10 'Hamilton' Lyrics That Perfectly Describe Second Semester Stress

10 'Hamilton' Lyrics That Perfectly Describe Second Semester Stress

"I am not throwing away my shot."
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It's second semester! Halfway to summer, and all that much closer to another year of school. Whether you're exited, apathetic, or thoroughly ambivalent, you definitely are facing a little bit of #SecondSemesterStress. Thankfully, your boy Lin Manuel Miranda is here for you.

1. "Why do you write like you're running out of time?"

Probably because it's 7:47 and this assignment is due at 8! Also, I have three papers due by Wednesday... I'm no Alexander Hamilton, but I'm feeling pretty "non-stop".

2. "I will never be satisfied..."

No matter how many hours you've spent on a group project, you can't help but know within your heart that it will never be as good as it would have been if you had done all the work...

3. "There's nothing like summer in the city; there's trouble in the air, you can smell it"

That awkward moment when you're enjoying the 70 degree weather, but the weather channel says it's going to be 19 degrees tomorrow...

4. "Hey, hey, hey hey..."

When all those couples who got together for cuffing-season start to break up and you can comfortably check out the cute boys on campus.

5. "Get your education, don't forget from whence you came!"

Everyone knows that late winter/spring feeling... The stress is simply too much! You're tempted to drop out of school just so you never have to do any homework. That's when you gotta sit back and think of the thousands of dollars going into your education... then you down a Monster and get back at it.

6. "Some men think I'm intense or I'm insane"

Yes, part of you wants to adhere to the mainstream and look conventionally thin for summer, but also... you love pizza and ice cream and you're freaking hot, so.... Body revolution for life!

7. "Come back to bed, that would be enough."

It's midnight. You have an eight AM. Your bed is calling to you, but you have to be strong. You have only three scenes left of script analysis...

8. "Take a break!"

That wonderful relief you feel when you get an email from your professor saying that today is a "study day", which means there isn't any class. Lord knows that you need a study day or two to get through the rest of the year!

9. "You got skin in the game, you stay in the game. But you don't get to win unless you're playin the game"

You know you feel like a total boss when you manage to get that ten page paper in on time, when ten hours ago you didn't even know you had a paper due.

10. "Raise a glass to freedom!"

Thankfully, summer is almost here. That means home, friends, parties, long days full of sleep, and NO HOMEWORK. It's almost here. So close. So, so close.

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33 Basic Summer Bucket List Ideas For College Girls That Don't SUCK

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up
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The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is just two short months away.

The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

30. Ride a four wheeler

31. Big an epic blanket fort

32. Go to an aquarium

33. Lay in the back of a pickup truck

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8 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Brain Cells This Summer

Because we all need some ways you can prevent your brain from turning to mush over the summer.
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Students, WE DID IT! School is finally out and now we can finally sit back, relax, and enjoy the long overdue sunshine for a few months. Yes, summer break is all about doing as little as humanly possible, but the more you sit around doing nothing, the more it sucks to go back to school in the fall. We've all been there: you walk into school on the first day after summer break and you sit down in your seat and immediately dream of every other place you'd rather be than in a classroom. Typically, its becausse we sat around all summer celebrating our time off and letting our brain cells rot.

How can you make the best of your time off while also not letting your brain turn to mush?

1. Read a book

Whether you’re relaxing on the beach or laying in your bed, read a book! You don’t have to be an avid reader to enjoy a good novel. With all that free time on your hands, summer is the prime time to start reading! Don’t know what to read? Click here!

2. Get a job

Scooping ice cream or selling clothes, anything works! Getting a job will ensure you’re getting out of the house and socializing, and who doesn’t like making money? Here are a few ideas for jobs you can pursue this summer.

3. Volunteer

Summer is the perfect time to do some volunteer work in your community. The challenges you may face while volunteering will keep your problem-solving skills sharp. Also, it will give you a sense of purpose to do good for your community.

4. Get a travel journal

I started a travel journal a few years ago and I will always cherish it! Not only is it a great way to hold your summer travel memories near and dear to your heart, but writing down your experiences is a great way to exercise your brain and keep your memory sharp!

5. Start a blog

Just like journaling, blogging is a fool-proof way to keep your writing skills intact for fall semester. Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and feelings with the world, and you can even make money while doing it! Here are a few tips to help you kick-start your blog.

6. Get a penpal

I know I’m not the only one who still gets overly excited when I get a piece of mail with my name on it unless its a bill. Good old-fashioned snail mail is a fun way to stay in touch with long-distance friends and family while also improving your writing skills. Does your roommate go home for the summer? Ask them to be your penpal! Want to meet new people? There’s a whole website dedicated to finding penpals!

7. Learn how to play an instrument

Set aside one hour a day to sit down and learn how to play a new instrument. Learning how to play an instrument can improve your cognitive skills. Some studies even suggest that playing an instrument makes you smarter !

8. Write for The Odyssey

Writing for The Odyssey has not only strengthened my writing skills, but it has provided me with a community a loving, creative, intelligent people that I am proud to call my friends! As a creator, I am able to express myself while also building a portfolio of published articles. You can apply here !

Whatever your method is, just make sure you don’t lose all of your brain cells this summer, because then you’ll be less motivated than ever to go back to school in the fall.

Above all, the most important thing to do is to make the most of your time off! Have a great summer y'all.

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