Five Reasons Why All-Nighters Are the Best
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Five Reasons Why All-Nighters Are the Best

College all-nighters do have a bright side.

When it comes to the college all-nighter, you aren't just messing around. It's business time and you are getting to work. Why? Your sleep and sanity depend on it. The longer you procrastinate and don't work, the less sleep you get. It's amazing how productive you can be with just a little more incentive than a normal day in the library.

2.No distractions
One of the most vital parts of the all-nighter is that there are NO DISTRACTIONS! So often when writing a paper, you will write a few sentences and then be on your phone for half an hour. It's amazing how long you can literally do nothing for. Luckily at night, campus is asleep, your friends are gone, and it's just you and your soon-to-be paper.

3.You're in control
Of course, it can be quite stressful if a 12-page paper is due the next morning. But if it's relatively in your grasp, you know you got this. It's just a matter of actually doing it. Many times, students will go to sleep and wake up early to write a paper.

That could go down the wrong road very quickly. More often than not, papers will take longer than expected. At night, you know it's going to get done whenever it gets done. You can afford a few mistakes along the way. Plus, it's super hard to work well when you are stressed for time constraints.

4.Step back from college
One of the best things about all-nighters is the step back from reality. College is super stressful, and there is seemingly always something to do. You can literally always do work for something whether it's study, write a paper, or finish readings for the weeks ahead.

And that's besides whatever extra-curricular activities, jobs, or internships you have. It can feel like you're trapped in this college land, where all you ever do is college. It can be quite overwhelming.

But all-nighters get you out of your normal and ever-so repetitive schedule. At night, alone, you actually have peace of mind to think. You think of all the philosophical questions of life your adolescent mind seeks to answer. With all the chaos of your daily college life, all-nighters can be quite peaceful.

Finally, when it's all over, you can't help but shake this feeling of accomplishment. Your paper is done; the stress is gone. You've thought about life, cleared your head, and put in a ton of work. You can't help but feel this great sense of relief. All you have to do next is, SLEEP!

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Three Major Things Professors Look for in a College Paper

If your professor read your paper back to you aloud, would you be embarrassed?

Every professor evaluates papers differently. Some are looking for creativity and don't care if your paper has a couple typos. Others are sticklers for grammar and spelling, and take off points for a misplaced comma.

In almost all cases, however, there are a few common factors that you can pretty much assume any professor will want to see in a paper.

1. Did you understand the assignment? Read the assignment carefully as soon as you get it. Make sure you completely understand it. If you're unclear, ask your professor questions right away. Also, pay attention to verbs, because they tell you what to do. There's a big difference between "summarizing" and "comparing," for instance. Understanding the assignment is super basic, but can be easy to screw up.

2. Did you make an original argument and support it? Nearly all college papers need an original argument (or thesis) and evidence that supports it. Welcome to college writing life. Professors want to see that you can formulate an opinion and use research to back it up. Your mission is to convince your professor of your way of thinking.

3. Did you show that you learned something through the assignment? A writing assignment is a learning experience. Professors create writing assignments because they want you think about something in a certain way--so, use your head. Your paper should be thoughtful and informative. It should look like you spent time on it; and didn't throw it together three beers deep.

You'll be in good shape if your paper hits all these points. That being said, this list is not a foolproof strategy. Your professor might want to see other things, as well. The better you understand your professor's requirements, the less confusing (and painful) writing can be.

Word to your flocker.

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Nine Thoughts You Have When All of Your Friends are 21

....except for you.

Celebrating one 21st birthday after another makes for one heck of a year...unless of course you're the very last to celebrate the big day. Having older friends has its benefits, but being the only one under 21 is terrible. Here are 10 thoughts I know you've all had if you're the baby of the group.

How fast can I sip?!
When the waitress walks away you have to take as many sips out of your bestie's cocktail as you can. And if you've been doing it for the last two years, I know you're pretty dang good at it. Even the waitress looks impressed at the number of margaritas your friend has slammed. Little does she know.

Gas is so expensive.
I know you love your friends, but it gets pricey driving them around to all of their fave bars four nights a week. Or maybe you're just a little bitter that you're the permanent DD (for the next few months anyways). Regardless, you love them and want to get them home safely... plus it's entertaining.

My Friday night is so lame.
Anyone under 21 isn't allowed in the bars past 9 p.m. on the weekend; and I'm bored and jealous af. Snapchat and texts keep me filled in but laying on the couch drinking wine by yourself just isn't the same. (It def helps, though).

I always owe people money.
Because when you don't have a fake, you depend on your friends to pick up your fave drinks before the bonfire. The good news is they always come through, the bad news is you always have to have cash on you. Forever indebted to you friends, literally.

If we go out anymore, I will be up five pant sizes by the time I turn 21.
Because when they go out to drink, I get dessert. If you want to know the best dessert from all the local restaurants where I live then you know who to ask. I've tasted them all.

It's too bad my best friend's the only person I look like.
Because when you look exactly like someone you can inherit their old ID, unless you always go out together, then shit gets sketchy.

5 months, 28 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes, and 44 seconds
The countdown never ends, people...well not until people are buying me shots and screaming happy 21st bday.

Do we have to go out tonight?!
OK, so I know that totally makes me sound like a party pooper, but really it's because I'm being the exact opposite. It gets so old not being able to drink and party with your friends. Sometimes you just need to have a bonfire so everyone can celebrate. When you're sober all the time, you finally understand why everyone says drunk people can be obnoxious. Obnoxious af, but love them all the same.. I'm just bitter I don't get to be obnoxious with them.

