The post-holidays slump takes over

December 30, 2013

By Sampurna Basu

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013

Whether it was Christmas, Hanukah or any other December holiday that needs to be inserted here for my statement to be politically correct, you, my fellow mourner, are probably experiencing a post-holiday depression that is only too well-known.

Sampurna Basu  Skyline High School

Sampurna Basu
Skyline High School

Seniors, you are experiencing the final stretch of frenzied essay writing (BSing?) as you submit the last of your college applications. And in your head, you are directing some carefully selected words and phrases at certain classmates who have already been accepted to their dream school, and are now floating on the clouds of happiness that you can only dream about while waiting for decision day in March. But until then, wallowing in misery is a nice way to put it.

Juniors, you are mindlessly working your way through the fifth season of your favorite guilty pleasure television show on the beautiful thing that is Netflix. At the back of your mind, you know you have a 40-page critical reading, a physics lab report, an English thesis, 30 math problems and a presentation to memorize. But of course, that is all reserved for Sunday, Jan. 5 — the day that once and for all determines who qualifies as “Master Procrastinator,” and who is simply a “Started-a-week-earlier-but-want-to-look-cool-so-I’ll-say-I-did-this-the-night-before Procrastinator.”

Sophomores, you don’t have that much homework, so you’re mindlessly refreshing Facebook and Twitter for some source of entertainment. Every five minutes, you hit the revelation that the people with real lives are out and about but that doesn’t stop you from clicking that button again and again and again and again.

Freshmen, I honestly categorize you with my 10-year-old little sister (no offense). So, I have no idea what you guys are doing right now. I can tell you that she is trying to figure out a Rubik’s Cube that looks exactly the same as when I looked at it three days ago, while occasionally muttering to herself about how Arthur doesn’t really look like an aardvark. Scratch that, I’m sure you guys are up to something a little more relevant … maybe.

Anyway, hang in there, fellow classmates; you still have one week left of winter break and New Year’s. So, live it up. Or hibernate like me.

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