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.
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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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The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

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Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

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Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

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