Things college kids do during the holidays

10 Things Your Average College Kid Will Likely Be Doing This Holiday Break

We just finished finals...give us a break.

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Don't get me wrong, every student is unique in some way or another. To be honest, though...most college kids probably don't know what that special, unique feature is yet. I can't even tell you how many times people have asked me what I want to be when I grow up. When I was five, I answered, "a princess." When I was ten, I said, "an Olympic gymnast." Now I'm a senior in college and here's my answer...ASK ME WHEN I'M RETIRED.

Yeah, I'm supposed to be an adult or whatever you call them. Don't worry, I'm still a responsible daughter as I am beginning my Christmas present shopping (for people other than myself) this week. T-minus 10 days until Christmas. OMG, not panicking. IT'S FINE, I'M FINE, EVERYTHING'S FINE. Deep Breaths. Winter break is great: you get to spend all the money you don't have on presents that won't belong to you, you get to see your favorite little cousin who "plays" with your hair like it's her Barbie's, and finally...you get to make a bunch of fake promises to yourself for the New Year when the whole world knows you'll break that promise on January 2nd, 2019.

In all seriousness though, I LEGIT love the holidays! Being with family and friends is what it's all about, especially after a long week of rough finals and bitter students EVERYWHERE! But now it's time to chill.

Here's everything I expect from my college friends this winter break:

1. A text message that reads: I can't hang out because my family is going to my Grandpa and Grandma's annual Christmas party 

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I've been waiting all quarter to see you, and now you tell me you're still not home yet? I need you more than your grandparents do, come home now please and thank you.

- Your Best Friend

2. A confession: I'm a broke college kid, I can't buy you anythinnnnnng

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Yeah, I'm making gifts this year hehe.

3. A party: To celebrate finals being over and/or prepare for those final grades 

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Tis the season, to be REAL jolly!

4. A useless present: Although, I love avocados, so I'd be pretty stoked

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I made a Christmas list this year and sent it out to the whole fam. Watch me get five of the same exact gift.

5. Pure laziness: To loungeeeeee all day every day 

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Catch me inside, how bout that? It's freezing.

6. A true holiday: In other words, some sort of gift exchange 

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If one more person steals my gift during White Elephant, I quit.

7. Tears: When daring to check those final grades 

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Yeah, sorry Professor, you're getting a bad teacher evaluation. Thank you, next.

8. Lies: When they claim to be getting into shape 

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Biiiiiiiiiiish, please, your Snapchat location says you're at Taco Bell, not the gym.

9. More lies: Dieting 

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Can't get enough of that Dorritos Locos Taco from the Bell.

10. THE UNSPEAKABLE LIE: Practicing that New Year's resolution

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My New Year's Resolution this year you might ask...to stop making them!

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Growing Up Catholic And How It Shaped Me

"I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth."

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Ever since I can remember, I have attended church every Sunday morning. Not always at the same church, but always at the same time with all the same people. I've never known anything different.

Both of my parents are Catholic and so are their parents and so on and so forth. I attended religious education classes my whole childhood and when I was 15, I chose to get confirmed which basically says you are choosing to continue your faith.

As a kid, I didn't really understand why we went to church every Sunday and there were some Sundays where I just didn't want to get out of bed to go. When I'm on the verge of not going to mass I tell myself that it is just 1 hour of my time, 1 hour each week and that is all I have to give. Everyone has 1 hour to spare.

Now that I am older, I'm grateful my parents have introduced me to the Catholic Church. I like having something to believe in and being able to have faith. I'm a huge optimist in my daily life and a big part of that is because I trust God's plan for me, whatever happens is with his best intentions for me. I like being able to believe there is more to life than our time on Earth.

It seems that the word "Catholic" has a negative connotation nowadays and that makes me extremely sad. No one should be judged or profiled based on their religion.

Being Catholic to me means always striving to better myself and bring myself closer to God. Being Catholic might mean something else to another person and that's what is great about religion and faith, they affect everyone differently and it is up to you to decide what to do with these 2 things.

At the end of the day, I am grateful for being brought up in the Catholic family I was because it gave me my morals and made me the person I am today, whom I am proud of.

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5 Healthy Tips That Are Easy To Incorporate Into Your Everyday Routine

These are simple, realistic, and easy to apply to your life health tips.

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Health? Don't know her but I've been trying to.

We're all out here trying to live a better life and sometimes that means making some changes in our lifestyles. Although we can't all spend 24/7 in the gym and sustain a vegan diet, we can take small steps to be healthier.

Here are 5 easy to incorporate tips that can help you start that journey.

1. Stretch in the morning

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Odds are you probably spend most of the day sitting down, whether it be in lecture, in your car, or on your couch.

Sometimes you have to give your body a little more mobility. A simple 5 minute stretch in the morning right as you get out of bed might make you feel a little more ready to take on the day.

2. Drink a lot of water

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I always forget to drink water but it is so important!

It helps your metabolism and your skin and your overall health. So set a goal for yourself to drink the recommended 8 - eight ounce - glasses. Getting a cute reusable cup might help motivate you.

3. Go on a walk after dinner

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Ok I don't know about you but sometimes I eat a little bit too much. This can sometimes lead to me feeling tired and drowsy after, aka a food coma.

But I got the solution—go on a walk. It'll help you feel less tired and your food to be digested quicker.

4. Make yourself a green smoothie everyday

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Seriously, theres so many healthy smoothie recipes out there and they'll help you get your daily fruit and veggie intake so quickly. It literally takes 5 minutes and you can make it at any time during the day.

5. Get more sleep

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Even when life gets busy you shouldn't sacrifice your sleeping time. Set a realistic goal of getting at least an extra hour of sleep and notice the difference you see in your overall health.

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