Every weekend might be different in its own way, but the general stages of each weekend remain the same. You start off the weekend by being excited for a much needed break from the stressors of the school week and end the weekend wishing that you just spent it relaxing and sporadically doing some homework so that you don't have to stay up until 1 a.m. Monday morning in order to finish everything. Here are the 23 stages of every weekend that you have ever had in college:
Stage 1: Operation Booze Run
Unless you are 21 (like me), every Thursday you spend a good chunk of the day trying to figure out how/when you are going to get alcohol for the weekend. Do you ask an upperclassman? Do you get it yourself? Do you have an older sibling who is willing to get it for you? If you are under 21, I guarantee that you do one of these things every week.
If you are 21, you probably have to figure out how you are going to get to the liquor store on either Thursday or Friday, but it usually isn't much of an issue
Stage 2: Indecision
On Thursday night you, contemplate on starting your weekend early by going out to a bar, but 90 percent of the time, you just end up staying in to work on your homework and/or to study.
Stage 3: Inattentiveness
During your Friday classes, all you can think about is how much fun you are going to have that weekend and how great it is going to feel to take a break from homework until Sunday morning.
This is also the stage where you promise yourself that you are going to work on your homework and/or study all day on Saturday. You promise yourself that you are going to do this because you want to go out again on Saturday night, and you do not want to have to stay up late on Sunday night in order to finish your homework and/or studying.
This is you daydreaming in all of your Friday classes:
Stage 4: Freedom
You are now out of class, and it's finally the weekend, so you immediately go back to your dorm room, suite, apartment, or house to relax until it is time to get ready for a night of fun and tomfoolery.
Stage 5: Dinner (Friday)
You make sure that you eat something because you know that if you don't, your night could end early and you could wake up the next day regretting that you went out on an empty stomach.
Stage 6: Getting Ready
Whether you are a guy or a girl, it doesn't matter. You spend about two hours getting cleaned up and dressed up before going out with your friends; and you blast music during the process.
Stage 7: The Friday Pregame
You drink the most during this stage in order to reduce the amount of alcohol that you have to bring with you when you go out and/or in order to reduce the amount spent at the bar.
Stage 8: Friday's Mid-Party Stage
You are out at either a party or bar and having a great time with a great group of friends.
Stage 9: Friday's Late Party Stage
You are still partying, but the group that you originally went out with is probably smaller because, throughout the night, people have been going to other parties that they were invited to and some people decided to go home early.
Stage 10: The Late-Night Hangout
After leaving the party, you and your friends who made it to the end of the night head back to your place to hang out and possibly order food.
Stage 11: Hydration
This is the stage where you chug about five bottles of water before going to sleep with the hope of avoiding a hangover the following morning.
Stage 12: Sleep (Friday)
This is the stage where you stumble into your room, change into your pajamas, and pass out as soon as your head hits the pillow.
Stage 13: The Hangover Part One
You wake up on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. but immediately decide to go back to sleep because your hangover is too much for you to endure.
Stage 14: Laziness
This is the stage that lasts from when you wake up at 1 p.m. on Saturday until dinner time on Saturday night. During this stage, you decide that you are not going to do any of the work that you wanted to do that day; and you either spend the day sitting around doing nothing or you go out to explore the day-life of your college town with your friends.
Stage 15: Small (& Fast) Dinner
You are too lazy to make yourself dinner or to go grab dinner at the dining hall, so you just have whatever food is in your fridge or pantry.
Stage 16: Getting Ready For Round Two
Unlike Friday night, on Saturday night you get ready in like 20 minutes because you are still tired from the night before and don't want to make a strong effort to get ready.
Stage 17: Saturday's Pregame
You drink as much, if not more, than what you drank during Friday night's pregame, but this time you barely ate anything for dinner and you are much more tired than you were the previous night.
Stage 18: Saturday's Mid-Party Stage
This might be the mid-party stage, but to you, it feels like the late party stage because you are ready to go home to relax and hang out with your friends.
Stage 19: Saturday's Late Party Stage
Your friends convinced you to stay out longer, but now you are utterly exhausted and decide to head home with, or without, your friends.
Stage 20: The Ride and/or Walk Home
Literally the most painful part of the weekend. You want to be asleep in bed, but you have to either have to call a cab to pick you up/take you home or you have to make the long walk back to your dorm room, suite, apartment, or house.
Stage 21: Sleep (Saturday)
Forgetting to drink any water at all and without changing into your pajamas, you walk into your room and just fall onto your bed like a sack of potatoes.
Stage 22: The Hangover Part Two
You wake up with another hangover that feels like it accounts for both Friday and Saturday night's shenanigans.
Stage 23: Resentment
You spend the day resenting yourself for having too much fun this weekend and wish that you only went out on either Friday or Saturday (not both); or you wish that you decided to drink like two beers (or mixed drinks) on Saturday night so that you could function while doing your homework the next day.
Even though you feel this way, you still start the entire process over again the following weekend.
Children are now working longer hours than their parents with some slaving for over 46 hours a week, according to a new survey.
The research shows that parents are creating ambitious timetables for their offspring with extra-curricular activities in addition to school commitments.
This means children are actually working harder than the average parent – who only work a 37.5 hour week.
The average child already completes 30 hours and 50 minutes a week at school Monday to Friday, as well as seven hours and 51 minutes of clubs and homework
The average child already completes 30 hours and 50 minutes a week at school Monday to Friday, as well as seven hours and 51 minutes of clubs and homework.
Actively reading with parents daily accounts for a further five hours and 49 minutes a week.
The Center Parcs study of 2,000 parents also found the average child also helps with housework for up to an hour and 37 minutes each week.
Colin Whaley, marketing director from Center Parcs, said: ‘We commissioned this report to further understand family life and what challenges parents and children are facing and overcoming, so we can always ensure we’re offering what they need.
‘What has undoubtedly come out of this is the need for families - parents and children alike – to take time out to relax.
‘We are passionate about creating the best environment for families to experience this, and insights such as these are invaluable for us to create the best short break possible.’
In response to the findings, Center Parcs commissioned Channel 4 child psychologist Dr Sam Wass to develop a Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for free time - which equates to three hours and 51 minutes every day.
'Child-led, unstructured free play is vital for stimulating imagination and creativity, as well as helping the child to become more self-sufficient,’ psychologist Dr Sam Wass said
The RDA, inspired by the government guidelines we use for fruit and vegetables, is based on three hours on a week day and six hours a day at the weekend, calculated using time needed for a variety of free-time activities which will allow children to use their imagination and develop creative thinking.
Dr Wass said: ‘Many parents are desperate to do the right thing for their children - we shuttle them back and forth from school, to football, to an after-school club, and then get them home and sit and ensure they do their homework.
‘But research suggests it’s much more beneficial for children if their time is not always so structured. It’s the down-time, when there is not such much going on and the child has to entertain themselves, when they do their best learning.
‘There is a huge amount of research that suggests that this child-led, unstructured free play is vital for stimulating imagination and creativity, as well as helping the child to become more self-sufficient.’
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