10 Things College Students Are Thinking About Right Now
Lifestyle

10 Things College Students Are Thinking About Right Now

Hint: It's not school

17
Cargo

It’s that point in the semester; we are more than halfway done. The tail end of midterms are fast approaching and finals are on their way. Students reluctantly get up from bed every morning and drag their heavy feet to the final few weeks of classes. Motivation is at an all time low and work just seems to pile up faster than you can even realize. Students are beyond stressed and all they can think about is that faint light they see at the end of the tunnel: summer.

It’s so close we can almost taste it, but it’s not quite here yet. All anyone can think about is what this summer entails, which may be the only positive thoughts getting us through the rest of this semester:

1. Summer, in general.

This is the first example because it is the one thing that is guaranteed to be on the minds of college students nationwide. Summer is so close, hence, so is our freedom. This is our elongated break from work, stress, and (for the most part) responsibilities. No matter what the summer is about to bring, every college kid wants it to come sooner rather than later.

2. Going Home

Home sounds so good right now. My nicely made bed (thank you mom), my family all home, and a shower where I don’t need to wear shoes. Laundry I don’t have to pay for, food constantly available in the fridge, and home-cooked meals. Tell me one good reason I wouldn’t want to go home. Being an adult is fun and all, but when I go home my responsibilities lessen just a little bit thanks to my lovely parents and the lovely home I get to go back to.

3. Concerts

Best part of summer is all the concerts. Country, rap/hip hop, mainstream, and so many more genres tend to have the bulk of their tour dates during summer months. For outdoor venues, tickets are usually pretty cheap and with the nice summer weather it is a great way to spend summer nights with friends. Good music, tailgates, beautiful weather… what else could you ask for?

4. The Beach

Lying out on the warm sand getting a nice tan? Count me in. Everyone flocks to the beach during summer months, so do not be surprised when you see a mob of college students blaring music and hogging up as much space as possible. College kids love the beach because it’s free and fun.

5. Vacations

Whether it is with family or friends, summer is the best time to explore the world. Cross country or across the world, the next few months are your opportunity to discover someplace new and create new memories.

6. Friends

Most summers, for college kids, are spent with friends. Late night outings, day trips, or just chilling by a backyard bonfire is where you will find groups of hometown friends hanging out and having a good time. Going home to a great group of friends is another reason students get so excited about summer. Everyone who went on a different college path all come home and you get to share your experiences while reminiscing on the good times and creating more of them.

7. Work/Internships

For some college students, this summer is for working or make contacts in their field through internships. Summer allows us the opportunity to save up money and to continue to get work experience in our fields of interest. Although not the ideal summer plans, some do enjoy keeping their mind busy with tasks that their jobs require. This way when returning to school in the fall, your mind hasn’t been on a total break for the past few months.

8. Road Trips

Road trips are always full of great memories, especially those that are spontaneous. These endless hours of talking, singing along to the radio, eating snacks, and enjoying the company of friends are ones you never want to forget. Some trips may be for the day and others for a few, but either way this is a summer bucket-list must. Road trips are a great way to bond and spend time with the people you love. You can go somewhere for the first time or go back to a place full of old, good memories. Possibilities are endless when you are shacked up in a car full of the people that make you happy.

9. Food

No more common foods. Finally, home-cooked meals every night. Nights dedicated to backyard barbecues, tailgate grilling, or feasting at your favorite restaurants you can’t go to when at school. Oh, and lots of ice cream. Summer is the best time to get homemade ice cream to cool of after a long day at the beach or work. Eating opportunities during summer vacation is endless.

10. Not School

No matter your summer plans, chances are they do not include school (and if they do your dedication is impeccable). While students are sitting in the final few weeks of lectures, labs, and exams, you better believe they aren’t thinking about school. They are dreaming about finally sleeping in their bed. They are thinking about friends, family, food, and all the plans they have to make this summer one they will never forgot. They will make this summer one they can think about next fall when they’re sitting through another semester of never-ending classes and homework.
Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Taylar Banks

May 25, 2020: the day that will forever be remembered as the day George Floyd lost his life at the hands of cops.

The day that systematic racism again reared its head at full force in 2020.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

These 17 Black-Owned Businesses Ship Baked Goods, Rosé, And Even Fried Chicken Nationwide

Eat your way through this country's greatest food — from your couch.

