An Open Letter To My Summer Romance

An Open Letter To My Summer Romance

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To my summer boyfriend,

We started out as friends. You were always there for me when I needed to get out of my house or when I was too stressed to think. We'd meet in a nearby park and throw a Frisbee around until the sun had long disappeared behind the hills. But, then we went hiking and everything changed. We came to a clearing on the mountain where we could look out over a beautiful view when you turned, wrapped your arm around my back and kissed me.

From that point on we were inseparable. I wanted you to experience the world with me and all it had to offer. Everything was an adventure. You took me on a picnic by a lake on a beautiful windy day. We went out for dinner in the city and stumbled upon a concert in the park. One night you swung me over your shoulder and threw me into your pool. My favorite memory by far is watching the meteor shower with you from the back of your dad's truck. Each day was wonderfully spontaneous and overall magical.

But our summer together came to a very hasty close. We tried to stay together during school, but that only lasted a week. You drove up to my school the Sunday before labor day to break up with me. I just can't help but wonder what was going on in your head that day.

What's going on in your head now? Do you miss me? Do you just miss the classic rock we sang together with all the windows rolled down? Do you miss the relationship we had or just the way I looked at you? Either way, you gave me an incredible time that I could never repeat. You taught me to cherish the memories as much as the warmth of the season and the later sunsets.

I know you loved me, even though you never said you did. I could see it in your eyes when you looked at me or in your smile whenever I looked at you.

Of course, I hope you're doing well and you're happy with your life. I would give anything to repeat one of those wild summer days, but I know it's best to leave the past as a simple golden shimmer of a memory.

Sincerely,

Your summer girlfriend

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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The Christmas List for Girls Who Are Transitioning from College Life Into Big Girl Life

I'm right there with ya.

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I know we thought it never would, but college life is quickly coming to an end.

I know it's sad but look on the bright side... one word... PAYCHECK!!!

This is the last Christmas we will pack our bag and go home for a month to completely detox from all the stress and anxiety college brings. Even though we're home and stress-free, we will have in the back in our mind how close the real world is to become our reality.

HAVE NO FEAR! As it is the holiday season, perhaps some family and dear friends can get you gifts that will make you feel better about the transition into the real world.

Here is a Christmas list for the girl who is transitioning from college life into big girl life!

1. A Reliable Computer

Gift a 13.3 Inch MacBook Air, $999

This is a NECESSITY! Now of days technology is EVERYTHING. Having a reliable computer can improve your productivity and land you jobs that require up to date software. Personally, I am a huge Apple person, but gift the brand the person knows well!

The MacBook Air is extremely light and easy to create on. It has up to 12 hours of battery life and 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor. Basically in blonde terms... its light and fast and PERFECT for your future job!

Apple link: https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/macbook-air/1.8ghz-dual-core-processor-with-turbo-boost-up-to-2.9ghz-128gb#

2. Car Essentials 

Gift a 42-Piece Emergency Car Tool Kit, $25.71

We all hope it won't happen, but let's get real for a sec... we will ALL have car troubles at one point in our life, so why not be prepared?! This gift offerers road assistance, a certified AAA toolkit, a flashlight and first aid kit. It might not be the most exciting gift we will receive this Christmas, but it sure as heck might save our lives one day!

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Lifeline-4330AAA-Premium-Emergency-Flashlight/dp/B0006MQJ0M/ref

3. Handman Toolkit 

Gift a 65-Piece Tool Kit, $42.99

After graduation, you enter the "real world," and the real world will include putting together furniture, Googling how to fix leaky faucets when your landlord avoids your calls and enticing your friends with pizza to get them to help you mount your living room TV. It's not the most strictly "fun" gift, but it will absolutely be necessary. She'll be glad she has the tools to handle whatever life throws at her confidently, and since this is one gift she may not buy for herself, it makes perfect sense as a post-graduation gift.

Link: https://www.shopko.com//catalog/product.jsp?productId=24279

4. KitchenAid Mixer

Gift a KitchenAid Mixer, $299.00

Awhhh.... a kitchen aid mixer. The ONE tool that makes cooking fun. Why not tack this onto our Christmas list to explore the baking world and truly make us feel like we're "adulating."

