscars than anyone else is also extremely educated. She went to Vassar College then Yale School of Drama.

Rivers Cuomo


The Weezer lead singer went to Harvard after Weezer’s debut album reached commercial success. He ended up attending class off and on from 1995 to 2006. He ended up graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Emma Watson


The Harry Potter star was obviously young when the film’s were made. She decided to go after a degree. Watson began attending Brown University in 2009. She took a little hiatus to go back to acting but she’s apparently back at the school and set to graduate this year!

Best YouTube Learning Channels

YouTube has a big affect on learning. I’ve learned so much from many of these different channels. Some of these are really random education channels that teach you facts you didn’t know you should know! Regardless, it’s safe to say a lot can be learned from all of these and I hope you love them as much as I do.

SciShow

https://www.youtube.com/user/scishow

I’m not a big fan of Science but SciShow brings up so many fascinating topics that I can’t help but love. The videos are always short and informative. Prepare to fall in love!

List25

https://www.youtube.com/user/list25

The title alone is just a little bit self explanatory. List25 is all about lists of 25 random facts about different world leaders, life hacks, history factors, and many random and bizarre facts. Yes, the lists can get a little lengthy but I promise that each topic is so intriguing that it isn’t all that long at all.

Khan Academy

https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy

I can’t recommend this enough. Khan Academy has it’s whole own website. However, it also has tons and tons of videos on it’s YouTube video as well. Khan Academy has videos on just about any topic in Math, Science, Psychology, English, and much more. It’s most well known for it’s Math and Science videos since they include so many different interesting topics.

TED-Ed

https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation

This channel is a little more educational than the normal TED videos. TED is known for it’s conferences and lectures given by top experts on it’s specific topic. This channel is a lot shorter and provides illustrations and lots of well researched information. It brings up a lot of interesting points and I love it.

Mental Floss

https://www.youtube.com/user/MentalFlossVideo

Mental Floss is also a magazine but it makes memorable videos here as well. The videos are mostly random misconceptions, life hacks, and myths. Always entertaining and weird, you can count on the Mental Floss to come through with the facts about everything.

PBS Idea Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/pbsideachannel

They don’t post as many videos as I’d like them to but the ones they do post always are amazing. PBS is filled with educational things and none is as cool and interesting as this one right here.

Crash Course

https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcourse

Who isn’t obsessed with Crash Course? You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t heard of this YouTube channel. The Young Adult author John Green hosts this channel and his brother hosts as well. John typically covers the English and History topics while Hank covers Psychology and Science topics. These are all informative and well illustrated videos that teach you tons of information in around 12 minutes or so.

NPR Education Articles

NPR is amazing at publishing the best news and general content. They have an education blog that also never disappoints. Recently, they started an ongoing series they call, “50 Best Teachers.” There’s 12 total articles which you can find here. I’m going to link to several different articles that I found the most intriguing.

Any article about Springsteen is automatically one of my favorites. This one doesn’t let me down. It focuses on one particular teacher who finds inspiration from the famous performer. She says that there’s not really one particular method of teaching that she’s been taught. This is a bunch of interesting points and I like hearing about different teachers around the world.

These are all important points about being a good teacher from voices that know what they are talking about. It’s a well put together article and it’s all important things to keep in mind.

NPR talks about movies and how teachers are portrayed in them. They bring up interesting points about a variety of different teachers and their personalities in movies. They talk about the good teachers who are passionate and involved. Such as Robin Williams’ English teacher in Dead Poets Society. In contrast, they bring up the teacher in Whiplash. A movie that was recently released about the relationship between a drummer and his jazz teacher. The relationship goes abusive which is obviously not a good turn of events. I like how many different personalities the articles explores.

All are personal and endearing tales from the readers favorite teachers. They talk about how a teacher’s colorful personality is a large part of the appeal. I love hearing others points of views and experiences.

There’s yet another perspective on real people and the memories we share with the teachers. It’s like Friday Night Lights, only more inspiring and has a much happier ending.

TV Shows Worth Watching

These TV shows will take some time to watch. However, if you want a show that is pretty far along, these are worth watching and getting invested in.

Scandal

I’ll be surprised if you haven’t watched this one. Olivia Pope is a former White House worker and campaign manager. She’s also a professional fixer. She runs her own business called, “Pope and Associates.” Her and her crew call themselves Gladiators and they take on some tricky cases that happen among some of the most prestigious political figures there in Washington. Oh yeah, Olivia is also President Grant’s mistress. Throw in Mellie Grant, Fitzgerald Grant’s (such a Presidential name for a fake President) political hungry wife and the drama is in place. The show can get more than a little graphic and sexual for a ABC show but at least it’s never boring.

The Sopranos

This is considered one of the best TV shows of all time. The tales of Tony Soprano and his gang lasted for six extremely intense seasons. Some of the things that happened on the show just couldn’t be predicted. No one was safe, even the main characters could be killed off at any minute. Part of it’s appeal was that it always kept you guessing and just when you thought it couldn’t cross anymore lines, it’d cross yet another line. Carmela Soprano is easily one of my favorite female TV characters of all time. She’s complicated and badass, not much more could you want from a character. James Gandolfini had one of the best acting performances ever as this evil cheating mob boss. It’s a beautiful show that’s definitely worth watching.

Gossip Girl

This teen drama is obviously nothing like The Sopranos. Yet I think this show is worth watching because it’s filled with intense drama and who doesn’t love watching a bunch of rich kids fight their problems out? This show has amazing music and outfits that you can’t help but envy. Plus the love story between Chuck and Blair is by far one of my favorites. The most significant thing about the show is just how much of a part of our culture the show has become in a fairly short amount of time.

Hart of Dixie

Zoe Hart is a doctor from New York who finds out her biological father who recently died left her half of his practice in Alabama. She moves down South and finds her life changing forever. This show is silly and filled with jokes that don’t always work. Some of the storylines also fall flat. Why do I think it’s worth watching? Rachel Bilson is charming and stylish as Zoe Hart. The love story between her and country boy Wade is adorable. The show is also filled with the cutest outfits and has also introduced me to some of the best music.

Friday Night Lights

There aren’t many things as amazing as watching this TV show for the first time. It’s hard not to find yourself caught up in the characters and stories. The show focuses on high school football coach Eric Taylor who starts off the series as the new head coach for the Dillon Panthers. The football team is preparing for it’s best season yet but finds themselves unsure of what to do when the team is thrown an unexpected curveball. Prepare to fall in love with bad boy Tim Riggins, the good quiet boy Matt Saracen, nerdy Landry Clark, and the overconfident running back Smash Williams. You can’t tell me Eric and Tami aren’t the cutest couple ever.