Making A Bucket List Was The Best Decision Of My Summer

Making A Bucket List Was The Best Decision Of My Summer

An Easy Way to Make it Your Best Summer

Each year, the anticipation for the end of the school year seems to drag on, while the months of summer pass in the blink of an eye.

Knowing that it was the summer before my friends and I were separated because of college, I knew that we couldn't waste summer days trying to figure out what we should do, so we decided to make a bucket list.

Our bucket list consisted of fifty-two activities that ranged from simple things like treating ourselves to insomnia cookies to more complex ideas such as going on a flip-a-coin road trip.

Admittedly, while making the list, I did think that we were just being basic girls who were only doing it for the VSCO. And yes, I did post it on my VSCO, but the bucket list turned out to be more than just an aesthetically pleasing picture. It made our summer the most memorable three months.

Without this list of ideas, our summer would not have been as successful as it turned out to be. Especially for my friends and I, who have trouble making any decisions, the bucket list was a tool to help us focus on certain things we knew we wanted to do before we were all states apart.

By always having a list of activities on hand, we were never wondering what our next adventure would be. The bucket list allowed to make memories we would have never thought to make. From wearing coordinating outfits in public to getting a pet fish, we now have so many fond stories of our time together to look back on whenever we are missing each other throughout college.

For anyone wondering how to spend their summer, I would highly recommend making a bucket list. It does not have to be as long as ours was and you don't even have to finish all the things on it, but it allows you to actually do fun things rather than wasting your time thinking of fun things to do.

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7 Ways to Celebrate President's Day

Everyone's favorite holiday(?)

Well, that time of year has arrived, everyone's favorite holiday: President's Day, where we celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the only presidents of the United States. You may be asking yourself what you can do to celebrate such a grand and honorable occasion, so fret not for I am here with some helpful tips on making the most of the Founding Fathers Day.

1. Check out a mattress sale

Because for some reason, there always seems to be a mattress sale somewhere. So go check out your local mattress factory. Buy yourself a nice Tempur-Pedic.

2. Go to class

Maybe your school does it, but I do not have off. You will definitely see me walking to class on Monday, and I hope you are too if professors have not spared you a break.

3. Keep up with the news and wonder what is wrong with the world

Because my God, how many more of these stories do we have to read, or (heaven forbid) experience before reform rolls in? Is it too much to ask for more change and less bullets in our schools? Of course stories like Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are going to be politicized. The ones who can make a real change are the policy makers at Capitol Hill. This has to reach them. Political activism from an event like this does not mean we neglect the victims; it means we want justice for the victims. We want to elevate them to something higher than just part of a body count.

4. Seriously, go back to number three and reflect

Then encourage change. Be part of change if you can. Tweet at your local representatives. Write them a email. Donate to politicians who support gun control. Read what this website has to say, ran by one man.

5. Educate yourself always

Because those are still on. Cheer on our country in near demi-god feats.

7. Visit Target

Apparently they have a sale on their home items. 30% off. Go crazy.

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Valentine's Day is Stupid, and I'll Stand By That

I am not going to pay more attention to heart-shaped lollipops than I am my assignments

Sure, it might be fun to give or receive presents or eat lots of half-priced candy the day after, or do something big and grand to show someone you care. That’s not why this day is stupid.

February 14th is just a date for me. I don’t believe that we need a day to celebrate our loved ones when we should just be doing that every day.

I don’t believe I should be any more excited for Valentines’ Day than I am any other Wednesday, because I have classes to attend, things to do, and assignments to complete.

I have more going on this semester than I imagined I would, I’m overwhelmed, and I’m not going to be able to give anything the attention it deserves if I am more focused on finding heart-shaped lollipops and a cute outfit than I am about keeping my meteorology grade up.

I don’t have a significant other this Valentines’ Day, and I’m sure this article comes off super bitter and the classic “Well, she’d like Valentines’ Day if she had a boyfriend or girlfriend.”

Still no. I had an amazing Valentines’ last year. My boyfriend brought me food at my dorm, despite me being sick, and we watched movies and cuddled and had a very sweet evening together.

Even so, he was home by 9, because I still had work to do and he had a job to get to early the next morning. We had priorities that we put ahead of a long, complicated night of romance. We decided to celebrate when it worked for both of us, not because it was the so-called “Day of Love” that everyone else was celebrating on.

And I gave him whatever illness I had, so there was that unhappy fact (and I told him I was sick, so don’t think I’m crazy for letting him come over).

I don’t want to criticize people who are out celebrating AT ALL. I can appreciate all the cute things people do for each other and the idea that this is an elevation, a way of making things magnified and fun and a chance to do something special. I just think that, for the most part, the things people are doing for the holiday are essentially the same as they could do any day, and they don’t need to take the opportunity to make THIS day any more stressful and complicated than any other day.

My point is that I don’t think we need Valentines’ Day to tell us our love is valid. I don’t think we need this day to prove any point about us having a life or being able to make plans. I can celebrate Galentines with my friends anytime I want (and I did, February 9th, when nothing was super expensive for the holiday yet).

In fact, I’ll probably celebrate the day a few times. A few weekends. A few months, in little memories and the ordinary times I am sharing with the people around me.

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