'Tis The Season

'Tis The Season

Christmas is Coming
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Halloweekend is almost officially over (unfortunately) and for those of you who survived, Congratulations you're a true savage. Now with one holiday being crossed off the college calendar we approach a new one, and this is not just a weekend. It's a season. Christmas is coming . Get ready for the fake Christmas trees, the ugly sweaters, and all the presents. I personally cannot wait to hear Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" being blasted out every window on this campus.

Christmas is the best season, it's the happiest season, and it's the coziest season of them all. Honestly, getting the entire squad together to marathon all the Christmas movies while drinking some hot chocolate is all a girl can ask for. And I am sure that all the love birds out there enjoy kissing under the mistletoe and whatever else couples may do during the Christmas season (I wouldn't know and therefore cannot relate). I love the decorations that cover the outside of everyone's doors and how cozy all the rooms become when they are just filled with Christmas cheer and happiness. It's hard to hate school when there's such a Christmasy vibe and atmosphere surrounding you.

Christmas parties are the best because you can finally crack out your warmest, most obnoxious Christmas sweater and just enjoy life. There are less likely chances to be turned away from a party during this season because it's below freezing outside. Let's be real here, anyone who turns people away in below freezing weather is just not in the Christmas spirit and belong on the naughty list.

Also, your friend group suddenly grows a lot closer when everyone starts buying each other gifts. There are Secret Santas and gift swaps and then suddenly you have acquired five of the same Christmas shot glasses from each of your friends because you all have the same taste. Then all your friends decide that you need to do every Christmas activity available on the earth. Everyone wants to go Christmas shopping and build gingerbread houses and make Christmas cookies and do everything that remotely smells like Christmas.

Another great thing about Christmas is you finally get to go home for more than a week. You get to eat home cooked meals, cuddle your dog (or preferred house pet), and watch Netflix all day long. You don't need to have a care in the world, especially a care about school and you can finally just relax. You can dress like a total bum all day without feeling the burning judgment of overly dressed girls who feel the need to wear heels to class every day. You can finally sit down and write that letter to Santa Claus and request that overly expensive thing that you have always wanted. You can wake up on Christmas morning and feel like a little kid again as you rush down the stairs to open the presents that are under the Christmas tree. It's just a great season that is upon us and this article may be a little early in celebrating the season's greatness, but I just can't contain my excitement. I feel like Buddy the Elf when he hears Santa is coming.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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