10 Things I Did And Didn't Do this Summer

10 Things I Did And Didn't Do this Summer

Summer goes by faster than you think

Where did the summer go? You may yourself be asking that very same question. Things happen and the bucket list that you once created at the beginning of the Summer was long forgotten main June by all of the responsibilities that life always brings. Here is a compromised list of what I wanted to do this summer and if I actually did what was on my list.

1. Go to the Beach

I went to the beach for a total of two times. I hope to go two times more before this summer is officially gone. Why did I not go to the beach more? I worked all Summer... and when I say ALL summer I mean ALL SUMMER LONG.

2. Spend time with friends before we all leave for college.

I couldn't tell you how many regrets I have about not hanging out with my friends during the summer. When I wasn't working, I was sleeping or watching Netflix out of exhaustion. If I wasn't tired and my friends wanted to hang out, I wouldn't have a car or someone wouldn't be able to pick me up. For the time that I did hang out with my friends, I cherished it, but I can't help but feel this separation between me and my friends. Although it was bound to happen, it still hurts.

3. Bonfires

I went to one bonfire this summer. I love the smell of fire and hear the crackling of the wood. The only bonfire I got to see this summer was with my family on the Fourth. Maybe next summer?

4. Random Adventures with Friends

Sometimes, my friends and I will hop into a car and just drive. Often taking random turns and finding small town ice cream shops or blueberry patches. Adrenaline would rush through us as we went into the unknown (literally), but the best of times were always ahead of us. I went on one random adventure this summer.

5. Make a lot of money to buy everything I need for college

Everyone knows that your Freshman year of college is your big spending year because you have to buy everything you need to survive for the next four years of your life. While I enjoyed working, it did consume my summer, but I guess that is part of growing into an adult.

6. Spend more time with my family

I spent time with my family, but our summer schedules often didn't permit us from seeing one another for long lengths of time. Expect a tearful goodbye when I leave for college, mom and dad!

7. Go on Vacation

Haven't gone on vacation yet, but I am taking a train to visit my sister and go to the zoo!

8. Try out new recipes

I love cooking, but when I actually did cook it ended up being the same dish every single time (tacos). Hey! I love tacos!

9. Go hiking

I went hiking a coupe of times and it was gorgeous and peaceful.

10. Shop for college

I shopped for college all summer long. Some of it was frustrating and some of it was fun, but too much money is gone. Hopefully, most things that I bought come to good use.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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14 Things I Did This Season To Cope With My Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is a real thing.


Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people. I promise it is a real thing. The Mayo Clinic defines SAD as "A mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year." Mine comes in the dead of winter. So this winter, I wrote down a couple of things that made me feel better.

1. Take a hot shower/bath

All the steam in the bathroom and the heat from the water soothes the soul for real.

2. Get out of bed 

Try and wake up earlier than usual.

3. Buy a happy lamp

They mimic sunlight but without the UV rays.


4. Make your bed everyday

One small accomplishment everyday.

5. Sit in your living room as opposed to your bed room

6. Eat healthier 

7. Do one small thing for yourself everyday

Get a cup of coffee or go for a walk.

8. Exercise 

I hate it as much as the next person but it does help.

9. Go out with friends 

I know sitting at home may be ideal but it's nice to be surrounded by people who love you.

10. When you're sad, let yourself be sad

Cry, listen to sad music, do what you gotta do.

11. Ask for help

Let people know what you're going through. It's ok.

12. Take care of yourself

Put on a facemask. Paint your nails.

13. Write about it

14. Try and plan a trip to a warm place with sun

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