How To: Not Look Like a Bum During Exams
So, everyone once and a while I like to write for the Ryerson Engineering Newspaper which is called the Golden Ram (It’s slightly more offensive than your average paper and allows me to have a lot of fun with my writing). I have previously written articles about time management, and even prostrate health. However, this time I decided to go for something a bit more fashion focused and decided to write one that many of the readers can relate to, or at least pass on to someone they know. That is, How to Not Look Like a Bum During Exams.
So midterms are either being finished off, or have already done and in a matter of weeks you have finals coming. You’re (presumably) studying for copious amount of hours and you aren’t getting a lot of sleep. You start to forget to wash, and next thing you know you’re at school, 3 days unshowered in a pair of sweatpants with questionable stains, your shirt looks like the inside of a TTC washroom. You start feeling grimy, you’re looking grimy, and believe it or not, you can suffer for it.
The question is though, “How do I not look like a bum during midterms?” The answer to that is quite easy. Well, the answers to this are quite simple.
Rule One: There is always time for a shower
No matter what you say, there is always time for a shower. You waste time on Facebook, on Minecraft, and on multiple other platforms including texting on your phone (or, if you’re not cool enough to text, playing Angry Birds). The truth is, there is always enough time to shower. Cleanliness is close to A+. Well, not quite, however, being clean gives you the confidence of knowing you don’t smell. Knowing you don’t smell will allow you to be more outgoing and more confident. More confidence will allow you to not second guess yourself and your abilities. BAM. You’ve just turned your whole life around and all it took was a good showerhead. (And I don’t mean the wink wink nudge nudge kind of showerheads)
Rule Two: Jeans are just as easy to put on as sweatpants
Okay, so everyone always uses the excuse, “Sweatpants are just so easy.” It’s true. They are easy. The have an elastic waist, are usually fleecy and feel like you’re wearing a blanket. But guess what? You’re not in bed, you’re out in the real world and real pants are a staple. It takes just as long to pull up jeans and zip them as it does to pull up your sweats and pull the string to make them fit. Truth is, when you’re in jeans you look exponentially better dressed, more put together, and it gives the illusion (at least) that you know what you’re doing. This is valuable, and trust me, it’s better to get caught in jeans and a tee than it is to get caught looking like a Lounge Lizard in a sweatsuit.
Rule Three: Wash Your Clothes
This is a further extension of my point on cleanliness. Clean clothes don’t smell. Clean clothes look like you care. You should care about yourself. You care about school, your grades, and getting a job, so why not care about how you look, smell, and will eventually feel? Clean clothes, a simple outfit and a clean you will improve your perception by others dramatically and will change your feelings about yourself. Guaranteed when you’re clothes are clean, your body is washed and you’re not in a sweatsuit, you will feel a thousand times better.
So remember, just because it’s finals, doesn’t mean it’s the end of looking presentable, and just because you’ve been up al night studying doesn’t mean you should look it. Stay clean, stay presentable, and good luck with your tests.