10 Binge-Worthy Netflix Series For This Summer

10 Binge-Worthy Netflix Series For This Summer

Catch me up until 3 a.m. watching one of these shows.

There are two things that I do pretty much every night before I go to bed: catch up on YouTube videos and watch Netflix. I always go back and forth, but I never stop from watching a countless amount of Netflix shows or movies. You can catch me up until 3 a.m. every night watching something on Netflix.

1. "The Magicians"

This is a pretty laid back wizarding world kind of show. I would say that it is sort of like if you mixed Harry Potter with the Chronicles of Narnia. It follows a group of students, who all have been recruited to a secret academy for magic. They only ever read stories of this magical place called Fillary, that no one believes to be true. Yet, once they find how to get there and that some stories are real everything changes. This show is full of witty banter and commentary that I live for.

2. "Dynasty"

The show follows the incredibly rich Carrington families journey through the family company and rich family lifestyle. This show is a modern reboot of the original Dynasty from the 1980's. The pilot episode is what got me hooked. "Dynasty" is a smidge over the top when it comes to some situations, but it is very intriguing.

3. "Gossip Girl"

A classic binge-worthy show. I have binge-watched "Gossip Girl" four or five times now and it still always amuses me. Much like "Dynasty," this show follows the drama of being a high schooler in the Upper East side of Manhattan, New York. The show takes a bunch of twists and turns but will keep you on your toes. Especially when you finally find out who "Gossip Girl" really is.

4. "Arrow"

An interesting story about a billionaire playboy named Oliver Queen. It follows Oliver's life as he goes missing with his father from their lavish life, only for him to come back as a vigilante in his city. The show is rough in some areas, but overall interesting to see what problems Oliver sometimes brings to himself and his city.

5. "The Carrie Diaries"

This may be the one show that I have never wanted to end. "The Carrie Diaries" follows the life of Samantha Bradshaw in high school before she made it big in "Sex and The City." It deals with her coming of age story of figuring herself out and what it is like wanting to be a big shot in a huge place like New York.

6. "The Originals"

A spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries"," this show follows the like of the original vampires, the Michaelson's. The Michaelson's made a name for themselves in New Orleans. The show is about them returning to their beloved city only to find a few issues that need to be taken care of.

7. "Girlboss"

This is about the creator, Sophie Amoruso, of the clothing company, Nasty Gal. The show is essentially an autobiography of what it was like for her to start from nothing and get to the top of the money chain. "Girlboss" is sort of an empowering show to watch and made me realize that no matter what I can do whatever I want.

8. "Jane The Virgin"

This is a hilarious spin of Spanish reality TV. This show follows a young woman who has always followed her grandmother's advice and waited to have sex. She goes in for a routine gynecology appointment only to be artificially inseminated and winds up pregnant with the child of her boss. This show has so many quality family narratives and follows what it is like to be super family oriented.

9. "Reign"

This show follows the rise to power of Mary, Queen of Scots. It is an engaging show of the treacherous world of the French court and how Queen Mary went about living there with her beloved Prince Francis. At a young age, she is betrothed to Prince Francis. The show follows her arrival to the French courts, with her ladies-in-waiting, where she soon learns all of the dark forces, fierce foes and sexual intriguing life that she has been put into.

10. "The Office"

Are we even surprised that this is on my list? This show seriously gives me life. I have watched it maybe five times now and every time it gets better. The first season is still a rough one, but I promise if you can make it through that one then it is completely worth it.

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.


I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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5 Reasons Why Formal Season Is The Absolute Worst

I love getting dressed up, but I hate finding a date.


Being in a sorority has brought me a ton of fun activities to do on weekends. One of my favorite activities is formal. If you do not know what a formal is, it is a sort of homecoming dance or a dialed down prom that every fraternity or sorority has ~about~ every semester. It is a pretty fun night if you are with the right people. However, if you're also like me then you have a major love/hate relationship with formal.

1. Trying to find the perfect formal dress is hard AF.


I love getting to go shopping with my sisters, or my friends in other sororities! But it is a major struggle deciding if I want to spend the money to get a brand new dress or if you want to wear a dress that you wore or bought last year and have not touched in a while. You will know when you have found the perfect dress though. Not only will it make you smiler wider than the Atlantic ocean, but it will fit you in all the right places.

2. Finding a date when you're single.


When you are very single and are unsure as to who you want to take to formal. Obviously, you can go solo and that is super okay! But if you're like me and you feel uncomfortable going alone then you understand the struggle of not knowing who to ask or being too shy to ask the one person that you like to be your date. Or if you have asked one of your guy friends and he is already going with someone else to their formal. *cough* Colton *cough*

3. Deciding whose formal to go to.


My freshman year I went to one of my guy friend's formal in Nashville, Tennessee and my parents about had a conniption when I told them I was going. Another part to this is that not only would you love to with Chad to Sigma Apple Pie's formal in Kentucky, but your formal is the weekend right after. There are so many deciding factors that come with trying to figure out if you want to go to both formals, just one, which dress to buy or which one you want to wear to either one.

4. Finding the perfect shoes.


I have been to four formals now and I have worn the same shoes to each one, aside from formal last spring. Let me just say when you find the perfect shoes to wear for hours on end then stick with them! I wear my TOM black wedges every time and my feet are still fully thriving and not dying as much as everyone else's feet are.

5. When other sororities are having theirs the same night.


This semester, my sororities formal is October 19, which is apparently the night of two other sororities formals. This would not be too big of a deal if it weren't for the fact that one of my friends cannot come to mine because someone else already asked him to their formal before I could ask him. It is also super fun to see everyone's posts, but it super hectic the night of because of all the buses transporting everyone.

No matter what though, formal is all about having fun with your friends and dancing. So make yourself look like a goddess that you already are and dance the night away!


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