It’s almost that time again. The weather gets warmer and it feels like everyone on the planet is having fun in the sun while you’re stuck inside studying.
That may not do much to soothe your anxieties at this awful time…but sure, it’s all good craic.
1. You Wake Up Each Morning With A Sense Of Impending Doom
You know that wonderful moment when you first wake up and you have no memory of all the work you have to do? Yeah, that’s quickly replaced by stomach-churning panic and an intense urge to groan in agony.
This feeling doesn’t really go away…but by the time you reach 25 (ish) you’ll start getting used to it. Sort of.
When you leave your studying to the last minute, which we’ve all been guilty of at some point, you end up relying on caffeine. A lot.
Expect to be wired to the moon on a diet of Starbucks, Boost and the odd cuppa soup for the next two months.
3. Suddenly The Weirdest Things Become Distractions
You have always hated day time TV, but all of a sudden you can’t tear yourself away from Bargain Hunt. It’s quite probable that you’ll find yourself needing to complete certain tasks…like actually doing the drying-up or arranging your computer files into carefully planned-out desktop folders.
Stop procrastinating and get back to the books.
4. Your Favourite Gig/Event/TV Show Will Be On
Obviously, because Murphy’s Law.
Game of Thrones Season 6 or the coursework essay which counts for 80% of your grade? It’s a tough one indeed.
Tip: Delete Facebook, cancel Netflix and barricade yourself in the library for the foreseeable future if you want to avoid distractions.
Let’s call it Resting Blank Face. For many this will be a time of looking generally bewildered as your brain goes into overdrive.
Thankfully, this is temporary. When it’s all over your expression should return to normal.
6. All The Good Books Are Gone From The Library
Who is this person? The one who sneaks into the library and takes out all the decent reference books the second they get their exam questions?
It’s survival of the fittest so your best bet is to stay one step ahead of the eager beavers and do your research early. Or, you know, Google.
It’s kind of like having a premature mid-life crisis. All you can think about is how you ruined your life because you decided to have another hour’s sleep and miss that mid-term lecture.
Every mid-week party, The Walking Dead marathons, all the pizza-and-bed days that took preference over your studying…they’ve come back to haunt you. But don’t give yourself a hard time, there’s always point Number 8…
8. A Career As A Pole Dancer Starts To Look Appealing
It’s tempting. Short shifts, great pay…and no exams required. Who cares if your parents disapprove? Decisions.
What you want to say: What does it look like? I’m unprepared, my life is falling apart, I’ve developed a stomach ulcer and I am screaming internally. Please help me.
What you actually say: It’s going great. Thanks.