Monthly Archives: March 2017

Spring Break Fever

Spring break, the week where you drop everything school related. It is meant to get your mind off the semester and lower your anxiety after midterms. Some people go on a trip, work more for that extra cash, or just simply sit at home and pig out on your favorite snacks. I personally went to the Bahamas, and let me tell you, it was relaxing. It was almost too relaxing because now I don’t want to go back to class and get my mind back into things. I was sitting in class the first time again and my mind was constantly thinking about something else, I didn’t want to be there, and I only did my work to the bare minimum and didn’t truly care about learning the material. I was walking through campus and overheard a professor say that all of the students must have “spring fever” because they are all “offbeat”. He couldn’t be more right about this. I just wanted spring break to last forever, but sadly that was not how that worked. I literally had to force myself to get my mind back into the “swing” of things. I had to keep reminding myself that the class I was sitting in was part of a bigger picture and that it would all pay off in the end. There is only 6 weeks left of the semester, you can do this, we can do this. We have to stay focused and pull through because these are our futures and lives we are messing with now. If we put in the hard work till the end, then it will all be worth it and we can call ourselves graduates. Don’t let “spring fever” get to you and put your all into these next few weeks and I promise it will all pay off in the end.

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Review of “The Jungle Book”

I recently went with my family to go and see the “Jungle Book”. Now, I adored this movie as a kid. I remember watching it on VCR and singing along with the catchy tunes throughout the film. For that reason, I was so excited to see how they transitioned it from an old classic to the big screen. There also are some great actors in the film such as Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, and Bill Murray. This movie also got amazing ratings from Rotten Tomatoes; it got almost a perfect 100% which is almost unheard of. Even after hearing all of these wonderful things about the film, I was still a little nervous because I hoped that the producers made sure to keep along with the story that so many of us know and love. 

I have to say that I was very pleased at the end of the movie. The storyline was followed very well and the animations were incredible! It really felt like you were in the jungle with Mowgli, Bagheera, and Baloo. I do have to say that there were a few dark parts in the film; this seems to happen often when there are new renditions of classic Disney movies. I actually think those parts added to the overall experience and drama of the movie, though. The actors that were casted to voice the characters were phenomenal choices. It could not have been a better casted movie.

I absolutely recommend this to all families to go and enjoy a great movie together. Remember that Tuesdays are $5.25 movie days at Cinemark! Movie to watch out for : Finding Dory . This movie is going to be a continuation of Finding Nemo (my favorite animated movie!). 

Great Book I Recently Read and Recommend…

Recently, I finished a fantastic book about survival, resilience, and redemption called “Unbroken” that was written by Laura Hillenbrand. It follows the incredible story of Louie Zamperini and his experiences during WWII as an Air Force Pilot. Louie was a trouble maker when he was a child but actually turned out to be a record-breaking track runner. He even went on to the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936. Unfortunately, his track career got put on hold once he enlisted in the army air corps to become a bombardier. He had many complications and near death experiences throughout his time in the army air corps, but I do not want to go into those so as to not ruin those parts of the book for you. All I am going to say is that what happened to him next could be straight out of a fiction novel!

A movie was actually recently made from this book that was directed by Angelina Jolie. I read the book first and then watched the movie (which I think is the way you should always do it), and I was quite pleased with how the movie pretty accurately portrayed the events in the book. Now, it would be extremely hard to pack all of the information in the book into a two hour movie, but the main content was all there and was represented well.

I really recommend this book to you all. I am not usually a fan of war stories, but this particular novel really inspired me and affected me. Books that can do that to the reader are the best kind there are! I hope you will read the book (then watch the movie) and let me know what you think of it!

Test Talk

We all think about the test that is next week and how everyone else has been saying either they haven’t studied at all or have studied for hours on end. Meanwhile, in your mind, you know you understand MOST of the material, have kept up in class, and at least reviewed notes throughout the weeks leading up to the test. However, all the conversations about the test gets you anxious and then there’s that one person who brings up a random fact, that you didn’t know, and just freaks you out and overwhelms you.

STOP listening to other people. As I’ve said before, if you want to have a study group, study on your own first and go off your own notes. If you don’t understand something, clarify the material with the instructor first. Gather your notes, maybe even videos to explain the material, and then set aside a specific amount of time to study. If you say, “I’m going to study at 8,” study at 8. Do not let yourself slip into the habit of thinking “what’s another hour” or “I’ll start tomorrow.”

Also, there actually is such a thing as over-studying. You know the material, you know what you need to know for the test, do not let other people’s conversations cause you to overthink. Over-studying will hurt your grade because your brain is overwhelmed and fried before you’re even given the test. A sleepless night before a test does lower your grade, trust me I’ve done it before. Please, get to bed on time, if you have been reviewing and studying weekly, you will be fine on the test. Do not listen to other people talk about the test, keep to yourself or your small study group.

-Emma, Student Scholar