People sometimes ask me how I manage my life. I’m an editor for two different sections of the Daily, a writer for both, co-chair of Entertainment Board, on the Experimental College Board, and on executive boards for two other clubs as well. Plus classes. Plus my job. The answer is, of course, that I manage my life with lots of crying and stress eating.
But more important than how I organize my academic career is how I organize my television schedule. I (in theory) watch eleven shows a week: Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, The Flash, Supernatural, Agents of SHIELD, The Mindy Project, Arrow, How to Get Away with Murder, Doctor Who (which technically just ended last week), Once Upon a Time, and The Walking Dead. I also like to watch Gilmore Girls in my spare time.
Now, some of these shows are prioritized more highly than others, but I still like to watch as many of them live—or close to live—as possible. So here it is: Grace’s guide to watching ten shows a week. It’s hardly foolproof, but in a land without DVR, one has to get creative.
- Plan ahead.
At the beginning of the year/semester, take note of what days you have clubs and what days you don’t. This way you’ll know which shows you can watch live from day one. Furthermore, notice when you have academic holidays, and therefore likely breaks from clubs. Mark these dates down on your calendar, and have the goal of getting caught up (if you aren’t already) by this date so you can watch the show live.
- Get real comfy with the dorm lounge. You’ll be there a lot.
As I am a TV aficionado, I of course planned ahead, and brought a television to school so I wouldn’t have to deal with the lounge. Unfortunately, the thingy that would plug my cable into the wall is broken and Tufts isn’t springing for an electrician for my room. So that means I’m down in the lounge two or three times a week, watching my shows on South’s iffy quality TV. I recommend getting there half an hour early and bringing your homework, so that way you can ensure that people who watch sports won’t sneak in at the last minute and get the TV before you.
- Illegal websites are useful, but be careful.
Do not illegally download things on Tufts wireless. You’ll get caught and you’ll slow the wifi down for the rest of us. Find a really good, reliable streaming website and go from there. Also, if you use Google Chrome, download the extension “AdBlock.” It is a life saver, and will be your best friend.
- Catch up as soon as you can, or else it will be impossible.
Much like with actual important things, like homework, you should watch your shows as close to the date they aired. Otherwise you’ll look back and realize you’ve missed four episodes. There’s no way you’re going to catch up that now, not when you have a paper and a midterm and a freak accident wherein you managed to break both legs. Now I’m not the poster child for catching up, I’ve fallen behind on my shows too. But I’m asking you to learn from my mistakes. Be better than the greats who came before you.
- Watch at work, if possible.
Now, I’m lucky. I have a really great job at the Experimental College where I have my own little office and I can watch Gilmore Girls while filing or working on spreadsheets. It’s very nice. It cuts the monotony of being an office assistant. If you have really rad bosses like I do who will let you do this, I recommend sticking to shows that take less concentration and feature zero porn or violence. I know this seems self-evident, but I never trust a college student.
When push comes to shove, some shows have to take priority. (You thought this last one was going to be about prioritizing academics above shows, didn’t you? Man, did you underestimate my insanity.) For instance, I love The Mindy Project, but it’s on at the same time that two of my other shows are playing. I usually pick one of the two other shows, Supernatural or Agents of SHIELD. It really depends on if I’m in the mood to watch an old show that has disappointed me in the past (Supernatural), or a new show which is getting much better (SHIELD). In any case, I save Mindy for when I’m doing my makeup the next morning.
Watching so many TV shows a week and managing to keep up with my responsibilities is a thankless life. It requires very little sleep, for one thing, and a ridiculous Jedi-like determination for reserving the South Hall lounge at 7:30 pm on Tuesdays. (In case you guys are beginning to worry, yes, I do have real friends too.) But I will say that everything I do is mostly worth it, and that’s really all anyone can ask for in life.