5 Best Shows To Binge On Netflix

5 Best Shows To Binge On Netflix

For all those back-to-school scaries
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Aaaaaaaand, we're back. Syllabus week is over, and we are neck deep in school-work. No amount of protesting, or ignoring, or napping can erase the fact that there are now tests to be taken, homework to be done, and essays to write. However, with the return of school comes the return of Netflix binging. Yes, if you are anything like me, a good show to watch as a top-notch method of procrastination is as much of a September necessity as new notebooks. So, here is my top 5 Netflix shows to binge to help cure all of those back-to-school scaries.

1. Grey's Anatomy

It would be a lie to call anything else my favorite show. The entire 13 seasons available on Netflix are full of friendship, heartbreak, relationships, fighting (and a little bit of surgery). Before you know it this show will take over your every thought, and approximately 4 seasons in you will begin to throw around medical jargon like its your job, and be totally confident you can complete an appendectomy start to finish despite never attending a day of med school.

2. The Office

Once again, an all time hit. If you haven't seen this show, it is a must-watch. You will instantly fall in love with the epic love story that is Jim and Pam, and Michael Scott's antics will have you laughing for hours on end.

3. Scandal

Scandal is the perfect show to binge because it has a little something for everyone--there is excitement, there is suspense, there is romance, and there is even politics. It is impossible to watch this show and not get wrapped up in the lives of all people in this fictitious D.C., and it will leave you wishing you were even half as badass as Olivia Pope. And an extra perk: the ins-and-outs of the Grant Administration provides a happy escape from our real world politics for a moment or two.

4. Ozark

More of a hidden gem than the previous shows I've listed, Ozark does not disappoint. It details the life of the Byrde family as they are force to move from Chicago to the essential middle-of-nowhere and the protagonist is forced to figure out a way to launder $8 million to save his families lives. Without spoiling too much, this show pairs family relations with cliffhangers and the only 10 episodes offered on Netflix will leave you wanting more.

5. How to Get Away with Murder

If you couldn't already tell, I am a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes' #TGIT shows, and How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) is no exception to this. Less romance centered than Rhimes' other two shows, HTGAWM is thrilling and scary and exciting and everything in between. It is so good that after you finish binging this show you will be desperate to switch your major to political science to become a defense lawyer.

Ultimately, while the start to school seems to have basically zero perks, look on the bright side: at least there is a good excuse to binge watch a few top-notch shows.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.
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I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.

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Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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