The 13 Tiring Phases Of Pulling An All-Nighter

The 13 Tiring Phases Of Pulling An All-Nighter

When society tells you tired is temporary and GPA is forever.

All-nighters, also known as hell without sleep, is when one stays up all night until the sun comes up (or close to it) doing something. Most often, it is academic-related and is being done at the last minute fueled by determination and caffeine (mostly the latter). Most of us, at some point in our lives, have pulled an all-nighter when completing a paper, doing an assignment, finishing (or starting) a project, and more. Here are the phases one experiences before, during, and after pulling an all-nighter, completed in a three-day time span.

1. Monday night: going to bed idealistic

You will tell yourself that you will wake up early to finish that long paper due on Wednesday morning. You have put it off for too long and need precise planning in order to get it done.

2. Tuesday morning: you wake up 3 hours later than you meant to

It’s a good thing that the class you had this afternoon got canceled because it gives you more time than you thought you had to do the paper. So in a way, waking up 3 hours late did not put you that far behind.

3. Tuesday afternoon, 2 p.m.

You just left your dorm or house and are making your way to the library. You’re still idealistic, despite leaving your house later than you expected. You’ll just sequester yourself into the library and solely focus on the paper without getting distracted. Also, time for coffee/soda/energy drink number 1 of this long process.

4. Tuesday afternoon, 2:15 p.m.

*scrolling mindlessly through Facebook, giving yourself a “break”*

5. Tuesday night, 7 p.m.

It took you until now to get only...1/10 of the paper is done.

6. Tuesday, 9 p.m.: Time for Dinner!

Hunger has come upon you. Time to order food to be delivered to the library. Also, time for coffee/soda/energy drink number 2.

7. Tuesday, 11:30 p.m.

You are now halfway done with your paper. It feels like you have been at this forever and you feel like you have nothing more to say. Why did you procrastinate again?

8. Wednesday, 1:30 a.m.

Tiredness is beginning to set in. You wish you could go to sleep but you are still determined to finish the paper. Time for coffee/soda/energy drink number 3!

9. Wednesday, 3:45 a.m.: You start questioning the meaning of life.

What is time? Who are we? What is real life? How are we able to form words? Who decided that an e was that shape? How am I existing here right now?

10. Wednesday, 5 a.m., YOU'RE GOING TO GET THIS DONE!

You are determined, you are going to get this paper done. Even in your sleep deprived state, you will get this done! You've got this!

11. Wednesday, 6 a.m.

The sun is rising and you're almost finished! You see the literal light at the end of the tunnel! You have one more paragraph to complete!

12. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.

You have finally finished your paper. You are hungry and exhausted. You are really tired but also feel like a nice hearty breakfast of omelet, fruit, donuts, and a chocolate waffle with sugar and cinnamon on top complete with a glass of orange juice.

13. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

You have eaten breakfast and managed to get yourself home communicating in somewhat coherent sentences and without falling. You walk in, don't talk to any of your roommates, and head straight your room ready to change into pajamas and climb right into bed.

Good luck on your paper (or whatever you are still up in the wee hours of the morning doing that constitutes losing sleep)!

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And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

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Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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