6 Important Things To Do On Summer Vacation

6 Important Things To Do On Summer Vacation

There are a lot of things I want to do over summer break, but I could not go back to school if I did not do all of these things.
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I am sitting on my bed at 10:20 pm thinking about how much I miss college. I miss the learning, I miss my beautiful campus, and I miss my friends; I miss my Karla. There is so much about college that I love that I spend a majority of my time focused on how much I miss it. Then I realized that I am going into my sophomore year of college and that means that after this summer I only have two summer vacations left before I have summers filled completely with work. That thought is terrifying. I feel overwhelmed thinking about the endless options of what I could do over the summer, but I know that there are a few things that I need to do before summer ends.

1. Catching Up On Reading

I personally believe that reading is one of the best possible ways someone could spend their time. There are endless options besides books when it comes to reading. Although I prefer reading books reading can include magazines, blogs, news, fan fiction, etc. Reading in the summer months allows students to exercise their brains when they aren't doing their regular amount of school work. When I am at school I feel as if I have too much on my plate to read books for pleasure because I need to get all of my homework done. However, I believe I have been home for about a month now and I have read at least one book a week since being home and honestly it does not always feel like I have read enough.

2. Spend Time With Family

From personal experience, I know how hard it is to watch a sibling go away to college and then return home for summer and not really understand how important it is to spend time with your family. I know that you want to connect with old friends from home or even go visit the ones that you have grown so close to at school because you are growing as a person too and you want to keep these connections strong. But, you have to remember that your families are also going through a new experience of not having you at home all the time. It is a difficult adjustment for them too and soon it is very likely you're going to wish you could be at home spending time with family instead of being at your job. So make time for your family while you can.

3. RELAX (aka Sleep)

This is obviously one of the most important things to do over summer vacation. You are running out of opportunities to have a few months at a time to really relax so take advantage of it now! Make sure that even with all the crazy fun and excitement you are still making time for yourself because you are important.

4. Go See Old Friends!

Do not by any means feel obligated to go and hang out with people that you have bad memories with, but do not forget about the people you spent the last 13 years with! You would be surprised how nice it could be to catch up with some old friends and share new stories and experiences. If for no other reason, stay connected so you can use your connections in the future to help with your success!

5. Catch Up On Your Shows (Or Start New Ones)

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! You are not pulling all-nighters doing homework or spending a majority of your day doing homework so catch up on all your favorite shows! Summer is the perfect opportunity to binge watch a season of your favorite show in one day because what else do you have to do?

6. Explore

Now is the perfect time to get out and adventure; whether that means going rock climbing, cliff diving, to the beach, hiking a mountain, visiting a new country, sky diving, to a lake, or even just taking a walk in the woods behind your house you should do it. Get out there and go see the world! Go learn new things that you cannot learn from a textbook. Do something that is important to you. You are going to definitely regret turning down an opportunity to explore when you could have tried something new.


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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support

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First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,

Haiden

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