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Do I write the essay now or watch what EJ’s doing on Days of our Lives?  

For our readers going back to school, we have compiled a list of your biggest fears when it comes to balancing school and soaps. There are endless dilemmas when it comes to hitting the books while your soap is on.

10. You worry that the DVR will break down and not record your shows
Even though you are hungry and tired, the first thing you do when you got home from school is to check to make sure your show was recorded. If you wanted a sneak peek, you ask your mom if anything “juicy” happened that day. She instantly knows you’re talking about your beloved soaps. Not pot roast.

9. Fear your prof will catch you watching Y&R during Physics
Some students can’t wait to go home and check their DVRs. They want to see how Victor Newman stopped Billy and Victoria’s wedding, and they want to see it now, so quietly watch the video previews from

8. Fear your WiFi connection will cut out while on @soapoperafan on Twitter
Sure you’re a little concerned about that Psychology exam but did Eli really fake his death? Has Amy posted the OLTL update yet? How can you keep up with the latest soaps news and tweets when you’re stuck in class since your professor didn’t appreciate you watching a clip of Brenda’s return on General Hospital.

7. Rushing to finish your research paper to watch
You can’t miss what happens to Sami or EJ in the shooting storyline. The annoying English essay you have to complete is cutting into your soaps time. After you failed at paying someone to write your paper for you, you decide to buckle down and finish the paper over the weekend. Because come Monday, your eyes are glued on Days of Our Lives as you wait with bated breath to hear EJ’s fine English accent.

Plan a break during the time your show starts
The first thing you did when you got your schedule was to try to change it so you had your afternoons off to catch As The World Turns. You couldn’t miss Carly and Jack’s wedding! And if you have to skip your class that day…so be it! After all, there are only a few more days of the show left of that soap. You can always repeat this class!

Call friends to dish instead of doing homework
You and your friends spend hours on the phone contemplating what Jackie will do with the baby on The Bold and the Beautiful. Right before you decide to hang up, you remember that you wanted to ask something about your project. Oops.

Accidentally write down Tea’s name instead of your own on your test Your name is nowhere close to Tea’s but you have One Life to Live on your mind. You can’t think clearly wondering about the mystery surrounding her death on One Life To Live. Did she really die? Will she return?

Skip lunch to catch your soap
By the time you get back to class, you realize that you were too wrapped up in Angie’s hearing to eat. Once your stomach growls in class, you remember that you should’ve eaten while you watched All My Children.

Forget your phone and can’t text about soaps during class
Your phone is buzzing in your locker or your car or at home with incoming texts from your friends that read “Did Chloe switch the paternity results?” or “I think it was Daniel.” Too bad you can’t reply to your five text message threads with different friends about who switched the results on Days of our Lives.

Your soap gets canceled
Of course, this is what all soap fans worry about. What if your soap gets canceled? What would you Tweet about? What would you need updates on during class? What else would you do in class? You could always study…or find another soap!

A version of this story was written September 15, 2010 by Rolla Bahsous and refreshed by Christine Fix October 23, 2019.