7 Little Things To Savor Before Going Back To College

7 Little Things To Savor Before Going Back To College

Move-in day will be here before we know it.
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For most college students, it's just about a month until we move back to campus. Whether you've been spending the entire summer bored out of your mind and longing for the life of your campus, or dreading having to leave your home, move in day will be here before we know it. With all the planning to be done in the next few weeks, the days will start to feel like one giant fog. Here are a few of the best things about being home that we should all savor before returning to our lives at college.

1. Your pet's presence

Probably the thing that I miss most of all when I'm away is having my little dog there to cuddle with after a long day of classes. Your pets are never too busy to comfort you, and they do so willingly. One of the oddest things that I miss at college is the way that my dog whines at me whenever I have food, no matter what it is. Whenever I would bring food back to my room to eat while I studied, it always seemed way too quiet.

2. Reading a book that you chose yourself

With all the mandatory reading, papers and homework thrown at us, there's hardly any time to read something that you actually want to at college and, when there is, all you really have the energy for is curling up in bed with Netflix. Maybe pick a book by your favorite author, or find one in a totally different genre, to read before summer ends.

3. Sleep

This one really goes without saying. Getting to sleep as often and as much as we want-- that's all we really wanted out of our summers. Of course, we will soon be back to pulling all-nighters and getting up for 8 am classes, so take the time to enjoy your freedom to sleep. Most of all, enjoy being able to take naps and not having to worry about what work you should be doing instead.

4. Home-cooked food

Whether or not you approve of the dining hall food, nothing beats having your family's cooking whenever you want, especially after having had to brave the lines of hungry people day after day for months. Even if you went off-campus, that meant spending money, and for some reason it still would never taste as good as the food that came out of your own kitchen.

5. Personal space

Even if your roommates were your best friends, it's impossible to deny that it was kind of nice whenever you had the place to yourself for an afternoon or, even better, a whole weekend. Even outside or off of campus, it's almost impossible to find a place with nobody around. There's only about a month left to take some time to yourself whenever you need it, so make sure you enjoy it.

6. Friends and family

Nothing beats getting to see your old friends and catching up on life and laughing about the same stupid things that you always have. Also, even though we may complain about them, having family around for a few months helps us to remember who we are and where we came from. It is a great feeling to have loved ones close and not just hear their voice over the phone.

7. Time to breathe

At college, it seems like just when you get done with one task, there's always something else to be done. Whether it's school work, an event, or even socializing with good friends, we often spread ourselves out to the limit, even when we don't mean to. The fact is that all of the things I mentioned take energy, and we often forget to pause and take a moment to catch our breath. Having the free moments and space to do that during the summer is so helpful to refresh us and get us ready for what ever the next school year will bring.

Hopefully you've been inspired to take in all of the good things about having summer off from school, even if you are longing for the activity of campus.


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15 Signs You're A Full-Time Working Girl, 40 Hours A Week Or More

Forty hours a week really changes you.
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Forty hour work weeks, 5 days, 8 hours per day. Full-time jobs require a lot of dedication and consume the majority of your time. I love my full-time internship, honestly. It's a lot of fun and I get to experience what it will be like when I grow up and work at a company. Here are some signs that you work full time.

1. You're always tired

Waking up at 6, being at work by 8 and not leaving until 5 can really make you exhausted. Waking up early kicks off your exhaustion while everything in between 8-5 can make you tired as well so by the end of the workday, you're ready for a nap. Except if you nap, then you won't sleep later and be even more tired the next day. Thank God for coffee.

2. Your body adjusts to waking up early

I don't seem to really sleep in anymore on the weekends. My body thinks I should be up early so I'm now waking up at 7 or 8. But hey I get to lay in bed until whenever I want so I don't mind too much.

3. Weekends become your summer

You try to squeeze your normal summer days into two days. Because they are the only days you have off, so you try to make the best of them.

4. Plan out your outfits

You tend to plan out your outfits every night because if you don't, you will be late to work. You can't just throw on any old shirt and shorts. You got to look good and professional.

5. Don't do anything during the week

You're dead after a day of work, so you dedicate your off time to resting and relaxation. You probably won't make major plans during the week.

