50 Things You'd Rather Do Instead of College Work

It's exam time. Classes are over and you've handed most of your assignments in...but exams are looming. When you stare at your computer screen, you think of anything but your actual work. You know that you should be catching up on all that forgotten recommended reading, but you cannot find the motivation or energy to do so. There are plenty of things you'd rather be doing and some things you probably will do, just to pass the time...

 1) Get Hammered with your friends.

 2) Eat everything currently in your kitchen... everything.

 3) Watch an entire season of anything on Netflix.

 4) Take a ridiculously long shower.

 5) Count all the freckles on your arm (level 2: entire body).

 6) Rock out to your iTunes music library.

 7) Consider getting a tattoo and spend hours searching Google images for the right one. But you know you'll never get it.

 8) Sex.

 9) Contemplate doing exercise; continue sitting down.

 10) Learn some new dance moves.

11) Do your taxes.

 12) Watch hilarious and whimsical YouTube sketches.

 13) Refresh Twitter feed.

14) Refresh Facebook feed.

15) Creep on Facebook.

16) Read every single article on

17) Cut your hair.

18) Dye your hair.

19) Shave... everywhere.

20) Shop online.


21) Plan your holidays... your summer holidays.

 22) Call your mom.

 23) Watch disgusting viral YouTube videos.

 24) Self-diagnose yourself on WebMD.

 25) Decide what you would do if you found out you were terminally ill.

 26) Make a bucket list.

 27) Go food shopping online.

 28) Play video games.

29) Search your Steam account for new games.

30) Try to imagine what life would be like if you were actually Tomb Raider. You could lock your housemates in a massive fridge.

31) Watch a film franchise in its entirety.

 32) Make tea.

 33) Make coffee.

 34) Bake something and pretend to have your life together.

 35) Think about all the things you could do to make your life more organised, but don't actually do any of them.

 36) Make a fake OkCupid profile and catfish someone.

 37) Make a new playlist on your Spotify account.

 38) Go outside and talk to people.

 39) Immediately regret your decision to go outside. It's cold outside.

40) Decide it's too late and go for a walk.



41) Attempt a new hairstyle.

42) Give yourself a makeover.

43) Buy snacks.

44) Eat snacks.

45) Watch all the pug compilations you can find.

46) Ponder the meaning of life.

47) Contemplate the theory that there are alternate universes where different versions of you are probably doing the work you should be doing. Conclude that, therefore, actually doing the work might cause a fracture in the space-time continuum, which would be extremely dangerous. For health and safety, for your family and friends, for humanity... remain idle.

48) Decorate your notebooks with doodles.

49) Wash your clothes.

50) Take a nap.

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Orlaith Costello
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Orlaith is a Creative Writing graduate from NUI Galway. Hailing from the low lying fields of Athenry, or at least what’s left of the low lying fields. She enjoys the internet as a means of living vicariously through others from the safe confines of her own bed. She will initiate a dance off after at least two drinks on any given night out.

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