People have a love-hate relationship with spring. It rains, it shines, and it is one step closer to summer. This season, like every season, should be all about LOVE. The first step to doing that is going on dates that embrace this beautiful season. Here are a few dates that won't break the bank and are fun for this spring season!
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Its finally here
The long-awaited summer break is finally here!
However, just like every other aspect of life, it comes with bittersweet pros and cons. The pros: it’s summer! The cons: no more formals, football games, Saturday nights in Alex Box, spring bus trips, fun nights at Bogies while you should have been studying for that final, late night talks in the den. The list goes on and on. Mainly, summer means one thing for all of us ladies: a full three months without our sisters.
Now, the panic sets in. Who’s going to loan me that cute Anthro necklace when I go on a date? Who’s going to be my partner in crime at
the empty Tigerland? Who’s going to make that weekly trip to Caliente
with me just to nomm our little hearts out on queso and margs? Who’s going to
eat with me, period?
Unfortunately for most of us, that answer doesn’t include our prized 300 plus sorority sisters. The majority of them have left our haven on West Lakeshore Drive for their own hometowns, summer programs, mission trips and those competitive internships. For those of us remaining in Baton Rouge for various reasons, the summer begins to lack its initial shimmer and shine. However, I propose a challenge to each of you. Below are five primary ways for each of us to overcome Akon’s “Lonely” syndrome. Let’s be real, none of us want to be, oh, so lonely for the duration of this opportunity-filled summer!
1. Focus on you. You’ve been pushed to the limit way too many times with your hectic schedule. You go from one bus trip to another spring formal, back to work then to workout, take a break to study for your strenuous 18 hour course load, spend quality time with your Big and Little, all while fitting in family and all the exec meetings for Panhellenic. Sound about right? Well, it sounds like this summer is just what you need. Start detoxing from your Lilly or Erin Condren planner ASAP!
2. Make Pinterest a reality. We all do it: pin, pin, pin and never follow-up. Take the summer to actually accomplish some of those pins, whether it’s maintaining a healthy lifestyle and doing those eight moves to a better tush workout or reading that summer book list you totally forgot about. Take some time and go through some of those DIY projects for your apartment or for a future Little. Let your creativity flow because once the fall is here, you’ll never have the time!
3. Netflix binge! Break the hiatus. All hail the creator of Netflix. Am I right?! Use this summer to catch up on the recently added season three of Scandal, House Of Cards, Breaking Bad, or whatever other show is on your list that you continuously put on the back burner for One Tree Hill reruns. Although the Scott brothers are essentially my fave heart throbs, they have nothing on Kerry Washington!
4. Go the extra mile. Don’t get your panties in a wad. I don’t mean running. However, if running is your thing then by all means hike up that mileage. I mean traveling those miles to visit your sisters or take the spontaneous road trips you’ve always wanted to go on. Head to the beach on a whim. Book a ticket for your favorite band in concert and travel to see them. While many of us are already ahead of the game and at Hangout Fest, the rest of us need to put our Google caps on and begin planning for those exciting long weekends ahead of us!
5. Prepare for recruitment. We all know you love it. If all else fails, you know you can always get a head start on recruitment preparation. You can never, ever ever have enough. Start shopping for those specified outfits, talking to your mirror or spark up your excitement for the best week of the year: recruitment workshop!
Although a summer minus your sisters may not be ideal, there are ways to get through it. Start that half-marathon training plan you always wanted to try out at the Lakes, spend quality time shopping with Mom, follow through with all the pins or just settle for that Netflix binge with a bag of dark chocolate and your bed that you haven’t seen in weeks or months. Whatever you decide to do, it will be a summer for the books!
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have been a Hollywood power couple for some time now, but the pair only wed just a few days ago in Las Vegas, a city that Affleck knows all too well.
But while we think we know the pair inside out, here are some facts that may surprise you about Hollywood’s hottest newlyweds…
J-Lo is 4-2 up when it comes to marriages
Family of Jennifer Lopez may have been a little tired heading over to Las Vegas for this wedding, as it’s the popstars fourth, following three previous divorces.
For Affleck, it was wedding number two after spending 13 years married to Jennifer Garner.
