There aren’t enough hours in a day!
By Isabelle Orr, Entertainment Editor
With the end of the semester fast approaching, many students have started to panic about how to get the most out of their short vacation time.
“Summer goes by fast, and before you know it, fall semester starts right back up again,” third-year student Molly Thannis told Other Press reporters. “This summer is going to be especially tight because of all the great shows that are being released. I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to squeeze in all my binging in time.”
Thannis isn’t the only student feeling the pressure about fitting the most into their schedules. Political science major Reese Seymour was already thinking far ahead into the coming months.
“We really have to lay it all out there. There’s only 18 weekends from May to August, and obviously we won’t have every single weekend off. Factor in familial and social obligations, holidays, other extenuating circumstances—we’re really going to have to work hard to relax.”
Students report that certain shows carry more emotional weight, meaning a recovery and processing time may be needed to “bounce back” from some heavy feelings.
“This summer gives us the final season of Orange is the New Black,” longtime viewer Bridget MacDonald told reporters. “I can’t even predict how long it’s going to take me after finishing it to leave the rumpled nest of tissues and blankets in my room. I’m going to have to take an entire week off of work just to sift through thinkpieces and various blog posts. They’re also releasing Neon Genesis Evangelion, so that’s going to black out almost all of August. Here’s hoping I can drag my tear-stained carcass out of this summer and back to class in September!”
Students also shared some of their tips for dealing with the immense struggles of binge-watching. Thannis recommended buying a large calendar and mapping out new releases.
“Here’s when Terrace House Tokyo gets released,” she said, pointing to May. “So as you can see, I won’t be able to make it to my sister’s wedding, which really sucks because I was supposed to be a bridesmaid. Anyway, also in May we have the second season of She’s Gotta Have It, so it’s going to be a really exciting month for me.”
Parents, as usual, seemed confused about their children’s actions.
“I can’t figure out why Molly would rather hole herself up in her bedroom—which gets absolutely no natural light whatsoever—than go outside in the sun and spend time with her friends,” said Molly’s father Bert Thannis. “When I was her age I had a job scooping ice cream, another one mowing lawns, and would spend the night with my friends down at the beach around a campfire. Kids these days are so—wait, are they releasing another season of Easy? The final season?”
As Other Press reporters left Thannis, he was apologetically calling his eldest daughter to explain that he couldn’t attend her wedding.