Finals Week According To Seinfeld's George Costanza

Finals Week According To Seinfeld's George Costanza

"Serenity NOW!"

Currently, it seems every college student is obsessed with Stranger Things, is binge-watching Scandal, or is simply relishing in the beauty that is the ninth season of The Office. Trust me, I get it. These shows are great, they serve as the perfect study break distraction, and everyone is watching them. But you know what show this college girl is currently watching and relating to more than ever? The hit '90s show, Seinfeld!

And while I adore the humor of Jerry, the strong-will of Elaine, and the kookiness of Kramer, I live for the struggle that is George Costanza's life. As we approach the tragedy known as finals week, I thought who better than George to demonstrate how we all feel at this time. (Plus, I can shamelessly push the need to make Seinfeld THE show again) So without further ado, here's finals week explained by everyone's favorite New York Jew, George Costanza...

Looking at the mountain of studying you have to do

'Tis the season of every student claiming that THEY have the most work to do!

Convincing yourself that your GPA will be fine

Basically my motto as I tell myself that it's totally possible to get a 110% on my final paper. I believe it!

Giving up on dressing nice for class

Same George, same.

Trying to spend hours upon hours studying

After three hours of staring at financial statements, somehow Intro to Accounting manages to get even more boring! Who would've thought that was possible!

And finding motivation in what your future could be

Replace "George" with "Mackenzie" and this statement is straight from my nightmares.

But then convincing yourself that study breaks are more important

The brain needs a break, right? And what's a break without food? And what's food without Netflix? And what's Netflix without a nap? *Repeats cycle*

When you realize what your true talents are

We all have our gifts! College is a time where we're supposed to discover them!

Walking into your final like

Ah yes, the final stage of finals week-acceptance. I've got my life vest on and am fully prepared to sink into a pool of despair. Bring it on.

Finally, when you take your exams and get to go home

Actual footage of me leaving my last exam on December 15th. Sorry old lady, but this girl is ready for break!

Good luck to everyone as finals week approaches!

We're almost there! Just think, in a few short weeks, you get to go home, sit in your bed, and binge watch one of the greatest TV shows gifted to us by the 90s! If that isn't motivation, I don't know what is!

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An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Graduating college in any number of years is an accomplishment to be proud of.

To the person that isn't graduating on time,

It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?

You know you're going to have to tell your family, so you begin preparing yourself for the worst reactions possible. And telling your friends you won't be graduating with them will only add to that sense of hopelessness.

Soon, you'll see photos and posts from people you left high school with, talking about graduation and the wonderful lives they are about to begin in their new careers. You'll wonder how they did it, and you'll feel like a failure.

But you're not.

Graduating from college is a huge deal. It really is. And it will be no less of an accomplishment in five, six, or 10 years.

"According to the Department of Education, fewer than 40 percent of students who enter college each year graduate within four years, while almost 60 percent of students graduate in six years. At public schools, less than a third of students graduate on time."

Things happen. You might change your major. You might have financial troubles. You may take a year off to figure out exactly what you want to do. That's okay. Take all the time you need. The real world and your career will still be there whenever you graduate.

Guess what else. Your family will still love you, and your friends will still support you. Give them some credit. Your loved ones want you to be happy and successful. Don't get me wrong, they may be upset at first, but give them a chance. Odds are, when the emotions settle, they will go right back to asking how classes are going. And when you do get the news that you'll be graduating, they will celebrate with you, and they will be there in the crowd, waiting for you to walk across that stage.

Graduation will happen. If you attend your class and study hard, it will happen. There is no reason to rush. Just do your best. Try your hardest. Take classes when you can. Just by doing that, you're doing more than so many others are able to do.

"Among 18 countries tracked by the OECD, the United States finished last (46 percent) for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it."

You'll get there. Take your time. Enjoy your classes. Find new interests. Study what you love. Embrace opportunities. Study abroad. Take that weird elective class. This is your time to take in everything the world has to offer. Take advantage of that. You'll graduate when you graduate, filled with pride and wisdom. And when they call your name, and you walk across that stage, hold your head up high, because you've earned every bit of your degree.

Graduating from college takes countless hours of studying, long hours in the library, and a tremendous amount of dedication. Don't add pressure to yourself by setting a timer. It is completely okay to graduate when you graduate, and it is still something to be proud of.

Best Wishes,
A woman who is finally graduating

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The Future May Be Scary, But I Will Always Welcome It With Open Arms

I am ready for what is to come.

Although it may be summer, a time where you shouldn't be thinking about school, lately it has been all that I can think about. It started toward the end of the semester when I met up with my advisor. I sat in the swivel chair next to their desk, ready to have them explain what prerequisites I would have to take come fall.

She looked at up my name, looked at my schedule paper, then looked up at me. I was taken back when she explained to me that I only had one more general education course to take. She advised me to follow my track form major and do some research on what classes would be best to take. It was a few hours after I left when I realized that my major wasn't what it was supposed to be and I was about to embark on my future career.

Up until this point, I was a Human Communication major. I had chosen this major back when I first applied to UCF because I was unsure. The major was in the field I wanted and I figured that it was broad enough that I could do several things with the degree. Whenever someone would ask me what my major was, I would respond "Human Communications, but I want to be in the journalism field." They would question why I wasn't just a journalism major....and they were right to. Why wasn't I diving head first into exactly what I want to do?

To be honest, it scared me. It still does. I am always hearing that "print is a dying field." I am nervous to put my all into something and not get the outcome that I want. Everyone wants to be successful. I hope to move away and work for a big publication. I love to write and I really couldn't see myself doing anything else. After exploring UCF's class search and googling professors, I decided upon two journalism classes to take in the fall. I had officially submitted the major change for "Journalism: Pending."

Pending because I have to eventually apply and get into the school for journalism. That is my current goal I am working towards. I get excited reading reviews of the class I plan to take in fall. I know that I made the right choice to take the risk with this major.

They say that if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life. I don't want a job, I want a passion. I am not one of those girls who will be satisfied being a stay at home mom. I want a career. I want to be extraordinary. I will not rest until I'm exactly where I want to be. Hopefully, I'll be in New York, but we'll see where the roads take me.

The future can be a scary thing, but I have this new profound sense of determination and I am ready to welcome it with open arms.

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