Affleck and Lopez had dated previously, in the early 2000s, but reignited that relationship in early 2021 and announced their engagement in April of this year.
Ben Affleck loves a gamble
For Affleck, Las Vegas is the perfect city for him to get married, as he loves a casino. One of his favourite pastimes is enjoying casino games, including the likes of blackjack and poker, and he’s often found in Vegas enjoying tournaments alongside his A-list pals, such as Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In fact, he’s picked up in excess of $350,000 in tournaments, and we’re sure plenty more just on the casino floors and online down the years. Watch for his poker face J-Lo!
J-Lo is keen to leave the USA behind
Affleck may have to get his kicks from the casino tables elsewhere in future, with perhaps Macau or Monte Carlo a possibility for a new life, as J-Lo revealed just a few years ago she’d like to leave the glitz and glam of LA behind.
Speaking to Vanity Fair she claimed she wanted to "find another life where it’s a little bit more simple and organic and where I get to ride a bike, and buy bread, and put it in my basket."
To be fair, it does sound bliss. She claimed Italy or Bali would be her top picks. We certainly wouldn’t say no.
Ben Affleck is the subject of a J-Lo song
The pair dated during a period where J-Lo was releasing hit after hit and during their first relationship she wrote a song called Dear Ben, about her film star boyfriend.
The pair had some highs and lows during their time together at the turn of the millennium, with the lyrics reading:
“I think God made you for me, a mix of passionate fidelities. I write this song to let you know that you will always be my lust, my love, my man, my child, my friend, and my king.”
It’s nice to think after all these years it has come true.
J-Lo inspired Google
The pop queen has inspired many to take up music. She’s not only that but a style icon. However, did you also know she even inspired Google. That’s right, Google!
Her famous Versace dress was the reason why Google Image Search became a thing, with Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of the company, saw that people were searching for the dress and wanting more than just text. It inspired them to create an image section of the site. And let’s face it, they’ve never looked back.
“It’s sad but sometimes when two people come to the end of the road they have to take different paths”
It started way back in 2014, the very first time I saw you, you had long blonde hair and bright green eyes and a smile that was infectious. You where holding my favorite cousins hand, you didn’t say much at first and neither did I.
But as the night went on and we opened up more to each other, I think we knew from that moment on we would become good friends. I just don’t think we knew that our friendship would blossom into a best friend kind of level.
For eight long years I called you my best friend. Some of my deepest thoughts and darkest secrets where yours to hold and probably still are.
The endless summer nights we spent drinking and swimming and laughing, or the coon hunts, Walmart and Starbucks trips.
Remember that time you almost killed me? That’s how you know our friendship was real, or that time you left me in the house when the alarm went off? I’ll never forget those moments.
Remember how we knew we would one day be pregnant together? Then it actually happened?
Remember our weddings? Or our trips?
Those things I’ll never forget and I hope you won’t either.
It’s sad but sometimes when two people come to the end of the road they have to take different paths. And at this moment in time our paths are going different ways. And it took me a while to understand this but now I do.
I hope one day our paths will bring us back together but for now just know I miss you and I love you. I will forever hold our 8 years of sisterhood close to my heart and look back at our many memories we share together.
If you ever need me I’ll be here silently loving you from a distance watching your life through photographs. And every time I hear shadow by Kesha I’ll smile and think of you.
I love you and no matter what I’ll always be here if you ever shall need me.
Forever and always,
My personal experience on distance and dating
I never thought I would be the kind of person to be in a long distance relationship. I always though that it was selfish to be with someone when you can't really BE with them. I grew up not having a very good example of relationships in my life. My parents were divorced at age nine and I had to mature a lot faster than most, and I never really got to experience that "one big, happy, family" scenario that every other small town American family seemed to have. I never imagined myself to be okay with seeing someone every once in awhile and practically dating a technological device because you couldn't actually be with the person in real life.
