40 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study For Midterms

40 Things I'd Rather Do Than Study For Midterms

8. Sit through lectures for classes you don't even have.
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Midterms season is upon us, and college students across the country are riding the struggle bus as they try to frantically cram in a month and a half's worth of information in the days and hours leading up to their midterm. Chances are they have more than one to worry about at once, as I wonderfully enjoyed three midterms between a Monday and Tuesday this past week.

So in taking every effort to avoid the inevitable studying that must happen, here are 40 things I'd (and I'm sure many other students in the position) would rather do that study for midterms:

1. Rewatch your favorite Netflix show that you've already seen 10 times.

2. Sit through a Netflix show that you actually hate just to pass time.

3. Actually go to the gym and work out.

4. Eat every meal for the week at the worst dining hall on campus.

5. Wait at least 30 minutes for a bus that's already full when it gets to your stop.

6. Wear a completely mismatched outfit out because you haven't done laundry in weeks.

7. Actually do the laundry that's been piling up for those weeks.

8. Sit through lectures for classes you don't even take.

9. Spend $100 for a textbook you won't actually use to study.

10. Try to stream a sporting event with the university wifi.

11. Sing on stage in front of a crowd of people.

12. Only wear high heels to class for a month.

13. Only wear Crocs to class for a month.

14. Apply for on-campus housing with a terrible lottery number.

15. Wait in the Starbucks line for 20 minutes only to have them be out of your favorite drink.

16. Crave a certain food at night after everything is closed.

17. Accidentally answer a sales call and actually stay on the line.

18. Never wear leggings again (okay, that's probably going too far)

19. Never be allowed to pass any puppy I see on campus.

20. Switch from an iPhone to an Android.

21. Watch a Youtube video that's nothing but buffering.

22. Reorganize an entire Forever 21.

23. Forget an umbrella or rain boots in a thunderstorm.

24. Actually go to the library.

25. Realizing the buses stopped running and you have to find a new way to get back to your dorm in the middle of the night.

26. Thoroughly clean all of my makeup brushes and sponges.

27. Assemble a house full of IKEA furniture myself.

28. Sit through an incredibly sad movie with a fresh face of makeup (sorry, mascara)

29. Forget a jacket and walking back to your dorm room in the freezing cold.

30. Wear a long-sleeved shirt in your sweltering, non-air conditioned lecture hall.

31. Have 8 a.m. classes every day of the week... and actually go to them.

32. Only take cold showers for a month.

33. Babysit a toddler who screams non-stop all night.

34. Lose my student ID and pay for a replacement.

35. Crack my iPhone screen - with a Lifeproof case on.

36. Wait in line for a roller coaster and have it close when you get to the front of the line.

37. Sprint for the bus all month and just miss it every time.

38. Stand in line for hours on Black Friday, only for them to sell out of whatever item you were waiting for.

39. Delete my Twitter account.

40. Write this list instead of studying.

Now, go off and either do any of these 40 things, or actually go study. Good luck on midterms!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.

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So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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