PLUS have we not mentioned all the cute colors these things come in?! I mean come on, anybody would want one of these things!

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KSM155GBSA-5-Qt-Artisan-Design/dp/B00L9LD85S/ref

5. Cookbook

Gift the "Magnolia Table Cookbook" by Joanna Gaines, $13.73

Watch out Joanna Gaines, we ALL need one of your amazing cookbooks for "big girl life"

A lot of graduates are coming out of school with little knowledge of cuisine or the human palette as it pertains to tastes that are not mac and cheese or $1 pizza (yes, it exists). A cookbook is a nice way to make sure they can get off on the right foot post-graduation, maybe eating some vegetables and enjoying the activity itself rather than relying on the same cheap eats out of habit or lack of know-how.

If you would like to purchase a Magnolia Table Cookbook" by Joanna Gaines, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Magnolia-Table-Collection-Recipes-Gathering/dp/006282015X/ref

Best part? ITS ONLY 13 BUCKS FOR A HARD COPY!!!

6. Keurig 

Gift a Keurig coffee maker, $79.99

Coffee is something many of us rely on daily and don't want to spend a lot of time making. In the morning or in a rush, instant gratification is best. Which is why fast coffee makers that take the hassle out of the equation are so popular.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Keurig-K55-K-Classic-Coffee-Programmable/dp/B018UQ5AMS/ref

7. Fresh Set of Sheets

Gift a Brooklinen gift card, $129

Graduates will be moving from dorms to a new place that's more fundamentally 'adult,' and that calls for an upgrade in bedding. They'll probably want to pick it out for themselves, but a gift card is a perfect way to give them a luxury they'll be extremely happy to have but maybe couldn't justify just yet for themselves.

Brooklinen has quickly become one of the best-known startups offering premium bedding at affordable prices. They look great, they feel even better, and they can genuinely offer you a better night's sleep for the third of your life you spend doing just that. They're also our pick for the best luxury sheets you can buy.

You can get a Queen sheet set (flat sheet, fitted sheet and 2 standard pillowcases) for as little as $129 altogether.

8. Amazon Prime Membership

Gift an Amazon Prime Membership, from $99.99

An Amazon Prime membership is one of those things that immediately makes life easier and ultimately better. If you decide to gift one, the recipient will enjoy free two-day shipping; access to the Prime Now app, which provides free two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items; Prime Video, Amazon's streaming video service; Prime Music; the Kindle Lending Library; Prime Reading; Prime Audible Channels; unlimited photo storage, and more.

If you want to see how Amazon Prime ($99 for the year) actually gives you a lot more than free shipping, check out Amazon!

9. Monogrammed Planner

Gift a Moleskine Monogrammed Planner, from $14.95

Life is busy in college, and it doesn't stop being busy after graduation. Having a professional-looking, organized way to start off the year like a monogrammed Moleskine planner is a thoughtful and useful gift. It's certainly better than writing things down on the back of their hand.

Link: https://us.moleskine.com/c/personalize/108-2

10. A Nice Blazer for Years to Come

Gift an Of Mercer blazer, from $195

A high-quality, timeless blazer is something you can add to your wardrobe at 20 and still find in your closet a couple decades later. It can elevate any outfit, and if it's there from the beginning of your career to its peak, there's a good shot it could become that "lucky blazer" that adds assurance and confidence. It's one of the best and most valuable workplace buys you can make or give. You're looking at Of Mercer's "Prince Blazer" ($235) above, but there are plenty of fresh and high-quality workwear startups to browse before buying.

Link: https://www.ofmercer.com/collections/blazers

11. Eco Dot 

Gift an Echo Dot, $29.99

This smart-home device can turn the lights on, wake you up in the morning with an alarm, set timers, report the traffic and weather, and many more helpful tasks. The Amazon Echo Dot is an easy-to-use, affordable personal assistant they will surely use.

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/All-new-Echo-Dot-3rd-Gen/dp/B0792KTHKJ/ref

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