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My name is Bekah and I am a sophomore here at Butler. I am an Art + Design major and love sewing and being creative. I also love dancing (I'm on dance team!), eating cereal, and shopping at Target.

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Posts Tagged “finals”

Let’s Read a Poem, Shall We?

Happy Thursday friends! I was in a poetry class this semester, and we turned in our final poetry collection the other day. I am really proud of it and excited about what I wrote this past semester, and I wanted to share a poem with you, especially since it’s totally different than what I usually post on here. Enjoy!

 

my smile takes up my whole face, but I have clouds on my hands so I can’t touch it

by: Bekah Pollard

 

I sit in a freshly opened jar of marshmallow fluff,

tilting back ever-so-slightly.

The tips of my toes peeking out

from atop the mound.

 

A miniature man in overalls stands on my shoulders and pours

a tin bucket of luke-warm water

down my back, igniting my senses.

 

My lips tingle from a kiss.

My fingertips twitch from a touch.

The very tip of my right ring-finger toe tells me,

“Hey, this is fun.”

 

The waterfall feels numb and present

as droplets dance and dart

across my back.

The man with the bucket takes a break

and opens a trap door above my left ear,

blowing the fog from the cracks in my brain.

 

I wrap myself in a blanket as

the tip of my right ring-finger toe

kisses the floor.

I fall asleep lying on my back

in a tub of warm water,

covering my ears halfway.

 

Whoop, there it is.

Whoop, there it is.

 

Keep doing work on those finals, and thanks for reading :)

Finals Week Tips and Tricks

Happy Monday, friends! Today marks the first day of finals, which means staying up till all hours of the night, studying for hours on end, and having stress-filled days and nights, and the occasional mental breakdown. Lucky for you, just like last semester, I have some tips and tricks to stay calm and do your best during finals week.

1. Dress well test well: You know how the saying goes-if you dress well, you will test well. I have no concrete proof that this method works, but I do suggest that you try. A few outfits to try out include Hermione Granger (cape, wand, and all), Gordo from Lizzie McGuire, or Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. If you dress smart, you should test smart.

2. Study, study, study: Knowing the material and being well-informed for your finals are key. I suggest using every opportunity possible and studying in the shower. Simply put a plastic bag over your notes and you’re good to go. If you really want to get fancy, however, laminating your pages will take you to the next level. Another effective tactic is to tape notes to the ceiling before you go to bed and wake up every half hour to review. Student-Studying

3. Meditate: Most people suggest taking a break during the studying process to unwind and keep your stress-level in check, but I suggest doing so during the actual exam. If at any point during an exam you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or confused, simply mount your desk to begin meditation. Sitting criss-cross-applesauce with your palms up and rested on your knees is best. Once in this position, close your eyes, take ten deep breaks, and repeat “Oooommmmmmm” for about five minutes. At the end of the meditation, bow to your professor, say, “Namaste,” and finish your exam.

4. Go for a run: Exercise helps reduce stress, and going for a run during study breaks will help get the blood flowing after sitting stationary all day while studying. If you’re an advanced enough runner, just run away from campus and don’t come back. Run home and only return after Christmas break. Your finals can just do themselves.

5. Read: Going along with step number 2, reading proper test-prep materials will help significantly. Scrolling through Twitter, Thought Catalog, and Facebook will increase your scores by 57%, and reading past posts on my blog will increase your results by 82%. Clearly, you know what you need to do.

In all seriousness, you’ve made it this far in the semester and you know what you need to do to finish strong. Good luck studying, good luck on finals, and thanks for reading :)

 

 

Music Monday: The Decemberists

Happy Monday to all! Finals are wrapping up, so hopefully everyone is hanging in there and finishing strong. If you’re already done with finals, I hope your summer has been top notch thus far. Either way, I assume you are in the mood for some new music. Today’s recommendation- The Decemberists.

The Decemberists are an indie rock/indie folk band from Oregon. The band’s debut EP was released in 2001, and since then, they have released six albums. Their most recent album, The King is Dead, was released in January of 2011. A song from this album, “Down By the Water,” was even nominated for Best Rock Song at the 54th Grammy Awards.

The band is most known for their lyrics, which reference folklore and historical events, but their live shows are also said to be engaging because they involve the audience in acting out the songs being sung. I have never been to one of their shows, but that sounds like a rockin’ time.

Their music sounds kind of dreamy and almost transports you to into the places they sing about, adding to their eclectic sound. The Decemberists definitely sound unique, and I quite enjoy them. I have put a few of my faves by them down below.

Have a fabulous week, good luck finishing up on finals, and thanks for reading :)

“This is Why We Fight”

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“Down By the Water”

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“Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect”

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Finals

Happy Thursday everyone! I do apologize for my lack of creativity in these blog posts lately. Just like everyone else on campus, I have been incredibly busy with finals shtuff. Wrapping up loose ends for the end of the year/studying for finals has been consuming my life, but it will all be over soon enough!

