10 Signs You're Anti-Valentine's Day

10 Signs You're Anti-Valentine's Day

A single person's least favorite holiday

It's finally here, the date on your calendar that you wish didn't exist, February 14th; Valentine's Day. It's time to lock yourself in your room away from all the lovey-dovey couples and stay far away from cupid and his arrow.

Heres 10 signs that you're Anti-Valentine's Day:

1. The sight of a happy couple makes you cringe and you gag at their PDA.

2. You have to close your eyes when passing the Valentine's Day aisle filled with oversized teddy bears and heart shaped chocolate boxes.

3. The only reason why you're excited for Valentine's Day is because the day after means 50 percent off candy at CVS and Walgreens.

4. You’re totally fine with spending Valentine's Day alone binge watching Netflix and drinking wine by yourself.

5. You find yourself hating on your ex a little extra on Valentine's Day.

6. You think Valentine's Day is a pathetic excuse for a holiday.

7. Your logic is "who needs a boyfriend when I have pizza?"

8. You've dedicated the day towards crying over your love life and eating your body weight in pounds of chocolate and junk food.

9. You and all your other single friends plan an Anti-Valentine's Day party so you can cry about your nonexistent love lives together.

10. You find yourself third wheeling your best friend and their significant other, not only on Valentine's Day, but every other day too.

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.

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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.

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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