The best way to get in the holiday spirit in college

Don't Let A Low Budget Hinder Your Holiday Cheer, Here Are 10 Ways College Students Can Properly Celebrate

10 quick tips and tricks to feel the fall spirit while living on campus.


Holidays at school are tough. In the hustle of midterms and prep for finals, it can be nearly impossible to find the money and motivation to decorate for fall, Thanksgiving or Christmas. For those of us that love celebrating the seasons, ignoring these changes in the weather can leave us feeling like we missed out of the best part of the year.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate the holidays while living the life of a college student.

1. Make your own decorations. 

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With a little paper and a little more glue, you can decorate your dorm room or apartment inexpensively and without too much effort. Make snowflakes, door decorations or even hanging turkeys. Adding a little playful color to your living space will make you feel the most spirited.

2. Pool resources with those you live with. 


Odds are, everyone in your room or apartment wants to get in the spirit without spending too much. Four girls each pooling $10 will leave plenty of money to properly decorate for the holidays. Talk to the people you live with and work together to create the most spirited place to live.

3. Make a plan to do some fall activities. 


The best way to get your fall and holiday fix is to plan events that get you into the spirit. Plan some fun holiday outings with your friends. Make sure you get these dates on the calendar and stick to those plans. An iceskating or pumpkin picking date will make all of the difference in the way you're feeling.

4. Paint pumpkins instead of carving them.

The idea of carving a pumpkin in a dorm room sounds utterly miserable. Save the mess (and the smell) and paint your pumpkins instead of carving them. Who knew it was even possible to enjoy a pumpkin without the mess and hassle of actually carving one?

5. Recommend a fall related activity to your RA 

Most residence halls have RAs that are required to plan monthly events. They have resources, funding, and time to plan fun fall and holidays events. Request some holiday decorating event to your RA and let them do the planning.

6. Hang lights. 


Lights make for a warm and inviting atmosphere in an otherwise very dismal room or apartment. Adding a few Christmas lights around the ceiling or walls of your room will create for some great lighting and holiday spirit.

7. Make use of wall space and white boards. 


There is usually plenty of white space in a dorm room. Between walls and whiteboards, you have the ability to write and draw your way towards the best holiday spirit. It's very possible to create a great atmosphere without spending anything at all.

8. Start the holiday music strong.


People LOVE to complain about Christmas music but nothing adds to the holiday spirit like some good Pentatonics. While I understand the desire to hold off, there's no reason to keep the greatness out of the holidays. Playing some light holiday music will very easily get you in the mood for a great holiday season.

9. Get creative with a tree. 


Finding the space or time (or money for that matter) for a Christmas tree in an apartment or dorm is nearly impossible. Make use of your wall space and find a way to bring the love of a good Christmas tree to a small space.

10. Don't let yourself get too busy to enjoy the best part of the year.


College can be extremely stressful. While it may seem juvenile to revel in the holidays, enjoying a happy time of year can be a great stress reliever. Be a kid. Focus on silly decorations and happy memories, you'll end up benefiting from it more than you realize.

Life is too short to ignore the fun things. Whether you're 10-years-old or 30-years-old, if you love the holidays you should make it a priority to value them. Before you get caught up in the whirlwind of final exams and the stress of classes, take an afternoon and make your living space feel like a fall escape. After all, you know you'll work better if you love the place where you're working.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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