10 Things You Can Do Now That The Semester Is Officially Over

10 Things You Can Do Now That The Semester Is Officially Over

Your go-to end of semester to-do list.

The fall term has finally come to an end. Along with the death of many New Year's resolutions. But hey! No more classes! (Unless of course you are taking winter classes. *whispers* I'm sorry this article was not intended to hurt you.)

1. You Have No Idea What To Do With All The Free Time

So you're a free bird. For now. No more 8 a.m. classes. No more tests. No more sitting next to obnoxious know-it-alls. What do you do with all that free time? You plan to make plans to make plans.

2. You Don't Even Need To Know What Day/Date It Is Anymore

Honestly. It doesn't even matter anymore. The day "Monday" is meaningless. You're fearless. Every day is Friday.

3. You Can Finally Sleep Without A Guilty Conscience

Yeah. For real. Without setting alarms back to back for 7 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 7:20 a.m...Get the picture? You can finally get your full rest until the end of January. Then it's back to the grind.

4. You Are Also Getting Prepared to Get These Calls From The Bursar's Office

Um. Yes. I'm still recovering from the hole in my bank account from the previous semester. Can I get a break? Bursar: "No. You may not get a break. Pay up. Or else..."

5. You Can Make A Dent In Your "To Be Read Pile"

You don't have to worry about your sci-fi series distracting you from Physics anymore. You can read conspiracy theories without worrying about mixing up the concepts with Quantum Physics.

6. You Can Finally Binge Watch Your Favorite Series

You were already doing that...weren't you? Well, carry on. The season won't finish itself.

7. You Can Enjoy The Sun

Please. Get up. Move those curtains aside. And let the sun in! Better yet, go outside!

8. You Can Spend Quality Time With Your Family and Friends

I swear I wasn't leaving you on seen. I was just busy. Procrastinating. Complaining. Crying. What's that? Errr...I mean doing work! Yeah, that's precisely what I was doing.

9. You Can Get Into The Holiday Spirit!

No no. That is not the right shade of red or green for the festive season. You can now focus on those minute details.

10. You Can Prepare For The Spring Semester

Last but not least...you finally realize that the semester is about to start. I mean isn't that all after Christmas and New Year's. And yes, you can add new resolutions to that list to have a *cough* successful year. This time you'll be more productive.

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything

I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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11 Dorm Essentials You'll Also NEED For Your Apartment Checklist

10. Whiteboard


The time has come for many college students to make their grand transition to a first apartment/house. However, thanks to a very tight budget, getting all those cool and new Pinterest-worthy decor is probably nearly impossible without breaking the bank. Who has the money for that when college loans are looming over every student's head? Here are 11 things you can totally take with you from your old dorm that will cross out some items on your apartment checklist:

1. Tapestry


If you had a tapestry anywhere in your dorm, take it with you! Hang it above a bed, couch, or use it as a rug! Cut it up, braid it, Pinterest it, and you're good to go.

2. Broom


Brooms aren't too expensive but why not save money where you can? Get some cute printed tape at a craft store and wrap it around the handle to make something that makes cleaning a little more fun.

3. Rubbermaid Containers


What once held school supplies can now hold wrapping paper, extra clothes, cleaning supplies... The options are endless.

4. Wall Art


If you have some you like, why not continue their legacy in your new space? Keep the color scheme going so you don't have to buy completely new stuff.

5. Shower Curtains


Your shower is bound to be bigger than the one you had in your dorm (thank God). To make your new bathroom look a little fancier, get a second shower curtain of the same pattern and have them open in the middle.

6. Shelves


Instead of using these for printers, books, etc, you can now put them up in your closet or bathroom and use them for shoes, towels, or whatever else.

7. Plants/Succulents


Instead of getting rid of them, keep your green thumb, get some new pots, and use them as coffee table/end table decor! Not only are they cute, but bring in a little color and overall make things a little brighter.

8. Books and Bookends


If you can't return or sell some of your old school books, consider keeping them and putting them in a bookshelf. They will make it look fuller, not to mention make you look more cultured. Then, keep your eyes peeled for some adorable bookends - cultured AND cute.

9. School Spirit Shirts


If you never plan on wearing your college spirit shirts ever again but DON'T want to get rid of them (sentimental value - I get it), send them into Project Repat that turns them into a quilt. Now you'll have something to remember your old college days without them taking up a ton of space with clutter.

10. Whiteboard


Don't ditch your whiteboard just yet! Instead of deadlines and assignments, use it to write down a shopping list, important phone numbers, or a new and inspiring quote every week.

11. Command Hooks


The sacred item that every college student NEEDS to have. There are awesome ways to reuse your command hooks: holding keys, dishtowels, jewelry, and so much more! You can even paint them to make them pop.

As you can see, there are so many amazing ways to transform your college dorm essentials into adorable must-haves that will transfer over to your next big move. Consider your apartment checklist completed!

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