Seven Icebreaker Ideas for the First Day of School

August is officially here, which marks the dreadful end of summer vacation. So, what can you expect on your first day back at school? Icebreakers, and lots of them. And if you’re anything like me, the thought of yet another “two truths and a lie” game will make you cringe. While many students loathe the…

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Final Exam Prep: 10 Study Tips to Combat Test Anxiety

Spring is finally upon us—which means longer days, warmer weather, and the impending dread of finals week. While this may not be your first rodeo, it doesn’t mean that you don’t get anxious come test time. Test anxiety can be extremely debilitating and drastically alter your performance. According to the ADAA, the causes of test…

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20 Lovable Little Free Libraries

“Take a book, return a book” is the mantra that rings true to bookworms all around the world who are interacting with Little Free Libraries. Since the birth of the first little library in Wisconsin circa 2009, the growth and prevalence of these tiny structures are astounding. As of 2017, there are 60,000 registered Little…

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A Year in Review: Top Literary Moments of 2017

Literarily speaking, 2017 was packed with as much drama as a bestselling novel. We saw dire dystopian books fly off the shelves, a piece of short fiction break the internet, and a trollish alt-right personality battle it out with an ex-publisher. There was scandalous “bestseller” manipulation—caught red-handed in real time—and gloves torn off for the…

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The Art of Reading Poetry

In fifth grade, my music teacher asked me to recite a poem during our holiday concert. This meant having to stand in front of my classmates, teachers, and parents, and, I guess, read? I practiced it, but practice always felt like a weird term for that. More like, read it over and over in my…

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