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Now that exam period is underway, most people seem to be looking for any sort of distraction wherever they can find it. Different people cope with exam stress in very different ways. I’m sure that some people are proactively looking for things to divert their attention and making the most of the gym membership they’ve probably ignored all year. I’m just as sure, however, that the internet is at least as attractive as the treadmill and that Pottermore membership figures have probably exploded in the past couple of weeks. Pre-summer is likely to feature some sort of ball or prom (probably including an over-the-hill pop group or overrated drum and bass act) could well feature in your plans. And what may be the biggest consideration in your exam-induced prom enthusiasm is what you should wear to whichever event you’re going to. Men probably have it a little bit easier when it comes to choosing an outfit. While they could go the extra mile with a smoking jacket or cravat (neither of which I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t want to look like a complete tool), a nice pair of cufflinks will probably do the trick. Women, however, always seems to be under pressure to do something a little bit different. Diane McNease, a teenager from Ishpeming High School in Michigan, found a novel way to dress for her prom when she decided to make her outfit from Starburst wrappers. She estimates that, in the end, she used around 18,000 wrappers. You can read the full story here. Another activity that overworked students often fall victim to is listening to music that under normal circumstances we would avoid as if it were cursed. I imagine that there comes a time in every student’s life when they realise that, instead of getting to grips with their exam topics, they’ve been editing their musical theatre playlist for the last 45 minutes. Luckily for us Brits, we’re not alone with this dilemma. As this next video shows, American students (in this case the Harvard baseball team) also have surprisingly cheesy music tastes.
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