May is Zombie Awareness Month, a campaign that was launched by the Zombie Research Society (yes, that’s a real thing) in 2007 in hopes of educating people about the threat of a zombie apocalypse. Enthusiasts don gray ribbons, which are “meant to signify the undead menace that threatens our modern light of day” and “acknowledge the coming danger that we may all soon face.”
May also marks the winding down of the school year for millions of students across the country, and regardless of whether you believe in flesh-eating monsters, you might be feeling like one during this final push toward summer (or graduation!). That’s because, contrary to popular belief, being bitten by a zombie isn’t the only thing that will turn you into one. Homework, standardized tests, and finals can all leave you with a zombie-esque thousand-yard stare. Are you suffering from the following symptoms?
1. You’re becoming increasingly clumsy
"Ugh, too tired to function..."
2. Your vocabulary is becoming...not good
At some point, you’ll have crammed so many SAT words into your head that they'll all just come spilling out, leaving you with the conversational skills of your four-year-old cousin. “Mom. Need food. Much hungry.”
3. Your condition is contagious
Your smile once lit up the room and your bubbly personality was infectious. Gone are those days. Now your grumpiness is making everyone around you feel like Crazy Craig.
4. Your brain is fragile
You’ve spent the past nine months or so sitting through class after class and hitting the books. Your exhausted, zombie-like brain is the most vulnerable part of your body by now.
5. Moving around, even (or especially) just to get out of bed, is cumbersome
And once you’re up, your strut is more like Frankenstein's than Gisele's.
6. You’re unaffected by things that used to bother you
The slings and arrows of pop quizzes and hefty reading assignments bounce right off of you—an unemotional, zombie-like defense mechanism.
7. You’ve developed a one-track mind
Like a zombie does little else but hunt for its next meal, all you can think about is surviving the next few weeks.
8. Your fashion choices aren’t as on fleek as they once were
Maybe you aren’t looking as ragged as a character from The Walking Dead, but your sense of style has definitely seen better days.
9. You’re running on instinct rather than intelligence
Like a zombie, you've been reduced to your most basic instincts at this point, like you're running on autopilot. School, eat, sleep, repeat.
10. You’re hungry for human flesh
Woah...wait a tick. You might be an actual zombie. This just got awkward...
Does this sound like you? If you're feeling totally burnt out, check out our these 5 Steps to Get Back on Track and finish up the school year stronger than ever.