Mid-Semester Stress As Told By FRIENDS

College Students All Too Familiar Mid-Semester Stress As Told By 10 F.R.I.E.N.D.S GIFs

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Mid-semester blues are a real thing and there's no better way to express those struggles than through the best television show of all time. Know confidently that you are NOT the only one feeling like you hit a brick wall by the first week in November. Fortunately, the FRIENDS gang does a great job of expressing exactly how we feel.

1. Wait. How did I spend so much money in a week? S.O.S. How do you start a GoFundMe page? 


Ohhhhh now I get all of the broke college kid jokes. Where do people get all the money to eat out every single night of the week? I am TOO busy for this crap.

2. Why are y'all still going out on a Tuesday night? It is cold and you are not wearing enough clothing for this. 

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For real though, I don't understand how these people manage to pass their classes AND have the social life they do. ALSO, am I the only one that thinks 30 degrees is cold? How are you not frozen solid right now?

3. Wait. Hold on? WHEN is that exam?  


Wait. Crap. Hold on. How the heck did I miss this? Didn't we have an exam like last week? What do you mean that was a month ago?

4. Do you people not have exams? Why are you playing music at 2 a.m. in the middle of the week? 


Go. To. Sleep! It is LATE. It is the middle of the week. WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW YOU PEOPLE HAVE THIS MUCH ENERGY.

5. WHY do hours of studying not equal great grades? 


Two hours of studying, 75. 5 hours of studying 75. Should it make a difference? Yes! Does it? Not even a little bit.

6. I have more things on my planner than can be accomplished in a single day. 


Really, please do explain how one gets 34 hours of work completed in 24 hours. One planner isn't enough, I need two. I need sleep. I need a shower.

7. For Halloween this year I'm dressing up as the farthest thing from a college student I can find.


A chance to become something or someone different for the weekend? Yeah, I'll take it! At this point, I'll give anything to have an excuse to not study for a night.

8. Live footage of finals season sneaking up on me.


Two months is so long, woah, that's so much time! Wait, the weeks are flying by. How do I make them slow down? I AM NOT READY! I just got here!

9. Yes, I'm going to decorate for Christmas in October because I NEED JOY.


See, it makes sense. We go home so early in the month of December, decorating at a normal person time would leave no time for all of the happiness that the holidays bring.

10. Stressed or not, mid-semester is the greatest bonding experience and I wouldn't change it for the world.


As hard as this season may be, most of us would still wish it would slow down a bit and goodness knows we couldn't make it through without those around us.

As you cram for exams, break out the winter clothing, stress about money, worry about finals and embody the ideals of The Grinch in the middle of October, remember that there is no better time to bond with those around you. Enjoy it while it lasts, before you know it, we'll be returning for the spring semester.

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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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