Amidst all the exams, papers, and senior theses to write and bind, a bevy of Bates students took time from busy finals-week schedules to put on their artistic hats, snap their best finals-themed photos, and submit them to our annual #BatesFinals instagram contest.

The prize? Instagram immortality itself with a coveted spot on the official @BatesCollege Instagram account, curated by Director of Photography and Video Phyllis Graber Jensen, plus a $25 gift card for tasty treats at the Bobcat Den.

Without further ado, here are the five winning submissions.

Ellie Yguico ’20 of Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Ellie’s facial expression and distinctive use of Instagram stickers and her bitmoji really captures how finals week can feel. The struggle is real, Ellie. Yes, it is.

My montage to finals week. #finalsweek #batesfinals

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Emma Soler ’20 of Bethesda, Md.

The motion and exuberance of subject Grace Ellrodt ’20, combined with the bright red of her jacket and in contrast with the snowy white background, had the #BatesFinals Instagram contest committee jumping for joy as well.

#Repost @emsoler ・・・ Jumping for joy after we finish our first exam #batesfinals . Congratulations to Emma Soler '20 @emsoler of Bethesda, Md., for being one of five winners in our weeklong #batesfinals Instagram contest. Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Den. There were many great submissions, making our decision-making a challenge. Thanks to all who participated. We will be sharing the other pictures in the next few days. . The motion and exuberance of subject Grace Ellrodt '20 combined with the bright red of her jacket in contrast with the snowy white background had the #BatesFinals instagram contest committee "jumping for joy" as well. #batescollege #batesfinals

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Catherine Merton ’18 of East Longmeadow, Mass.

A look at Ladd Library from on high. We loved the composition of the desk, chair, and subject, along with the angular arrangement of papers, notebooks, and study materials.

#Repost @catherinemerton ・・・ Taking over the hidden corners of Ladd @mariaf17 #batesfinals . Congratulations to Catherine Merton '18 of East Longmeadow, Mass., for being one of the five winners in our weeklong #batesfinals Instagram contest. Each winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Den. There were many great submissions, making our decision-making a challenge. Thanks to all who participated. We will be sharing the other pictures in the next few days. . A look at Ladd from on high. We loved the composition of the desk, chair, and the subject along with the angular arrangement of papers, notebooks and study materials. #batescollege #batesfinals

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Andorthy Kelly ’21 of New York, New York

The lines embedded in this snowy scene by the lights of Parker Hall and the path of Alumni Walk all point to a winning submission. But the creative caption really seals the deal.

If a student weighing 50kg wants to slide down Alumni walk to commons on their physics textbook, a distance of 200 yards, and down an 11 degree incline, without stopping, how much emotional support will they need to make it through #batesfinals week?

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Morgan Leeson ’18 of Salem, Va.

This simple yet joyful photo of Morgan Leeson ’18, sitting under the tree as she enjoys her book surrounded by stacks of their neatly arranged brethren, highlights a Bates message: We believe that knowledge is a gift we can give ourselves every day.

Knowledge is a gift!#BatesFinals #holidaySZN

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