Finals Week As Told By "Lord Of The Rings"

Finals Week As Told By "Lord Of The Rings"

It is coming. Drums are sounding in the deep. Are you ready for the journey?

There are drums in the deep. It is coming. It is here. Finals week (aka Hell week) is upon us. With it comes a mixture of emotions--stress, anxiety, depression, hunger, exhaustion, thirst, a desperate need to pee (or maybe that's just me). Here are some things every college student goes through during finals week as told by "Lord of the Rings":

1. When you're late for your final and everyone glares at you for making noise.

Ignore them. Just be glad you made it at all.

2. When it's 3 am and your brain just can't hold any more information.

It's okay to cry. Real men cry. Women too. Just let it go.

3. When you realize your final assignment was due at midnight and it's 12:01 am.

It may just be the end of the world. That paper was worth, like, 97 percent of your grade.

4. When you're so stressed and hangry you'll eat literally anything, even healthy food.

It's okay, eat all you want. Stress makes you burn a bajillion calories. You need to eat so you don't dissolve from your own tears.

5. When you crush that final you studied literally 36 hours straight for.

Who ever said cramming doesn't work clearly never went to college.

6. When you think the answer is either A or C...but it's definitely not D. Or is it?

Oh, crap. Crap. There's "All of the above." It can't be that. It can't. Crap, it is. Right?

7. When you walk into the wrong classroom, even though you've literally been meeting in the same place all semester.

Smile and wave, smile and wave.

8. When you've gotten three hours of sleep over the past four days.

Coffee. Coffee. More coffee. All the espresso. Just get an espresso IV.

9. When final grades are posted and you somehow made a B in that class you were totally failing.

Dear grade curve gods, here is my soul and a chocolate chip cookie. Please, please be generous.

10. When you get a question that you're certain belongs on an astrophysics test, not a world history final.

There is no way we covered this. I'm not even sure that's English.

11. When you question changing your major for the seventh time.

Do I really want to be an accountant? I could totally train dolphins for a living. Marine biology it is.

12. When you realize the coffee shop is closed because it's freaking 4:30 am and you have to wait another two hours before they open again.

Coffee is life. It is breath. It is hope. It is the nectar that flows through our veins and brains...and okay, I need sleep.

13. When you walk out of a final and realize your best friend answered every question differently than you. of us must be right. One of us has to be right. So if I get an A, you get an A too. That's how friendship works.

14. When you finally fall asleep after three consecutive all-nighters.

Sweet, blissful dreams of dandelions and rainbows and failing at everything in life. Wait. What?

15. When you realize you don't know anything anymore.

I have no idea what I'm talking about, but at least I'm using fancy words.

16. When you have to tell your mom you probably won't get that B.

So that's what a screeching hyena sounds like. Good to know.

17. When you wake up and realize you slept through 15 alarms, and your final has already started.

Who cares that I'm still wearing pajamas and fuzzy slippers. I'm here. I'm alive. Oh, wait, where are my glasses? Crap.

18. When all the caffeine from those 12 espresso shots starts to finally kick in.

Why are my lips numb? Does that mean it's working?

19. When that cute guy walks by you and your BFFs in the library, but none of you have showered in three days.

Does anyone have a hairbrush? Maybe some degreaser?

20. When you finish your last final and can finally be happy and live again.

It's over. It's done. Be free.

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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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