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How You Feel on Exam Day, As Told by ‘Parks and Recreation’

Parks and Recreation may have ended, but that doesn’t mean its characters won’t live on. Why? Because Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson and the rest of the Parks crew just get us. And they definitely get how we feel during the panic of exam day, because let’s be honest: we’re feeling all the feels all at once, and the clock is ticking. Here’s what exam day is really like:

Your alarm sounds and you couldn’t be more depressed because TODAY IS EXAM DAY.

You’re cranky because you pulled an all-nighter to prepare, so you’re only running off of a two-hour power nap and a couple of granola bars (read: Oreos).

You take advantage of every last second to cram in some more material… Then you panic because you realize you only have 15 minutes to get dressed and make it to class.

On the way, you feel the need to ask your friends for a last-minute pep talk.

And for a split second, their reassurance starts to help you perk up a bit.

Then you start feeling hopeless again, because you realize they’re not in this class and couldn’t possibly understand how tragic this test is going to be.

So you fall back into your state of supreme displeasure and become irritated by every little thing. Watch out, chirping birds and chipper freshmen.

You finally make it to class, and you couldn’t be more anxious if you tried.

Despite knowing this counts for 40 percent of your grade, you try to psych yourself into thinking this exam is no biggie.

And you start to feel confident again when you see how easy-peasy question #1 is.

You definitely get suspicious when the next couple of questions are just too easy.

Then the short-answer portion backhands you, and you want to throw your desk across the room in a fit of rage. 

You’d feel embarrassed if you cried in front of everyone, so you try to convince yourself that grades don’t matter anyway.

But you’re so furious that you begin plotting how you can destroy your professor’s career.

Especially as you’re on your way out and he has the nerve to ask you, “How do you think you did?”

You finally leave, and you’re utterly distraught. 

You could almost laugh at the fact that you’re royally screwed now.

Then you realize how silly you are, because you forgot one simple thing that’ll ease your pain…

You know you may have been wrong about every question on that exam, but you’re confident about what to do next…

But no matter what grade you get, you did it! You survived. Here’s to treating yo’self on exam day, and every day after.

Summer is a Boston University graduate ('15) that received a BS in Journalism with a concentration in magazine journalism. Her interests include editorial design and lifestyle, fashion, and beauty content, as she aspires to be a fashion magazine writer and editor. She is currently a fashion and beauty writer for Bustle.com and previously served as a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus Boston University. Summer likes to think of herself as a lipstick enthusiast and smoothie connoisseur, so when she isn't writing for Bustle, you could probably find her sipping on a strawberry-banana smoothie and planning her next purchases at Sephora. Follow Summer on Twitter @SummerArlexis