The 8 Stages Of Winter Break And J-Term
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The 8 Stages Of Winter Break And J-Term

Getting through the longest 6 weeks any Miami student will ever experience.

The 8 Stages Of Winter Break And J-Term

1. Honeymoon stage
After being mentally and emotionally drained by finals week, nothing sounds more exciting than going home and crashing in your own bed. The excitement of sleeping until noon, free laundry service, home cooked meals and showering without flip-flops on will probably last for about a week or two.

2. The Holidays
You might have to spend a little more time with your family then you would like, but it’s still nice to see everyone. As much as you hate getting asked about grades and your future and significant others (or lack there of) by family members you haven’t seen in ages, you try to take it in stride and focus on all the good food and presents (a.k.a. the real reason for the season).

3. New Years
As Christmas lights slowly come down and the excitement about all your new stuff starts to dwindle, you will remember that yet another year is about to end. During this stage you might have an existential crisis. If you're anything like me you might feel like you’re getting old, but you’re still not doing anything significant with your life. You might set a couple new years resolutions that sound great at the time, but you will forget about a month from now. But, hey, New Year's is for celebrating not for pouting! So pop some champagne and leave your worries in 2014.

4. High school flashback
At the beginning of January you will probably start to realize that you have spent most of your break doing absolutely nothing, or celebrating holidays, and you only have a week before all your friends from home go back to school. You will try to fit as many lunch dates and wine nights with your high school friends as possible. But some people that ask you to hang out you might not be as excited to see...

5. Boredom
The exciting part of winter break is over, all your friends have gone back to school and your parents are really starting to drive you crazy. For some reason you're jealous of the people taking J-term classes. Ughhh take me back to Oxford.

6. Campus Hop
What better way to spend your three extra weeks of break and to get away from your parents then to visit your friends at other schools! You’ll take this time to road trip to your best friend from home’s school and spend a weekend in their shoes. As much as you love the change of scenery and being with your bestie, you feel out of place. Wearing leggings and a sweater to go out on a Friday night just feels unnatural, and bartenders at bars at other schools have no idea what a Redskin is, which quite honestly is a tragedy and just makes you miss Oxford even more.

7. Recruitment realization
As the end of January comes near you will realize that recruitment is in a few short weeks and you can’t help but get excited about all the new babies. You will take this time to craft a million things that your future perfect little or grand little will absolutely love and will make all the final touches to make sure you are dressed to impress during recruitment.


8. Time to go back
Finally time to head back to Oxford and friends and your normal life. The idea of going back to classes will momentarily stress you out, but you are just glad you made it through the longest six weeks of your life.

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