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

Don't forget to hug your mom.

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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

Chandler bath

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

Dogs

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

Patrick star eating

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

Simpson Family

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 

besties

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

Christmas Party

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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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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