51 Things To Do Instead Of Studying For Finals

51 Things To Do Instead Of Studying For Finals

Because no one likes the library

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Mac Veh

It's that time of year where everyone is beginning to start to study for their finals and prepare to leave campus for the summer. If you're like me, you would rather do literally anything else besides studying. There are so many things that you can do to distract yourself from the terrible thing that is studying for finals.

Here are 51 things you could do to avoid studying for your final exams this semester.

1. Drink some coffee

2. Take a shower

3. Eat a snack

4. Watch a new episode on Netflix

5. And then another one

6. Maybe one more

7. Well, may as well finish the whole season

8. Clean your room

9. Do some laundry

10. ACTUALLY clean your room, because we both know that you half-assed it

11. Call your mom

12. Realize that you accidentally talked to your mom for over an hour

13. Go online shopping

14. Regret spending that money

15. Do other homework

16. Calculate how well you have to score on the exam to get a 4.0 in the class 

17. Go get some food (maybe a burrito, that sounds really good)

18. Go on Facebook

19. Refresh your Facebook feed again, in case anything changed in the last 46 seconds

20. Write a love letter to your crush

21. Rip up the letter because you know it won't happen

22. Cry

23. Stop crying because you're a bad bitch

24. Organize your closet

25. Plan your entire wardrobe for the summer

26. Realize how many clothes you have that you don't wear

27. Maybe just ONE more season of that show

28. Make cookies

29. Eat all of them

30. Go to the gym because you regret eating all the cookies

31. Stare blankly out of a window

32. Think about when your husband will return from war

33. Go for a walk

34. Listen to music

35. Spend too much money on music festival tickets

36. Plan your whole trip to the festival

37. Figure out that you have to spend MORE money on clothes for the festival

38. Go through old photos on your phone

39. Start some drama in your friend group chat for fun

40. Turn your phone off because the drama is overwhelming

41. Plan your own surprise birthday party

42. Learn every dance routine from Grease

43. Record yourself doing the dances

44. Delete the videos immediately 

45. Think about the meaning of life

46. Take a Buzzfeed quiz to figure out which Riverdale character you are

47. Get mad because you got Betty, and just know that you ARE a Veronica

48. Think about how many exams you have

49. Cry

50. Accept your grades

51. Go back to #1 and start over

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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