10 Thoughts Everyone Has During Grad Party Season

10 Thoughts Everyone Has During Grad Party Season

Saturdays are for the grads.

I know the saying goes "Saturdays are for the boys," but once you graduate high school the saying then becomes "Saturdays are for the grads," and we can't forget that Sundays are also for the grads. From stuffing your face to watching the competition build in bags, grad party season is a fun way to celebrate those four long years in high school that you spent with your classmates turned friends.

1. Should I have another piece of cake even though it's only the first party of the day?

The cake is so good! It gets even worse when they have cupcakes because let's face it, one more won't hurt right? And what if the next party doesn't have good cake? (We all know it will be good, quit lying to yourself.)

2. How on earth do I have this many friends?

Suddenly, every weekend until the middle of July has at least five grad parties every Saturday and three more every Sunday. How on earth did you gain so many friends through high school?

4.Why are roast beef/pulled pork sandwiches so good?

When going to a grad party, you automatically assume it is going to be sandwich time. The addiction to these sandwiches is real, and grad season is here to fulfill your cravings. From Arby's roast beef to homemade pulled pork with horseradish and BBQ sauce on the side, you are left feeling really full, really quick.

5.OMG, is that a taco bar?

Every once in awhile, you will get an occasional taco bar. Like at my graduation party, the taco lover in me insisted on a taco bar. It is a great break up from the sandwiches but is very addicting. Grad party season turns Taco Tuesday into Taco Saturday.

6. If I eat salads all week, does that even out the six pieces of cake and seven sodas I've had today?

Party number four of weekend one and you can already feel the pounds. You feel inconsiderate not eating their food, but your body is being inconsiderate by turning those sandwiches and cupcakes straight into tummy fat. What's the workout plan? How do I get that summer bod while eating at every grad party every weekend?

7. Now, which cooler is the water cooler?

You don't want to go around looking through the five coolers scattered around their garage. And, I don't know about other states, but here in Wisconsin, five out of the six coolers are filled with beer, which is not water (although some Wisconsinites like to think it is). Some grad parties are kind enough to label each cooler. But if they don't, you are on a manhunt for some water, because one more soda will make you keel over from heat exhaustion.

8. I really want to go to the beach, but I have seven graduation parties to attend.

You love your friends, you really do, but when do I get my Saturdays back? Sitting at grad party after grad party as the heat begins to get to you, you can only think of how much better your day would be if you were floating away on the boat down the river.

9. Do you think anyone is there yet?

The most awkward game ever. You are constantly snapping and texting your friends trying to figure out when exactly to arrive and which order the crew is going to go to each party that day. By week three, you've basically got it down to a science, or you'd like to think you do.

10. Why do I suck so bad at yard games?

Ladder golf, cornhole (AKA bags), Can Jam, Yard Jenga, etc. The games are endless at parties, which are super fun and entertaining. But as the rivalries build, your friends start to understand how bad you suck at bags. Guess I should've practiced at home?

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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50 ways to demonstrate self-love Today

It's the little things that count.


Today, and every day, it's important to incorporate self-love into our lives. Each day, we can do something little that adds up to something big to benefit ourselves and our mental health. Loving yourself comes in many forms and activities.

1. Remind yourself that you, and your feelings, are valid.

2. Be true to yourself.

3. Do not let others take away your uniqueness.

4. List 10 things that you love about yourself.

5. Read your favorite book.

6. Take a walk alone and reflect on what makes you happy.

7. Do yoga.

8. Watch a movie that makes you laugh (or cry).

9. Paint your nails.

10. Buy your favorite drink from your favorite coffee shop.

11. Take a nap.

12. Eat your favorite food.

13. Start exercising.

14. Write down how you are feeling.

15. Identify a challenge in your life, and develop a plan to overcome it.

16. Get a massage or a facial.

17. Talk on the phone with someone you love.

18. Cry if you need to.

19. Pet a dog.

20. Go get your hair done.

21. Buy a new outfit that you feel confident wearing.

22. Log off of social media for one day.

23. Drink lots of water.

24. Talk about your life journey with someone else.

25. Color a picture.

26. Try a new hobby.

27. Go outside, and find five beautiful things to take pictures of.

28. Think about what has made you grateful today.

29. Let go of something that is bothering you.

30. Look up inspiring quotes.

31. Engage in uplifting self-talk.

32. Light your favorite candle.

33. Go on a drive to a place where you feel at peace.

34. Think about how much you have grown.

35. Take note of your accomplishments for the day.

36. Recognize your feelings and know that you are allowed to feel.

37. Take the leap of faith to get the help or assistance that you need.

38. Be kind to others.

39. Write a letter to your younger or future self, and read it over.

40. Start a gratitude journal.

41. Put on your favorite face mask.

42. Clean out your closet or room of clothes you no longer wear.

43. Understand how important self-love is.

44. Write small, encouraging notes to yourself on post-its, and put them around your room or home.

45. Take a bubble bath.

46. Smile at yourself.

47. Try meditating for 10 minutes in the morning.

48. Do something that is truly relaxing to you.

49. Go to a park.

50. Do what makes you the happiest.

Every single person is worthy is self-love. The ways of engaging in self-love are infinite, so you are able to find what works best for you. Do not doubt yourself! When you start to love yourself, it seems like life makes a lot more sense.

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