Finals are brutal, and studying seems more soul-crushing than ever, now that the Naked Donut Run has come and gone. But do not despair, because there is still one sure-fire way to survive finals with a smile: daydreaming. Daydreaming can be done anywhere and will leave you recharged and ready to hit the books. Plus, you are capable of thinking about whatever you want. How cool is that? While I’m sure you have plenty of wonderful things to think about, here are a few ideas to get yourself to that happy place:
1. You’re in the reading room of the John Hay Library, running through flashcards for an Arabic final. You’re sweating from the concentration. You need to pass this final, because if not you’ll fail the class and possibly not graduate. A tap on your shoulder breaks your concentration. You look up and see Queen Elizabeth II.
“What do you want?” you snap at Her Majesty. “Can’t you see I’m working here?”
“Pardon me,” says the Queen. “It’s just that I’ve decided that I want you to be my successor. I’ve made all the arrangements. You start this afternoon.”
2. It’s late at night and you’re sitting in the stacks on the fourth floor of the Rock. You have been writing an essay for more hours than you can count. Your eyes are bloodshot, your fingers are cramped, and your soul aches. Suddenly, you feel a hand, supple yet firm, touch your shoulder. You turn around and see Ryan Gosling, shirtless, standing over you. Before you can ask him what he’s doing without a shirt on the fourth floor of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library at 2:15 a.m. on a Wednesday, he motions for you to stand, and you do. Ryan Gosling then lowers himself into your chair without making a sound. You instinctively sit on his lap. You lay your head against his smooth chest and fall into a deep sleep while Ryan Gosling finishes your essay.
3. You’re in the basement of the SciLi, studying hard for a Chemistry final that you have the next morning. Stress levels are going through the roof as you realize that there is simply not enough time to review all the material before dawn. A small popping noise grabs your attention, and you look up to see a tall, bearded man dressed in flowing robes and wearing half-moon spectacles.
“Professor Dumbledore, is that you?” you ask.
“Why yes it’s me! What a silly question. Who else in the world wears half-moon spectacles?”
“But Professor Dumbledore, what are you doing here? I’m in the middle of studying Chemistry,” you respond
“Let’s face it, those silly Muggle potions are useless,” Dumbledore says with twinkle in his clear blue eyes. “I’m taking you to Hogwarts.”
“I knew it!” you say. “I am magical!” Then you lock arms with Dumbledore and disappear, leaving the Muggle world behind forever.
4. You and your friends are in a classroom in the basement of Sayles studying together for an Anthropology final. While one of your classmates writes out Foucault’s definition of bodily hexis on the blackboard, you peek into a broom closet in the corner of the room. To your surprise, you feel a warm breeze coming from the closet, so you step forward to take a better look. Before you know it, the brooms and mops fall away and leave you standing on a quiet grassy hilltop amidst rolling fields. A lion emerges from behind some nearby bushes. There’s no mistaking that swagger: It’s Aslan.
“Hey,” he says. “Welcome to Narnia. Wanna get high?”