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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The 7 Best Pieces Of Advice I Have Been Given About Life

Some of the best advice I have been given over the years...


There isn't a central theme among these pieces of advice or sayings. They are all just random things I have been told over the course of my life–especially in the last week. I find these 7 to be particularly helpful in various situations, and try to keep them in mind when I am in over my head.

1. "Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself because there is nobody who is going to help you more than you."

You are the #1 person who can help your own case. No one knows you as you do, therefore no one will be able to help you more than you can help yourself. A lot of things are mental, so once you can convince yourself that you deserve something (whatever it may be) you can convince anyone. Another saying goes along with this, on the flip side: "No one can diminish you but yourself." You are in control of your own self-perception, and you are very much capable of being your own worst enemy.

2. "Stand behind your reputation because you can never get it back."

My mom sent this to me the other day. Be who you are, and do it proudly. Especially with meeting people for the first time, you can never have a second chance at a first impression. That being said, if people view you in a bad light, figure out why that is and fix it. You may not be able to change someones initial thoughts of you, but you can change the way they view you after that.

3. "The best things in life happen unexpectedly."

"Life is what happens when you're busy making plans," also goes along with this. Trying to plan out every little detail of your life is only going to lead to disappointment. Sometimes you find the best things/what you're looking for when you're not actually looking. Just go through the motions and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

4. "Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small."

It's important to celebrate the little things. Did you go to class today? Good for you. Did you decide to drink water instead of a soda? That's awesome. How are you going to work up to doing bigger and better things if you don't have anywhere to start?

5. "Whatever you're stressing about now probably won't matter in five years."

As someone who is often eaten away by their own worry and anxiety, this is a mantra that I try to constantly remind myself. While it may seem like a big deal now, you need to keep in mind the bigger picture. Will it matter in 5 hours? 5 days? 5 months? And so on. If the answer is no to ANY of these questions, it's probably not worth beating yourself up over.

6. "Stop being the 'go to' person for someone you can't go to."

Someone tweeted that their pastor said this to them and the tweet went viral. A friend of mine sent it to me, and it really made me think. Something I have struggled with over the years is making excuses for people who don't show up for me when I am constantly there for them. This is a helpful reminder that if they aren't contributing to you and your life, you shouldn't have to bend over backward to help them out and be in their lives.

7. "Two wrongs don't make a right."

While this is often a saying that parents use on their young children, it is applicable to pretty much any stage of life. My parents, especially my dad, have constantly said this, whether it was in reference to fighting with my siblings or dealing with people at school. Even as a 20-year-old, I find myself saying this when I hear about arguments and problems people are having. Everyone wants to get even, to best those who hurt them. While it's important to stick up for yourself, it is also important to be the bigger person and not stoop to their level (and whatever else your parents told you in these situations).

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