3 Ways To Treat Yourself After Finals Week

3 Ways To Treat Yourself After Finals Week

Make like Tim and Donna and "Treat. Yo. Self"

New Years is upon us and finals week is officially over. If you're lucky, you've come out on the other side with all your hair and no stomach ulcers. But, if you're like me, you'll probably need some extra tender loving care over winter break if you want to be ready to dive back into spring semester, blue-books ablaze. Make like Tom and Donna and treat. Yo. Self.

1. Go out to a nice dinner.

After a semester full of ramen noodles, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and cold Chinese take-out, your tummy deserves something sophisticated. Get a group of friends together for a fancy dinner downtown, pick an intimate date-night spot for you and your boo, or go alone. Trust me, walking into an upscale restaurant by yourself and asking for a wine list will make you feel like a mysterious debutante and not a student who just changed out of sweatpants and threw your hair into a topknot. No idea where to go? Thrillist’s Eat Seeker will help you find the best restaurants in your area.

2. Go to the spa.

Those knots in your shoulders from hunching over a desk for hours won’t go away on their own. Neither will those zits you got from eating all that take-out. A one-hour massage or facial is worth every penny. You’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and zen as hell. You don’t even have to shell out half your paycheck, either--check out Groupon deals in your area to get all sorts of cheap spa treatments.

3. Buy yourself that one thing you've been wanting forever.

Yeah, it feels great to walk out of the mall with bags full of clothes weighing down your arms, but buying a bunch of cheap stuff is nowhere near as satisfying as buying one really nice item. Maybe it’s a nice bottle of foundation, a designer backpack or a new game that just came out. The nice thing about buying high-quality utilitarian items is that you can use them forever and not have to worry about wasting your money.

College is hard. You deserve to de-stress for an hour and forget that your entire future sort of depends on how well you do in your classes. Take your time over break and your Christmas money and have a little fun!
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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.

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 doom room is now filled with two freshman 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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Hey UCB Freshmen, Here's What You'll Learn Your First Year Of College

Don't do laundry on Sundays.

I only have a few days left in my freshman year of college and I'm doing my best to enjoy them as much as I can. Actually, I shouldn't say enjoy, I should say appreciate. You only get one freshman year and mine is almost over.

We all learned from Andy Bernard on The Office, "I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them." Somehow, I know these are the good old days. And I want to take them all in while they are still here.

That all being said, I have learned a lot this past year. I want to take a moment to share what I have learned, in hopes that I can help someone else. Here is what my freshman year of college taught me:

1. Get out of your comfort zone.

If you know me, you probably know that I am shy and sometimes struggle to meet new people, but I knew that I wouldn't make friends in college if I didn't have some initiative. I made it my goal to say "hi" to everyone that I passed in my dorm. This may seem like a small and meaningless task to some people, but for me, saying "hello" to people I didn't know was very uncomfortable and, honestly, stressful. Nevertheless, I did it! I said "hey" to (almost) everyone I passed and I made a lot of friends that way. Even now, I still greet a lot of people I pass. If anything, this habit makes me feel like a nicer person.

Toward the end of the first semester, I became a little complacent. I was stuck and wasn't really doing anything new. As I was selecting my classes for the coming semester, I saw that a one-credit beginning ballet class was offered. I've always wanted to try ballet, but I never had the ambition to try it at home. I called my mom telling her about it and we concluded that all my excuses not to take it came down to the fact that I was scared of wearing a leotard (literally because I didn't want to wear one, but also figuratively; I was scared to be so exposed in a new environment). This realization pushed me to register for the class and wear a frickin leotard (which I found out later, I didn't actually have to wear). Taking ballet has been such a fun experience. I'm so glad that I did it, even though I was scared. Now, I am signed up for it next semester as well.

The moral of these two stories is that you never know where an experience will lead, so you might as well get over yourself and give it a try. You only need 20 seconds of courage.

2. Do something you've always wanted to do.

Before coming to college I always tried to "get fit." I would do workouts here and there, I played softball, but I just didn't work out as much as I wanted. When I did the workout, I felt more confident, more mentally healthy, and more productive. Coming to school I had access to a HUGE gym--300,000 square feet huge. For the first few months, I didn't go at all. The only time I ever set foot in a gym was when I was giving a tour (I'm a campus ambassador). Around November, I realized that I was just sad a lot. I felt self-conscious and lethargic all the time. My parents told me that I needed to go to the gym--I knew they were right.

But what would happen once I got there? What would I do? I had no idea what a "proper" workout was. I had always just done workout videos in my basement. Because I really wanted to do this, I asked my chiropractor for some workout routines and she helped me out. What next? I just did it. I was tired of my own excuses.

Since January, I have been the healthiest I have ever been in my entire life. Do I work out three hours a day and eat quinoa for every meal? No. I try to go to the gym five times a week, and I treat myself every now and again. But what I'm most proud of, is how I feel. Working out consistently has made me feel so much happier. As Elle Woods says, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands." Not that I was ever going to shoot anyone, but you get what I'm saying.

What are you supposed to get out of this story? Just stop thinking about doing something and do it. College is a whole new frontier. Make a new life for yourself!

3. Be kind to yourself.

I am so hard on myself. My natural instinct is to always find a flaw. And ya know what? That takes a lot of energy and we are all human. Cut yourself a break. If you sleep through a class, no biggie; there will be plenty more and your body obviously needed sleep. Accidentally eat an entire box of goldfish? Who hasn't? It's so easy to chastise yourself for things you have done, but it's not worth it.

In high school, I would cry and cry because I had too much going on and was thus overly stressed out. When I came to college, I didn't want to be like that anymore. I wanted to be free from the cage I had built myself. I still cry due to stress sometimes, but now don't get mad at myself for it. Continue to feed your brain self love and remember that you are the only you there is ever going to be. Own it!

Freshman year has been something. It was everything I ever imagined, yet nothing like I ever imagined. I'm glad I had the experience I did, though. Wherever you are in your life, I hope this advice makes an impact on you. It was for sure helpful for me.

Oh, and also, don't do laundry on Sundays.

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