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Live From Paste: Bahamas 
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Alfie Jurvanen, known by the stage name Bahamas, couldn’t have picked a less apt name to reflect his musical and personal background. Hailing from Toronto, the songwriter’s minimal, harmony-laden folk songs earned him praised on his 2009 album Pink Strat. Watch Bahamas’ Live From Paste session here.

Close To The Finish Line: 7 things to get you over the edge.

So the semester is finally over which means that this paper should be all well and done. But don’t cheer just yet. I have been hauled up in my room for the past 48 hours cranking out puns after puns as my little sister has been tugging at my foot to play with her. I am now back in Miami for winter break and lucky for me my professor was extremely lenient and gave my class an open deadline. Which brings me to a few tips I have accumulated in regards to the subject. While they are most likely not universal, they should be helpful for anyone working on as massive pieces as I am right now. 


1.  Make sure you like the topic that you are writing about. If you are not interested in it, no one else will be, not to mention that your brian will melt while you are writing it. 

2. If your topic is turning out to be not what you hoped for, don’t be afraid to change it. It is your work and it should make you happy not miserable. While I may still be set on my ice harvesting research, one of my fellow classmates changed his topic fairly last minute. While he may be stuck with extra research now, he ended up with a subject matter that that is so on point that it turned the rest of us green with envy. (Just so you know, he started out with the subject of slavery, which turned out too be far too broad for him to do it justice in 25 pages. So he switched to gun trade in early America, which I think is pretty baller) 

3. Outline is your best friend. The more specific information you can spit out onto paper, the easier the final draft will be to crank out. Plus seeing minute details can help you view the bigger picture clearer. 

4. Speaking of minute details. It will make your life a lot easier whenever you are researching something, to start small and work your way out to the overall purpose of your research. This was particularly easy in my case, since I had to look at a commodity and the observe how it reflected history. Little did many of you know that ice trade completely changed the dietary habits of human population all over the world. (That was my condescending moment of the day, take note) 

5. When working with the word count so long, be sure to go back and reread. Sometimes the fact that come up as you are going through the research can become contradictory to the things that you initially concluded. You must revise your prior conclusions by considering the new information that comes up. 

6. Stay on topic. It is easy to go on tangents when you have this much room to work with. However this doesn’t mean that you can’t relate essential information that is tangentially relevant, just make sure that you come back to your topic and tie it all together. (It is also a nice sneaky, yet totally justified way to push up the word count a little)

7. Do not compare your research to your peers too critically. All topics are different. Some have more resources relevant to them than other, so DO NOT FREAK OUT when you see your classmates hauling thirty 600 pagers out of the library. If you are like me and have a topic that has less research already available on it, don’t scrutinize yourself for not working hard enough. That is probably not the case at all. So take a deep breath and digest all the information that you already have so that you can deliver it to others in a way that makes sense and stays interesting.