Call it the easily bored Gemini in me, but I'm constantly looking for new food to try. Usually, travel quenches my taste for new and exciting cuisines, but given the fact that international travel is not always a possibility, I've begun exploring alternatives.

In the interest of wanting to support the Black community and Black-owned businesses, and also wanting to try some of the country's greatest food without having to get off my couch, I started off (pessimistically) doing research, only to find that the options were vast.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

24 Beauty And Style Brands Donating To The Fight To End Police Brutality Against Black People

From small, boutique brands to legacy fashion brands.

The worlds of beauty and fashion often collide, whether for good or bad. In both, underrepresentation has always been, and remains to be, a major unresolved issue. After the recent killing of George Floyd, many people are rightfully enraged, compounded by the fact his death in police custody wasn't an isolated incident.

Police brutality against Black people is not new, and isn't going away till we start dedicating resources to fighting it. Many of us, as individuals, have only begun in the last week scratching the surface of what it means to educate ourselves on race, historical race relations, and how to be an ally to the Black community.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because You Can Still Connect While Disconnecting From Social Media

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

I don't know if you've heard, but there's a lot going on right now, particularly in relation to George Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter, and public protest of racial injustice in the United States. While we can all agree that this deserves conversations, change, and actionable good, social media arguments with Great Aunt Linda are not where social change begins and ends. Spending too much time scrolling through your phone has never been healthy, but now it's even more addicting — what does that one person from my hometown say about this? How can I further education within discussions? Am I posting enough?

Keep Reading... Show less

I don't know about you, but reading is at the top of my to-do list this summer... especially with all the social distancing I'll still be doing. If, like me, you're hoping to pick up a romantic page-turner (or a couple dozen), here are 23 romance novels by Black authors you'll absolutely LOVE reading.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

22 Black-Owned Etsy Shops With The Perfect Gifts For Everyone In Your Life — Including You

Treat yourself and your loved ones while supporting Black creatives and artisans.

R-KI-TEKT, Pontie Wax, Lovely Earthlings, and blade + bloom on Etsy

The world is taking action against the injustices and under-representation plaguing Black lives, and one small but impactful thing you can do to actively make a difference is support Black-owned businesses.

Etsy is likely one of your go-to sites for gift-buying, but have you ever paid attention to which independent artists and sellers you're buying from?

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

True Self-Care Is HARD, That Face Mask Isn't Actually Going To Solve Your Problems

There's a line between self-care and self-destruction.

Anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past few years has seen something somewhere about self-care whether it was on Facebook, Twitter, or their Instagram feed. Oftentimes it's pictures of celebrities or influencers sipping green smoothies or slathering on mud masks with #selfcare. It's posts like these that made me realize that "self-care" has become the ultimate buzz word, soaring in popularity but in the process, it's lost most of its original meaning. It's time to set the record straight and reclaim the term.

Although self-care has been around for quite some time, within the past few years it's been misconstrued and commodified as our capitalist society tends to do with things it thinks can be profited off. Self-care is now being peddled as something that can be bought and sold on the shelf at Target rather than something that takes real work to achieve. This fake self-care movement is not only enabling people to over-indulge themselves, but it has created a crutch for people to avoid the responsibility of taking true care of themselves. Instead of doing the work that needs to be done, many people fall into the trap of rewarding themselves for doing nothing at all — this can quickly become an unhealthy coping mechanism, especially with corporations cheering us on (to buy their next product). Long, hard day at work? Just grab your third iced coffee of the day! Fight with your SO? Buy that 50-dollar face mask, it'll make you feel better! This is how self-care becomes self-sabotage and self-destructive.

Keep Reading... Show less

Minorities are consistently under-represented in our day-to-day lives, notably in the world of fashion. It's likely you're looking for a way to support black artists. Whether that's the case or you're just a fashion-lover in general, these brands aren't just some of the best black-owned fashion brands — they're some of the most innovative brands of our time, period.

From luxury staples to fun accessories and loungewear, these brands aren't just stunning names you should definitely be following on Instagram, each honors the founder's roots in unique ways with the power of storytelling through artistic expression that manifests in pieces we can't wait to wear.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments