Breaking The Fall Slump

Breaking The Fall Slump

It's the final countdown!
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Endless food and sleep! None of us were truly in a hurry to head back to school when all our dreams were coming true right in front of us over break. Most of us either spent Thanksgiving break eating until we bloated, vacationing somewhere warm, or enjoying family time.

Trying to find the strength to get back into the school routine can be challenging. I know we'd rather just eat endless sweet potatoes and turkey; however, we're almost to the finish line! The next few weeks are going to fly by with school work as we head out for our winter breaks.

Here are five helpful tips for heading back to school and getting into the swing of things.


1. Eat A Doughnut

Yeah, you know you want to. It's not like you were able to gain fifteen pounds in one day over Thanksgiving break so one more treat can't hurt. Let yourself have a day to eat badly when coming back to school. We've all had that day where we just ate our feelings away.

2. Go For A Run

After snacking on mounds of goodies and possibly heaving drinking, it's time to get back on track. Go running or play with a few dogs on Landis. Anything productive and outside will help on jump starting that motivation for the few weeks left!

3.Work Hard

A few projects, some homework, and finals. You can do it! Only a few weeks left of buckling down to receive the grades we all need for our majors. So drink that triple shot of espresso and get to work. It's your future job on the line, you can get through these final weeks.

4. Reward Yourself

Splurge a little. If you've been eyeing a top at the mall, go buy it. If you prefer just going out for a night and not worrying about finals, take that route. Give yourself a slice of credit after working your behind off for what feels like an eternity as a student.

5. Enjoy Time Off

We're all busy between school and working to save money for the upcoming holidays, but don't forget to enjoy the time you have. It's supposed to be some of the best years of our lives, and while the next few weeks are killer, it also means we're a step closer to graduating. You'll have one more semester until another year is finished. While we all can't wait to be done with school, it's bittersweet leaving one of the greatest college towns in history!

Enjoy these weeks, work hard, and get ready for that break we've all been dying for!

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13 Gross Things Girls Do That Boys Don't Know About

From a girl, about girls.
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There's always talk about how gross boys are all the time, it's now time to talk about how gross maybe even how much more disgusting girls can be. It may not even be disgusting, but just weird, but we are girls. What can we say?

1. Gorilla legs.

It's not that we don't want to...okay, that was a lie. Every girl can agree that they only shave during bathing suit season when you're wearing a dress, or when you're gonna get it on. Basically, If she shaves her legs you're special.

2. When did I last wash this bra again?

We wear the same exact bra, for days, and weeks, and who knows for how long.

3. It's not just the bra's, it's the pants too.

We wear jeans and leggings like twenty times before we think about washing them.

4. We don't wash our hair every day.

Because unwashed hair is the best styling hair. Also because looking good takes too much work.

5. We are always picking at our faces, especially pimples.

As soon as we walk by a mirror, its a must. Car mirrors are awesome to pop those suckers and pluck rampant eyebrow hairs. We pop pimples like its our job.

6. We will live in your clothes.

If you somehow let your significant other or friend wear your sweatshirt you're never getting it back... and she's never taking it off. Girls will wear that sh*t until your scent is gone because we love it.

7. We poop.

Believe it or not... it happens to us too. Women don't make it as much as a show as boys do. We hide it from you and will hold it until you're not around. And you've probably received a lot of selfies on the toilet.

8. The dreaded monthly gift.

Probably the most disgusting thing to ever happen to the human body. But everyone knows about menstruating, but most guys don't understand the other things that come along with it, like the cramps that bring period farts and the nasty bowel movements and blood clots.

9. Finding hair from our head in our butt cheeks.

Yeah, it's a thing. Your head hair crawls it's way down there occasionally.

10. We smell ourselves a lot.

We are super conscious about how we smell...especially down there.

11. We let it fly.

We will hold in our farts from you, but as soon as we are alone... that's a different story. You better hope we don't get too comfortable around you too quick.

12. Sometimes we have to improvise.

Sometimes mother nature likes to come when we aren't ready, or prepared with the supplies. There are numerous occasions where we start bleeding and have to create this bundle of toilet paper and just shove it down there.

13. Looking at our panties and trying to figure out what came out.

Sometimes you just don't know for sure.

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Living Your Best Life Is A Must

Smile or cry, but do it the best you can
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A life well-lived is one in which your happiness is balanced with the happiness of those around you and your best interests, and you are well-remembered by those after you’re gone. It’s easy to say that a well-lived life is just one in which you’re happy, but there’s a bit of a caveat to that.

I don’t like going to school, but it’s necessary for my future happiness. Unpleasant things like getting vaccinated, going to school, exercising, and so on aren’t going to make me happy in the present, but I balance out my temporary unhappiness with the knowledge that, in the future, I will remain healthier and happier.

Similar to balancing my happiness with my best interest, I must also balance my happiness with the happiness of others. If someone makes me mad, and I wish to break something that belongs them or yell at them, it may make me happy or feel temporarily better, but it wouldn’t do a thing for their happiness. I’m free to pursue happiness in my life, but that happiness can’t come at the expense of someone else’s happiness. They are just as entitled to living a meaningful and well-lived life as I am, and I will never live well if I’m not willing to help others be happy.

In terms of being well-remembered after I’m gone, I don’t mean that I have to be remembered by many. It’s a quality over quantity sort of principle. I mean that those who do remember you after you’re gone, do so in a positive light. Humans are instinctively social creatures, and we have thrived for so long because we rely on help and support from others.

In order to live a life well, we must sometimes put the needs of others before the needs of ourselves. Our good actions, both small and large, can carry a great impact on the lives of others, and the feeling that comes from helping others is one that can’t be duplicated.

By living in service to others, even in small ways, we are well on our way to living our own lives well. In addition to what I’ve said above, a life well lived is one in which we live up to our potential. While the occasional lazy day may be nice, we aren’t fulfilling much of a purpose by sitting inside every day. Everyone possesses a unique set of talents, and it’s a waste if we squander our talents by not utilizing them to their fullest potential.

Life is about successes and failures, and if we don’t take chances then we will never really know what we are capable of doing. Even a life well-lived will have its ups and downs. We can’t always be happy, and we aren’t perfect, which means that we may not always put the happiness of others before ourselves.

We can fall short of our best, but we still feel good for trying. The most important thing about living a well-lived life, taking everything into account, is not being 100% perfect all of the time. It’s about living to the best of our ability and accepting our failures as learning experiences. It’s about giving it our best shot whenever possible.

I don't mean to sound like a life guru because, let's be real, I'm 19. I have a lot of life left to live and experience (I hope), so I have a lot left to learn. I'm just here to smile my way through the good times and cry with others through the bad. I'm just here to try figure things out, same as everyone else.

Cover Image Credit: Annika Soderfelt

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