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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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

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It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.




These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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Beautiful images of brunch food and garden parties with sophisticated ladies fill my Instagram feed. I picture these fancy people chatting over their sweet and savory mix of dishes and wonder, could I pull this off? Probably not. However, a girl can dream. Here's some beautiful food porn to keep you dreaming.

To start off the fun, I suggest a main course (I would probably eat five and then be too full to make it to the second course) of cinnamon roll goodness. Get a little creative with this recipe. If you're feeling lazy, normal Pillsbury cinnamon rolls will do. Or even better, buy a dozen from Cinnabon and slap them on a cute plate!

Here's an alternative cinnamon roll recipe; I am a strong advocator for cinnamon rolls at brunch. Although I've never tried this method, it is definitely high on my list for the future.

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To satisfy a chocolate craving, this triple chocolate scone looks incredible. This post will move on to non-sugary treats eventually but there are so many options!

This berry banana smoothie bowl is not only on-trend, but also healthy. This recipe shows you how to make the one pictured below. However, switch out fruits to you and your friends' preferences. This may even be a fun activity (make your own smoothie bowl) with tons of toppings and alteration possibilities.

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To indulge in the savory, how about this bacon and egg casserole? Not only does it look scrumptious, your friends will think you're super sophisticated for making a casserole!

A fruitier option is this Blueberry Croissant Breakfast Bake. Again, this looks very impressive and will definitely get you baking street-cred.

Potatoes are a magical food. They can be served at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in countless unique ways. These hash brown cups are the perfect way to integrate such an amazing vegetable into your brunch gathering.

Another multifaceted food: the egg. This fluffy version of the egg is sure to draw attention and highlight your amazing cooking talents. Give these recipes a try! Create some of your own brunch inspiration. We'll all be jealous.

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