9 Feelings You Might Just Experience If You're A College Student On Winter Break

9 Feelings You Might Just Experience If You're A College Student On Winter Break

There's no place like home, and there's no place like home away from home.

For the first time, I have experienced what it's like to spend an extended period of time at home after months away at school. Winter break is a wonderfully relaxing time between semesters that every student looks forward to during finals week, but while some parts of winter break are great, other feelings that many of us experience during the break make us wish we were back at school. Here are a few trends that I've noticed during my first winter break:

1. Being SO ready to go home and see your family.

You're really jealous of the few lucky students who only have a few exams and get to go home early, and you're praying that finals week goes by quickly, because you are SO. DONE. Is it possible to take finals from home?

2. Feeling exhausted and wanting to sleep for a week straight.

Please, mom and dad, I know you haven't seen me in a while, but spending time with me is not going to be a pleasant experience until you let me sleep for at least twelve hours straight. And PLEASE stop waking me up early.

3. Seeing your best friends and remembering how much you've missed them.

Reunited and it feels so good — like we were never apart! It's such a great feeling to spend time with your other half!

4. Seeing other people from high school and feeling so glad that you've graduated.

Don't be ashamed, we've all seen that one person in a store and purposely avoided them. It's okay, you're not alone. You might miss home every once in a while, but there are some people you most likely won't ever miss.

5. Feeling stressed out because it's the holidays.

You finally get home from college and only have about one week to buy gifts for all of your family members and friends, and prepare for all the holiday gift exchanges and parties you're invited to.. not mention that all of this is on a college student budget. May the odds be ever in your favor.

6. Feeling festive because it's the holidays.

Once you finally get through the stressful part of the holidays, you're ready to bring on the presents, food, family traditions, and countless photo ops that fill the holiday season! It's the most wonderful time of the year!

7. Quickly getting tired of family gatherings.

You love your family so much, and spending time with them is such a blessing, but that much crazy in one place can only be enjoyable for short amounts of time.

8. Feeling motivated by your New Year's Resolutions.

Whether it's getting in shape, eating healthy, or maybe focusing on self-care, New Year's Resolutions have us pumped and ready to conquer this coming semester. Bring on 2018! Now if only we can figure out how to keep our resolutions...

9. Feeling SO ready to be back in Harrisonburg.

After a few weeks at home, the holidays are over and boredom sets in. You've enjoyed time with your family, but you all miss your friends and are ready to be back at your home away from home. After all, James Madison is the happiest place on Earth!

Wishing everyone luck in the new semester and the new year! Go Dukes!

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15 Fourth Of July Fun Facts And Trivia

The United States of America: Land of the free, home of the brave.

Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.


When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.


As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!


Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.


I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds


Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.


Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide


Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.


This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.



17. Build a fort.


Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.


Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.


Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.


Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.


Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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