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13 Shows On Netflix That Will Get You Through Midterms And Finals

Study: The act of texting, eating and watching TV with an open textbook nearby.


Everyone struggles with tests and we all want to escape reality when the time comes. What better way to do that than to watch a TV show that will take all the pain away. Behold the list of my top favorite TV shows that definitely help me calm down to escape from the madness of midterms!

1. "The Office"

We all know someone who loves "The Office," and someone who hates it. One thing we can agree on; the stupidity of the humor makes us forget our worries.

2. "How I Met Your Mother"

Being slightly less stupid than "The Office," this is a good show to watch if you want to follow the love story of a group of friends.

3. "Friends" 

In my opinion, one of the best shows to binge watch. In no time, you'll forget all of your worries and simply fall into a blissful state.

4. "Black Mirror"

Every episode will blow your mind and you'll never be able to guess what's coming. Extreme shock really makes you forget the very important test you have coming up.

5. "Parks and Recreation"

Hilarious and sweet. This show will not only make you laugh, but cry as well.

6. "Gilmore Girls"

Now, here is a show that will never fail to warm your heart. A tale of motherly and daughterly love that will leave you watching more...until it's three in the morning and you haven't studied yet.

7. "A Series Of Unfortunate Events"

I'm sure a huge chunk of you remember reading these books as a child. Well, the series on Netflix will surely not disappoint.

8. "The Haunting Of Hill House"

Sometimes we all need a little horror in your life...and a crazy good plot. The "Are you still watching?" pop up, will be the only thing that causes you to realize how far you are into the show before you watch the entire thing.

9. "Breaking Bad"

Violence and drugs...hey, maybe that kind of show is the only one that can get rid of your test anxiety.

10.  "Gossip Girl"

Watch another group of studies stress over their finals and a secret gossip girl so you don't have to.

11.  "The Crown"

If you don't live in the UK this is a good way to focus on the drama from another country instead of your own.

12.  "The Good Place"

The beginning will leave you feeling joyful and hopeful that a time will come when you don't have to study.

13.  "New Girl"

Give yourself hope of a time when you're out of college and don't have to study... only then, you'll have to worry about adult things.

There are a ton more shows to watch, but these are a list of my favorites that have made my own test anxiety disappear.

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Life’s What You Make It So Let’s Follow These 16 Lessons That ‘Hannah Montana' Taught Us

"Everybody makes mistakes and everyone has those days."


"Hannah Montana" was that show that I watched growing up that I admired for the longest time. Being able to live a double life and having THE life seemed amazing. Besides the double life though, there were so many like lessons you could learn for a girl of any age.

1. Life is what you make it

If you know her songs this has to be the most popular. It is pretty self-explanatory, life isn't always going to be easy but you have to make the best of it. What I mean by this is take care of yourself and there will be bumps in the road, but it happens. Then life will go on and you will learn from your past.

2. Everybody makes mistakes and everybody has those days

It's inevitable to not make a mistake. You must embrace it and move on. One bad day isn't a bad life.

3. ALWAYS Be yourself

It is easy to get caught up in the trends of social media and wanting to be like the next influencer. But don't. Be yourself. Your life is not like anyone else's it's yours. There is no one like you, so just be you. Be the best version of yourself. You are still learning about you take that time to embrace your soul and body. Don't let your Instagram feed steer you away from that.

4. Life won't’ always be easy

As a college student, everything seems like a chaotic mess and you are always stressed. Stress will happen, mishaps will happen, you will not do as good as you hoped sometimes and that is OK. You gotta be strong and overcome the obstacles and go on with your life. Life keeps moving forward and you gotta roll with it.

5. Life is a climb

As the song says, life is a indeed a climb, but you gotta face it head on like the strong girl you are.

6. Don’t make dating complicated

When I watched Hannah Montana she always seemed to make dating look complicated, or there was always something going on in her love life. Thinking back, when it comes to dating, don't over complicate things. Take it slow, communicate your interests and what bugs you, etc. Once it gets complicated, there is no going back and you tend to overthink, so just breathe and take it one step at a time with your partner.

7. Being honest with those you care about is important

As I have gone through life I have learned that no lie is worth the relationship that is involved. So, be honest and if it hurts the other person, just know it would be worse if they knew that you lied.

8. Keep your close friends even closer

Good friends are one in a million and hard to come by. They soon become your family and you can't imagine not telling them everything that you would like.

9. Your friends will tell you things you don't want to hear, but listen to them

It is hard to swallow the truth sometimes. Your close friends tend to know you best and what is best for you whether you may like it or not. Take their advice to heart because all they want for you is the best.

10. Stay true to yourself

Being yourself is the best version you can be. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

11. It is okay to be lazy when you can

Life will go by really fast, college, or a job, the family, however it goes, it will be nonstop. Take the time to stop an breathe and watch Netflix, treat yourself to ice cream. Have a day designated to you. It's okay to do so, everything will still be there when the day is over. Being lazy is not a bad thing, let it be a form of self-care. Self-care is important in every aspect of life, so take it seriously.

12. It is okay to hold your ground

There will be arguments with others or disagreements. They will happen at one point or another and you will most likely have a strong opinion, that is when you hold your ground and don't budge. It is OK to do so.

13. School always comes first

As a college student who has a million and one things going on, it is so easy to feel like you are getting behind in school. No matter what, make it your top priority, your studies and grades will make you stand out in the future when applying to jobs and grad school.

14. Know people will let you down

Not everyone will be on your team and you need to be aware of that. People will come into your life and let you down. You just got to get back up and brush it off and move forward.

15. A family bond is stronger than anything else.

Despite everything else going on in your life, you know you will always have your family to count on. Siblings will annoy and bug you, but they are your lifelong friend and the bond is neverending. Your parents will be your number one supporters along your journey, just remember to appreciate them.

16. Change is OK

Over time, things will change. You will change, your friends will change, change is everywhere, but it's okay. Change happens for the better.

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5 Things Only Kids Who Grew Up Without Cable Will Understand

The revolution will not be televised, but if it is, you probably won't see it.


So your parents decided to cut the cord. Maybe there never was a cord in the first place. Regardless, the fate which befell your childhood was public access and made in Canada. If you're like me, you've had it with all these privileged snobs flexing on you with their iCarly references.

It's time to raise a glass to the little guy! Down with the bourgeoisie!

1. Qubo.

You've searched for answers, but nobody seems to be able to tell you what exactly Qubo was. Over the years, you've become convinced it wasn't even a real channel. All that remains are fractured images—Jane and The Dragon, Rescue Heroes, something about penguins in space, and… Babar? Who cares. All you knew was that if you stayed up late enough, you got to watch He-Man!

2. Those weird religious channels.

Let's be honest, you really only stuck around for Veggie Tales.

3. Watching More M*A*S*H and Mary Tyler Moore than the average middle schooler…

When you talk about the shows you watched growing up, you might fit in better with a room full of 60 year olds than people your own age. Every once and a while, you catch yourself humming the Cheers theme, or wanting to toss up your beret in the middle of a crowded intersection. Who can blame you for being cultured?

4. Not understanding all these Spongebob memes.

Ah, yes. Spongebob. You know of him. You've certainly seen him on backpacks and beach towels and things. But what exactly is an "Alaskan Bull Worm"? Why are people screaming "CHOCOLATE" at you all of a sudden, or TyPiNg LiKe ThiS?

5. Being able To Watch TV At A friend/relative’s House was an event.

You knew who had the biggest screen. You knew who had Disney XD and who just had Disney. Your friends were calling for you to come play outside, but you were planted on the living room couch binging enough Kim Possible to fit in with the rest of the 1st grade.

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