Gonna need a party bus for my 21st.
By the time you turn 21, everyone else will already be. So how could you possibly choose who sits out/is the DD? All aboard the drunk bus!

It's pretty lame being the last one to turn 21, but at least yours will be the best (and drunkest) celebration of them all. Your big day is coming and until then, look for your older twin or pregame 24/7.

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10 Almost Instant Fixes to Strengthen Your College Papers

How to raise your papers one letter grade--with minimum effort.

If you've spent a ton of time (or even if you haven't) prepping and writing a paper and the clock is ticking to turn it in -- take a final few minutes to go through this list of techniques to boost your grade from a 'C' to a 'B', or even a 'B' to an 'A.' Pro tip? Don't be this guy.

SOURCE: Quickmeme
Omit needless words. The assignment probably has a page minimum, but drawing out your writing makes it painfully verbose and leads to a lower grade. Pluck words that don't add value or context. If you can write a sentence in five words rather than 10, by all means, tighten it up.
Print and read your paper out loud. Seriously, this is the best trick. Bonus: the break will reset your brain and allow you to hear your mistakes. If a friend is around, ask them to read the paper out loud. You will be amazed at the typos and messy sentences you catch this way versus reading it silently on the screen.
Kill adjectives. "When you catch an adjective, kill it," said Mark Twain. Adjectives weaken writing, especially words like "revolutionary" and "groundbreaking." That's hyperbole and it sounds insincere.
Use strong verbs. Verbs inject energy and description. Compare "I did the assignment" to "I tackled the assignment." "Tackled" communicates a challenge you overcame. "Did" provides no insight.
Headstorm. Brainstorming your headline = headstorming. Write one idea after another until you land on a headline that is tight, clear, and grabs the reader by the balls, metaphorically, of course.
Spend 15 extra minutes on the introduction. The intro needs to hook your professor's attention and provide your thesis. If your professor reads only the intro, he/she should know what the entire paper covers.
Provide examples. Consider: "Louis XIV was a tyrant." Well, how? You could add: "For instance, he created an image of himself as the 'Sun King' ordained by God to have absolute power." Much more specific.
Add facts and statistics. Again, substantiate your assertions. Cite credible sources, such as government data, university studies, and well-known research organizations (i.e., Pew, Gallup, and Gartner), to name a few.
Use simple language. Bad: "The protagonist engenders a fabricated identity, which permits him to mask his deleterious nature." Good: "The protagonist deceives his friends." Straightforward and crisp.
Add subheads. Subheads make your paper more digestible. Keep them punchy and use them to crystalize the gist of each section.
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5 Things to Immediately Do After Flunking a Paper

Remember, failure is part of learning.

So you failed a writing assignment. WTF. Maybe you think you deserve a better grade. Maybe you put zero effort into the paper and aren't surprised by the big, red 'F' staring back you. Either way, it feels crummy. Worse, you probably have some ground to make up to get a good grade in the class, or even just pass it.

The good news is, there are a few important things you can do now to bounce back from that 'F' and ace your next paper. Here's some advice.

1. Take all feedback to heart. If your professor left comments on your paper, read them over and understand where you went astray. Digest those critiques and consider them when tackling your next paper. What will you do differently next time?

2. Ask what you did wrong. You don't always get comments on your paper, and sometimes, the comments can be difficult to understand. Don't guess why your professor gave you an 'F.' Schedule a meeting with him or her to ask what you did wrong and what you should have done instead.

3. Get examples of good writing. Talk to your professor about writing examples when you meet. Ask him or her for any samples of good writing that you can refer to when you work on your next writing assignment.

4. See if you can do extra credit. Let's say this was the last writing assignment for your class and there isn't much--or any--opportunity to make up for the 'F.' Ask your professor if you can do extra credit. Some professors will say yes, and others will turn you down. But the worst that can happen is they say no, so it can be worth asking.

5. Don't beat yourself up. Failures happen. They're a part of learning. In fact, people learn much better by making mistakes and correcting them, than by doing everything right from the get-go. Learn as much as you can from this assignment so you know more about how to get an 'A' next time. And remember, you'll get there!

Word to your flocker.

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Be Freeeeeee!

Why You Should Randomly Start to Write Shit When You're Stuck on a Paper

You're wasting time on the internet right now because you have no idea what to write. Amright? Well, Eventually you've got to produce something that makes sense, so how about a muse to help get you going?

Here it goes: JUST WRITE SHIT. Whatever is in your head. Put it down and don't stop. Even if you're thinking, This is the dumbest thing ever. I don't know what I'm doing. I wish I were knee deep in vodka and feasting on leftover Chinese food. Well, stop. Write. Sooner or later that drivel will start to make sense.

This approach, called "free writing," can warm up your brain and put you in writing mode, which is half the battle when it comes to completing a paper. Here's the best way to do it:

  • Don't pay attention to typos or grammar. Just keep going.
  • If you draw a blank, write the same word or phrase over and over until you get unstuck.
  • Sometimes it helps to set a timer for 10 minutes. When the timer runs out, look over your writing for ideas or sentences that might be useful in your paper.

Why do you dread writing--is it with every assignment or just certain ones? Usually it's because you don't know what to say or how to start. Stop with all the pressure, that's going to waste time and give you the runs. You don't always need to know what to say right away. Put yourself in writing mode and let the thoughts come to you, rather than ransacking your brain for them.

"The best way to get started is to begin." Of course. So begin. Start writing. Just be sure to delete all the nonsense before you hand in your assignment. I guarantee your professor does not want to know how many times you thought about sex before you wrote your paper.

Word to your flocker.