16 Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows Perfect Once The Semester Ends

16 Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows Perfect Once The Semester Ends

Some of the most binge-worthy shows on Netflix that are perfect post-semester de-stressors.

Congratulations, the semester is finally over! Now you're free to do whatever you want, road trips, beach days, coffee dates, concerts and more! With all this free time on your hands where do you even begin? Probably relaxing at home, with your cat and Netflix. So, here's a long list of binge-worthy shows to keep you busy on your next semester break!

1. Gossip Girl

Live the life of a young socialite vicariously through S and B.

2. Grey's Anatomy

Save countless lives and feast your eyes on the beautiful McDreamy and McSteamy with Meredith Grey.

3. Friends

Watch 6 best friends who all live in the same apartment complex take on life and love in New York, and see for yourself how Jennifer Aniston doesn't age.

4. Shameless

Want to walk on the wild side? Or should I say Southside, nothing is off limits here.

5. The Office

Laugh at things you didn't even know were funny.

6. American Horror Story

The best part of this show is that you don't have to watch the seasons in order, but you should still start with Murder House because it's the best! PSA: you might not want to watch at night or home alone.

7. Glee

In a perfect world watching "Glee" would be mandatory.

8. Gilmore Girls

The best mom-daughter duo hands down, unconditional love at its finest.

9. Riverdale

The hottest, underrated main characters in the game. If The Suite Life of Zack and Cody was your thing and you haven't seen this yet, what are you doing?

10. How to Get Away with Murder

Annalise Keating gives anyone who crosses her a run for their money, and she usually wins.

11. Jane the Virgin

"Jane the Virgin" is a Hollywood spin on "Telenovela's", and though Jane's perfectly planned out life turns into a serious of unfortunate events, you won't be able to stop laughing!

12. The Vampire Diaries

If you were ever a Twilight fan, its a must see, and I promise its so much better.

13. Pretty Little Liars

If you're like me and you couldn't keep up when it was airing new episodes, the entire series of PLL being on Netflix will be the best thing that's ever happened to you.

14. The Carrie Diaries

This will be a quick binge with only two seasons, a young Carrie Bradshaw gone too soon, so savor it because "The Carrie Diaries" is brilliant! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for young versions of other infamous "Sex and the City" character's as well to see how Carrie met some of her besties!

15. Stranger Things

"Stranger Things" is so unique because it's styled similarly to many 80's timeless creature-feature type movies, like E.T., but its a show with less than ten episodes per season so it's great for binging! You'll want to rewatch the episodes though because they can be pretty confusing. Have fun in the Upside Down!

16. Fuller House

This one is a super carefree and fun show that will have you feeling nostalgic with memories of your childhood! When you watch it don't forget to listen closely and keep a count of all of the times they roast the Olsen twins!

There's a little something for everyone, so I hope you found your new go-to show to occupy your free days this upcoming break!

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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