That time of the year has come back to haunt us. Packed libraries, long lines at Starbucks and 24-hour quiet periods—you guessed it. It’s finals week. But before all of the mental breakdowns and all-nighters ensue, make sure to take some breaks between studying and maybe even glancing at a meme or two. Not only do these memes brighten up your hell week, you may find yourself relating to them in every way possible.
Survive finals week with more than memes—like witty tanks to make your study buddy smile:
Check out 10 finals memes that will attempt to bring you out of that finals week funk.
1. When you procrastinate
It’s day one of finals week, so naturally you take your time and write everything down in your planner. You think about the bad weeks you’ve had in the past and think this year cannot nearly as bad as the last. So why not settle down and start binging 13 Reasons Why? You know you’ll be busy later in the week so taking some time to relax seems like the way to go.
2. When you actually start to study
The art history gen-ed you decided to take last minute at first seemed like hell but as you sift through the book, you realize the concepts aren’t that hard to study. “My week definitely has taken some unanticipated twists and turns, but at the end of the day I was ready for them. I don’t normally do this kind of prep, but for finalsI sot down the weekend before and try to map out my game plan, so I was ready,” said American University junior Will Mascaro said.
3. When you walk into your first test
On day three of hell week, you show up to your first final. Life was much easier a mere five minutes ago before you received that dreaded blue book. There were some tricky questions and a whole open-ended essay portion you may have to bullshit because you chose to watch YouTube videos of pygmy goats jumping until 2 a.m.“I was hella stressed during finals for first semester because I was terrible at time management and still find my self stressed during finals now but I never anticipated that college finals truly require so much more studying time and that you have to plan ahead,” said AU freshman Lily Pourahmad. Hope the next test goes better.
4. When you check Blackboard later
The first test finally ended. Now you need to study a whole new subject because you have a paper due tomorrow morning. “Finals week is really stressful because everything is due all at once and I feel like I can’t commit enough time to any one thing. It’s frustrating because I never feel like finals, especially huge cumulative tests, are an example of how I’ve done all semester,” said AU junior Natalie Hedden.
5. When you get those teacher evaluation emails
Your student email inbox lights up. Time to fill out student evaluations. When working on the silent floor in the library your mind may wander and replay in your head the stress and tears a particular professor may have caused you throughout the semester. One minute you’re managing your time and writing a decent paper then all of the sudden you’re looking up if your least favorite professor has a contract with the university. Finals week is not safe for anybody.
6. When you have your first mental breakdown of the week…
On day five, you try and head to bed before the birds start chirping. You wake up the next morning thinking you’d be less stressed. Turns out that’s wrong. Not only do you have to finish your paper from yesterday you forgot to do, but you get an email from your intern boss that you need to do an assignment for the company this week, too. After you have a short mental breakdown, tears included, you have no choice but to head to the library. Like, now.
7. When you’ve slept in the library for a night
Your sleep schedule at this point could not be worse. You stayed up until 4 a.m. last night studying, submitted your paper on time without reading it and now you’re slaving away on a memo for your internship. Thank goodness for the Starbucks on campus and the extra espresso shot they gave you when they saw what you looked like. It seems funny that a mere few days ago you had it all under control. You catch a glimpse of your reflection in the Starbucks window. With your lack of sleep, dropping out seems like the only sane choice at this point.
8. When all fashion sense has gone down the drain
The grout-fit is the way to go, especially if you’re spending long hours in the library. You may look back at a picture of yourself from syllabus week and think what a young, vibrant, but naïve person. However, things are looking up now. You only have one more final to study for and you’re slowly making progress with your flashcards. “Personally I am not a grou-fit fan, but I think during finals week anyone can rock a full colored outfit,” said AU junior Becky Dixon. “How else are you going to survive sitting in the library and feeling the grind of finals?”
9. When you see all of the finals zombies walking on campus
You take a break from making your notecards to get some fresh air outside of the library. After all, the beautiful spring weather has taken over your college town. You might as well enjoy it at least for a few minutes. But when you walk outside and grim scenes have taken over the campus, emotionless students clad in sweatpants and t-shirts with greasy hair roam the quad. Two guys anxiously smoke cigarettes outside of the library and a freshman is crying on the phone. You flee the scene and decide to study at the off-campus coffee shop.
10. When you walk into your last final before summer
You check your phone one last time before your last final, and you see a text from your mom with this classic Ryan Gosling meme. At first, you’re a little weirded out that she knows about this pop culture reference but feel at ease because she’s always there to support you. Finally, you receive your test and you know the answers to all of the questions. The exam is a piece of cake. You walk out with an hour to spare and you hit up your friends for post-test margaritas. “There is no better feeling than getting out of your last final. It is a feeling no one can quite define but any university student knows the feeling of relief when you leave school for summer,” said AU sophomore Colton Best.
