As the semester winds down I, like many of my classmates, find myself exhausted and stressed most of the time. Â With finals on the horizon, we’re spending most of our time outlining and studying for our exams, which are the sole basis for many of our grades. Â Yesterday, my friend in the law school’s IT department remarked that it looked like I never left the computer lab all weekend because every time he saw me, I was sitting at the same computer, toiling away at my papers.
When I’m studying for hours on end, sometimes I need to take a short break to breathe, relax, and smile. Â I am veryÂ grateful to certain persons and entities who post videos on YouTube who have made me smile during my law school career. Â There is a common theme across all these videos: Â the main characters are always doing whatever makes sense to them and it works out in the end. Â I think along with making me smile, these videos give me hope that if I keep doing what my gut tells me I should be doing, that everything will work out in the end.
Here are my top four entities on YouTube that I watch during a study break:
- The Yip Yips – These two martians always make me smile with their innocence and honest perspective. Â I have memorized nearly every classic clip of Â these two encountering objects for the first time. Â If I am ever in Sesame Street’s neighborhood, I will seriously contact the show and ask if I could meet these little guys. Â Happy happy happy boing boing boing boing!
- Foamy – Jonathan Ian Mathers is somewhat of a genius for creating this cartoon squirrel that says what many of us wish we could say. Â Foamy’s bluntness and honest perspective on everyday life validates many of my views. Â He validates the fact that sometimes life sucks and that people often act in moronic ways. Â I look forward to every new video of this creature and the rest of the cast.
- Tom Green – I watched a lot of Tom Green videos during my 1L year and tried to pick out how many torts he was committing. Â There was a lot of infliction of emotional distress. Â I like him because he knows that he’s pushing people’s buttons, but it’s always done with an underlying sense that he means no harm. Â It’s usually just to be funny and to see people’s reactions to the unexpected.
- Where the Hell is Matt – Matt Harding is proof that the American dream is still alive. Â He quit his job and took a trip around the world. Â He danced a cheesy jig everywhere he went. Â He made a video of his dancing. Â Stride liked it so much that they paid for him to do it two more times. Â One of the things I like about Matt’s work is that there is no underlying agenda. Â He’s just a guy who likes to dance – and he does it in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Thank you to everyone who makes studying for finals a little less painful. Â To everyone who loves a law student – we’re not going to be completely human for the next few weeks. Â Thank you in advance for being patient, loving, and occasionally giving us reasons to smile.