7 Things To Do Over Winter Break

7 Things To Do Over Winter Break

Don't fall into the dark hole of netflix.....

Well folks, we survived another semester of college. The hellish finals weeks is finally over with, and now winter break is here. Depending on your school, you now have 4-6 weeks to enjoy your winter break! Now, what do we do with all of this down time? If you’re anything like me, you spend the first week catching up on sleep, snuggling with your pets, eating good food, and watching A LOT of Netflix. In an effort not to waste my entire winter break being a sloth, I came up with a “Winter Break To-Do List”.

1)Try a new Starbucks drink.

I’m a Starbucks fanatic, but like most people, I end up ordering the same thing time after time. I’d like to branch out and try some new drinks, like the Gingerbread Latte or even just a Cappuccino.

2)Go ice-skating.

What’s winter break without ice-skating? I haven’t been in a few years, but back in middle school I used to be quite the little ice dancer. I’d love to see if I still have my skills, or if I’ll immediately fall flat on my butt. Probably the latter.

3)Have a scary movie night!

I LOVE a good scary movie, and I’m always trying to find a movie that actually scares me. I really love the classic Scream movies (I’m a little obsessed), because there’s something so thrilling about them. Tell me what scary movie I should watch next in the comments below!

4)Bake treats for work.

Back in high school I used to love to bake treats for my friends and family, but now that I’m in college I never have the time. I have some of the sweetest co-workers, so I’d love to bake cupcakes to take to work. I’m thinking maybe a vanilla cupcake with peanut butter filling and chocolate icing?

5)Surprise ___________ with their favorite drink.

My sister surprised me a while back with my favorite coffee while I was in the middle of a long work shift, and it completely made my day! I love this, because it’s so easy to do, and is such a sweet gesture. Surprise your sibling, parent, best friend, or significant other!

6)Have a hiking adventure.

It’s no secret that I’m a fitness fanatic, and one of my favorite workouts is a long hike. I love taking a few friends and my dog, and hitting up the trails. Make it an adventure- hike up to a local lake at sunrise and bring coffee and doughnuts! Bring a camera and have a photoshoot. If you’re somewhere with warmer weather, you could even pack a picnic!

7)Organize my life.

In the midst of crazy college life, a lot of stuff gets put on the back burner. I plan to do a good deep cleaning and organizing of everything in my life. I’m talking closet, desk, backpack, jewelry, makeup, books- it’s all getting sorted, dusted, washed, or wiped down with Clorox.

What are YOUR plans for winter break?

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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