When I met Nolan I knew things were different. This wasn't an ordinary, "high school relationship" that lasts maybe a total of 4 months. This was not just about having a date to prom, or wearing a football jersey on Friday, it was genuinely about being with my best friend. When he (finally) asked me to be his girlfriend, it would have been stupid to say no because what is better than dating your best friend? No worries, I can answer that for you. Nothing. We started dating on December 27th, 2016 and looking back, I cannot believe how far we've come. When we started out I wasn't thinking about college, or moving away, or what the distance would do to us; I was just living in the moment and taking things one day at a time. Summer rolled around, and moving away came closer and closer with each passing day. I tried not to think about it because I tend to be an over-emotional person (overactive tear ducts, I promise) and I know he did too. I sometimes thought to myself, "Is this the best idea? Putting him through this?" "Am I selfish for wanting to be with him when I wasn't actually with him?" "What will distance to "us"?" However whenever I asked myself these questions, I always knew what the right answer was. I realized I had become the person that was okay with long-distance. Sure, 150 miles apart isn't ideal but it could work, it would work. I left for college confident that we were in a good place.
That first week was difficult. I had not only missed him but I had missed home. I definitely took for granted my mom's attempt at cooking real meals, not having to pay $1.25 to wash AND dry my clothes, and air conditioning. OH MAN DID I MISS AIR CONDITIONING. I was the literal definition of "home sick" but things got better, easier. I made new friends and they were a good distraction of everything that I was missing at home; last soccer games, high school gossip, homework dates, etc. As time passed, college became a lot easier (not the school work, but you know what I mean). I wasn't as home sick, and long distance became easier to cope with. Although I still bawled my eyes out every time I had to leave him, I knew that in the end it was going to be okay.
Even though I only get a few days with him every once in awhile, I wouldn't trade what we have for the world. Being so far away from Nolan has made me realize how much he means to me. It makes me realize that without him, I would not have become the person that I am today. 150 miles may be a lot, but when someone means as much as he does, miles don't seem to matter. The cliche quote does go, "Distance means so little, when someone means so much." This quote is SUPER cliche but I think it provides a lot of meaning when it comes to this specific topic. I no longer think of myself as selfish and I no longer question myself. My long distance relationship changed my perspective on the world almost as much as it changed me.
Some have them some dont
While it may seem super early, it is important to start searching and applying now to make sure you will have an internship this summer that you actually enjoy. These 11 tips will help to make your internship search a successful one.
1. Cover letters are extremely important.
Sometimes an employer might only glance at your resume and focus on reading your cover letter. Make sure to fill it with useful information that can show your personality to an employer.
2. Proofread your cover letters at least twice.
A misspelling or mistake in a cover letter could cost you the internship. Taking the extra five minutes to reread or having someone else read your cover letter can ensure that you have minimal mistakes.
3. Google searches are good, but searching individual companies is better.
Going to a company website and doing a job search can be more helpful in narrowing down an internship that you are interested in applying for than simply doing a generic Internet search.
4. Expect to get rejections.
Rejection letters are in no way fun, but try to keep your spirits up. What is supposed to happen, will happen.
5. Be open to moving somewhere for the summer.
Some internships offer a housing stipend so that students can travel to the company headquarters and live there during the summer. This is a great way to test out a new environment — just try to have an open mind.
6. Be open to the idea that your internship may be unpaid.
While an unpaid internship may sound less than ideal, sometimes you need an unpaid internship in order to gain invaluable experience that can extremely help build up your resume.
7. Don't be afraid to reach out to the hiring agent.
If you are given the contact information of someone reviewing your internship application, feel free to shoot them an email or a quick phone call. It shows that you are interested in the position, and they are more likely to remember you.
8. Have all your documents updated and in order.
Make sure your resume is up to date as well as a transcript if that is needed so that you only have to submit one to a company.
9. Sell yourself.
If you have a chance to fill in answers for questions in an application, promote yourself. Show off what clubs you are involved in at school so that the company knows how well rounded you are.
10. Be honest about whether you are a good fit for a company or not.
You do not want to end up stuck at company you dislike for an entire summer, so make sure you honestly see yourself working there and appreciating what you are doing.
11. It's okay to not have an internship right now.
Some of my super prepared friends already have internships, and it is important to remember that everyone is on their own timeline. If you don't get an internship now, you still may get one later on down the road.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign