The Five Stages Of Hell Week...

The Five Stages Of Hell Week...

May the odds be in your favor!

Hello CofC students...welcome to HELL WEEK. I know you've been waiting for this all semester and it has officially arrived. For the freshmen finally experiencing this good luck and for the upperclassmen I applaud you. As we approach the best week of our lives, here are the five stages of Hell Week. May the odds be in your favor (ALSO don't forget to rub Clyde's nose in Cougar Mall)!!

1. Denial

The first stage...denial. Trust me you know you've already told yourself that you don't have so much going on or that you don't have 2 projects and 5 essays due, why? CAUSE IT'S ALL FINE. YOU'RE FINE. LIFE IS FINE. EVERYTHING IS FINE!

2. Anger

Don't lie you know that this gif is you right now. Of course, the second stage is anger, it only seems right. You're probably wondering why 5 minutes ago you were laughing and having fun but now you're screaming at the top of your lungs as to why you procrastinated so much. Trust me I know this feeling all too well.

3. Bargaining

If you're not in your professors' office hours bargaining to raise your grade up, then who are you? "Can you please push my grade up to an A? I've been working so hard!" "If I turn this in can you boost my grade?" You know you've said this before, don't lie to yourself.

4. Depression

I know...I know we've all been here before. Trust me I had a mental breakdown the other day but guess what it's gonna be alright. This sadness will go away as soon as you're done with finals and then you'll be celebrating Christmas and the new year. The only reason your sad is 'cause you don't know how the heck you're gonna pull that C to an A, but trust me YOU GOT THIS.

5. Acceptance

You've gotten to the last stage...acceptance. I know it's hard but you're here and you just need to accept that you may or may not pass. Let me tell you one thing tho...YOU MADE IT THROUGH HELL WEEK and even though the outcome of your grades may not be what you want, IT'S FINE. As a fellow friend of mine once said, "C's get degrees," it's okay to accept that C.

I would like to applaud each and every one of you students for getting through Hell Week. You've made it through the first semester but the second semester is yet to come. Good luck fellow Cougs!

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8 Things Your RA Wants You to Know


Moving into a dorm your first year of college can be very intimidating. You've seen the movies, you've talked to your older friends, but you're still a little nervous. We all were a little nervous moving in our first year, anyone who says otherwise is lying. The movies aren't entirely accurate, especially when it comes to the RAs. Here's a list to help guide you a little when moving into a residence hall your freshman year, and here's exactly what to expect from your RA.

These are seriously helpful hints from a previous RA, if you know these things going in your freshman year in the dorms will be a breeze when it comes to RAs. Read the list and dominate your freshman year, because these are the things your RA wish you knew.

1. We are friendly, therefore we love friendly people.

Don't even pretend like you're too cool for your RA because that will either make them completely resent you or try way too hard to get you to open up. I can tell you right now that those are two things you definitely don't want. Don't be afraid to say hi or go out of your way to introduce yourself, we like that.

2. Don't kiss up.

No one likes a kiss up, not even your RA. If you try kissing up chances are we are just going to be slightly annoyed and slightly suspicious of you for the rest of the year.

3. Be smart.

Here's the catch to RAs: they are there to make sure you follow all the rules of the hall. We know you're going to go out and do things you're probably not old enough to do, but be smart about it. Don't drink in the halls, especially if you're not even legal to drink. Don't go out and get wasted only to come back and trash the halls. You can go out and do your own thing, and as long as you don't cause any problems throughout the hall then you won't get in any trouble.

4. We want you to come to events.

We put on these events specifically for you, so when you don't come it sucks for us. Don't be afraid to just stop by for the food, because we will honestly be happy to see you.

5. We aren't stupid.

We know when you're trying to get on our good side so we won't get you in trouble, we know when you're drunk, we know when you're doing things you shouldn't be doing. We are simply RAs, we aren't stupid.

6. We are students too.

We are there to help you adjust to college, it's literally our job. So don't be afraid to reach out, we're students too, we know what the college transition is like and we are there to help you.

7. Don't you dare turn to passive-aggression.

Being passive aggressive will solve exactly zero of your problems. Don't be passive aggressive to your roommate, to your neighbor, or even to the people that live down the hall.

8. We aren't there to spite you.

We are just doing our job, we aren't trying to annoy you or trying to get you in trouble. So don't be upset when we bust you for drinking in the dorms because you're not allowed, not of age, and it's our job. In the end, it's not our fault it's yours.

These helpful tips will make your time in college just a little easier. College can be hard and having troubles where you live isn't something that you want. So know what your RA wants you to know, and dorm life will be a breeze.

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5 Easy Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Room

1. Pillows. Always pillows!


It's the end of August, which means it's almost move-in day for most colleges. My freshman year, I remember not wanting to spend a lot of time decorating my room, but I also wanted it to look nice. Here are five ways I managed to make my room look amazing in a quick and easy way!

1. Pillows


One thing that really made my dorm room feel put together was simply some throw pillows for my bed. It made my room feel way more organized, and it gave me a routine of setting them up every morning. I even got a few compliments on them!

2. Fairy lights


My roommates and suitemates hung up fairy lights around our room and common room, and it was one of my favorite decorations in the room. They're really pretty, and you can buy them in all different colors to match the theme of your room.

3. Wall tapestry


A lot of people hang up wall tapestries to decorate their rooms, and they're a great way to quickly make your room look really nice. Just be careful not to violate any fire codes!

4. Pictures of your friends and family


Putting up pictures of family and friends from high school is another great way to spruce up your dorm room, especially if it's your first year! If you ever get homesick, you'll have photos from home right next to you all the time. Also, you can add new pictures as you make new memories at college.

5. White board


White boards are also fun to have, because you and your roommates can write or draw whatever you want on them. You can also put one on your desk and use it to write reminders and test dates, so you won't forget!

Now, get decorating and have an amazing year!

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