The Ten Phases Of An All-Nighter At The Library

The Ten Phases Of An All-Nighter At The Library

"Walking to the bathroom and relating to the person passed out on the bean bag chairs and then becoming the person passed out on the bean bag chair."

Every college student, whether it be undergrad or grad, knows of the dreaded all nighters at the library. It's finals week and you do not feel at all ready for that exam at 8 a.m. These are just ten of the many stages of studying at the library the night before your finals.

1.Planning Phase:

This phase can begin even before you are in the library. You reserve a study room, talk to your friends to see if anyone is coming with you. You make sure you have your chargers, notebooks, and lots of coffee. Once you're there; you lay out all your materials, put on some jams and take your last breath of relaxation before you spend the next twelve hours cramming your brain.

2. Focus Phase:

No one can stop you. You've written down 20 vocabulary words, worked through eight equations, and have learned everything you can about the post war economic boom in America. You're going to ace these finals.

3. Social Media Phase:

Checking social media at 2 a.m. hoping for a break from the misery of all of the equations you have in your head when you know good and well everyone is asleep.

4. Food Phase:

Its time to go down to the vending machines or cafe to get loads and loads of ridiculously expensive coffee and food. Then scarf it all down in ten minutes.

5. Bargaining Phase:

Okay so I have an 80 in the class now. If [the professor] puts in the rest of my grades, divide that by the sum of my last four exams, I only need a 75 on this final to keep a C.

6. Struggling Phase:

Walking to the bathroom and relating to the person passed out on the bean bag chairs and then becoming the person passed out on the bean bag chair in your study room.

7. Review Staring Phase:

Taking the pages and pages of hand written notes and staring at them like you are reviewing but actually you are thinking about the oddest things, i.e. is there any fresh milk in the fridge for you to make your favorite tuna casserole later.

8. Giving Up Phase:

You've read it all, you've solved the problems at least 20 different times; you can't possibly do anything else to prepare you for your failure.

9. Leaving Phase:

It's twenty minutes before your exam and its light outside now, but you came in when it was dark.

10. Reality Phase:

Realizing you have to come right back after a nap to study for another final for the next day.

Let the finals grades be ever in your favor.

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It's pretty freaking hard.

“I can work nights and weekends, I'm a student," you told the manager during your interview.

So, what does he do? He schedules you most nights and weekends. This is OK. This is, after all, what you asked for. So you start working.

Class, class, work. Class, work. Class, no work tonight, you sleep and it feels like the first time in years. Class, homework, homework, homework. Class, class, work.

Before you know it, it's the weekend. There's a party. Your friend wants to see you. Your mom is calling you to see how you are.

But you are working all weekend.

You call your mom on your half hour break. She tells you are doing too much. She tells you that you should work less. Ask for less hours. Sleep more. Eat more. You will get sick.

You get out of work Friday night around 11 p.m. There is still so much night left!! You try to hit up that party. Sure, you will show up a little late, but at least you will make an appearance. At least you will get to see some of your friends. At least you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself. At least you will be able to have some fun. By the time you get ready and get there, people begin leaving. You begin to wonder why you came out in the first place.

“I'm sorry, I've been at work" becomes an all-too-familiar phrase.

But, but, but.

You really deserve a pat on the back, so here it is.

You've given up a lot. And you work crazy hard. Those long nights and hours are hard. A lot of kids your age don't work and rely solely on your parents. But you, you have taken it upon yourself to earn some money for yourself. You are a full-time student, and most of your free time goes toward working and supporting yourself.

You truly do not get the appreciation that you deserve.

But when you do get some time to go out, when you request a weekend off, you have some money to spend. You are never the guy who can't go out because they don't have enough money.

And of course, you will start saving. This is huge. You're going to graduate in debt (probably), and because you busted your butt during school and saved up, putting a crack in that debt will be a little easier for you.

You are a forward thinker, whether you realize it or not.

You are building responsibility, money management, and self-reliance skills, whether you realize it or not.

You are quite mature for your age, whether you realize it or not.

AND YOU deserve a pat on the back. So here it is.

You're incredible. You're amazing. Go get 'em.

Seriously, take a second to congratulate yourself for all your hard work.

And whatever you do, get some sleep, kid. And remember, don't work yourself too hard. Just hard enough so that you feel good, and rewarded, and happy.

You're the man. Keep killin' it, dude. Keep killin' it.

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