Memes – the New Way to Procrastinate Studying for Your Midterms

By Laura K. Garrison

Memes have taken over – first the Internet fell; now college campuses across the country are beholden to the addictive forces of meme culture. For anyone who’s been without an Internet connection over the past couple of years, a meme is some form of media, most often a picture or video, which spreads across social networking sites such as 4chan, Reddit, and Tumblr. Combining popular culture and the power of the Web, memes poke fun at everyday situations that most people can relate to. Several weeks ago, Columbia University created its own meme Facebook page, and Barnard followed up days later. If you haven’t already, like the pages and check up regularly for a quick laugh while you’re studying. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can make your own meme and post it to share with your peers. A quick warning though: meme-ing is not for the faint of heart, as you will lose an exorbitant amount of sleep, study time, and daylight hours if you choose to partake in this form of highly addictive procrastination. To make a meme, I would suggest using memegenerator.net, which includes a comprehensive listing of popular (and even not so popular) Meme templates. Bonus: this website also gives a brief description of each Meme, guaranteeing that you will not incorrectly use a template. To make a Rage comic, I would suggest using ragegenerator.com, which includes a large collection of faces and accessories to bring your ideas to life.

 My Top Five Columbia Memes

My Top Five Barnard Memes

Laura is a first-year at Barnard College and a Staff Writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing. When she is not expressing her feelings through writing, she is probably making a meme about Barnard, her friends, or the fact that Hewitt planned Chocolate Madness on the second day of Lent.
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