5 Negatives of Summer Rays

5 Negatives of Summer Rays

Feeling the Burn

Mmm, sweet summertime! We all reach toward this time of the year; especially children, teenagers and young adults who are consumed with school work approximately nine other months of the year. These three months, we all desire due to the numerous vacations, activities, and beautiful weather.

However, the sunny weather often comes with something far less desirable. Sun burns!

1. Wow, you're really sun burnt!

Really? I had no idea... The constant reminder that you are "as red as a tomato," as if you are not stuck seeing it in the mirror and feeling the burn all day.

2. Oooh the nicknames...

As if the suffering isn't bad enough, people always tend to give us fried ones nicknames through the process. Lovely nicknames of which include, tomato, lobster, crab, oh and even in my case, "hotdog." Joyous, right?

3. Aloe is a savior.

Whoever invented Aloe has to be making the big bucks during summertime! Regardless of whether it is the lotion or gel variety, Aloe is a must have whenever you catch yourself absorbing too many rays.

4. Can't forget about the tan lines!

The sun is in your eyes, so of course you grab your favorite pair of sunglasses. However, the "coon eye" tan line is by far one of the most attractive burns or tans one can receive. Oh, and you cannot forget about probably the most popular farmer's tan. Most athletes receive this due to their uniforms, and it is most definitely one of the hardest to even out. So, for the rest of the year, you are stuck with the upper half of your arm much lighter than the rest. Therefore, if you are wearing anything other than your swim suit, you will probably receive some form of an embarrassing tan line.

5. Peeling, blisters, bubbles and so much more.

All of the above sound fantastic right? You apply Aloe over and over again hoping to try to turn that horrible burn into a tan. However, the peeling and blistering appears and all of that work peels off along with your skin. Yes, disgusting!

OK OK OK, sun burns aren't ALWAYS that terrible. The majority of the time, you will end up with a little pink tone to your skin and it will be all back to normal by the next day. Or even after all that suffering of not wanting to wear clothes or not being able to sleep comfortably, if you are lucky, your burn will peel or fade into your desired tan.

For you lucky people out there who absolutely never burn, embrace the rays because we are all very jealous of you!

But regardless of the sun burns, enjoy your summer break and make the most of your time with all of your friends back home. Make and cherish your memories, because pretty soon you will be back at school and soon you will be hard at work without those breaks (unless you're going to be a teacher, like me!)

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.


To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become.

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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