Best. Summer. Ever.

Best. Summer. Ever.

I've been waiting for this summer since last summer.

Summer is great. The sun shines bright, the water is warm, the breeze floats through your hair. For many, it means no school. For some, it even means no work. For me, summer is the time that I get to chill out, make some extra money, avoid academics like the plague and get a few really painful sunburns. It just wouldn't be summer without doing that stuff. Now, it's early August and I have come to the conclusion that I have wasted approximately three months of beautiful weather. I move back to campus in about three weeks and I still haven't done anything that makes summer, well, summer.

I have not explored any new locations. I have not gone camping, nor have I gone on a hike. I have returned to the exact same places, over and over again: my job, my bed, and my refrigerator. I have not attended a bonfire. I have imagined setting myself on fire for wasting so much time doing absolutely nothing at all. I have not spent a day at the beach, and I have not gone swimming. I did, however, get quite a brutal sunburn, which caused me a large amount of pain for multiple days, peeled, and then forced me to return to my original transparent skin tone. I have not caught up on sleep. I lay in bed every single night for multiple hours with my eyes closed, yet, somehow, I never seem to wake up feeling refreshed. I have not gone on vacation. I have enjoyed the luxurious amenities that my parent's house has to offer. I have not saved any money. I have worked overtime, but also bought a car... Something doesn't seem to add up here. I'm actually starting to believe that small goblins have broken into my bank account in the night and worked their evil goblin magic all over me. There is also the possibility that it evaporated. There is the more realistic option that it could have dissolved completely into government taxes, but I'm betting my last $0.16 that I have been participating in some unconscious online shopping binges. I have not gone to Six Flags, but let's be real- I can barely afford one flag, and you all expect me to be able to afford six!? I have not seen a single friend from home. I have not hosted, or even gone to, a single party. I have not gotten skinny. I have been working on my bikini body since about 2006. Maybe it'll be ready by summer 2018. I have not prepared myself for the upcoming semester, and I have not accepted that in just twenty short days, I will be returning to campus and the stressful, uneventful, sleep deprived life of a full time undergraduate college student. I have, however, finished this article. I am officially accepting suggestions for unexciting ways to spend the remaining weeks of my summer vacation, so leave your ideas below.

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A Trunk

Having a trunk is such a useful purchase! It has so many jobs in my dorm room. I can lock my valuables in it, use it as a step stool, have extra seating for guests when they come in and it can also be used as a table! It's also a cute decoration.

Hats

A blessing in disguise. 50% of the time I wear a hat when my hair isn't doing what it is supposed to do. It also adds a little something extra to your outfit!


Fuzzy socks

They're honestly a saving grace! Going to school in such a cold climate, having fuzzy sicks makes everything better. Putting these on while walking around campus or even sitting in your dorm can make any day a little better and more comfortable.

Hamper with wheels

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To The Celebrities Who Didn't Wear Black To The Golden Globes

In a sea of black, red will shine through.

The Golden Globes were aired this past. If you didn't notice, Hollywood decided to coordinate their color dresses but some celebrities stuck out from the crowd like sore thumbs. The event was meant to advocate for sexual harassment and sexual assault in the entertainment industry and hoped that by making a statement with color, the message would be heard worldwide that women are no longer remaining silent when oppressed by powerful misogynists.

Maybe some missed the memo and decided to roll with it anyway, or they simply chose to remain completely separate from this highly politicized issue. Either way, the time and place for individuality may not have been a place dedicated to activism.

Blanca Blanco and Barbara Meier were among the few women who chose to wear red to the awards ceremony. People had some interesting things to say about it, too:

Some may have responded in rather funny ways, but the root of this issue is anything but humorous. These women made their statements as to why they chose not to dress in black, but people are not accepting these responses as valid.

Blanca Blanco simply responded, “I love red,” which not only refuses to address the actual issue of failure to support, but it does little to really explain her choice. If you ask a football player who refuses to kneel during the anthem why they do it, I’m sure their response wouldn’t be, “I like standing.” Every choice means something, and one can venture a guess that choices made by people of high fame are almost inherently political.

As entertainers and icons, it is important to exercise your voice and be heard and stand up for issues that impact the majority of people. To wear red when women supporting sexual harassment and assault victims are wearing black is not only disrespectful to the cause, it essentially states to these women that what they are advocating for is not worth supporting, or worse, is not worth acknowledging at all.

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