6. "Sorry, I have to work."

This phrase is used a lot. If someone tries to plan something during the week: "Sorry, I have to work." Or if there's a late night party: "Sorry, I have to work [the next day]."

7. Love three day weekends

Three day weekends are a blessing from God. But the Friday before is an absolute killer and all you want to do is leave. Or the Monday after is even more worse than a normal Monday.

8. TGIF

Fridays have a whole new meaning when you work full-time. You can have a successful day at work and then you're able to party hard because you don't have to work in the morning. They also are the day that people can easily leave early on because hey, it's Friday.

9. Friends on the weekend

You won't see your friends until the weekend most likely. And sometimes you want to see them all at once but it's tough when you have only two free days. So hopefully all your friends are able to hang out together so you can see them all.

10. Have more laundry

I basically wear two outfits a day. My work outfit and my after work outfit. And they both are washed differently so I have to do separate loads. It actually sucks.

11. Super good at keeping track of time

You're always looking at the clock and become very aware of what time it is. It's weird but sometimes helps you get through the day.

12. You're always hungry

I've noticed that I am absolutely starving by the time 11 am rolls around. Then, when I get home, I am starving for dinner. Not sure why or how because I sit at a desk all day and don't have any physical activity but I eat a lot.

13. You're going to be pale

If your full-time job is in the summer, there's no way you'll get your usual tan if you work inside. Tanning is only for the weekends now so soak up the sun.

14. You may spend a little bit more

You're making good money at this job, so why not spend a little extra on some things? But everyone is different, so others may not even change how they spend their money.

15. Hump day has a whole new meaning

Took me from the time I first saw that commerical to when I started my full-time job to realize Wednesday is hump day because you're over the hump of the week.

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The Truth About Commuting And Living Off Campus

What does it mean to live off campus?

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Attending college is exhilarating.

We have this perception about how college is through different forms of media like movies, television shows, and recently, social networking sites. Many people believe that in order to enjoy the full college experience, you need to shell out thousands of dollars to live on campus. However, that is not always the case. Many state and private schools accept commuters. Deciding to live on campus can make your college experience a bit cheaper. Commuting to college has numerous benefits, but it does require a lot of work in the long run.

My main issue with commuting to classes is having to pre-plan out my schedule far in advance. This means making sure I'm up in time and ready to learn.

This can be stressful if I did not get enough sleep the night before. In many cases, making it to an 8 AM class on time becomes a mundane task and can ruin your whole mood for the day. If you do not choose your classes and timing wisely, you will begin to feel like your whole life is a boring routine. Unlike your classmates who can wake up 10 minutes before class and walk there, you really need to prepare accordingly. My suggestion is to pack your bag the night before with all of your homework, books, and agenda. One important thing to remember about college is that your professors expect you to be there on time and technically 8:01 is late in their eyes.

A major benefit to commuting is the amount of money you will save. Most tuition doubles when you live on campus. If you think about it, your lives are in the hands of the administrators and they want to make sure they get their money's worth. On top of just room and board, expenses you will need to pay for include a meal plan, books, and healthcare services. One major reason why I decided to commute is also the size of the dorms.

Personally, I like to have a lot of space for myself and I could not imagine sharing a 30x30 room with someone I barely know. I don't think it's right that the colleges have you pay so much money just to share a little dorm the size of a closet. Sadly, there are many cases where commuting is not an option. It would not be logical to commute to a college an hour and a half away. If you have a dream school in mind and it's very far from home, living on campus may be your only option.

If you do choose to commute, just remember that if you want to build strong friendships, you will need to put yourself out there more than usual. People who live on campus have it a little easier in the friends department because they are so close together. How could you not make friends when there are a hundred people in your building?

It's so easy to recluse into your shell and simply go to and from classes, but I think it's important to seek out people and join your community. This might sound a bit cliche` but JOIN CLUBS. The best way to make friends as a commuter is to seek out a club you might enjoy and attend a meeting. If you hate it, move on, but make sure you are always trying something new. Do not allow the cycle of college to bring you down, go out there and be the best you can be.

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