9 "Gilmore Girls" Quotes To Get You Through Finals

9 'Gilmore Girls' Quotes That Capture Finals Season Perfectly

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The Gilmore girls are two girls you can always count on to say the most relatable things. As finals seasons is upon us and we are all swamped with papers, projects, studying, finals, and moving out, here are 9 quotes from "Gilmore Girls" to keep you going.

1. "As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I'm totally flexible."

You know when you tell everyone that you have to go study, but you then spend 20 minutes making sure everything is perfect? This is why I never understood people who could just go study in the caf. I need to sit at a desk, in comfortable clothes, and a comfortable chair. It needs to be slightly chilly, enough so I'm comfy in sweats, but not too cold to where my hands hurt. And there can't be too much noise, but it also can't be completely silent. So, I can totally study anywhere, as long as it's exactly the way I need it.

2. "Nothing says coffee like 6:00 in the morning."

Do the gods that are in charge of making the finals schedule not understand the amount of time I put into making sure that I did not have a single class that started before 11 a.m.? Do they not care about the fact that my body is physically incapable of rising before the sun? I have been conditioned for three months to hate the mornings, and now I'm expected to not only wake up in the morning but also make it to the exam room and stay awake long enough to take an exam? Gross.

3. "A little nervous breakdown can work wonders for a girl."

You know that moment when you've been studying for like 5 hours and you physically cannot stare at your notebooks any longer? And then you feel yourself having a nervous breakdown? You order too much Chipotle, clean your whole room and maybe even cut an inch or two of hair off. Then, you somehow manage to finish the rest of your work in two hours and regret the hair you cut off.

4. "I need my mommy and I don't care who knows it."

College is very stressful, but finals add even more to that stress. Sometimes, you just have to call your mom. Let her know what you had for lunch. Tell her about that bug you saw when you were walking to the library. Call her after each individual thing you finish to let her know that you finished it. In case you haven't gotten the message, this is a reminder to call your mom.

5. "I'm just dealing with the usual incompetence around here, that's all."

Why are there still group projects in college? And why do people in college still not know how to pull their own weight in a group project? I get that finals are stressful for everyone but are you telling me that you have not had time to do 3 slides on the dangers of allowing selective gene mutation in fetuses?

6. "I'm just being dramatic. It's what I do."

Okay, so maybe I don't actually have a MILLION things to do, but I have a lot to do. And okay, maybe I'm not dying, I just haven't slept in a while. I like being dramatic, it makes life more fun.

7. "I want to chime in and be supportive, but I don't know what you're talking about."

I'm sitting over here studying the theory of linguistics, and they're over there studying biochemistry and I am just very confused. I have no idea how to pronounce half of the words in the textbook and the whiteboard is covered in things that look like hieroglyphs and I am just overall very confused. But I know they are very smart and will do very good on their final.

8. "I have no time for recreational reading until June."

We have done over 500 pages of reading this semester and have not talked about 85% percent of it, but you thought it would be a great idea to assign another 100 pages of reading for the final. That was a great idea.

9. "Who cares if I'm pretty if I fail my finals?"

Finals are the last chance to make your grades something your parents can be proud of, and it is very stressful. It gets to a point where literally nothing but passing your finals and your classes matters, and it shows.

While finals can be very stressful and be the difference between passing and failing some classes, it is important to remember that you also need to think about some other things as well. Take a break from studying every now and again. Step back and take a breath, maybe go see a movie with some friends. If all else fails, do what a Gilmore would do: drink a cup of coffee and hit the ground running.

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The Risky 'Stranger Things' Casting Mistake That Needs Fixing

Not only am I disappointed by such a great show's dangerous decision, I'm upset by the fact that no one has corrected it.

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Like many, "Stranger Things" is one of my favorite shows. But after extensive research, I feel like it's my moral responsibility to refrain from watching the upcoming third season of a show that encourages fans to starve themselves.

This article uses potentially triggering language related to eating disorders.

Natalia Dyer is an actress best known for her role as Nancy Wheeler in Netflix's original show, "Stranger Things." Despite its enthralling plot, the first time I watched it, I found myself distracted by her unusually thin frame. While I know many naturally skinny women and actresses, I've never seen someone whose skeleton was so prominent.

Flickr- Natalia Dyer (left)

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are two serious eating and emotional disorders characterized by loss of appetite, refusal to eat, excessive exercise, body dysmorphia, and (specific to bulimia) compulsive binge eating followed by purging.

While I didn't find any direct quotes from Natalia about suffering from an eating disorder, I did stumble upon pictures of her from the 2009 premiere of "Hannah Montana: The Movie" and was shocked at how drastically different she looks today.

