14 Ways To Cancel The Back-To-School Blues

14 Ways To Cancel The Back-To-School Blues

These are the ways I'm finding most effective to beat my homesickness.

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I'm sure any student in the entire world has felt sad about these facts at one point already this year: Summer is over. No more days at the beach, no more running around whining kids at camp and most of all — no more days of sleeping in. It's time for school.

Now if you're like me, you take this in a bittersweet way. My summer consisted of sunburns and running around attempting to discipline misbehaved children at day camp, so hearing those back to school commercials wasn't the end of the world for me. However, while I enjoy learning, I don't enjoy being indoors for a large part of the day. Hence, bittersweet. Here are some ways to get past these back to school blues.

1. If you live in a dorm room, decorate it

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I love being creative in any aspect, so I went to my local craft store and DIY'ed the sh*t out of my room. From wall decorations to the way I organized my desk, I stopped at nothing to make my room feel more like home.

2. Invest in an air freshener

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This one seems too simple to actually be effective, but when you live in the same building as 100+ young adults who are living on their own, it's going to smell bad. Trust me, it's a small price to pay for being able to breathe through your nose.

3. Get some colored pens and highlighters

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It gives your assignments a certain "wow" factor. Plus, the bright colors will remind you to study and get assignments done.

4. Call home often

Call home at least once a day. I know we're all learning independence, but let's not forget the people who helped us get to where we are.

5. Put pictures up

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I feel like no dorm room is complete without a couple photos to remind you of your friends, family, and loved ones. I have pictures of me and my mom, dad, brother, sister, and dog. Whenever I get down thinking about how I'm not with them, I look at those pictures to cheer myself up.

6. Break up your routine

Going to class and the dining hall to learn and eat is great, but you can't just do that and homework. By breaking up your routine, you give yourself something to look forward to. What I like to do is 15-20 minutes of work, then a TV break. Changing up the same, boring schedule is so effective and will make school work something not to despise.

7. Join some clubs

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There's two ends of this spectrum: the person who goes to class and their room, then the person who gets involved with so much that they have no time to themselves. I advise you go for the happy medium. Join a club or two, get involved, and make your time at school more memorable.

8. Volunteer

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We learn about all the bad that happens in the world through our peers, professors, and social media; it's time to do some good. My school has a few clubs and fraternities that specialize in community service. Helping out is easier than you think.

9. Go outside

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Natural sunlight is so important for us. It clears our minds. I don't know about you, but when I'm outside, it's pretty hard to be angry.

10. Visit home

My family is very close, so when I go home to surprise my folks, the looks on their faces are priceless.

11. Online shopping

We all do it, now do it with a purpose. Reward yourself after a few months of keeping your grades up. You deserve it.

12. Stick it out

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At some point, your school life will become your everyday routine, you won't even be thinking about summer in a few short weeks.

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.

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These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

You're welcome!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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