Finals Motivation: Webseries You'll Love!

One of the things I really believe in during finals week is setting goals, meeting them, and rewarding yourself for doing so. Not rewarding yourself for meeting your goals can lead you into a dark tunnel of endless work the ends in your nervous breakdown. It's important to celebrate your accomplishments-- finishing that paper, reviewing that chapter, etc. One of my favorite ways to do this is by topping each benchmark off with an episode of a web-series. Web-series are great because episodes are sort, typically between 2-12 minutes and they'll keep you hungry for more, motivating you to keep meeting your benchmarks. Here are some of my favorite web-series that you might want to use to motivate yourself.

Dorm Life on Hulu

Dorm Life is a web-series centering on one hall through their freshman year. 5-South is full of interesting well-drawn characters that I think really epitomize the college experience. It's told through an "Office"-style documentary approach where the chracters know they are being documented, but are still going about their daily lives. It's a complete series of two seasons and each episode is probably around 4 minutes on average. Really fantastic web-series and I watched it before going to college and I still find it to be a really good representation of college. It's funny and at times over the top, but in general it really does a good job of illustrating the trials and triumphs of your freshman year and even the characters we poke fun at and sometimes even look down on (the "whore" character, the "irresponsible drunk," the "asshole jerk," the "mama's boy virgin") are redeemable and maintain their humanity and point of view.  I recommend this series for people not in college yet either. It's really fantastic.

The LXD on Hulu

Created by director Jon M Chu (the last 3 Step Up movies), this series delves into the idea that the ability to dance is a super-power. Imagine that dancers use their energy, their chi (or in this series, "Ra") as a weapon and that dancing is a way to battle, cast spells, and even kill. That's what this series is all about. This story is told almost in a comic book style and features around 3 alliances competing to either maintain or overthrow the balance between good and evil. If you are a fan of dance, you will love this series. It is absolutely stunning, although at times I feel that the story isn't as comprehensive as I'd like. BONUS: The cast also functions as a dance collective and have made appearances on So You Think You Can Dance (twice!), the Oscars, and the new Microsoft Surface Commercial.

The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

If you have not heard of this series, boy, are you behind the times. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries is a weblog-style adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It is, of course, told from the perspective of our intelligent unreliable narrator, Lizzie Bennet. For fans of P&P it's a ton of fun seeing how they adapted the story for modern times. It updates Mondays and Thursdays and is still going on.
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