5 Things (Not) To Do Before An Exam


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Have a paper due in 2 days? Or is it your mid-term exam tomorrow morning? Or maybe it is just a random class presentation. However you, my dear reader, are sitting here doing everything except what you should be doing, convinced of the fact that everything is ‘under control’. Putting things off till the last moment and then internally screaming with anxiety before the deadline is an art that one masters in college. So for those of you who are yet to experience this sweet torture, here are 5 things (not) to do before an exam.

1)      Binge Watching TV Series:

Believe it or not but the best time to start a new TV series is the night before your exam. Finishing the entire season in one night and still managing to write the exam in the morning is a different kind of high, one that every college student should experience at least once. And if you are adventurous and want some kicks, nothing better than choosing a TV Series that ends with a cliffhanger.

2)      Unleash the Artist Inside:

From staring at the wall and building sand castles to writing cheesy (read: crappy) love poetry, your decision to explore your artistic side right before a deadline is unparalleled. Deadlines will come and go but who knows if you are the next Picasso or Shakespeare? Better start writing poetry right now and while you are at it, might as well write a tagline for your future gol-gappa stall.

3) Re-evaluate every life decision:

The night before your deadline seems to be the top choice for re-evaluating every life decision you have ever made. Right from the decision about what you’ll have for lunch to your college course, everything needs to be second guessed and stressed over. Who needs coffee to stay awake at night when you can have a perfect blend of pre-exam anxiety served with a side of an existential crisis!

4) Improving your Stalker Game:

Whether to catch up with old friends or discovering new people online, mid-terms are the best time to up your stalking game a little. After all, who doesn’t want to know about their roommate’s sister’s best friend’s brother’s cat? Or better still, no better time to stalk some random YouTuber and find out their entire life history in one night right?

5) Discovering new Music:

Have been meaning to listen to that new Music album? Stumbled upon a new band on YouTube? Haven’t tuned in the radio since ages? What are you waiting for? A night long jam session before the deadline seems to be the ideal deal! No time like the present, right?

College, dear reader, is a cycle of trying to manage deadlines, failing miserably and then having mild panic attacks and breakdowns. I hope that this article helps you to procrastinate a little less. (Or not)

About the Author:

Aashima Garg (Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)

Aashima Garg
(Dept. of Economics, PU Campus)

Writer.18 years old. Pursuing B.A. Economics (Hons) from Department of Economic, PU. I am a Hindi poetry enthusiast and an avid reader. I love binge watching movie and Sitcoms.


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