10 Things I Know I Am Doing Over Break

10 Things I Know I Am Doing Over Break

Hope everyone has a great year

College break is coming up, you have no idea how exciting this is for me and my fellow peers. Break is a time where everyone can destress from the stress they had while being at college and gives them time to reflect on what they did this semester in hope for a better next semester. I am writing this to let you know what I am going to be doing this break because we all know that we may be doing similar things.

  1. Hang with my friends from home: I miss seeing my friends from home all the time, seeing them will be so exciting because I know I have so many things to tell them and I am so excited to hear what they are going to tell me. Leaving them is tough, but coming back to them after a while is the best feeling.
  2. Keep up with college friends and maybe hang with them: being at college I made more friends that I will miss dearly, like my roommates and class friends. My roommates and class friends became almost like my family and I appreciate them so much, I want to be able to keep in touch with them while we have this month off. Going from seeing each other 24/7 to not seeing them at all (for a month) is going to be hard to say goodbye.
  3. Take trips to the city: this is something my friends and I do all the time, especially during the holidays. My favorite thing to do is go to the city during the holidays because seeing the city with all of the holiday lights, seeing the trees at both Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park, completes the holiday experience. I haven’t been to the city in a long time so having time to go this holiday is going to be so exciting.
  4. Enjoy the time I have with my family: while being at school even though I am not far from home I still enjoy my time being at home with all of my things. It is easy for me to pack a weekend bag and stay the weekend but going home and staying home is going to be change because I spend most of my days studying, being in my dorm, and spending time with my college friends. I am going to enjoy the time with my family and break because I know for a fact I am going to miss it so much when I come back after break.
  5. Visit family I don’t see often: I am also excited to see my extended family too! While being at school I barely see them in general and it is going to be nice seeing them more often especially with the holidays coming up.
  6. Catch up on my shows on Hulu and Netflix: I love watching my shows that I get into; it really is a relaxing thing to do. I am excited for those lazy days that I have being in my pajamas and doing nothing, it really helps destress and forget about the adult world for a bit.
  7. Take so many naps: this semester I felt that I did not have enough time to nap, I had more afternoon classes which made me think staying up all the time was a great idea. I felt like I stayed up too much too often and I miss taking naps because I am always focusing on something else. Taking naps will be essential and relaxing because if I stay up too late over break I can just catch up on some sleep the next day.
  8. Relax and destress: I am going to be doing this a lot within the first few days, whether I watch my shows, nap, take a bath, or go to a spa for all I know; relaxing this break is what I want. I want to just clear my mind from this semester and have a clear mind coming into next.
  9. Take things by day: I tend to do this a lot and I am excited to be going back into this. I stress myself out all the time with keeping a schedule and being on time. Now that break is coming up I get a chance to just make plans day by day and that alone is very relaxing.
  10. And don’t forget, go to practices: now that I rejoined Winter Guard I get a chance to refocus my full attention to it because I am no longer in school for the rest of the month. I am excited to be practicing and spending time with my teammates and making this season the best it can be.

I am very excited to be going on break and I know everyone else is too! Happy almost New Years, I hope everyone has a great year ahead!

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.


I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

It's the WINTER Season... ;-)


I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

There's nothing like coming downstairs and seeing those lights sparkling.

Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

It sort of makes me upset when I come downstairs and see that someone has unplugged them, to be honest.

I guess they don't see it as I do.

Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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