Your Favorite Cartoon Family Explains The Terrors That Are Finals Week

Your Favorite Cartoon Family Explains The Terrors That Are Finals Week

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Finals - (n) death by examination

Finals week - (n) the one week in the semester where study breaks are totally necessary, panic attacks come by the dozen, and you start to realize that you never actually learned any of the material


As the semester nears an end, finals are just around the corner and we've got a little bit of a love/hate relationship with them. We love finals because not far behind them, the end of the semester always tags along. However, we hate them because no matter how ready you think you are, you're usually not actually ready. Finals week has been described as "the worst week of a college student's life," typically involving all nighters, attempts to reverse months of slacking, lots of stress and very little sleep. Us college students like to think of our "finals week abilities" sort of like a superpower that only comes out in times of great desperation. Here are a few times when the Griffin family perfectly described your finals week experience.


When you think about how soon finals are, and how unprepared you are.


When all of your friends are already done for the semester and are on summer vacation, but you still have 4 finals to take.


Can you say 24 hour study hours?


When your grades have gotten so bad that your final exam grade is the only thing keeping you afloat.


But no matter how hard you try...


...Your efforts seem futile.


When you're up all night studying, hopped up on caffeine.


When someone is trying to teach you something that you just don't understand.


When you're trying to be responsible, but it's the end of the semester and you can't even find a pencil anymore.


When you think you're prepared, but you walk into the exam and forget every single thing you have ever known.


When you did it right. You know you did it right. You're positive you did it right. Except you didn't.


After an exam when you walk out into the hallway and everyone is talking about their answers and you didn't get anything that they got.


When you somehow managed to do way better than you thought you were going to.


When the class average on an exam was really high, but you did really bad.


So though it can be trying, and though it may seem like there is no end in sight- I promise, there is. And it's closer than you think! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, you do have a future, and you will make it through. Keep your head up, stay positive, study hard and good luck on finals!

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Returning To Disney After 10 Years Was Like Stepping Back Into My Childhood Shoes

Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

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When I was little, my family came to Disney World to meet Mickey and all my favorite princesses. Like pretty much any little kid, I absolutely loved it. As I got older, my preferences shifted to the thrill rides so Busch Gardens and Universal Studios became my favorite parks.

Earlier this year I started working at a kiosk in Disney Springs and, for the first time, had access to the Disney parks without paying crazy expensive prices. Where do I start? I've heard of a few rides and shows here and there but I didn't know the parks at all. It was going to be a whole new world...

My mother and I had been talking about her maybe visiting Orlando so I thought, how about we go to Disney? We'll be the blind leading the blind but why not? I intended the parks to be mostly meet-and-greets with characters and cute family friendly rides. It's a kid park but we could still play and have fun.

As we gawked at the floating mountains of Pandora and cracked up at the awful comedy of the Jungle Cruise, I couldn't help but experience deja vu after deja vu. So many clips of memories were flying through my head as we ventured throughout the parks. I walked past the PhilharMagic sign and randomly teared up, recalling a glimpse of how much I had loved that show back when my middle school orchestra took a field trip there.

When our boat approached the first scene of the Pirates of the Caribbean, I could remember shushing my cousin back in the day because I wanted to hear what they were saying. A little girl in a Belle costume ran by clutching an autograph book and I remembered the blue one I had that was filled with numerous Disney characters signatures. I couldn't believe how many pieces of the park I remembered. And here we were, making new memories drinking authentic beers in Germany and appreciating the parks in a whole new way.

While inhaling a delicious sundae from the ice cream parlor on Main Street, we watched the parade go by. Classic Disney songs boomed and from our seats we could see the tops of floats, carrying waving princesses and princes and dancing animated characters. My heart feeling fuzzy, I looked over and noticed my mom was crying. Embarrassed, she admitted how many memories of me growing up were flooding through her mind. I asked her about who my favorite characters had been back when they were all new. I honestly couldn't remember. Ariel and Tinkerbell were apparently the favorites. Mermaids and sass? That makes a lot of sense….

The magic of childhood was in the air we breathed. I had figured many of the parades and attractions would focus on the newer generation of Disney but that couldn't be further from the truth. My generation of '90s Disney classics were everywhere the eye could see and everywhere the ears could hear. The animatronics were old and obviously outdated but I wouldn't have it any other way. That gave it that nostalgic touch that makes it perfect.

It's incredible how powerful nostalgia can be. People, myself included, will roll their eyes at the idea of paying so much money to go see some twenty-somethings in princess costumes or waving mouse animatronics. But once you're there the game changes. When you hear "Look at this stuff…," an entire story of a girl yearning for a different life and pursuing her dreams of being human floods through your mind. When you hear "You can fly!," an entire story of children being scared to grow up but learning the beauty of it plays across your eyes (and heart). These stories transport us to another place and this park transports us to them.

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