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.

“I Hate Christian Laettner” Review

This 30 for 30 or ESPN film, whichever name you prefer, looks at one of the most hated college athletes in the history of the game. It explores many different reasons why the hate for Christian Laettner was so serious. After all, he was just a kid, what did he ever really do to deserve the hate? The film talks to many different people including Christian Laettner himself, his family, Coach K, Coach K’s wife, past teammates, the Fab Five, opponents of his, and many different authors, reporters, etc who wrote books and stories about their hate. Many different perspectives were offered during this film which is what I’ve always loved most about documentaries- especially sports documentaries.

The first reason that they look at is that Laettner was perceived as a rich kid because he attended Duke University and a prep school before that. In reality, Laettner came from a middle class family. His mom was a teacher and his dad was a journalist. He couldn’t afford prep school but they offered a type of work study where he would work these dirty type jobs extremely early in the morning in exchange for his tuition. He only went to Duke because Coach K offered him a full scholarship. This alone gave me personally some new respect for the guy. He didn’t have anything handed to him, he worked for everything he had which is something worthy of respect.

Another reason why people hate Laettner is that he’s a white kid. Some people thought he might be racist or view black people differently since the only black guys on his basketball team were called “Uncle Tom” and things of that sort. Laettner was actually extremely tolerant of other races, maybe even was more against white people than black. His teammates bragged on how impressed they were with his style and his knowledge of hip-hop.

The third reason explored was that he was a bully who preyed on the weak. I actually laughed out loud because they used Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift as the image for a bully. Yes, Laettner was an animal on the court and he was certainly a big trash talker. The way he carried himself and seemed to get away with so much stuff other players wouldn’t get away with was extremely disheartening and irritating. But he also seemed like a good teammate and actually a cool guy off the court. He just knew how to get under people’s skin.

After watching this documentary, I learned a lot about the background of this guy that got such a terrible reputation over the years. I think it’s sad how much people disliked him and how far some people took it. Like it’s actually ridiculous that his 12-year-old sister was called a whore just for being his sister. Like what did she ever do to deserve that? Sometimes the hatred people have isn’t rational and is fairly upsetting. Ultimately, people hated how good he was and I love that the documentary explored that. But I think it wasn’t just one sided, it also showed the reasons behind why people hate him by talking to the sources directly. Overall, it’s one of my favorite ESPN films.

SR Trends Swimsuit Discount Guide!

Here is a helpful guide to affordable swimsuit wear from SR Trends. It comes at the perfect time as you go swimsuit shopping, keep all of these special tips in mind! Be sure to check out SR Trends for other helpful articles and discounts. They are the best at writing about extremely special deals for college students that some of us may not know about so be sure to check it out.

http://www.srtrends.com/the-ultimate-list-of-affordable-swimwear-brands/

Amazon Student

Hey guys!

I’m sure a lot of you use Amazon to get your shopping done. Amazon is really great with their Student deal. If you’re a student, you can sign up and get 6 months free shipping with Amazon Prime. The only downside is that you don’t get access to Amazon music, instant streaming, or books. But as a college student myself, I can say that it’s a reasonable deal to get free shipping on these essential items that you’re purchasing. After your six months free is up, students can get half off full access to Amazon Prime which includes the instant streaming, music, and books. The original price is $99 a year but students get $49 a year. That’s not a bad deal at all considering all that it comes with! So just consider that if you do sign up for Amazon Student and be sure to cancel it so you won’t be charge if that’s what you want.

If you sign up for Amazon Student today, I get $10. I could really use the money so it’d mean a lot if you did that for me! Be sure to spread the word and refer your friends as well so you’ll also get money from it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info?ie=UTF8&refcust=MZ6XTEEFV62MUHNVAGJBYIVKGY&ref_type=generic

 

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.

March Madness Cinderella Stories

Since March Madness is currently going on, I thought it’d be an appropriate time to highlight some of the most incredible Cinderella stories in the history of the tournament. We all like cheering for the underdog and in each of these cases, the underdog was able to achieve awesomely unexpected things and win us all over in the process.

1985 Villanova

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This was a brutal Nova team that depended a lot on their defense. They didn’t often score but they also kept their opponents from scoring as well. They were an 8 seed and they easily made it to the title game against Patrick Ewing and his favored Georgetown team. The game was pretty close, but Villanova came out on top and beat them by 2.

2011 VCU

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This team had to win a play-in game just to make it into the tournament. That alone shows you just how much of an underdog they were. They didn’t let that slow them down, instead they came out swinging. They took out great teams such as USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State, and then top seeded Kansas. The Kansas game was the most famous one due to how good the Jayhawks were that year. They would eventually lose in the final four against another big underdog Butler, but that doesn’t take away from what VCU was able to accomplish.

1983 NC State

This video gives me chills and makes me cry a little bit everytime I watch it. The 6th seeded NC State was able to pull off a buzz beater in the final seconds of the championship game. This is by far the best game as far as being neck in neck in a championship game that I’ve ever seen. One Wolfpack player attempts a three-point shot that is obviously something done just on a whim and probably not going to make it. Then all of a sudden, another Wolfpack player pretty much comes out of nowhere and dunks it up to win the game. It’s so heartwarming to see coach Jimmy V run out on the court where he famously ran around looking for someone to hug after the big win.

2010 and 2011 Butler University

Nobody predicted that Butler would have the success that they did two years in a row. The first time, they beat out number one seed Syracuse in the sweet 16, then Kansas State, and then Michigan State before the team took on yet another number one seed Duke in the national championship. The game came down to the wire, but Butler lost after a heartbreaking half court shot by star Gordon Hayward hit off the backboard. Despite this, Butler still came back the next season and eventually lost to Connecticut in the championship game. Although they never won, they still made history. The team became the first team that wasn’t a one or two seed to make it to back to back Final Fours. They also became the first team to beat one and two seeds before the Final Four in consecutive years.

Best Education Quotes

Quotes have always been my favorite. These quotes on the topic of education from some of the worlds greatest leaders and educators are all extremely important. Hope you like them as much as I do!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”- Mark Twain

“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”- Robert Frost

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”- Margaret Mead

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”- Malcolm X

“Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

“A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential.”- Audrey Hepburn

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”- John F. Kennedy

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”- Aristotle

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”- B.B. King

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”- Henry Ford

“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”- Albert Einstein

“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”- Oscar Wilde