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Some Advice with Paper Writing

Everyone in college inevitably has to write a few papers for some of their classes. It is all part of the college experience, especially when you end up writing a paper at 3 in the morning when it is due at 10 that morning. We have all had to pull a few all-nighters to get our work done. Part of the reason for that is always the time getting away from us. We think we have enough time, that the paper is not due for another week, or four days, then suddenly it is the night before it is due and none of us have even made the word document. It would probably work out better if we tried to write a small bit at a time rather than all at once.

There are some pros to writing a paper in a single night. You can spend all of the extra time working on the other homework that piles up. We all end up with an overwhelming amount of work eventually; sometimes the best course of action is to put off that big paper to get other work done, especially when it is due much sooner than the paper. But we could do better with a bit of time management and a willingness to spread the work around.

A more efficient way to go about writing a paper, especially as we near the end of the school semester, is to write small portions of it over the course of the week before it is due. Spend an hour and write an introduction. The next, you can take another hour to make your first body paragraph. Keep up that trend and before you know it, you will have a full and finished paper. Admittedly, this is just one way to go about writing it, and it has its cons too. It can be difficult to start and stop when writing a paper and maintain the same level of quality, but it is just some advice for the upcoming weeks of finals.

Countdown to the end of the semester

If you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the days until the end of the semester. 25 days, 3 hours, 4 minutes, and 52 seconds. You could say I’m dying for this semester to be over, but you said it, not me. I’m not sure what it was about this semester that has made it feel unbelievably long, but that’s exactly how it’s felt. Everyday, I wake up 6:30, sometimes 7:00 because I can’t get out of bed, and I drive to Radford, park my car in 2 hour or 4 hour parking, walk to class, sit in class and desperately wait for it to end, and the I do that again and again until the school day is over, walk back to my car, and drive home. It’s truly the most agonizing, tiring, and frustrating cycle you can be in. I just want to it be over.

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“If you’re like me, you’ve been counting down the days until the end of the semester.”

This semester, because financial aid here at Radford is kind of useless, I was unable to register for class until a week and half after registration had opened, leaving me with zero class in my major still open. It really sucks when you’re super excited to take classes in your major, classes that you are interested in, but you can’t get into any because other people lost a form you supposedly “didn’t sign.”

I was forced to take four general education class, political science, geology, music, and sociology. I have to say that sociology isn’t that bad, in fact, I like it and I’m good at it, but my political science and geology classes are slowly killing me, taking out my soul and eating it for dinner. It’s not that they are particularly hard, it’s simply the fact that they are so boring my eyes feel like they’re catching on fire when I’m in class. It’s amazing how hard it can be to go to class when all you do in said class is cry about how terrible it is. It’s also pretty difficult to do well, or want to do well, in that class because you could care less about what your professor has to say.

This semester has been the worst semester of all time, although, it’s only my second one but who’s counting. If anything happens to my schedule next semester, I will probably drop out and live on the streets of Radford, telling my sad story of how the university did me wrong. But here’s to hoping!