9 Ways I'm Spending My Last Winter Break

9 Ways I'm Spending My Last Winter Break

Last one of undergrad... Gonna make it count.
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This will be my last winter break of undergrad. It's not actually a big deal or something most people think about, but being that it's a last, I've decided I'll make it special. My first winter break consisted of me sitting on one of my couches watching "Merlin" day and night... That was all I did besides eat and sleep. Another winter break I gave myself the goal to write 10 songs. I did, they weren't all good but at least I was productive. This one will be a little different since I have a job, but I am determined not to work it all away. I deserve this break after the semester I've had.

So folks, here are my plans for winter break. Maybe it'll inspire you to make actual plans of your own. I've said this in the past and have never actually done it, but I will let you guys know after break how much of it I've actually done.

1. Finish "Merlin"

I know I said I watched it day and night... and I did. So much so that I would look it up and I found out major characters die at the end and my little heart couldn't take it... However it's been three years. It's time.

2. Give Back

I want to do something good this season. Whether it's donating clothes or volunteering, this girl is gonna get into the season of giving.

3. Practice an instrument

I read music and play piano and clarinet. However, I'm extremely rusty and want to improve.

4. Write Something

Sketches for SNL at Rider in the Spring, songs for my so far unreleased albums, a novel, a play, poems for my so far unreleased anthology of poetry, essays for grad school... any of these things. All would be ideal but I know myself.

5. Spend time with relatives I don't see often

You see them during holidays but not so much during the other days of the year. And I have a car now so... Grandma, Grandpa, I'm coming over for dinner

6. Movie Nights

It's a staple among my at home friend group to get together at my house and "watch" movies... more like the movies watch us but it's fun and will happen.

7. Go somewhere I've never been

A restaurant or just anywhere that is new. Because why not.

8. Try out some new recipes

If I have free time I'll try out some new recipes. Some healthy things, some not so healthy. I love to cook and bake so I'll definitely enjoy it.

9. Exercise

Lastly, since I'll be cooking new things, I should exercise. I enjoy working out so it's not a problem. I remember though that I didn't gain the freshmen 15 at school... I did, however, go back to school a little rounder after sending my time on the couch and eating...

So there you have it. Simple but if I don't plan out my time sometimes I do nothing with it. I know some of you are guilty of that too. I hope you all have a great break and do exceptionally well on all finals. Happy Holidays

Food for Thought: Don't waste these breaks doing nothing. There will come a time when you won't have scheduled breaks and you will long for them.

Cover Image Credit: https://pixabay.com/en/winter-river-frozen-snow-bank-2952290/

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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