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It doesn't matter how many times our parents, teachers and bosses tell us to get to work, we all love Netflix and Reddit way too much to listen. Even if we didn't, we'd put off our responsibilities to the last minute anyway, because living life on the edge is just so much more satisfying. Adults may not love it, but we're pretty sure that's the virtuous way to handle responsibility—procrastination is being patient enough to get things done at the very last minute, and they do say that patience is a virtue! If you've mastered the art of laziness and procrastination, put off whatever you're supposed to be doing and check out these memes instead...they're absolutely hilarious and will have you screaming, "SAME!"
15 Why focus when you can Reddit?
Everyone who's ever been on Reddit knows this struggle. There's a reason the site calls itself the "front page of the internet"—there's something on there for virtually anyone! Just look up any topic you're interested in learning more about or debating, and there's likely a subreddit filled with discussion threads focused on that topic. That's why every time we go on Reddit, we look at the clock and discover that three hours have gone by and we've forgotten all about the outside world and the responsibilities awaiting us there.
Sometimes, we'll close out of the site so we can actually get things done, open up a new tab...and then immediately find ourselves right back on Reddit. Whoops! We know it's an addiction, but it's one we'll try getting rid of some other time.
14 Tomorrow probably won't be that day either, TBH
Our parents and teachers love giving us big speeches about the importance of preparing for upcoming exams and assignments, and we're tired of it! Just leave us alone already...as long as things get done, who cares if we started working at the last possible second? Some day, we're going to fight back with an epic speech of our own—specifically, one based on King Aragorn's battle speech at the Black Gate in The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. We'll stand up on our desk or couch and shout for those annoying adults to hear, "a day may come when I start my assignments...but it is NOT this day!" Maybe then they'll finally get off our backs and let us procrastinate in peace.
13 Procrastination level: EXPERT
Procrastination is just way too easy for kids these days. They've got cell phones, iPads, Netflix, four different Arrowverse shows to watch, a million different video games and gaming consoles...it's just not fair. We've been putting things off our whole lives, and we didn't have half of those distractions to keep us busy and avoiding work when we were younger! That's why we just roll our eyes when kids claim they're procrastination experts. Please, like Bane here says, they merely adopted the art of avoiding responsibilities. We've been procrastinating since birth! We were born lazy, molded by our laziness and never got anything done until we reached high school. Even then, we only did the bare minimum to get by. Don't mess with the OG procrastinators!
12 Putting things off is the wise thing to do
Only we can call ourselves procrastinators. When other people try to call us out for our skill at waiting until we absolutely have to do something to start doing it, we deny it like it's our job. If you're looking for a way to expertly excuse your laziness, look no further than this hilarious Ron Burgundy meme—you're not procrastinating, you're just putting your responsibilities off for as long as possible because then once you start, you'll be older and therefore wiser! No one will be able to beat the sound logic found in that statement—if an adult tries, you can accuse them of implying that age doesn't bring wisdom, and if that's the case, they're not necessarily wiser than you and you shouldn't have to listen to them!
11 Challenge accepted
Procrastinators are pretty much all cat people, because we identify with cats on a deep and spiritual level. Sure, dogs are often friendlier and more playful, but cats are just like us in that they're lazy, they like to be pampered and they often put their own happiness before the happiness of others. That's why we absolutely love this meme—like us, the shocked cat here doesn't seem to understand the word "procrastination," and believes it's just a fancy synonym for "challenge." Too true! Why do something now when you can watch some TV, play some video games and text your friends beforehand? Sure, you're then giving yourself less time to accomplish things, but if there's even a chance you can have some fun and finish that paper before its deadline, it's worth a shot!
10 You have to find the right font before you can start, right?!
Even when you shut down your internet connection to eliminate potential distractions and open up Microsoft Word, there are plenty of ways to procrastinate effectively. You can play around with titles for your big paper, you can mess with spacing and sizing to make your paper look longer than it really is, and there's the font to consider before you can really get to work. Are you going to go with the classic Times New Roman, or live life on the edge and opt for a more daring font like Comic Sans? There are just so many options, and you can't possibly get to work until you've tested out every possibility! After an hour on Word, a true procrastinator's paper will probably look just like SpongeBob's in this meme.
9 Laziness comes with instant rewards
There are a few reasons to finish a paper as soon as it's assigned or study for a test long before you have to. Working hard right away means you can potentially relax and have a bit of time to do some things you enjoy afterwards, without fear of upcoming deadlines or looming responsibilities. However, those are just possibilities—it's also possible that you'll freak out over whether or not your paper is good enough or you're sufficiently prepared for that exam, and you won't end up with any free time at all! When you're lazy, life is just so much better because laziness comes with the immediate payoff of fun and relaxation. That's why the choice between working hard and procrastinating is a no-brainer. Why take the potential for future happiness over guaranteed, immediate happiness?!
