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10 Real-Life, Day-To-Day Events In The Life Of an ILIA—Schaumburg College Student That Can Be Summarized in a “Seinfeld” Gif That Most People* Will Understand

By: George Bessett, Program Coordinator, General Education | Mike Donohue, Registrar | The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg

February 3, 2018

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the final episode of the seminal TV sitcom “Seinfeld.” While the average age of the current student is 25 at The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, this means that most of our student body was not cognizant of Seinfeld’s existence during its run—let alone some of our freshman and sophomores who literally had not been born by the time "Seinfeld" went off the air in 1998—it’s popularity has nevertheless proven to be so strong that the show has been elevated to “historic artifact” status and, as a result, you may well have grown familiar with the comedy that came from it—whether you know it or not. 

"Seinfeld" is a part of the American fabric, with relevance and relate-ability today. To prove this, we give you:

10 Typical, Real-Life, Day-To-Day Events In The Life Of an ILIA—Schaumburg College Student That Can Be Summarized in a “Seinfeld” Gif That Most People* Will Understand

1.   When you have no excuse for turning in your project after the deadline but try to make one up anyway:

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2. When the Internship you don’t want offers you a position and the internship you do want doesn’t:

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3. When your final project in Advanced Construction doesn’t go quite as well as you’d hoped:

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4. When your instructor gives a deadline, makes it clear that there are NO EXCEPTIONS to late work, and you waited until the last minute to finish:  

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5. When you’re SURE you bombed the Physics final but it turns out that you, in fact, did rather well:

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6. When your Team Production Project gets an A 

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7. When your friend—with whom you’re in the same Social Science course—doesn’t do any of the reading, often dozes off in class, and then tells you that they expect to get the same grade as you:  

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8. When you’ve been up all night studying for finals and show up to school the next day completely sleep-deprived and…well…not quite “yourself”

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9. When you realize you’ve lost several weeks’ worth of work from your flash drive and had failed to create a backup and you try to muster as much strength as you can to not punch holes in walls:

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10. When you’ve invested countless amounts of hours and expense, and more blood, sweat and tears than you even knew you had in your body, and finally reach the stage to walk in the graduation commencement in June:

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*While it is our long-term desire to scourge Ryan Black, Assistant Program Chair of the (insert department) of his longstanding cultural blind spot, we understand that it might take some time. Nobody’s perfect, but that of course won’t stop us from helping others in need of Seinfeld reference inundation.

A note to Ryan and anyone who is currently not well-versed in "Seinfeld" references:

You may have been crawling on the floor as a 2-year-old when the rest of America tuned into the “Soup Nazi” episode and yet it is entirely possible that you are very familiar with the expression “NO SOUP FOR YOU!” You may have been too busy watching the latest episode of "Barney" the Dinosaur to have seen the “shrinkage” episode (“I WAS IN THE POOL!”)? I’m sure you get it now. You may have been too young to have captured the hilarity of “The Junior Mint” episode when it first aired? Well, that’s okay—thanks to the power of reruns, you can get caught up when you’re old enough to laugh along. The wonders of television syndication means you can get in on the joke by watching the episodes long after they’ve originally aired—and with "Seinfeld," it’s not hard to catch an episode today if you were so inclined.    

About the Authors:

Mike Donohue, MA.Ed, is Registrar at The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg

Mike Donohue has been the Registrar at The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg since September 2014. Prior to that, Mike served in the same role, as Registrar, at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. He has been with The Art Institutes since April, 2016.
 
Mike hails from the Chicago area, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL (B.A., English). Mike and his wife live with their 2 children and 1 dog in nearby Hoffman Estates, close enough for Mike to ride his bike to work in the warm-weather months. He’s an avid sports fan, with allegiance to the local teams—the Cubs, the Bears, the Blackhawks and the Bulls—but definitely not the White Sox (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). In addition to cycling, Mike‘s an avid reader who also enjoys spending his summers floating in various bodies of water and, when the opportunity arises, playing 16” softball.

George Bessett is General Education Program Coordinator at The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg

George Bessett is a lifelong fan of "Seinfeld" and certainly relates to the character of George Costanza. We have more in common than he is willing to admit. He does not own a home in the Hampton's, but he can fake it. George anxiously awaits the "Summer of George." Until then, he will have to keep wearing his Gortex coat and avoid wine shops. George has had the pleasure of teaching at The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg since 2010. In his free time he enjoys a good Schnitzer's marble rye, Ice Cream on a hot day at the US Open, hockey, and music.

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By: George Bessett, Program Coordinator, General Education | Mike Donohue, Registrar | The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg

February 3, 2018

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