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10 Things Not to Beat Yourself Up About

 

We’ve just finished midterms and finals are fast approaching, so cut yourself some slack.  You’re tired and stressed and trying to hold onto your sanity.  So don’t beat yourself up if:

 

1. You ordered a calzone for the second night in a row.  Calzones are magic mood boosters, so warm and soft and gooey; like comfort wrapped up in a pocket of dough.

2. You haven’t done laundry in over two weeks because you’re too lazy to put money on your card, so you’ve started wearing a bikini or boxers under your pants and washing your socks in the shower.

3. You cried irrationally because you forgot your ID card and the card swiper lady yelled at you, or because you were just plain stressed and weren’t really sure why you started crying in the first place.  The whole thing will seem hilarious tomorrow.

4. You stayed up until 3AM watching New Girl on the night you were planning on going to bed at 11PM.  Yolo.

5. You can’t remember the last time you got 8 hours of sleep.  Hey, you’re in college!  You have work to do, practice to go to, and parties to attend!  You can sleep when you’re retired.

6. You and your friend both sat on the same side of the table at Val so you could creep on all the people walking in, and you put one of your trays on the other side of the table so it looked like there was someone else facing you and you weren’t just being huge sketchballs. 

7. You stayed in and did work on a Saturday night.  Even the bright-eyed freshmen have figured out at this point that this Saturday will be a lot like last Saturday, which was a lot like next Saturday will be…  No need to fear missing out on something totally epic.  Study away!

8. You wrote out a post-it note to remind yourself that they’re having Charlie’s Chicken Sandwiches at Val tomorrow because that’s the highlight of your week.

9. Your 5 minute study break on Facebook turned into 5 hours.  Keeping up with friends is important!

10. If you have absolutely no idea where you’re going to be in 5 years, a month, or even tomorrow.  Most of us are in the same boat.  I promise you that you have more time than you think you do to figure things out.   

Evelyn is the Editor-in-Chief of the Amherst branch of Her Campus. She was a features intern at Seventeen Magazine during the summer of 2011 and a features intern at Glamour Magazine during the summer of 2013. She is a French and English major in the class of 2014 at Amherst College. She is also on Amherst's varsity squash team. She is an aspiring travel writer/novelist, and loves running, ice cream, and Jane Austen.
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