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It's A Party in the USA

December 18, 2009   Over Thanksgiving break I convinced my parents that it would be the best decision to let me drive a car back up to school so they wouldn't have to pick me up in three weeks after finals ended.

I loved having a car on campus — being able to drive down to Hannaford whenever I needed some groceries, or across campus to the library to study (finals week makes you lazy).

However, last night I didn't feel as lucky to have a car. Yesterday I finished my last final at exactly 3:42 p.m. and couldn't much enjoy the freedom; my body, soul and mind had been mauled by finals week, leaving me in a semi-vegetative state.

When I finally got into bed at 2 a.m. after saying goodbye to all my friends, I was dreading having to wake up at 10, pack all my things and hit the road for the 6.5 hour drive.

When my friend Eloise texted me at 5 a.m., the loud beeping noise woke me up. I went to the bathroom to get a drink of water and then couldn't get back to sleep. So naturally, I hopped in my car and just started driving.

I never thought I'd say this, but around 9 a.m. the coffee I had consumed was giving me more jitters than helping me stay awake and I can actually say — MILEY CYRUS SAVED MY LIFE.

Party in the USA came on my iPod and I had a small dance party in my car while driving along Interstate 90. The song ended and I felt completely rejuvenated. Instead of falling asleep at the wheel, I safely made the remaining two hours back to Pittsburgh.

The morals of the story are:
A. Don't listen to your half-awake brain when it tells you to drive on three hours of sleep
B. The McDonalds at the DeWitt Travel Plaza makes great Egg McMuffins but horrible coffee
C. Even though The Fray taught me "How to Save a Life," Miley always works when "my tummy is turning and I'm feeling kind of homesick."