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Borders and Barriers: Over the Essay Wall

  Many Presidents have campaigned on platforms verging on the absurd; however, no American President has made such an infamous promise as Trump, whose border wall now looms much larger over public debate than it does the Mexican-American divide.  In 2016, Trump demanded Mexico pay for the barrier.  In 2019, this ridiculous notion has been abandoned by Trump, in favor of coercing budgetary concessions from the Democrats through government shutdown. …
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Make This Semester Your Best One Yet

College can be tough to navigate for anyone, as you strive to strike a balance between schoolwork, social life, and, often, work. Things fall by the wayside, and, eventually, something in your life starts to suffer. When priorities become neglected, things can fall apart, and one thing you definitely don’t want to lose control over is school. College is expensive and time-consuming, and doing poorly in class can mean repeating…
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Grades in college: Do they matter?

Lots of people wonder if striving for excellent grades in college affects the rest of their life at all. After all, depending on whom you ask, “B’s (Or C’s, or D’s) get degrees.” However, did you know that a low GPA can also affect your lifetime earnings? A 2014 study of pay data and college GPA’s found dramatic differences among different GPA’s. For investment banking professionals three years into their…
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Should College Education be Free?

One of the most expensive things most people will ever pay for is a college education. Gone are the days when people could live comfortably with a high school education, and the competition for jobs is fierce. Careers are requiring more advanced degrees than ever before, and tuition rates are higher than they have ever been. Most people are not blessed with families who are able to pay for an…
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How to Write a Thesis/Dissertation Introduction

For some Master’s degree programs, and all Ph. D. programs, require some type of thesis or dissertation for completion. This is one of the most important steps in attaining a higher-level degree, and it requires significant time and research to complete. A thesis must investigate something concerning your field, and demonstrate expansive research. Then, these works must be defended in front of an examining committee. This is generally a time…
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How to Stay Happy in the Cold Season

Fall is almost upon us, and with that comes the shortening of days and frigidity in the air. Gone are those long, hot, and sunny summer days, and people are often left depressed in its wake. There is a name for the blues some people experience in the colder months; seasonal affective disorder (SAD). When left unchecked, it can lead to serious depression and a whole host of issues, so…
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Surviving the First Year of College

College can be tough, especially for freshmen coming in to a new environment. It can be overwhelming living alone for the first time, and the freedom combined with responsibility can prove to be a heady mix. Many have crumbled under the pressure of the first-year of college, but you don’t have to. Start by investing some time in becoming organized. Buy a planner, download an app, and mark your calendars,…
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Stay Fit This Fall

Summer is almost over, and that means fall keggers, pumpkin spice everything, and tailgating with wings, shots, and carbs. Packing on the pounds gets easier the more we cover up with clothes, and before we know it, we can’t fit into our summer daisy dukes for the Halloween party. Here are some tips on how to avoid the cool weather weight gain that inevitably seems to creep up: 1. Make…
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NYQ thinks Unemployed Professors “should burn in hell”

According to a threatening email my company received today, Ray Hammond thinks I should "burn in hell" for starting this site and hopes that I "choke on [my] money." This message was sent from his official email account at the New York Quarterly, a non-profit and poetry publication.   Instead of responding to this highly unpoetic message in kind, I am choosing to be the bigger person in this situation and…
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Creative writing can improve your communication skills

In today’s day and age, people have the ability to engage in a more diverse range of hobbies than ever before. Some are physical activities, things like yoga and Zumba, which challenge the body and contribute to bodily health. Others, such as interactive gaming, stimulate the mind and, if interactive, create social situations for people who may otherwise be more introverted in their everyday lives. A hobby that’s been around…