The tension's building as the time for America to elect its new president looms near.

But, if you find all the election-heavy stuff is a tad difficult to digest, just remember Barack Obama and Mitt Romney weren't always so serious... And, yes, as difficult to imagine as it may be, they were once students too...

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  • Mitt Romney

    In this 1966 photo taken by a photographer at the San Francisco Examiner newspaper, 19-year-old Mitt Romney, right, then a student at Stanford University, participates in a counter-protest on campus. Romney and his fellow students were reacting to a protest then being waged by other students upset with the university's student draft deferment policies. Romney sought and received four draft deferments from 1965 to 1970 during college and his time as a Mormon missionary in France. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for service, and his draft number was not called. (AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner)

  • Mitt Romney

    In this 1966 photo taken by a photographer at the San Francisco Examiner newspaper, 19-year-old Mitt Romney, far right, then a student at Stanford University, participates in a counter-protest on campus. Romney and his fellow students were reacting to a protest then being waged by other students upset with the university's student draft deferment policies. Romney sought and received four draft deferments from 1965 to 1970 during college and his time as a Mormon missionary in France. The country was cutting troop levels by the time he became eligible for service, and his draft number was not called.(AP Photo/San Francisco Examiner)

  • Obama graduating. Aww

  • Barack Obama, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham

    FILE - This undated photo released by Obama for America shows Barack Obama with his grandparents, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham in New York City, during a visit with Obama, who was a student at Columbia University. How unthinkable it was, not so long ago, that a presidential election would pit a candidate fathered by an African against another condemned as un-Christian. And yet, here it is: Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, an African-American and a white Mormon, representatives of two groups and that have endured oppression to carve out a place in the United States. How much progress has America made against bigotry? (AP Photo/Obama for America)

  • Ann Romney, Mitt Romney

    FILE - In this March 21, 1969, file photo, Ann Lois Davies and Willard Mitt Romney, second and youngest son of former Michigan Governor and Mrs. Lenore Romney, married in a civil ceremony at the brides family home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The couple then resumed their studies at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, after a brief honeymoon. (AP Photo, File)

  • Barack Obama, also known as 'Barry'

  • Mitt Romney (right) with his father

  • Romney with Ma and Pa. Spookily similar

  • A very young Obama with his Dad

  • Obama with a fro

  • Obama shows everyone how it's done as he shoots a hoop at school

  • Annddd just for good measure: Paul Ryan

    This undated photo provided by the Ryan family shows a young Paul Ryan. In the days since Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney selected Ryan for the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket, the now 42-year-old congressman's biography has become instant folklore. Lifelong resident of a little city in the heartland, embracing new responsibilities as a teen after the sudden death of his father. Devoted husband and father, devout Roman Catholic, avid deer hunter, fisherman and fitness buff. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Ryan Family)