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Crazy Cramming Clues: A Last-Minute Guide to the ACTs/SATs

Nate Rosen

By the end of fourth quarter, most sluggish seniors are seasoned pros when it comes to standardized testing. From the funny joke that were pre-PSATs, to the times we were dragged to school early on Saturday mornings to take a test that influenced our scholastic future, the long road that is high school has included many standardized tests. It seems to be the responsibility of upperclassmen to bestow upon younger students the wisdom that comes after taking these tests so many times.

1) Catch a plentiful amount of ZzzZzZs

Though it’s a cliche, this tip is by far the most crucial. It was the day after a midnight marathon of 80s movies and a mere three hours of sleep that I received my lowest score on the ACTs. Not only is it crucial to hit at least eight hours of snoozing, but sleep quality is also very important. Rather than watching TV before bed, pick up a book and read until you fall asleep.

2) Food is foremost

This is true for all challenges in life. Food is number one on the list of important ways to prepare for battle. Good food satisfies your taste buds, fuels your brain, and chases away annoying stomach grumbles. A donut and hot chocolate is not the brain food needed on test day. Fiber/protein bars, yogurt, fruit, and nuts are foods that will keep your brain working and your stomach full.

3) Stay AWAY from the review books

Yes, this must sound extremely counterintuitive. You’d think “it’s cramming time!” However, it’s just too late for that. A wise teacher named Mr. Jones once told me that you either know the material or you don’t, so rapidly reading it right before the test won’t do much. This is valid. No matter what, you won’t know every single formula, every single grammar rule, nor every single vocabulary word. So, instead of getting stressed reading the review books, rest up!

4) Create a great ambience for the ride there

The ride to your test site is the last free time you have before being locked in the building for hours. It’s your time to pump yourself up and get excited for the test. A song like “Eye of the Tiger” or “Locked Out of Heaven” will you get your blood racing and make you feel like it’s go-time.

5) Take it with a grain of salt

Deep breaths. One test does NOT determine your entire future. Plenty of Staples students didn’t hit their dream scores but still got into their dream school and there are plenty whose 2400s didn’t get them into their top choices. This is merely one component of your portfolio as a college applicant, and no matter what, it’s not the end of the world.

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Chloe Baker, Managing Editor
She’s a person you like right away. She’s easy to talk to and immediately likable. A true journalist at heart, Chloe Baker, this year’s Managing Editor, has high hopes and expectations for Inklings. “I’m really looking forward to engaging with the staff and working on feature stories,” said Baker. “I love writing them.” Baker’s passion for journalism was sparked on 9/11 after watching the news with her parents. It was at that moment she realized the power of journalism and the importance of journalists. Last year, she wrote “The Secret Life of the American Teacher,” which she says was her favorite piece. Baker loves watching and reading the news. The Daily Beast is one of her favorite news sources and, in her opinion, is the format that journalism is headed in. The Today Show is another favorite of Chloe’s. She has great admiration for both Ann Curry and Meredith Vieira for their intellect and elegance. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time helping those in need. Chloe volunteers at a mental health hospital, The Jewish Home for the Elderly, and is the corresponding secretary for Go Pink, a club that raises money for breast cancer. With her great attitude and dedication to Inklings and the community, Chloe is sure to make this year a terrific one.  
Nate Rosen, Graphics Coordinator

When flipping through the pages of a freshly printed Inklings on a Friday morning at Staples, text, novelty-fonted headlines and especially graphics and pictures jump out to the Staples students and faculty. And a big applause is long overdue to senior Nate Rosen ’14, who is Graphics Editor in Chief this year and is the man behind a number of graphics in both the paper and web versions of Inklings.

 “It’s a creative outlet for me,” said Rosen ’14 who can be called an artist for his graphics and photos but claims he cannot draw for his life.

Doing graphics for Inklings since freshman year he has created numerous different visuals. One of his favorites is the banner for an article about The Great Gatsby. With gold and metal like textures the banner closely resembles the logo for the 2013 movie.

“That graphic I actually did on my own time, it was more for me,” said Rosen ’14.

Rosen claims that graphics is really a hobby for him; he could be on the Adobe software creating new graphics all day long. However it is easier to have an assignment for a graphic instead of creating the idea on his own.

But no matter how he gets the creative spark or how he creates his artwork, Rosen’s graphics will be printed and posted proudly in Inklings throughout the year.

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