Preparing for finals is like preparing for war. Often times, there are too many things to do and not enough time in a day. When such events occur, there’s only one possible solution: stay up all night.

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7 p.m.–Preparing for Battle.

You mentally, physically, emotionally and literally prepare yourself for the long night ahead. You stock up on energy drinks, coffee and snacks. Odds are you either have a mental or physical list of what you need to get done tonight.

You’ve got the eye of the tiger and the thrill of the fight.

This is when you will be your sharpest (good luck).

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10 p.m.–The Beginning of the Slow, Downward Spiral.

At this point, you’ve been hard at work for about three hours and feel pretty confident in yourself. However, slowly but surely, you begin to realize that it’s only been three hours. It is only 10 o’clock and the night is still very young. You’ve barely made a dent in that book you need to read, paper you need to write, or exam you need to study for.

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12 a.m.–Good morning!

The clock strikes midnight and your studious mind-carriage turns back into a pumpkin. You’ve officially crossed the line into the dreaded tomorrow (or rather today). Suddenly the night isn’t so young and you begin to count down the hours until you have to get ready for class. You literally cannot wait for this night to be over.

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3 a.m.–That Awkward Moment…

This is the weird time of your night. You’ve been working for a long time and your brain is beginning to melt. You’re not sure what you’re doing, if you’re even doing anything, and you certainly do not understand whatever it is that you are trying to do/read/study. It’s all gibberish at this point and for some reason, everything is funny.

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7 a.m.–Despair.

Oh look, the sunrise. You’ve officially made it. You survived. It is no longer considered night. Although, don’t be easily fooled. While it may not be night, the all-nighter continues. At this point, you have an intense animosity towards school work, teachers, yourself, anyone who comes in contact with you… basically you hate anything and everything at this point (minus coffee. Coffee will be your saving grace today).

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9 a.m.–The Walking Dead.

As you start your day, you count the hours until you can sleep. But don’t fret. The day will go by, you will survive and, fingers crossed, you won’t have to pull another all-nighter for a while (this is not very likely, but there’s always hope). Just chug the coffee and try to make it through.

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