10 Must-Pack Spring Break Items

10 Must-Pack Spring Break Items

Time to get some Vitamin-Sea!

If you walk across a college campus, it's almost a guarantee that you'll hear the question "What are you doing for spring break?" at least once. With February coming to an end and March drawing near, spring breaks are about to make their appearances. It's time to begin packing for a much-needed break from the stress of academics and prepare to soak up sunshine, and here are 10 Spring Break Must-Pack items to get you started:

1. Tickets

Your ticket to a week of freedom.

2. Swimsuit

Time to get some Vitamin-Sea! Did you really spring break if you didn't swim in the ocean?

3. Rompers

One word: adorable.

4. Shorts

Throw them over your swimsuit or dress them up with a cute tank top.

5. Sandals/Flip-flops

Cute and functional.

6. Sunglasses

To block out the haters... and the sun.

7. Sea salt spray

Must have those beach-waves.

8. Camera

Do it for the Insta!

9. Sunscreen

So you don't turn into a lobster...

10. Water bottle

Have to stay hydrated!

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To Every Father Figure In My Life, Thank You

You didn't have to be who you are, but I'm grateful.

Another Father's Day has come and gone. To some of us, it's less of a celebration of thanks and more of a salt on an open wound type of deal.

You see, some of us don't have a biological father to celebrate on fathers day. My dad passed away when I was very little, some people were abandoned by their fathers, so on and so forth. But that doesn't mean we don't have a few positive male role models in our lives.

So I want to say thank you to my father figures.

When my dad was no longer around, so many people in this community and throughout my life stepped up to keep an eye on me. Thank you for teaching me what I deserve. Thank you for teaching me how to be the best I can be. Thank you for teaching me kindness and humility. Thank you for wiping the dirt off my face when I fell down. Thank you for giving me a man to look up to and a hero.

It is important for you to know that you didn't have to do all you did for me, but I am forever grateful for the support. I wouldn't be the person I am today, or have the dreams I do or the motivation to accomplish them without you.

Nobody could ever replace my dad, but your support and love can be held in just as high if not higher regard.

So thanks again, for doing what you didn't have to do; being a step dad, a grandpa, or just a family friend, thank you for being my father figure.

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10 Tips For Relocation

Big city advice from a recent mover.

Its no secret....moving can be difficult. For the vast majority of my life, I have lived in Medina, Ohio, a smaller-than-average city about 40 minutes outside of Cleveland. Over the past few weeks, I have spent most of my time preparing for and moving to Washington DC, our nation's capital and home to roughly 700,000 people.

Now it's home to me as well...at least for the summer throughout my internship. This is the largest city I have ever lived in and is approximately 30 times larger than Medina. Such size comes with a re-adjustment for small time city dwellers like myself. Below are 10 tips I have put together for moving to larger environments, grander adventures and the "real world" in general.

1. Plan Ahead

As excited as I was to begin this new chapter in my life, I was incredibly nervous and also sad to leave my family and friends behind. That said, the farther in advance you plan for a move, the easier the move will be. Thankfully, I had incredible mentors, friends and (somewhat compulsive) parents to remind me how important this preparation was.

2. Pack Everything....But Nothing More

Packing does not come easy for me. In fact, when prepping for DC, I had to pack, re-pack, downsize and re-pack one more time. It is important to take time to reflect on what you need for the given move...and what you don't. Do I really need to fill a box with Christmas lights, three more pairs of shoes, and 2 blankets even though it's going to be 90 degrees and humid the entire summer?

3. Budget Money

As exciting as it can be to begin life in a new location, it is important to watch how much you spend and what you spend it on. I would love to try every single restaurant in DC and get 50+ gifts for friends and family. I only have so much to spend, though. As great as a $25 "Make America Great Again" hat or a shirt with Obama's presidential portrait would be...that money may be better spend on groceries or a metro card.

4. Budget Time

Like money, time that can be spent (and budgeted). It is important to keep in mind that there are different "types" of time. Personal, professional and fun are a few examples. Take time for yourself. Take time for your friendships, both new and old. Take time for your work. Take time for your family.

5. Be Adventurous

Planning only does so much. Once a move has been made, don't be afraid to walk or run just for the sake of walking or running. You may be surprised by what you find. If you don't know the area you find yourself in, there is no better way to do so then to explore it.

6. Be Observant

It is important to listen more than you talk, especially in a new environment or in a new job. Be a sponge. Absorb new information and ideas before you present your own.

7. Be Friendly

The world is full of people....most of whom you have not met. Take time to get to know neighbors, co-workers and even random people you meet throughout your exploration. You never know who needs a friend. The best way to avoid feeling like a small fish in a big pond is to spend time with the other fish.

8. Be Practical

Don't move to a new location thinking everything will be as smooth as it was prior to the move. My supervisor told me "sanity and expectations are inversely proportional". The higher expectations you have for a new home, the more likely you are to become frustrated or lose patience.

9. Be Patient

Give yourself time to adjust to a new environment. This goes hand-in-hand with #7. Low expectations and high patience will lead to a successful and fun move.

10. Make Lists

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