Don't Take These 7 Things For Granted While You're Home During Winter Break

Don't Take These 7 Things For Granted While You're Home During Winter Break

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There are so many things that make a home, home. We tend to let these little things happen without really appreciating them. Whether it be laying with my dog on my living room floor or getting ice for my drink without having to refill an ice tray, there are so many things I'm looking forward to this break, and I'm not going to take any of them for granted.

1. No school work

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For anyone taking a winter semester course, I feel deeply sorry for you. For everyone else, enjoy the free time doing whatever you like at home or on vacation without the lingering thought of school work. Sure, Thanksgiving break was nice not having class, and I don't know about you guys, but I had two tests and a paper due the week I got back, so to say the break was relaxing would be a generous statement. Enjoy the few weeks you have with no professor to report to.

2. Time with your pet

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No matter what kind of furry friend you have, spend time with them. If your pet is as old as mine, you know it sucks having to leave for school not knowing if they'll make it until next time you're home, so cuddle them up. No matter what you do with them, you'll miss them so much when you're gone, so take advantage of being with them while you can.

3. Real food

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Obviously you eat real food at school, but does it always taste like it? Take advantage of being home and eating some home-cooked meals. Even if it's not home-cooked and you go out to dinner with family, it'll be nice to have someone else cook for you every once in a while and not worrying about whether you're having ramen noodles or chicken nuggets for your next meal.

4. Family time

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This one pretty much goes without saying, but enjoy time with your family! Even if you only see them on the holidays, spend as much time with them as you can. It's most likely difficult to be away from your family all the time, and it's definitely harder for your parents than you. Play board games, watch movies, just sit and talk. Whatever you do with your family quality time, have fun while you're with them.

5. Time with friends 

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Odds are you don't go to school with all of your friends from home, so take some time out of your break to get together and catch up. Friends from home will remind you of so many memories and it will feel good to spend some quality time with the friends you wish you saw more. Get coffee, go out to eat, or go shopping. The opportunities are endless with your best friends by your side.

6. Your bed

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Depending on if you took your bed to school or not, there may be a major difference between your bed at school and your bed at home. Even if your bed at school is a little more comfortable, you'll probably fall fast asleep in your bed at home. Snuggle up with your old teddy bear and your Tempurpedic pillow, and get some sleep. You deserve it.

7. The holidays

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If you're celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or a number other holidays during this season, you're sure to have some celebrating to do while you're home. Eat all the food. Drink all the drinks. Play all the games. Open all the presents. You may not realize it at the time, but the holiday season is the best time of the year, and you'll be waiting a whole year until it happens again.

There are so many things to be thankful for and to appreciate while you're home, so try to appreciate them while you're there. You'll be back to school before you know it and won't be home for an extended period of time until spring break. Spend time with your friends, family, and your pets this holiday season.

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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.
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Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.


1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.


So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

Cover Image Credit: Zachary Nelson // Unsplash

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