The almost-finals week madness.

In my five semesters at SUU, I have come to realize that most often, the weeks leading up to finals week are quite possibly the worst of the semester. By worst I mean that there are projects, papers, or portfolios due in nearly every class. In contrast, finals week contains just one test per class, which can sometimes be less stressful than the prior weeks — at least for me.

Remember how I blogged at the beginning of the semester about my comm. research class? Well, I owe another post to that class. Our final paper is due tomorrow. 24 hours. Don’t worry, I have started. But I still have a bit to do!

Luckily, Professor Stein let us choose the topic of the paper for this last assignment. So, I am doing my paper on this research question: “What strategies do presidents use to aid the nation in times of crisis?”

Some people will definitely role their eyes at that and exclaim in disbelief, “You chose that topic?”

But I’ll tell you something. I’m learning some very interesting things through speeches given by FDR, Jimmy Carter, JFK, Lyndon B. Johnson, George W. Bush, and others. Here is just one quote that has really stuck out to me through this research paper:

“My fellow citizens: let no one doubt that this is a difficult and danger effort on which we have set out. No one can see precisely what course it will take … Many months of sacrifice and self-discipline lie ahead — months in which our patience and our will will be tested — months in which many threats and denunciations will keep us aware of our dangers. But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing.” 

Even though John F. Kennedy was referring to the Cuban missile crisis, this quote can definitely be applied to our lives. Whether in school or in life itself, we don’t know what lies ahead, but the greatest danger of all is to do nothing. How else can we learn and truly experience life? My best experiences in college have come when I’ve gone out on a limb and taken risks.

Ok, I need to get back to my paper. Wish me luck!

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