15 Things You Could Do Besides Start Your Paper

15 Things You Could Do Besides Start Your Paper

Staring, at the blank page before you..

We've all been there: the dreaded blank Microsoft Word document. The white glow of the screen mocks your fried brain as you attempt to start your paper with an intriguing and capturing hook. "In 1964, in the heat of the summer..." *delete, delete, delete* It's infuriating, it's discouraging, and it's something you could put off for another 30 minutes by doing one (or all) of these 15 things.

1. Look through Snapchat stories.

Ohh that cookie looks good.

2. Take a few snapchats with the ugly filters.

Damn, I look sexy.

3. Watch Tasty videos on Facebook.

Watching them dice the peppers is SO satisfying!

4. Stalk people on Facebook.

Hmm...interesting life decisions. I'm officially a creep. So disappointed in myself.

5. Get lost in the Youtube vortex of "recommended for you" videos.

Very weird suggestions, but it all adds up.

6. Peruse Stumbleupon.com

All of these websites are so dope. So awesome. I just learned how to moonwalk.

7. Text your friend/significant other/family member/someone you barely know.

I need them to know how much stress I'm under.

8. Check out the Instagram feed.

*Double tap*

9. Check your email to see if you miraculously have an email from your professor extending the deadline/a new deal from Dominos.

Correct, Britney.

10. Call your parents.

Paralyzed by the fear of failure.

11. Get a snack.

Snacks fix everything.

12. Search your surroundings for someone in your class that you kind of know and complain to them.

It's cathartic, really.

13. Look through your camera roll and relive all of the moments that you weren't struggling with this paper.

Yes, exactly.

14. Plan your dinner break, and then proceed to take your time at the dining hall.

Oh yes, I am dining tonight.

And finally,

15. Blast some pump up music.

Nothing can put you back on the grind like a good tune.

Cover Image Credit: Youth-Portal.Com

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Every Time I See A College Tour Group Walk By I Just Want to Scream 'It's a TRAAAPP!'

The tour guide is good - they're just a liar.

It's officially that time of year - anywhere you walk on campus, there's bound to be a gaggle of parents and befuddled high school students winding their way through building after building. In front of them stands an overenthusiastic tour guide, spouting off statistics about the school so fast they'll make your head spin.

Unfortunately, what the tour guide says doesn't exactly line up with what goes on at the school. Oh, the things we students wish we could shout out to the parents as they pass by.

1. "You'll get sick of the dining!"

It may look like there's something new to eat every single day, but by the end of the semester, you'll be sick of everything except the things closest at home.

2. "I'm only here for the free t-shirts!"


3. "IT'S A TRAP!"

Seriously, part two. You get two of three things: a social life, sleep, or good grades. Whoever said you could have all three is lying.

4. "Welcome to the real world, suckers!"

It's got confrontation, taking care of yourself, and formal emails. (Which, of course, your professor will respond with 'k thnx bai' sent from their iPhone.)

5. "Say goodbye to sleep!"

There are three types of people on campus: tea drinkers, coffee drinkers, and people with energy drinks running through their veins.


Check all of your housing options before you move in. The dorm they're showing you might be the worst housing area on campus.


You're getting squat. Free tuition? Try the tune of $13k a year. Or more. Depending.

8. "The library is NOT the best study place."

Depending on your major, there are several places for you to study that aren't the library.

9. "The health center sucks!"

True fact: word through the grapevine is that someone once got antibiotics for a sprained ankle.You may as well sell that leg on the black market to cover the costs.

10. "Believe the roommate horror stories!"

All random roommates are horrible unless proven otherwise. (But be wary of everyone.)

11. "SI (student instructor) sessions are useless."

You will learn nothing . Chances are you'll end up correcting the instructor.

12. "The freshman fifteen is optional."

Some people don't gain it at all, and some people really gain it. It's up to you.

13. "You'll need a car!!"

If, for some reason you can't pay for the overpriced parking pass, find a friend who can.

14. "Hookup culture is real!"

But it's not for everyone. Just because everyone is doing it doesn't mean you have to.

15. "Campus jobs are a myth!"

Campus job? What's a campus job? Do you have work-study? No? No job for you. Have you tried the local coffee shop?

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