15 Finals Moments As Told By Christmas GIFs

15 Finals Moments As Told By Christmas GIFs

For when you're trying to be festive and productive at the same time.

December: the month of lovely Christmas cheer, holly and jolly, and little lights everywhere. People are nicer to each other and there's just some kind of magic floating around that doesn't seem to exist any other time of the year.

*cue the scratching record noise*

You know what else exists in December? Finals. Lots of horrible, awful, stressful finals that make it really hard to celebrate or feel festive until around the week before Christmas because you just can't think about anything but tests and papers and exams and quizzes and projects. If this is you, don't worry, not only do I feel your struggle, but I've got your back. I've found a way for us to be festive and worried about our exams and such at the same time - by telling the struggles of finals week through Christmas GIFs.

1. When you're trying to get decorations up as quickly as possible

Something in you won't let you skip putting them out, but you also know that you really need to hurry if you're going to study like you know you need to.

2. When you're just trying not to offend anyone

While most people either a) don't care what you say, or b) don't want you to talk to them at all, some of them get really upset if you don't use the right holiday. Best to make sure all of your bases are covered or just don't say anything.

3. When you just want to stress eat everything in sight

Sugary stuff like Christmas cookies especially.

4. When you go to office hours and the professor says "I'll give you a tip for the final exam"

Hang on tight to every word.

5. Walking around, hoping to get hit by a car

At this point, you don't even want them to have to pay your tuition, you just want to get out of your exams.

6. When you "grade" a test review that you thought you were good on

Turns out you weren't good at all.

7. When your friends aren't even trying to be festive

I know you're busy, but I need to see some effort, people!

8. When you realize that you can't skip lecture to do Christmas-y things

You debated it for a hot minute, but logic won the fight.

9. When material that wasn't on the study guide is suddenly on the test

You didn't have time to study anything that wasn't on the study guide and it 100% wrecked you.

10. When you realize that you have to look at your grades eventually

I'd rather not.

11. When your professor wishes you a Merry Christmas as you're leaving the final

*does best sassy Macaulay Culkin walk out of the room*

12. When you suddenly realize that you've wrapped nothing

If (and that's a big "if") you've even managed to buy your Christmas gifts at this point, there's no way you've had time to wrap them. Suddenly, you become a wrapping wizard.

13. When Amazon becomes your new best friend

All of those gifts you haven't bought because you've been too busy studying can be ordered super quick and arrive within two days if you're using your specially discounted Student Prime.

14. When you get super happy because you're finally done

You might look like an idiot, but you feel like you could fly if you jumped high enough.

15. When you finally get to enjoy Christmas

You deserve to finally get to share the magic.

Cover Image Credit: Lily Snodgrass

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.

We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

SEE ALSO: 7 Struggles Of Being The Girl Who Is "Not Skinny" But Also "Not Fat"

11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


A song for you...

"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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