10 Stages Of Getting Up For Your 8 A.M., Portrayed By Your Favorite Central Perk Regulars

10 Stages Of Getting Up For Your 8 A.M., Portrayed By Your Favorite Central Perk Regulars

Could this class *be* any earlier?
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Whether it's by choice or last resort, taking at least one 8 A.M. class over the course of your college career is almost inevitable. If you've never had to, let me clear the air. 8 A.M.s are really not as bad as some students make them out to be. In some ways, they're great; they allow you to establish a solid morning routine and get a jump start on your day.

If you have taken an 8 A.M., or are currently taking one, you know that getting ready for class that early in the morning is not always fun or easy. We'd all like to get a perfect night's sleep, wake up feeling refreshed, and be ready to tackle the day, but more often than not, it ends up going a little something like this:


1. First alarm - 7:00 A.M.

This is the one that prematurely interrupts your peaceful sleep. Its only real purpose is to provide fair warning that you're going to need to get up sometime soon... but not just yet.

2. Second alarm - 7:15 A.M.

A little piece of your heart breaks when you hear this one, because you know that you actually have to leave your bed. For real this time.

3. Deciding that you're still too comfortable to get up, so you lay down for five more minutes.

You tell yourself that you're totally awake, so there's no real harm in doing this. You have all intentions of closing your eyes for five more minutes, and five more minutes only.

4. Realizing that you underestimated those "five" minutes and are now running severely behind schedule.

Those five extra minutes of shut-eye turned into 20, and at this point, you may or may not be debating whether you can afford to miss class (just this one time).

5. Trying to eliminate as many tasks as possible from your morning routine to make up for lost time.

Makeup is a no-go at this point, and you can definitely wait until you get back to your room later to make your bed. Along with this phase comes the mental calculation of the absolute last minute you'd be able to leave your dorm without being late.

6. Accidentally making a loud noise and nearly waking up your roommates.

It's bad enough that you're rushing around trying to get ready in the dark while they're sound asleep, but you also have to be extremely careful as to not slam, bang, or drop anything while you're doing it. But, be courteous, because you'll appreciate it when the roles are reversed next semester.

7. Speed-walking across campus, hoping that you're not causing too much of a scene.

Not only are you practically jogging to class at this point, but you're also considering any and every short-cut you could possibly take in hopes of shaving a minute or two off your commute.

8. That feeling of making it to class at exactly 8:00.

You're on top of the world! Who needs to wake up early, anyway? Not you, because you MADE IT.

9. ...or at 8:01.

A+ for effort. So close.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Pride: A poem

Hell, I still love you.

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The word love

Is a very complex one;

Often times thrown around

far more often than it should be.

I knew the true meaning of love when

I first laid my eyes upon you

You were perfect.

Perfect in ways you could not even yet conceptualize.

I gave you life;

But, you became my life.

Your first word.

Your first day at school.

Moments that made life worth living.

One day you said you felt different;

You didn't feel like everyone else;

You'd felt this way for years

But this feeling was not just a feeling;

It was who you were.

The masses played with video games and played rough sports—

You didn't;

You were delicate.

Far more delicate than other boys.

You may not have played with the same toys,

But, hell, I still love you.

It only seems like yesterday,

You told me you had gone astray

From the normal social stigma

But you are still my little boy,

And, hell, I still love you.

Pride.

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