10 Times Taylor Swift Totally Got Midterm Week

10 Times Taylor Swift Totally Got Midterm Week

The Queen of Pop understands a whole lot more than heartbreak.

Everyone knows her as the queen of falling in love, breakups, and heartache, but is there truly anything Taylor Swift doesn't get about us? Turns out, Taylor Swift lyrics can perfectly sum up every thought, from panic to desperation to acceptance, that we have all experienced during midterms. In honor of it being midterm week, here are ten times Ms. Swift understood everything you're feeling right now.

1. “I think about summer all the beautiful times.”

Thinking back to the days of zero academic obligations and perfect weather is a slippery slope during midterm week; however, sometimes dreaming of summer is the only way to keep your head up when you’re piling on exam preparation.

2. “You paint me a blue sky then go back and turn it to rain.”

We’ve all had that professor or class that seemed easier at first impression, definitely not something to freak out about. Then midterm week rolls around and the class you thought would require the least work ends up needing the most preparation, along with all the classes you already knew would be hard. So long, hope.

3. “I back look in regret, I ignored when they said run as fast as you can.”

Everyone told you it would be an extremely rigorous course, Rate My Professor screamed that the exams were difficult, but you went for it anyway. Good going.

4. “Wasn’t it easier in your lunchbox days? Wasn’t it beautiful when you believed in everything and everybody believed in you?”

Suddenly, growing up never felt so miserable. Why do we have to do it? Why can’t my hardest homework assignment still be the multiplication tables? Why do I even try?

5. “It’s getting dark and it’s all too quiet and I can’t trust anything now, and it’s coming over you like it’s all a big mistake.”

Before you know it, it’s five minutes till closing at the library and you’re the only person left at the study tables. You didn’t even realize the sun had set. Did you even eat lunch yet? Who has time to look out the window or eat, you’ve got cramming to do.

6. “And I realized the blame is on me, ‘cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in.”

Whether it is a class you almost didn’t take because you knew it was insane to take at the same time as your other extremely hard class, or the one where since day one you have been over your head in reading and assignments, it takes everything in you not to blame the professors, their teaching methods or their test-writing skills for the impossibility of you getting an A. Time to own up that this is no one’s fault but your own.

7. “Looking so innocent I might believe you if I didn’t know.”

When a professor says something like they’re doing you a favor because the majority of the test will be multiple choice. While this may be somewhat helpful, you know as well as the professor does that just because it is multiple choice doesn’t mean its going to be easy. Welcome to the real world.

8. “I took a chance, I took a shot, and you might think I’m bulletproof but I’m not.”

The horrible anxiety of how to tell your parents that, in no better words, you’re screwed. Whether you anxiously text them at 4:00 a.m. the night before your exam or you panic right after you turn it in and call them in tears to tell them you probably bombed it. Either way, they have to understand that nobody is perfect…right?

9. “You can write a book on how to ruin someone’s perfect day.”

Even the classes you love or the courses you wanted to love get you down during midterm week. The subjects you once found so interesting suddenly hold no appeal when you have to write a paper, study for a test, and do a normal day’s homework for every single one of your classes.

10. “Today is never too late to be brand new.”

That wonderful feeling when you find out you didn’t do as bad as you thought, perhaps you call your parents to tell them as it turns out, you really are perfect.

Or on the other hand, maybe you actually didn’t do so hot on one of your midterms and for a minute you’re really down on yourself for not doing better. Regardless, sooner or later you will realize, no matter how bad you do, that this is a chance to improve and learn from mistakes. One bad midterm won’t determine your entire future. Eventually, you’ll pick yourself up and try again finals week.

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A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"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 hot 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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I know I am not alone when I say that I don't always explicitly ask for things because I don't want to cause problems or extra work for anyone. I also have this fear of being shot down (even though this guaranteed to happen many more times in my lifetime). So, instead, I make do with what I have. This includes tiny situations like ordering a medium iced coffee from the Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru and being given a small straw when I wanted a large one and more important situations like not speaking with my boss when I think I am not being paid enough.

As I have gotten older, I've realized this fear not only prevents me from standing up for myself, but it also allows others to take advantage of me. I don't fully understand why I am continuously scared of speaking up. I know there's a possibility someone can refute what I am saying or prove me wrong but is that truly a substantial reason to not use my voice and ask for something? I also understand the world won't end if these things do happen, as they happen quite often, so why does the fear still linger?

I am very tired of being pushed around and walked over because people know I don't like to open my mouth and say something. From now on, I have to put on my big girl pants and speak up for myself if I want to bring something to someone's attention. I would be the first person to speak out for someone else if he or she needed something and too scared to say something, therefore it is time I do the same for myself. I deserve to insert my voice no matter the size of the issue.

I encourage everyone that shares my same fear to take a deep breath and ask for what they want or need. I know it is scary, but we don't deserve to be pushed aside because we aren't as forward as others.

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