I managed to escape the curse of the all nighter until my third year (unless the Royal Wedding counted). It hasn’t been easy, and it’s definitely been a curse, but I’ve learned that there seems to be a riveting hourly breakdown that follows in what all nighters for the average student looks like. A window into what essay cramming in one night is like. Warning: the following will feel all too familiar, unpleasant, and may bring back some painful reminders.
7pm: Fresh out of dinner with coffee(ssssss) in hand, and (half) your research done, it’s go time!
7:30pm: JSTOR spree! If only there weren’t so many pdfs setting up camp on your desktop…maybe you should have started sooner.
8:00pm: Your friend decides to come join you aka someone to watch your things while you momentarily leave the room every hour to regain sanity
9pm: Outline is done, now for a Facebook break!
9:45pm: Your friend decides to leave…weakling…
…You shoot a disapproving look as you resume you tweeting about the trials and tribulations of being a student.
Midnight: Bring out your coffee machine, time to start draft #1.
2am: Wait…your thesis..WHERE DID THE THESIS GO? What is my thesis?
2:30am: Draft #2 begins….scour wait-lists for possible writing centre appointment. Will accept anything up to an hour before deadline at 10am.
4am: Still on draft #2. Time for a 20 minute nap.
6am: THIRD DRAFT IS DONE. Three is all you need…right?
6:45am: The sun is coming up. How long has it been?
7am: Coffee bean supply becomes non existent.
8:00am: Citation time!
8:15am: Whaaa? WHY is Purdue Owl down? NO! NOT NOW! OF ALL THE TIMES.
9:30am: 30 minute nap before class.