Youtube- "Hannah Montana: The Movie" Premiere

In 2014, Natalia starred in "I believe in Unicorns," where promotional pictures also illustrate how much she's changed. For those who believe she's "naturally thin," these past films, as well as pictures from her childhood prove that she wasn't always this skinny.

Youtube- "I Believe in Unicorns" 2014

When I first researched Natalia, I found forums in which people who have battled with eating disorders discuss the physical signs of anorexia and bulimia that Natalia exhibits. The most obvious being her frame, visible bones underneath thin skin, sunken-in eyes, "hollow" face, as well as more subtle signs, like scabs on her knuckles (called Russell's sign), white or blue fingernails, and lines around the mouth that seem to age her face.

I am fortunate enough to have never suffered from an eating disorder, so I did a lot of research to keep from jumping to conclusions about Natalia's health. What I've found is that symptoms of eating disorders closely mimic those of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Celiac and Crohn's disease. In this sense, it's possible that those who criticize her for disordered eating are evaluating the body of someone with a dysfunctional digestive system (though the aforementioned physical signs pointed out by people who have had anorexia convince me that this likely isn't the case).

Youtube- Natalia Dyer 2017

While there's little factual information about if Natalia has an eating disorder, there is much speculation that she does, both from those who have overcome such disorders, and those still struggling.

During my search for information, I found several "pro-ana" websites—a contraction of "pro-anorexia," used to admire eating disorders in a positive light—idolizing Natalia's weight loss and expressing jealousy of her outrageously thin frame. In one particular forum, people describe her in "Hannah Montana: The Movie" as "on her way to chunky town," and "mad chunky" in "I Believe in Unicorns." Even going a step further by stating that Natalia's "Stranger Things" co-star Shannon Purser "needs to take pointers from [Natalia]."

Flickr- Shannon Purser

Finding this forum made my blood boil. Not because of the responsibilities of its participants (that's an article for another day), but because of the irresponsibility the casting director—Carmen Cuba—and creators of "Stranger Things" have exhibited in casting a potentially anorexic actress, and Netflix's lack of opposition to this choice.

As a rule of corporate management, businesses have what's called "corporate social responsibility" (CSR) which is defined as "the idea that businesses should balance profit-making activities with activities that benefit society. It involves developing businesses with a positive relationship to the society in which they operate."

From my point of view, Cuba's casting choice for the character Nancy violated the sense of CSR that such a popular show should have, given that she's provided fans who struggle with body dysmorphia a potentially dangerous source of "thinspiration."

Youtube- Natalia Dyer at ages 17 (left) and 20 (right)

There are many different solutions to this problem, but without knowing Natalia's exact situation, it could be thoughtless and damaging to bombard her with messages about gaining weight, meaning the issue of casting an actress who inadvertently (I cannot stress the word "inadvertently" enough) inspires young fans to starve themselves lies solely in the hands of the show's creators.

There are still many facets of this issue I have yet to discuss, but until then, if you believe that you, a friend, or a relative have an eating disorder, contact an eating disorder hotline now.

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5 Reasons Why Staying At College For The Summer Is The Ultimate Power Move

No school, no rules, summer vacation at the best place on Earth, also known as college.

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As summer begins, it brings in the joy of no more school but for most what summer really brings is the sad realization that we have to leave our favorite place and go back to our boring home town with none of our new best friends. Although some have decided to stay at college for the summer and they will soon realize why this will be the best choice that they will be making all summer.

1. NO PARENTS 

What's better than no school, warm weather, and most importantly no one to say, "Are you just going to sleep till 2:30 p.m. every day this summer?"

1. It's like the weekend, but every day

Do you know what weekends felt like during the school year when you didn't have anything to do? No? You never had any free weekends? Wow, I'm so sorry. Well, imagine a weekend that you didn't have to do anything. Now multiply that one weekend by seven and you get seven Saturday like days where you do not have a single care in the world.

3. No "Go cut the grass!"

For the sons, you know that annoying time every week when your dad is going to say, "Go cut the grass." There is nothing you can do to get out of it. Well, staying at school for the summer means no more nagging. You get to choose what you do now.

4. The bond of friendship

The friends you make when you stay at college for the summer are different than any other bond. Mostly because you all don't have a care in the world since it's summer in your favorite place. It's a right of passage to call someone your summer college best friends. These are best friends that words wouldn't do justice.

5. The townies

Everybody always wonders what happens to a college town when all the college kids go home. Well, the townies come back in full swing and take their town back. If you stay at your college, you get to experience what most can't even describe in words. To the one mid-40s guy trying to relive his glory days. To the old men hitting on the college girls at the local pub. To the weird towny creatures that make you shiver with fright as you drive past them. Have fun townies, you only have three months.

That dream of "I wish I could just stay here at college with all these people but have no responsibilities" is finally coming true.

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