8 Ah yes, we relate to this dilemma
This stressed college student in this meme is totally all of us. In the morning, we convince ourselves that we should put off doing any sort of schoolwork until the evening, when we're more active and mentally awake. But then, nighttime comes, and we realize that we're too tired to think straight and it'd thus be better to do work in the morning when we're fresh. It's a never-ending cycle, which inevitably leads to nothing ever getting done, and it's definitely not our fault—there just isn't enough time in the day for us to take care of our responsibilities and enjoy ourselves, and even if there were, there simply isn't a time where both our brains and our bodies are willing and able to get things done!
7 Why do work when your bed is so comfortable?
Sometimes, life just throws way too much at you at once. Towards the end of the semester, there can be times when you have several papers to write, countless assignments to complete and a bunch of tests to study for, and there's no possible way you can get everything done! Okay, sure, you probably didn't help matters by waiting until the last minute to even start thinking about your workload...but still. That's just too much work, and staying in bed regretting your procrastination and poor life choices sounds a lot more enjoyable than getting out from under your blankets and actually starting to do all of that work. We can't really relate to Kim Kardashian on many things, but we can definitely sympathize with her struggles in this meme.
6 You have to reward yourself sometimes
Congratulations, you finally got out of bed, got dressed and started to get to it! After some time, you completed one of the 20 assignments that needs finishing in the next 24 hours, and while we suppose you could stay on that right track and keep working...we think you've earned yourself a nice reward! Go outside, have some fun, play with friends, go for a drive, whatever. Tasks two through 20 will still be there when you get back, and you can finish them up when you're done enjoying yourself. If need be, you can sacrifice a bit of sleep. Then again, sleep is great. Maybe you can have fun, go to sleep, and just finish everything the morning it's due. That sounds better, right?!
5 How...is this even possible?
Procrastination isn't always as easy as we make it look. Sometimes, you're all caught up on your TV shows, you're tired of your video games, all your friends are busy and you've rung the Reddit well dry. So what else is there to do but actually, you know, do some work? This guy thought of a truly innovate procrastination-enabler—open up that can of Pringles you're saving to snack on, and instead of mindlessly jamming them into your mouth, try stacking them in a perfect ring! Such a seemingly impossible feat is sure to take up at least a few hours, and by the time you're done, maybe then you'll be up for doing some homework. If not, you can waste some time eating those Pringles until you are.
4 The hills are alive with the sound of laziness
Remember that iconic scene in Sound of Music where Maria was running around in a field without a care, singing about how the hills were alive and other crazy stuff? Yeah, that's pretty much what we look like when we have our papers and assignments sprawled all over our bedrooms and no clue whatsoever how to finish all of them in time. Instead of buckling down and actually putting effort into decreasing our dreaded workload, we just dance around our cluttered rooms frantically and try not to cry over how horrible our lives are. Would it be possible for us to hire a governess to do some of this work for us, or to at least sing about some of our favorite things until our sorrows go away?
3 Dory knows our struggle to focus on work
Dory from Finding Nemo struggled with some serious attention deficit issues, and couldn't seem to focus on anything. We definitely know all about that life. Every weekend, we pop in a DVD of our favorite Supernatural season with the goal of only watching one episode before finally getting to work, then suddenly we discover that we've watched the whole series again and it's already Monday morning. Our parents and teachers can't really blame us...the Winchesters can't save people and hunt things if we aren't there to watch them, and the fate of the world is definitely more important than schoolwork! Maybe if they could figure out a way to make homework as fun to look at as Sam and Dean are, we wouldn't be so easily distracted.
2 Can't teachers just let us hang with friends all day?
We all look forward to summer vacation, because it means fun in the sun and a break from all the exams and assignments which stressed us out for the past several months. As much as we love getting to sit around and watch Netflix for weeks on end, the long break gets pretty boring after a while, especially if all of your friends vacation out of town and you're left alone with no one to talk to but your parents. Come the end of August, you're eager for school to get back in session...but not for the return of all of that school work. Come on, teachers, is there no way for us to just go to school and not have to do anything when we're there?!
1 Figuring out how to avoid work is hard work
Putting off schoolwork until the last second is tough, but you've been mastering that art for years now. Putting off work at work is much more difficult, especially if you're trying to keep your job and do well enough to possibly get a promotion and make some real money. Don't let that difficulty force you to give up on your love for procrastination! You can totally get away with doing next to nothing, just like you've been doing successfully your whole life. You just need to figure out how to make it look like you've been doing something important. If you spend the whole day determining how to appear to have accomplished something, you can surely think of something and spend the last few minutes on the job putting your plan into action.
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