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A four-year college degree isn't for everybody. I'd be reluctant to even say it's for people. However, everybody needs and deserves an education. Our society just needs to do a better job recognizing the validity of the huge variety of types of education for different types of people, interests, and careers.

The further along students get in their education, and the closer they get to entering the workforce, the more the line between the two starts to blur. College athletes, for example, aren't getting paid for their athleticism, other than the lucky ones offered scholarships. But in many cases, their hard work is still making truckloads of money for their universities.

Pre-college, summer school is hung over the heads of students like a threat for not working hard enough. That's already an unfair stigma for grade school and high school students, but for college, that stigma truly makes no sense. If you're reluctant to sacrifice your three months of sunshine for a few spare credits, here's a few reasons you might want to reconsider.

<a href=""><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-1610" src="" alt="iStock_000011171834XSmall" width="320" height="375" /></a>Congratulations to the class of 2013 graduates, whatever it is you've studied and whatever it is you plan to do now. Most of you are probably shifting from college senior laziness into frantic job search mode right about now. If you are, file away the four points below into the back of your head. They're the best advice I have to offer, as someone who (a) didn't study an "in-demand" field and (b) has been job hunting in the last couple years. <strong><strong>1. There are<em> far</em> more jobs out there than you even know exist. </strong></strong> Most people have some sort of preconceived notion for what jobs come from what majors. Psychology majors become therapists. Biology majors go to medical school. Pre-law means you'll be a lawyer. Education means you'll teach. The problem is that this way of thinking doesn't give you a very good picture of what the professional world is like. There are only so many therapists, doctors, lawyers, and teachers in the world. Far less than the total number of people people studying psychology, biology, law, and education.

<p style="text-align:right;"><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-1548" src="" alt="2325769" width="266" height="400" /></p> <p style="text-align:left;">Whether it's still the calm before the storm or you're in full-force finals mode, you've probably found yourself in that awful position where you simultaneously have tons of free time and also no free time whatsoever. All the normal responsibilities of your schedule are cleared, replaced by the much more intimidating responsibilities of studying or finishing that final paper. We've put together a soundtrack to get you through it. It's not exactly studying music; it's a soundtrack to reflect the rollercoaster of emotions that finals inevitably bring about.</p> <ul> <li><b>Paul Engemann - <em>Scarface (Push It To The Limit)</em> -- </b>That moment when you need the power of '80s montages to get you through a long stretch of studying</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Daft Punk - <em>Harder Better Faster Strong</em> -- </strong>That moment when you're working hard, well, fast, and strong, but need a little bit more of each.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Coldplay - <em>Don't Panic</em> -- </strong>That moment when you're in desperate need for the advice in the title of this song.</li> </ul>

For some, the final paper is even more dreaded than the final exam. At least with an exam, you can only do so much work in the time given. With a paper, there's this sinister feeling that you always could have done more. So naturally, you put off thinking about it as long as you can.

When it's time to graduate, while you're sitting there sweating through your academic robes in the summer sun, you'll start to listen to the names of your class (or department, depending on how your school does it), anticipating friends' names so you can cheer a little louder. The odds are pretty good that you won't hear at least one name you expect to. Some people just plain don't want to walk.

Kids are smart. Much, much smarter than we give them credit for. Most kids have an inherent curiosity, a craving for knowledge and a greater patience with the learning process than most adults. And curiosity is the most powerful force in education.

A recent study out of Texas A&M University concluded that sending hands-free, voice-activated text messages impairs driver reaction times just as bad as actually typing them out.

It's nothing short of shocking that Wikipedia is as useful, functional, and accurate as it is, considering the incredibly high potential for sabotaging edits. Instead of having a scholarly Encyclopedia Britannica-style essay or a random collection of gibberish, we have both, where you can occasionally find an insane gem hidden in the otherwise staid article. Here are a few of the best of those insane gems.

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