March Meme Review

Welcome to Maddy's Monthly Meme Madness, where we take a look at the Top 5 most-liked memes on the Facebook group, Carnegie Mellon Memes for Spicy Teens, posted in the past month.

  1. “TA assistance” by Joe Iacobellis (9/10)

In the words of the beauty influencer’s version of Voldemort: “can’t relate.” But casting that aside, Carnegie’s words are awfully topical for this situation. The Impact font is excusable due to it being a parody of other inspirational quote memes. But the slight white border on the left of the Carnegie meme? Absolutely not.

  1. “Job interview” by Abby Breitfeld (9/10)

The text modification is hastily yet artfully done, adding value to this meme. I’ll have to dock a point off only because this isn’t specific to Carnegie Mellon, as required by the Facebook page’s requirements. Still, this is a struggle that is all too familiar, especially as many of us enter the workforce under such… less-than-optimal circumstances.

  1. “Protection” posted by Valentina Ortiz De Zarate and created by Ethan Gabbour (9.5/10)

Call me nitpicky, but the capitalization irks me enough to dock half a point on this rating. Still, this meme had me awkwardly trying to suppress a laugh during a Zoom lecture. Dual logins are a pain to use, but they have a purpose. I guess the same can be said for the… other kind of protection.

  1. “Rest day” by Shelley Kim (10/10)

Short version of my review: OUCH.

Extended version: This meme is painfully accurate. The mental health days are appreciated, but Kim captures how one day of lip service for mental health is inadequate. It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: we are in a global pandemic. In addition to usual pressure from school and personal life, students are put under additional stress from current circumstances.

  1. “Mental health day” by Catherine Cassell (10/10)

This meme gets full marks for including two of my favorite things in one photo: cats and bread. Biased much? Sure. But even among you dog lovers out there, this meme hits too close to home. Five consecutive days off of classes for spring break vanish in the blink of an eye; five random days scattered throughout the semester do even more so. Power through, Tartans; we’re at the home stretch!