3 Things To Keep In Mind When Coming Back From Spring Break

3 Things To Keep In Mind When Coming Back From Spring Break

We’re almost to summer, after all!
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Maybe you’ve returned to campus from spring break feeling more refreshed than ever before! Maybe you now have a nice tan and escaped to warmer weather, only to dread coming back to the chilly days. Or maybe you stayed home and spent much needed time with your family and friends, eating as many home-cooked meals as you possibly could!

No matter where your spring break took you, it can be hard to drag yourself back to campus after a nice, long break. It can be even more difficult to get through the last few months of the semester. (After all, the term "Spring Semester Slump" exists for a reason.) However, these are just a few ideas to keep in mind to help make these difficult, upcoming weeks more bearable.

1. Warm weather is coming.

I don’t know about you, but warmer weather always makes my days brighter.

You don’t have to bundle up before heading to class and you won’t be freezing cold by the time you step outside. While it may be tough to head inside for your lecture, at least you won’t have to dread the walk to your lecture anymore. (Not to mention, the sun will soon be out until 7 PM and no longer will you have to walk back from your evening class in the dark!)

Not only that, but you can spend the nice days doing your homework outside instead of being stuck in the library all day. So, pack some snacks, grab a cute towel and a friend, and start studying outside instead of in the library!

2. We’re in the final stretch of classes.

Congratulations, we’re halfway done the spring semester! The biggest thing that separates us from days at the beach is finals.

We’re officially nearing the end of our syllabuses and turning to the last page of the course calendar our professors created for us. We’re starting the last few units of a class, finishing the last set of quizzes and homework assignments before the final.

Plus, there are only a few more weeks of classes left and while it may seem like a lot now, it’s truly not a whole lot in the long-run. You managed to get through the entire fall semester AND half of the spring semester! So, I know you can conquer this final half!

3. Flowers are beginning to bloom.

While we are approaching the rainy month of April, it may be easy to find ourselves in that “Spring Semester Slump” I mentioned earlier. However, I always try to keep in mind the cliche saying, "April showers bring May flowers." It, personally, helps remind me that the sunny days are coming and days of rain showers are worth it in the end.

As cheesy as it is, seeing flowers and trees bloom on campus always brighten my day. It reminds me of how the campus looked at the beginning of the fall semester, before the stress kicked in, and reinforces that idea that we’re almost to the end.

So, take some time out of your day and step away from studying to go on a walk or a hike. Take time to recognize the little things—like the flowers and blooming trees—because it can truly help lift your spirits.


It can be hard not to get caught up in the stress of the spring semester. After all, there will be a few rainy days in a row and a series of exams all on the same day. That’s inevitable, but it’s important to take a minute and remind yourself that you’re almost done. Summer is right around the corner! And always remember, you got this!

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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The Definitive Guide To Your Crappy Hometown Bar This Summer

Good luck, buddy. You're gonna need it.

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It's got some ridiculously Irish name like Paddy O'Finnegan's or Murphy's and the lighting sucks. All the bartenders look like ex-cons, but you know them and their girlfriends by name. The drinks are overpriced, the floors are sticky, the bathroom walls are covered in profanity and phone numbers. The patrons are either scary, bearded townies or 17-year-olds with fake IDs. It's where you grew up, it's where you felt like an adult for the very first time in your life. It's your hometown bar, and you always seem to love it until you're actually there.

It's summer now, and chances are, you won't have much else to do than sit down in a booth with some friends and a pitcher while you wait for the school year to roll back around. Your hometown bar can get tricky very quickly. Because while it can be fun to catch up with your group of friends from home, it can rehash some long-gone stuff that you definitely could have done without.

Being the gracious and generous human I am, I've created a definitive guide, just for you, to navigate the sticky situations you might encounter during a night out at said hometown bar. You can thank me later. Good luck out there, my brave soldier. And remember it's never that serious — you'll be back at school in no time.

1. Pregame, pregame, pregame 

A very old and wise man named Chief Keef once said that he hates being sober. You must take this advice to heart tonight. You are going to see things beyond your wildest dreams, things that will make you wish you were born without eye sockets. You will need to harness the power of alcohol more than ever before. Use it as your armor. Use it as your guide. Use it so you won't have to walk into the bar, see everyone that went to your high school, spend 15 minutes hysterically having an asthma attack in the restroom, and leave immediately.

2. Avoid the high school seniors 

You're going to walk in and immediately wonder who let this establishment turn into a McDonald's Playplace. Yeah, I'd say it's a pretty universally awkward experience when you see the kids you used to babysit taking pulls of Skye and grinding on each other like the world is about to end. Keep it cool, though, and remember that this was once you and your friends, way back when. As a general rule of thumb, avoid anyone with braces.

3. Sometimes it's okay to lie 

"Wow, I didn't even realize I unfriended you on Facebook, must have been a total accident!" "You look amazing! I barely even noticed the meth teeth." "Yeah, I have a few internships lined up right now, it's just a matter of choosing." "I missed you! Let's get lunch sometime and catch up." "I swear, I never hooked up with your boyfriend sophomore year."

4. Don't go home with your old flame 

Want to know where you'll end up? I'll tell you. Hooking up with the person you lost your virginity to on your twin-sized mattress while your old Harry Styles posters watch in disappointment and your parents sleep in the next room over. Those walls are thin, Mamacita.

5. Keep it classy!

If you fall off a table, everyone and their mothers will know the next day. Remember that you simply can't get away with doing some of the stupid stuff that's acceptable at your Big Ten party school. Literally, just calm down, pace yourself, and strike up some good conversation with old buddies. Steer clear of the group of girls bawling in the corner of the bar about how much they missed each other. Don't be that person.

6. Honestly, just enjoy yourself 

If you're an anxious wreck like me (and you are, even if you're good at hiding it), I know that going back in time a few years can be a bit unappealing. Remember that you're spending the night out for a reason — and that's to have a great time! The friends from home you've kept over the years are true ones, and they love you. Even if you didn't have a high school experience from an 80s movie, remember that running into certain people isn't the end of the world. Everyone is in the same situation as you are.

7. Don't give your parents a heart attack, remember to come home at a reasonable time 

This isn't like back at school where you can pass out in a literal ditch at 8 p.m. and wake up to zero text messages. If you're still living under your parents' roof, you should probably have the decency to be a somewhat good child. Your parents do a lot for you. Don't forget about them!

When summer gets boring and you miss going out, you know where to go. Your hometown bar sucks, but it sucks in a bittersweet way in that it will always hold a special little place in your heart.

Seriously, though, next summer you should probably get a job.

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