Empty pockets, all-nighters, annoying professors, more all-nighters... It's difficult to explain what being a student is really like in just a few words. So let's do it through memes.

Bored Panda has looked through the Internet far and wide for the funniest, most creative pictures that capture the true essence of school life. So whether you're preparing for class and need a break or simply want to reminisce about the old days, continue scrolling and check out what we've come up with!

#1

College

College

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

Yes, Word. Explain yourself!!

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#2

Ha, College Sounds Like A Hell Hole

Ha, College Sounds Like A Hell Hole

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Justin G
Community Member
6 months ago

Poor Roger

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#3

Always Me

Always Me

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
6 months ago

Relatable😂

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Of course, the pandemic made sure there's nothing “normal” or “routine” about this academic year, with some classes being in-person or mixed-mode and some remote; the need to wear masks and observe social distancing; and the restrictions on gatherings.

Talking to PennState News, some of their freshmen shared how they are navigating college during these challenging times, and ways they are finding to have fun.

"It was my dream to come to Penn State after hearing all my dad's stories about his time as a student," Angie Busch said. "It's obviously hard for everyone to adjust, but I make sure to do my part because I don't want to leave the happiest place on Earth."

"With all the protocols in place, I have been able to explore a lot of campus with my roommate. We have found a good group of friends to hang out with in a socially distant manner. We aren't going to let this virus ruin our time here."

#4

Prof Brain

Prof Brain

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
6 months ago

it's pinky and the brain brain brain brain...

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#5

College Is Hard

College Is Hard

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺😭😭😭😂😂😂

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#6

My College Doesn't Want Us To Make Popcorn In Their S****y Microwaves

My College Doesn't Want Us To Make Popcorn In Their S****y Microwaves

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Holly Allen
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣

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Tommy Doughty, who has one class in person per week, said things are a little different but he's "been able to adapt and so far at Penn State I have been having a great time."

"Since this is my first college experience, it's weird. However, we have to make the most of it, and I am only here for four years so I have been trying to maximize the number of people I meet. I have learned over the years that positivity is key and that even though our classes aren’t in person, there is still tons of fun to be had at Penn State," Doughty explained.

#7

Word Count

Word Count

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denzoren
Community Member
6 months ago

At a very young age the peas, who were in fact quite early, were very minute in size.

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#8

When There’s A Group Project, But You Do All The Work

When There’s A Group Project, But You Do All The Work

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Sabse
Community Member
6 months ago

Aaaand Allan

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#9

New Test Instructions

New Test Instructions

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Truth Monster
Community Member
6 months ago

the names are sus. "Pat Von Poser?"

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Suspension of face-to-face teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to concerns about consequences for students' learning. While data on this subject remains limited, one 2021 study evaluated the effect of school closures on primary school performance in The Netherlands. 

"Our results reveal a learning loss of about 3 percentile points or ... the equivalent to one-fifth of a school year, the same period that schools remained closed," the researchers wrote. "Losses are up to 60% larger among students from less-educated homes, confirming worries about the uneven toll of the pandemic on children and families."

"The findings imply that students made little or no progress while learning from home and suggest losses even larger in countries with weaker infrastructure or longer school closures."

Well, at least we have memes to ease the situation while things slowly return to normal.

#10

College Decisions

College Decisions

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

To change my major I had to meet with the head of dept to explain why. I couldn't do a major in bio anth so I was doing in I anth, but some aspects I had less interest in, and one class was soul crushingly tedious. Turns out that the head of Anth dept was also my lecturer in the boring class. Such an awkward conversation, definitely filed in my brain's "remember when you did this?" cringe category

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#11

Gotta Stay Productive

Gotta Stay Productive

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victoria
Community Member
6 months ago

thats meeeee

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#12

I’m Always Losing Focus

I’m Always Losing Focus

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Clearstone
Community Member
6 months ago

relatable

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#13

Two Ships Passing In The Night

Two Ships Passing In The Night

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
6 months ago

😂😂

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#14

When The Teacher Is About To Switch The Powerpoint And You’re Still Not Done Taking Notes

When The Teacher Is About To Switch The Powerpoint And You’re Still Not Done Taking Notes

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

And you're an introvert so you dont ask her to wait .₋.

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#15

Ouch, That Hurts!

Ouch, That Hurts!

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

Ooof. The fact they retracted it is such a burn!

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#16

Things I Study vs. Things I'm Asked On The Exam

Things I Study vs. Things I'm Asked On The Exam

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

What is that haircut tho... 😬😬😬

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#17

Savvy Helps, When You Have No Money!

Savvy Helps, When You Have No Money!

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BorPand8
Community Member
6 months ago

Isn't that just cooled tapwater though?

doof doof doof
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

what’s wrong with tapwater? it produces less waste and tastes the same as bottled water. plus, it saves money.

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DUXX_
Community Member
6 months ago

when you realize that the water isn't supposed to go that far

Evelette Athena-Ann Brady
Community Member
6 months ago

I wouldn’t do that. Fountain water is very gross. But that is a great invention if you have no money and can’t but water.

Mimi M
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh, just drink tap water and get over your precious self.

Dahyun ツ
Community Member
2 months ago

This comment was not necessary, plus, fountain water is tap water?

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Shinebright
Community Member
6 months ago

In Australia almost absolutely nobody buys bottled water only if you happen to have a camp etc but usually sink water.

Rez Fidel
Community Member
6 months ago

Huh... why not drink from the tap in your appartment?

Purr·maid
Community Member
6 months ago

ᴛʜᴇ ᴛʜɪʀsᴛ ɪs ʀᴇᴀʟ.

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

bottled water comes from a tap too.

JessG
Community Member
6 months ago

Tap water is free

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Billy Maguire
Community Member
6 months ago

Future Nobel Prize winner, perhaps

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
6 months ago

Clever

Angus Carnegie
Community Member
6 months ago

improvise, adapt, overcome

zims
Community Member
6 months ago

Pretty sure I lived in this exact dorm. The tap water in Flagstaff is delicious.

Ryan Michael
Community Member
6 months ago

Smaht

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#18

I’m The Rarest In My College

I’m The Rarest In My College

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

The meme was 👏👌✨

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#19

Yup, That's What College Is Like

Yup, That's What College Is Like

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

😂👏👏👏😃

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#20

College vs. High School

College vs. High School

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Kitty Luna Darrow
Community Member
6 months ago

Where can I find this guy?

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#21

College In A Nutshell

College In A Nutshell

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*me*
Community Member
6 months ago

What the what

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#22

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

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Holly Allen
Community Member
6 months ago

"sir, is this going to be on the test?"

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#23

Every Time

Every Time

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
6 months ago

ehehehehhehehe

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#24

When You Know You Did A Bad Job, But You’re Just Proud You Finished Your Assignment!

When You Know You Did A Bad Job, But You’re Just Proud You Finished Your Assignment!

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

You had one job!

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#25

Wouldn’t Want Smart Kids Going To College

Wouldn’t Want Smart Kids Going To College

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

People with good looks always get appraised more than people who actually have something to offer to society. I don't know if it's something new or if it's always been like that.

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#26

Or Basically Any Other College Major

Or Basically Any Other College Major

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

Laughed so hard at that caption, oh 2040 should be pretty weird XD

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#27

I Graduated From College Today. This Pretty Much Sums It Up

I Graduated From College Today. This Pretty Much Sums It Up

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
6 months ago

only in US :D

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#28

College Life In A Nutshell

College Life In A Nutshell

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

Daily life in a nutshell, put ur hands up *raises hand that isn't holding mug of coffee*

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#29

Welcom To College

Welcom To College

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Winx
Community Member
6 months ago

This is 100% true lol

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#30

See You

See You

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes.

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#31

It's Hard Being College Student

It's Hard Being College Student

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Sarah Simons
Community Member
6 months ago

This isn't even strictly for college. Do you know how long it took for me to learn long division? No one taught me it because they all expected me to know it already.

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#32

College Students Everywhere Unite

College Students Everywhere Unite

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

It always felt better knowing that we are all failing as a group

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#33

Freshmen vs. Seniors

Freshmen vs. Seniors

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Max Thompson
Community Member
6 months ago

.....i.....

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#34

When The Exam Is Too Hard, And You Gotta See If You’re Still Alive

When The Exam Is Too Hard, And You Gotta See If You’re Still Alive

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Theres a very high chance you might die so you gotta be safe

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#35

College Life

College Life

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*me*
Community Member
6 months ago

Darn you

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#36

The Struggle

The Struggle

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

And in the 20th century for us older lot, the weird lump that would appear on ur finger in exam season from using a pen so damn much. I wonder if that's now replaced by the sore wrists or something from typing

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#37

College Is So Much Harder Than This -Every High School Teacher Ever

College Is So Much Harder Than This -Every High School Teacher Ever

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Elise Trimmer
Community Member
6 months ago

Military College, add drool and STIs to that werebeast.

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#38

The Struggle

The Struggle

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

This applies to my job too!! T.T

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#39

College

College

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Coleonema
Community Member
6 months ago

20 000$? Different currency for me, but that is a scam

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#40

School And College Be Like

School And College Be Like

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Coleonema
Community Member
6 months ago

Me every lessson

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#41

You Doing Same?

You Doing Same?

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

This is how I'm faking my way through life!

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#42

When All You Want To Do Is Sleep, But Attendance Counts For 15% Of Your Final Grade

When All You Want To Do Is Sleep, But Attendance Counts For 15% Of Your Final Grade

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Sum Guy
Community Member
6 months ago

I hated the whole attendance thing.

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#43

As A Uni Student With No Money, I Give You My New Cups!

As A Uni Student With No Money, I Give You My New Cups!

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
6 months ago

Love the wine glass creation.

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#44

This Isn't Surreal, This Is High School And College

This Isn't Surreal, This Is High School And College

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Bella, Your Kitty-Loving Queen
Community Member
6 months ago

Especially for virtual school. My teachers always forget to share their screen.

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#45

How Comforting

How Comforting

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Thanks! That helped a lot!

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#46

Gen Z Has Record Low College Enrollment

Gen Z Has Record Low College Enrollment

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diarykeeper
Community Member
6 months ago

With these conditions no wonder...

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#47

College Be Like

College Be Like

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
6 months ago

Hhahahahahaha.....

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#48

When Your Alarm Goes Off And You’re Trying To Count How Many Times You Missed That Class Already

When Your Alarm Goes Off And You’re Trying To Count How Many Times You Missed That Class Already

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JustAnotherPersonOnBoredPanda
Community Member
6 months ago

Relatable.

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#49

When You Finally Graduating College

When You Finally Graduating College

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Azure Adams
Community Member
6 months ago

Both actually

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#50

Just Made It To College 0/10 Would Not Recommend

Just Made It To College 0/10 Would Not Recommend

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diarykeeper
Community Member
6 months ago

TBH... the cantine and my stomach were always quite incompatible...

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