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!

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!

Cover Image Credit: Aimee Padley

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.


In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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