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With AP exam season rolling in within the next few months, along with balancing the thing we know as life, things can get pretty tough–especially if you are not at all ready to go through days of standardized testing. Lucky for you, TP’s got you covered on the 50 most important things you can (and should)** do instead of studying for the AP exam!

  1. Learn how to knit a sweater to wipe away all your tears when you receive your AP scores in the summer.
  2. Finally clean your room and NOT just shove everything under your bed.
  3. Write your teachers, coaches, counselors, advisers, and everyone in between thank you notes for writing your letter of recommendation. (Don’t know how? We got you covered here, here, and here.)
  4. Follow all the high school organization boards available on Pinterest.
  5. Watch all the Oscar nominated films on Netflix, Amazon, or your other sources.
  6. Train for that 5K, 10K, marathon, or triathalon you’ve always wanted to do.
  7. Study for your actual exams in your class–you know, the ones that really count towards your GPA.
  8. Catch up on one of the funniest shows before it ends on February 24–Parks and Recreation.
  9. Follow us on Twitter.
  10. Follow us on Tumblr.
  11. Like us on Facebook.
  12. Follow us on Pinterest. We’ve just revamped our style and boards, and we may or may not be obsessed with repinning our followers too.
  13. Follow us on Instagram.
  14. Tell your friends, cousins, and neighbor’s daughter’s best friend’s nephew to do numbers 9-13.
  15. Make a college bucket list.
  16. Mow the lawn. It may be February, but the South has moved on pretty quickly into spring, my friends.
  17. Buy school supplies for next year at the Dollar Store. Your college self will be thankful that you did.
  18. See the sharpest ever view of the Andromeda Galaxy. Thank you, NASA.
  19. Visit your parent(s) at work and bring food. Food will make them forgive you for everything and anything.
  20. Upload your first YouTube video of something you’ve always wanted to do.
  21. Write yourself a “Dear Me” letter to read 10 years from now.
  22. Make a scrapbook of all of your pets and be sad that you can’t take them all with you when you head off to college.
  23. Take free online classes from universities around the nation at edX.
  24. Read the hilarious things we’ve heard during college apps season.
  25. Apply for an internship with us. Word on the street is, we’re pretty darn cool people to work with.
  26. Fangirl over The Admit Conference coming this summer/fall 2015, brought to you by The Prospect.
  27. Make a mix tape or CD to give to your best friends when you leave for college.
  28. Visit your local museum or garden for inspiration.
  29. Apply for scholarships. College is expensive and nothing screams “Life is terrible and completely unfair!!” more than not being able to attend the college of your choice because of financial reasons. Check out various scholarship opportunities here, here, here, here, here, and here.
  30. Buy your prom dress, suit, or whatever attire you choose to wear. You will look fabulous regardless.
  31. Read about how community colleges are a fantastic way to fix our education system.
  32. Take a selfie with your parents, family, and friends. You’ll miss them too much once the year is over.
  33. Fill up the gas in your parent(s), friends, or sibling(s) cars. Gas isn’t going to stay less than $2 forever!
  34. Watch all of your favorite documentaries on Documentary Storm. Thank you, Internet.
  35. Make yourself a nice, big, delicious sandwich because neither feminism nor sexism will cook the food itself.
  36. Make cool dorm room decor like this, this, this, and this.
  37. Cry because AP exams and adulthood are scary things you’re going to have to go through.
  38. Play Sudoku to exercise your mind.
  39. Volunteer at the animal shelter, local library, or food bank.
  40. Watch the “How To Adult“series on YouTube, produced by Hank and John Green, because high school and college won’t ever teach you the common sense things you need to know in life.
  41. Visit I Waste So Much Time.
  42. Go thrift shopping.
  43. Puchase Jessie Ware’s new album because there’s a reason her album has a 5/5 rating.
  44. Sleep.
  45. Eat.
  46. Repeat 44 and 45 until the semester is over.
  47. Learn a new language (shameless ASL plug here).
  48. Write something, anything. Take it from Maya Angelous, who once offered this tidbit of advice: “What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’
  49. Love yourself, forgive yourself, and promise yourself that your self worth is not dependent on a number you receive on an exam.
  50. Buy your AP studying material. If you’re not going to study, you might as well pretend like you are.
**Writer’s Note: The Prospect does not endorse not studying or purposely failing standardized exams. The Prospect supports you (the reader) doing whatever you (the reader) chooses to do, so long as you do not harm anyone or anything, yourself included. 

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Born on the other side of the globe but raised in the Lone Star State, Ameera Khan is currently a rising freshman at the University of Texas-Pan American, where she is majoring in Premed-Biology under a BS/MD program. She is a self proclaimed fanatic of soccer, tea, beautiful paperback books, adventure, deep life conversations, and rice pudding. She also has an indefinite love for running, culture, and politics (although she is terrible at the former). Ameera has been writing for The Prospect since June 2013, where she wrote for the Admit/Deny column until the end of her senior year. She is currently a college writer and editor for The Prospect.

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