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Happy Finals Week!

Yesterday was the last official day of classes. Congrats you guys, we did it!

Well, we’ve almost done it. Because yes, there are free breakfasts and therapy dogs, popsicles and bowling—tried and true signs of another term…terminating. (Sorry, that was too good to pass up.) These wonderful fun FREE things do little to disguise the fact that we still have a little ways to go.

Seven days to go, to be exact. And these seven days are some of the most stressful of the semester.

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Happy finals week, everyone. For some, this is the defining moment of their weeks upon weeks of worry and stress. For some, it is all that stands between them and graduation, or a fabulous summer vacation. For some, they’re lucky and it’s mostly just a chill period of time to wander around collecting free stuff until it’s time to move out.

Regardless of where you stand, it’s pretty universal that finals suck, but it will all be better in about a week. And in honor of these last seven days, here are seven things that don’t suck, but that can even make everything a little bit brighter~

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1. Netflix

Everyone needs a study break every now and then. If your brain hurts, find a short show, they don’t require too much commitment. Girls is my latest go-to, but I also love Friends and Seinfeld. Netflix also has a bunch of really amazing new shows too, one of which is Girlboss with Britt Robertson. It’s based on Sophia Amoruso’s (the founder of Nasty Gal) autobiography by the same name.

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2. Exercising

To not feel guilty while watching said Netflix shows, I often go running while I watch them. There are also so many fun classes at the CRC, like barre pilates and power yoga. And, even better, they’re free during finals week! So anyone can drop by and try them out!

3. Ice Cream (and assorted foods, bonus points if FREE)

Exercising is wonderful but let’s be honest, ice cream is also extremely important. So are the aforementioned free popsicles, and cookies, pizza, and breakfasts. This may just be a freshman thing, but it also may be a being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time thing. To be determined. ALSO there’s also the new “late night bites” thing at Chick-fil-a and Panda Express in the Student Center, where we can use meal swipes from 9 pm-12am. So either way, brilliant.

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4. Music + Art

Make a new playlist, find some new songs, hunt around Spotify for a bit to de-stress. It’s quite fun, and the fruit of your labor (ie. an amazing new selection of songs) will come in handy for when you go back to studying, too. Additionally: if you play an instrument, go for it! Except, you know, not if your dorm has quiet hours.

Otherwise, draw something, paint something, de-stress that way! Last week the Arts Ambassadors (aka me and some of the coolest most wonderful people I have ever met) held an Arts Fest in the Ferst Center! There were tons of free cookies, student artists selling their work at booths, a muralist, interactive art, a Piano Project piano with a chalkboard on the back, student performers… You name it. It was wonderful seeing so many people come in and participate, so exciting and therapeutic to just be in such a friendly and happy and artistic atmosphere.

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5. Family and Friends

Don’t forget about them! Yeah it’s just a week with a weekend thrown in there, but study with friends, go on study breaks, get dinner together, etc. Also, text your mom. It’s so much better for everyone’s sanity, and the people who care about you will help you through.

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6. Sleep

DO NOT FORGET TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP. SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU HAVE BEEN STUDYING FOR HOURS ON END AND CAN’T KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN LITERALLY JUST GO TO BED. You won’t retain information as well if you studied it well if you studied with a  compromised mental state. And you’ll be crabby as heck the next day really please just go home and sleep and don’t snore in the CULC this is completely theoretical (it’s not). My heart hurts when people do this. Sure you want more hours in the day but make better use of the ones you have and simply embrace how wonderful and helpful sleep is.

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7. Georgia Tech

All in all, there are so many things that are important and helpful, so many yummy and wonderful things. Georgia Tech may not always seem like one of them, as it is also the bearer of the finals chopping block itself. But Tech cares about us, genuinely. There are so many resources that they provide, so many study breaks and opportunities to hit the refresh button. They want us to be healthy, happy, successful—whether you always think so or not. So take advantage of the benefits, give Buzz a hug, study hard but not so hard that you hurt yourself.

After all, it is just a week.  

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My IAC Dean’s Research Internship

june 1939 coverThis year, I was given the opportunity to do research through the IAC’s Dean Research Internship program! This internship pairs first year liberal arts students with a professor of their major and field of interest in order to learn the ropes of conducting research. In this program each student could either work on their own project with guidance from their professor, or they could help their professor with whatever they were working on. I chose to do the latter.

My professor (Dr. Jay Telotte, an LMC professor and expert in science fiction and animation) and I explored the relationship between science fiction pulp magazines and movies from 1920-1950. We wanted to know if movie companies used print platforms to advertise their films and, if so, how. My only previous experience with the subject was Star Wars, but I was immediately interested by movies and magazines and the way they advertised different subject matter.

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So, the separate worlds did converge, and over time, these interactions became more and more frequent, just not in the way we expected. It was really interesting to learn about; it was almost like I was experiencing these shifts over time too.

Last week, we had a research internship exhibition where all of the Dean’s Research Interns shared their work with both faculty and each other. It was exciting to see what everyone else had been working on all year. It was also a really good chance to practice IMG_8649giving presentations to strangers in a more professional setting—something ya girl is not used to or totally comfortable with, but that I was happy to practice.

Thank you so much again to the Dean, Dr. Telotte, and Elizabeth Miller for this amazing opportunity, all of the help you’ve given me, and for the innumerable lessons and skills that I have learned! My freshman year has been wonderful, and I am so grateful for this invaluable experience.

If you are interested in learning more about what we found, the subject matter, my experience and what I learned, or the internship program itself, check out the website I made! ~ https://spacebarinvaders.wordpress.com/

Golden Globes 2017 – My Predictions

With the new year comes a new selection of films, shows, directors, actors, and producers just waiting to be seen and properly acknowledged by Hollywood and the various Presses and Guilds. With the new year comes new faces on the red carpet, new fashions and gorgeous gowns and designers displaying their swoon-worthy work. With the new year comes another chance for me to camp out and watch movie after movie and award ceremony after award ceremony. It’s the best part, really.

golden-globes-kristen-wiig-bill-hader-whaaatAs you’ve likely heard, tonight are the Golden Globe awards. This is my favorite of the award shows because it’s, well, fun. It’s not as stuffy or serious or awkward as the Oscars have been for the past several years. It’s funny, and lots of stars that I like are either nominated or will be attending this year. Also, it’s being hosted by Jimmy Fallon. (Jimmy Fallon! He’s the best!!)

I will be sitting here, waiting, watching, laughing, cheering, etcetera, for quite a while, so I thought that I would make my predictions for the award recipients. A lot of them are guesses since I haven’t seen all of the movies or shows (yet!). However, if I get the winner correct…this is just proof that yeah. Totally called it.

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Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Best Director — Motion Picture

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

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Best Motion Picture — Animated

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Best Original Score — Motion Picture

  • Nicholas Britell, Moonlight
  • Justin Hurwitz, La La Land WIN
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival
  • Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran, Lion
  • Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams, and Hans Zimmer, Hidden Figures (ooh I didn’t know they were up for this!)

Best Television Series — Drama

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Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

8ffde8bc15bf86ab3f7dcacb971727a9Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

A Dragon is Not a Slave

As I’ve previously mentioned, I binge-watch a lot of shows. Gilmore Girls. Friends. Most recently, Younger.

But Game of Thrones has very little in common with many other typically “binge-able” shows.

It’s violent. Brutal. Heart-breaking. Terrifying. Thrilling. Funny, even. But it’s extremely empowering, too. And let me tell you, I’ve watched a lot of Game of Thrones recently. I’ve felt it all. And I love ever bit of it, even when it feels like my heart’s been stabbed, which happens frequently.

After all this time, though, as characters come and go and destroy themselves and each other, my favorite character has remained constant. I love Tyrion, Jon Snow, and Arya, but the Mother of Dragons takes the cake.

Daenerys Targaryen is a rare gem in television. She’s smart, strong, independent, brave, noble. She can be ruthless and slaughter cities, but she is just in each and every decision she makes. She is kind.

And yet, she’s weak too. She is betrayed, almost killed. She seeks advice from others, others who do not always have her best interests at heart. She loses love, has her heartbroken, reveals her vulnerabilities regularly.

But this is why we, the audience, can  sympathize with her. This is what makes us want to be her, or feel protective of her; this is why we scream at the TV when something bad is about to happen that she cannot see. This is why, when she does something particularly badass, we appreciate and admire it all the more.

She is the embodiment of “girl power.” She came from nothing and built herself up, with only a little prodding early on. She discovers herself, her own identity, just as she finds her life, her power, her army, and her dragons. She proves those who believe that she can’t success to be unutterably, grossly, and ultimately satisfyingly incorrect.

Take that, male-dominated world of Westeros, full of violence and blood and prostitutes and gore. 

Of course, there are many other extremely under-appreciated and inspiring characters, particularly female ones, in this show as well (Brienne, this is for you). When I wrote this, post, however, I had only made it through season three and was high off of Daenerys kickassery. So, for now I will simply nod at Ygritte, Sam, and Maergery.

For now, like I said, I am fresh off the shrieking-with-excitement fangirl train. So I made a list of my Top Five favorite Daenerys episodes/scenes from seasons one through three. Again, beware of potential spoilers if you haven’t seen through season three.

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Season 1, Episode 10: Fire and Blood. Dragons. I read this in the book before I watched the show, and let me tell you it was absolutely perfect. So unexpected in the book, so welcome in the show. So welcome, and so exciting! I mean, DRAGONS.

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Season 2, Episode 10: Valar Morghulis. More dragons!!!

 

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Season 3, Episode 3: Walk of Punishment. Can you say…kickass feminism? This was one of my favorite little scenes. Another highlight from this episode involves a certain lie about a vault…and a couple of deaths, obviously.

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Season 3, Episode 4: And Now His Watch Has Ended. DANY WHY ARE YOU SO CLEVER. Also, A DRAGON IS NOT A SLAVE!

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Season 3, Episode 10: Mhysa. (Ok really SPOILER though.) This wasn’t the best Dany scene or anything, but it was such a satisfying ending. She came from having no followers to having armies upon cities upon hoards of them. She overcame everything, and now she has a real shot at being not only the mother of dragons and slaves, but being a real queen. I’m so excited to find out what happens next!