I start summer break in 17 days, and all I can think about is sleeping in, tanning, and hanging out with my friends. The only problem is that in order to get to summer, I have to survive these 17 days. And though it’s not the best idea to zone out right before finals, it’s no secret that we barely do anything in class because teachers are just as over everything as we are. I also believe that forcing kids to stay enclosed in a sticky, overheated room after a year of hard work with expectations for them to be on their best behavior is an unattainable standard. So to refrain from falling asleep in class (which I accidentally did in the middle of one of my favorite classes today — history), here are some tips to stay awake and entertained.
1.) Pass notes. – Texting is so mainstream (snotty hipster voice). Pass notes instead. If you have a friend in your class, or a guy you like, or maybe you just want to pass notes with a stranger (whatever you’re into), it’s always fun to write down whatever you’re feeling and then think of a creative way to get it to the person. You can also draw pictures and play games like tic-tac-toe, which are really lame but suddenly the most entertaining thing ever when you’re sitting in biology learning about deoxyribose sugar.
2.) Try and sing your favorite song backwards. – here belong don’t I, here belong don’t I, ?here doing I am hell the what, weirdo a I’m, creep a I’m but… (That’s me trying to sing Creep by Radiohead backwards). Anyway, chances are you know your favorite song inside and out. You know every detail, and how many seconds pass in the guitar solos, etc. etc. But you don’t really know how well you love your favorite song until you test yourself to singing it backwards. And it’s so much harder than the alphabet, so good luck.
3.) Paint your nails. – I love painting my nails in class, especially because if you get caught you’ll most likely get a lunch detention so it puts a whole new adrenaline rush to something that comes second nature to us girl (I’m laughing at myself right now). I’ve only painted my nails in class a few times, and that was typically when there was a sub or I was sitting in the back of chemistry class. To me, painting my nails is really relaxing, so I find it as a stress reliever in a really boring atmosphere. Also, they usually dry before the bell rings, and then the rest of the day I have a nice manicure.
4.) Draw on your Converse. – I have this one pair of Converse that I destroyed with a Sharpie because freshman year I had no friends in my Spanish class, so I had a lot of time to figure out how to waste an hour. Anyway, I found a black sharpie in my purse, propped my foot up, and drew song lyrics all over the shoe, and scribbled on my laces. I also continued to wear them in public for the next two years. I’ve finally retired them because I’ve come to terms with the fact that they’re destroyed and hideous, but I keep them because they have this value that I can’t really put a name to…
5.) Listen to music. – I always listen to music in class. To me, music helps me concentrate, so even when teachers are a pain about it, I still figure out a way to sneak it because if I don’t I’ll end up talking the entire time. I recommend only putting one headphone in, but if you really do not care about what you’re learning at all, just put both in.
So obviously this is mostly a joke. I say mostly because I’d be lying if I said I didn’t do any of these things. Just make sure you’re comprehending at least some of your lessons… I know it’s hard to stay awake in class (I’m guilty of daydreaming), but try your best to keep your eyes open and finish your homework. Don’t bomb your finals. Be nice to everyone… eat your vegetables… blah, blah, blah.
School is almost over, but don’t mess up now because you’re excited for break.