Since I am an art + design major, a lot of my work for finals was due last week at Art Now. Although I had a lot due then, the fun didn’t stop there! I have to write a manifesto for my art history class, which is proving to be incredibly challenging, as well as make a visual for it. I also have to create an artist website, complete with a bio, artist statement, and resume for another one of my art classes. So much art, so little time.

The final for my FYS was simple enough. We just had to answer some short essay questions. The only test final I have is for my urban ecology class, and let me tell you, I cannot wait for that to be over. I am not a sciencey person in the slightest, so I am anxiously awaiting the day that science can be out of my life forever.

The awkward, "finals are over!!" celebration dance.

My journalism class’ final was a paper, which I turned in last week, so I just need to finish up my art and urban ecology stuff and I will be free!

Have a great end to the week, thanks for reading, and keep rockin’ those finals :)

Breakity Break Break

Winter break has officially begun. Yippie skippie!!! As I said in my last post, I finished finals on Wednesday. Since I was done with finals, I went home with my roommate Ashni for the afternoon. She is from Westfield, Indiana and lives only about 20 minutes away from Butler. Westfield is close to Carmel, so while we were home, we hit up the Carmel Arts District.

This area was incredibly cool. There were a bunch of different shops and bakeries, and some really neat art galleries. My favorite aspect of the district was the various statues sprinkled throughout the area. Me being the expert model that I am, had to take a picture with each and every one of these statues. Here are a few of my faves!

Assaulting a police officer

My husband and I teaching our daughter to ride a bike.

Having a snack

Trying to steal a kiss. Don't tell my husband!

This trip was a great start to my break, and yesterday was fun too! I got home yesterday, but on my way out of town, my friend Kelsi and I hit up the mall and did some shopping, kicking our break off right. I am really looking forward to being home, relaxing, and spending time with the fam. Have a fabulous break, and thanks for reading :)

Finals Are Donezo!

Happy Wednesday to all! Today is a glorious day because as of 8:48 this morning, I finished all of my finals! Yippie skippieeee!!! I only had one written exam for my anthropology class, and that was this morning. Other than that, I had many papers, a presentation, and art projects. The bulk of my finals work was due last week, so this week was not too stressful. Either way, I am very happy to be officially done for the semester!

I was originally supposed to stay until Saturday and dance at the Crossroads Classic basketball game with the rest of the dance team, but unfortunately we are no longer performing. I am going home on Friday now, so I suppose it will be nice to get home a little earlier than I expected. Speaking of nice things, I have some wonderful YouTube videos to share with you.

As you can probably tell from some of my other posts, I love YouTube. I recently started watching some videos by The Fine Brothers and they are all hilarious. They do a lot of different stuff on YouTube from full on television production-type videos to more simple, weekly videos. I have been watching their React series of videos in which they show kids, teens, or elders a video clip of some sort and then ask them questions about it. It might not sound too entertaining, but it is indeed hilarious! I have put some of my favorite videos down below. Good luck with the rest of finals, have a wonderful week, and thanks for reading :)

Elders React to Gangnam Style

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Teens React to Toddlers and Tiaras

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Kids React to It’s Thanksgiving

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Managing Stress

Happy Wednesday! Finals are next week, so naturally everyone is freaking out. I do get really stressed about school, but if I try really hard, I can manage my stress. I thought I would share some of my expert stress managing tips with you to get through finals week!

1. Make a to-do list. Think of the best thing that you have ever done and how it felt. Crossing things off your to-do list is approximately two times better. Write down everything that you have to get done (I like to put the most pressing issues towards the top) and then enjoy the immense satisfaction of crossing them off as you finish each task. Writing everything out helps sort things out in your brain, making it easier to get stuff done.

2. Take it one task at a time. Having a to-do list helps with this. It is really easy to freak out about everything you have to accomplish if you look at everything as a whole blob of stuff to get done. Take it one project, paper, or reading at a time and it makes everything more manageable and less daunting.

3. Take breaks. Even though you feel like you have no time to even breathe without simultaneously studying in some way, you will lose your mind if you do not take a break. After staring at one assignment for hours, your brain will become fried faster than an egg on a sidewalk on a hot day! Give yourself short little breaks in which you take a walk outside, chat with some friends, or do something to get away from being stationary and alone. You will come back from your break feeling recharged and ready to conquer the world!!!

4. Have some chocolate. This is my favorite of all of the stress relieving tips. Science has proven that chocolate diminishes the levels of stress hormones, so instead of freaking out about everything, take a few deep breaths and eat a candy bar. It really helps!

My life motto.

5. Keep calm and think of how good your life is compared to Snooki’s. This needs no further explanation.

Have a great rest of the week, stay calm, and thanks for reading :)