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RIP Quizlet

So Quizlet is dead. Disappearing in the same mysterious manner in which it appeared in our lives, as it joins the rest of the faithfully departed. (It still exists, you just have to pay money now. So yea it’s dead.)

In a world of black and white, Quizlet was one of the last grey (gray? I don’t know the difference and neither do you) areas left. It wasn’t technically against the rules to use it, but teachers definitely were not a fan of it. It was the wild west of the academic world. Except it killed less Indians, of course.

This is a bittersweet moment for myself. One on hand, the boy graduated college just in time. Typical me, always striking when the iron is hot and cashing out on top. Getting out of there just in the nick of time. Maybe Quizlet realized it had become too powerful. It was probably my fault. They saw me graduate as a direct result of their work, and were like,”okay we’ve gone too far”. I guess you really do either die a hero of live long enough to become a villain.

I’m pretty sure I’m now the last person to ever graduate college. I’m not sure how anyone is going to manage to pass a single class going forward. What are you gonna do? Read the textbook? Do the practice problems at the end of each chapter? Ask questions? Exactly. I made out like a bandit. I was buying low and selling high the entire time and I didn’t even know it.

People are all baffled on why the number of school shootings keep increasing, while the answer’s right here. Have you ever tried to figure out a homework problem without looking it up on Quizlet or Chegg? 45 minutes in and you start to see where Dylan Klebold was coming from.

I learned more in college from sites like Quizlet, CourseHero, and Chegg than any lecture I attended. Obviously, we won’t get into the semantics and technicalities of “actually attending those lectures”, but to be fair, I use that phrase rather loosely. Sorry some of us were too busy writing blogs til our fingers bled to waste two hours looking at a terribly formatted powerpoint that’s already on Blackboard. Would it kill you to mix in a transition slide?

The point is, sites like Quizlet were there for me when no one else was. Times when I needed a 115% on the final to pass. Times when selfish, arrogant professors would look down on my from their Ivory towers and not bump my 72 to a 93.

Honestly, I give most credit to Investopedia. That website singlehandedly taught me finance for as long as I can remember. All the way from freshman year, when I first googled what side debits and credits go on. Then straight through senior year, when I also googled what side debits and credits go one. And guess what kids, it doesn’t matter as long as the two sides add up in the end. Ask anyone who worked at Enron.

Regardless, I just feel bad for the younger generation. The golden age of finding your online homework word for word on Quizlet is over. The days of pasting entire homework questions into the search bar are behind us. Godspeed, my children. Godspeed.

 

 

 

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