Things To Do Before Classes Start

Whether you’re headed back to the old grind, or you’re on a new adventure at a new school, there are ways you should be getting ready before that first period bell rings. Here’s what you can do to make sure you get an A+ in preparedness.

• Get your supplies together now. What will you need on the first day? Minimally, a pen, paper and something to hold all the handouts you’ll be getting. It’s also helpful to carry your schedule around; I like to tuck this into a book or put it on my phone so people don’t necessarily know I’m looking at it between classes. You don’t want to be scrambling on the first day.

• Talk to your teachers. This is the time to set your reputation - even before you get to school. This correspondence can show them how invested you are and how much you care; that is never a bad thing. Your professors will appreciate that you put in the effort, and they’ll be more willing to grant you special considerations if you need them later.

• Be flexible. Things will change. That “blow off” class might have gotten harder since last semester’s students told you about it. Assignments change, syllabi change. Be willing to roll with the punches, but also remember that you’re in control of your own life. If you don’t like the professor, drop the class.

• Have fun. Being a student generally means you aren’t working full-time at a desk. Enjoy this! Homework sucks and tests stink, but this truly is the time to live it up. Stay up late sometimes, even if it’s because you procrastinated. You’ll be telling these memories for a long time.

Hooray - Shark Week is here!

Things to Know About Shark Week:

One of the biggest pieces of pop culture is the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Since it started August 10, people will be talking about it for the rest of the week. Here’s what you need to know:

• It’s been an annual event since 1988, showing in either July or August every year since. That’s a lot of shark-based programming - 26 years worth of sharks!

• It’s original intention was to raise awareness and respect for sharks. For this week, organizations like Greenpeace are working to protect these magnificent creatures.

• There are more than 400 species of sharks, with the largest being the whale shark (can reach up to 59 feet long) and the smallest being the dwarf lantern shark (approximately 7 inches long).

• Of all these types of sharks, only about 10 of them are considered dangerous to humans. They’ve just gotten some bad press. Still be wary of their rows of teeth though!

• Discovery.com offers several live shark cams, so you can watch them any time, day or night - even if the official Shark Week programming is over for the day.

Sharks are pretty interesting animals. With cartilage skeletons and multiple rows of teeth among many other things, we can’t help but be intrigued by them. Now, you’ve got some talking points for those whose favorite week of the year is this one.

The Craziest Cartoon Conspiracies

We discussed the cuter side of kids’ cartoons recently, but there are parts of them that aren’t nearly so adorable. These conspiracies will have you questioning why your parents let you watch them in the first place - and you won’t be able to think of them the same way again.

• SpongeBob Squarepants - Nuclear testing is the thought behind this show. Nuclear arms testing in the 1940s and 1950s on the Bikini Atoll would have created this crazy bunch of characters beneath the Atoll - in Bikini Bottom.

• Hey Arnold! - This conspiracy states that Arnold’s grandparents are actually his parents. Because of their age, this could’ve led to Arnold Chiari Malformation, resulting in his football-shaped head.

• The Flintstones - The result of nuclear fallout is said to have brought Bedrock into existence. Created during the Cold War, this could be the future we would’ve had. This explains why out favorite “prehistoric” family has similar celebrations and technology to today.

• Courage the Cowardly Dog - This theory believes Courage is just a normal dog who sees the world through dog’s eyes. He gets nervous around people who are just regular folks. His owners are old, so he only knows the area around his home.

There are even more of these ridiculous conspiracies, but be warned - you won’t be able to forget them either!