The 5 Stages Of Hell Week At College

The 5 Stages Of Hell Week At College

Let me break down the popular phenomenon known as 'hell week.'

We all know that college is busy and stressful on a daily basis. From time to time, however, we encounter the phenomenon known as “Hell Week,” where everything and anything seems to fall all from Monday through Friday. In honor of many of my friends passing through their own hell weeks and my own hell week coming up soon, I’ve documented below the generalized 5 stages of hell week.

For those of you who have yours coming up soon as well, good luck.

1. The Realization

The first stage is a tricky one, since it actually starts the Friday before. It usually takes until midnight on Friday for denial to exit and realization to kick in. Yes, the week is happening.

2. The Preparation

Once you have accepted the unavoidable, everything is just numbers. Saturday and Sunday are two days, 48 hours, 2880 minutes, or 172,800 precious seconds you receive to prepare for the upcoming week. Nothing else matters but getting ready for tests (did all the teachers collude for 2 major tests to collide on the same day?), getting started on work due later on (even though the rubric still isn’t posted) while juggling the work for extracurricular activities (because leadership positions are just as important as the grades).

3. The Wrench

The week is slowly beginning and you’re ready to face it all. You’ve spent sufficient amount of time and money (on coffee and random food) to get to this position, there is no way you are letting it go to waste. It is at this time that you feel as if the Universe has a sadistic sense of humor because in comes the wrench. Sometimes it comes in the form of a surprise quiz or assignment, but I’ve noticed that it often comes in the form of illness. Because once one person on campus gets sick, everyone gets sick and it just happens to be during their hell week.

4. The (almost) Last Breath

It’s Thursday, and yes, the week is almost over, but at this point you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Because due to some cruel fate, there is still something due on the glorious day of Friday and you are pretty sure you’re not going to make it, since the last time you checked, you were reading the textbook with your eyes closed.

5. The Sigh of Victory

It’s all done and time to breathe a sigh of relief and victory. Pat yourself on the back because hey, you made it through THE hell week. It’s over and you are all set to just relax for a few days. You open your planner only to realize that there is another hell week coming up in about 3 weeks but oh well, there’s no point worrying about it now.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 A.M. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest,

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old doom room is now filled with two freshman trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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10 Signs You, Too, May Have An Old Soul

Are we smarter, or are you guys just dumber?

Everyone is born into different lives with different experiences resulting in different outlooks on life. But that's not what's important: what's more important is how they feel within. Someone may stare into the same black and white crystal walls and think about the injustices of the world between races while someone else may just be marveling at the way the colors blend into each other.

That being said, the difference between those two may have something to do with whether you have an old soul. Here are 10 signs that you may be one of those people that do.

1. You prefer to be alone more, indulging in your hobbies and thinking about life.

Old souls want to be alone to be able to create what they want to create, to be able to think what they want to think, without anybody or anything else getting in the way. What's better than having their own ideas swimming around their heads instead of dealing with a mess of ideas?

2. You think about being able to communicate with nature and the animals around it FREQUENTLY.

Being able to tune in to their surroundings is a trait an old soul wants to have. On top of having nobody understand them, they want to feel free to express themselves.

3. As a child, you were constantly being pushed out of cliques.

Being pushed out for whatever reason just hurt. In fact, you spent your whole life thinking that you were just destined to have few to no friends at all.

4. You prefer to read the books instead of the correlated movies.

Nothing cheers you up except a good book and some wine on the side. Watching movies are just too predictable while turning pages in a book are sometimes stress relievers after a long day.

5. You tend to believe in spiritual topics such as being psychic, horoscopes, reading auras, etc.

People who know you describe you as that person that volunteers to read people's fortunes, or indulge in collecting tarot cards and reading them out loud at a children's birthday party.

6. You tend to call yourself a people-watcher.

Sitting on a bench regardless of weather can be relaxing and watching people walk by, scurrying on the busy street, can be very imaginative. Making up their backstories along with observing their actions gives you the inspiration to find life interesting.

7. You talk to adults more than people your own age.

Talking to people your own age never made much sense to you; you can never learn from them. Talking to your parents and other adults made you feel much older than you really were, but you didn't know that thinking of talking to them has already made you THAT MUCH older.

8. You tend to feel deja vu in a lot of places that you've never been before.

It never fazes you, but sometimes you feel as if you were part of the first humans to ever walk this planet. Looking around at your creations, you can't help but think that you are above some people. (But you never want to brag...)

9. Sometimes, you feel very disconnected, to the point where you think everything is a simulation.

Not to scare you, but some people do feel like this... once in a while... they may be lying...

10. The question "why are you alive" hits you all the time, every night at 3 a.m.

Enough said.

And there you have it - being an old soul can be both tiring and relieving, knowing that you stand above all the rest. (Just kidding.) An old soul is just like y'all, we're just tired of normal people's bullshit and know what to do with our lives. All in all, we have a purpose. And we are out to find it.

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