11 Things College Students Say They'll Do Anew The Next Semester

11 Things College Students Say They'll Do Anew The Next Semester

We all know it's easier said than done.

Starting up another semester can be tough, especially after a long Christmas break, or any break for that matter. It’s not always the same case for everyone, but for me, I get into a certain slump during break. No more alarms to set, no more essays, tests, deadlines, it’s a great relief. I don’t always have that much motivation. Especially if I’m not working I don’t have to be up and at ‘em all the time, so why not sleep until noon and hang out in my pajamas and eat cereal for all three meals of the day? That’s just about as close to paradise as it gets sometimes, am I right? But after a couple weeks go by, I get bored and I feel sluggish. I get into this mood where I want to do something like go on a big health kick. And what a perfect time to start seeing as how the new year just began and the school gym could be my second home...if I stick with it that is. Along with the health kick idea, there are other things I tell myself I will do or accomplish this semester, and I think you will come to see that you have been in the same boat before.

1. I will eat better.

No more eating frosting with a spoon at 2 a.m. Darn it.

2. Get those running shoes out!

Yes, the ones at the back of your closet collecting dust.

3. I will not hit snooze on the alarm clock.

Okay well at least not for the first week.

4. I will start studying long before the test.

And by long before, I mean not 10 minutes before the test.

5. I will get a job.

Well I’ll at least think about it-- those college loans aren't going to pay themselves.

6. I will get up in time to actually shower, eat breakfast, and look decent and alive before I leave.

No more waking up at the last minute, throwing some dry shampoo in, and grabbing a half eaten pop tart and calling it good.

7. I’ll go to bed at a decent hour.

I mean I’ll actually fall asleep before 2 A.M instead of lying in bed on my phone avoiding other responsibilities.

8. I won’t party and drink as much.

Mimosa Mondays, Turnt Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and Frozen Drinks Fridays are a no no. At least not all the time.

9. I won’t let myself stress out about every little thing.

This is why dance parties are a must, dance it out and I promise you’ll feel better.

10. I’ll try to be more involved on campus.

I’ll join clubs, I’ll go to the sporting events, I’ll participate in on-campus activities. Yeah yeah yeah I’ve said this before.

11. I'll work harder.

Point blank, period.

Everything I just listed sounds attainable and manageable right? Well maybe at least for the first couple of weeks. Then I know how the story goes for most, we get annoyed with waking up early (no hitting the snooze), so we throw on some yoga pants or gym shorts and go. We tell ourselves we'll eat later so we get a bag of Doritos and Gatorade for the road (or maybe that's just me). Our sneakers find their way back to the back of the closet, we're drinking at least 3 days out of the week and we're up until 2 A.M. trying to cram that paper in. "Ahh, who cares," we tell ourselves "we'll make it." That's who we are. It's college and we're just kids, cut us a break every now and then.

Have a great spring semester everyone!!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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