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A meme for the suffering

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I sit in my bed at 9 p.m. covered in chocolate wrappers, watching The Office, avoiding my assignment at all costs despite its impending due date. I begin scrolling my feed and come across a meme: “Me waiting for my assignment to do itself,” below a picture of a girl lounging in a robe wearing a facemask. I laugh to myself and send it to my friends saying, “Literally me.” For a moment I am no longer stressed, and completely amused by my situation. There is something so satisfying about the camaraderie of meme culture. Whether it is procrastination, an empty bank account, or mental instability, it is comforting to know you’re not alone. It is nice to acknowledge the struggle in a way that is lighthearted. It can be so freeing to take a look at your life in all its dysfunctional glory and laugh. I continue scrolling the meme page: “Pray for me y’all … nothing’s wrong I’m just a university student.” Isn’t that the truth? Cheers to the universal struggle; you’re not alone.

Image: Simer Haer/The Cascade

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