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

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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I Should Hate Valentine's Day, But I Really Don't

Based on my track record with love, celebrating should be out of the question.

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Everything about romance and love and Valentine's Day should disgust me. Romance isn't something I'm very familiar with and my run-ins with it haven't been too great. But love is such a beautiful emotion and I would argue it's the most powerful.

That's why Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays.

It's undeniably a corporate holiday and I never ignore that. But we don't have to make it about greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolates. It's the idea of having a day that revolves around the emotion that controls everything that is good in the world. Because of how much I enjoy showing love, I'm totally for having a day to express it at full volume.

With no one extra special person to share the day with and very few friends who are single like me, it would be easy to stay bitter and spend the day cursing at relationships while I shovel in an endless amount of ice cream. But that's never been how I do things. Taking the easy way out isn't my style.

I celebrate February 14th by taking in and giving out so much love. I look forward to sharing every ounce of joy that exists in my heart. I want to give so much extra love to all the people I care about.

Life sometimes gets in the way of expressing love in the right way and Valentine's Day grants us an opportunity to really focus on it. There's nothing wrong with showing people they're being thought of.

It's also a chance for us to really love ourselves, and I make sure I do that. I try to practice self-care all the time, but I don't always get the chance to. But on Valentine's Day, I like to remind myself that love exists and it's beautiful and I owe it to myself to experience that.

Even if it's on my own and it's just a face mask and some quiet time. It's so important to be conscious of love and the meaning behind it.

Not being able to experience the typical traditions of Valentine's Day shouldn't take away from celebrating it all together. Fellow single friends can do a Galentine's Day and love each other. And if that doesn't work either, we can just love ourselves a little extra to make up for where it gets lost.

With all the negativity in the world already, we shouldn't let a day of love be negative too. We should put our hearts on our sleeves instead.

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The Date Party Dilemma: The Unreasonably Frantic Search for the Perfect Date

In Greek Life and stressed about date parties? Don't worry, you're not alone.

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For those of you who are strangers to Greek Life, let me introduce to you, in my opinion, one of the most unnecessarily stressful aspects of being in a sorority or fraternity: the date party.

A date party is exactly what it sounds like: a classic event that typically involves an off-campus venue, semi-formal attire, and that's right, you guessed it, bringing a date. Or rather, in my case, frantically searching for one.

Of course, I cannot speak for everyone, but being that I'm a shy college freshman with a limited amount of guy friends, the simple phrase "date party" gives me heartburn (and at the ripe old age of 19, too). As my chest pains become more persistent, I'm starting to question why I've turned something that's supposed to be fun into something that brings me an unreasonable amount of stress.

For one, I'm afraid that every guy I ask is going to say no. In other words, you could say that I have this wonderful thing called the fear of rejection. This isn't surprising, considering that most people do as well. But this is an extremely real fear. The very thought of asking someone, just for them to turn you down, is scary, heart wrenching, and intimidating; and like most fears, I'm learning how to overcome this.

Although one or two boys I might ask may turn me down, it's pretty illogical for me to think that there isn't a single guy at UCLA who wouldn't want to accompany me. There are 40,000 people at this school - and assuming that half are male, I, in theory, have approximately 20,000 options. That's not too bad. I also need to realize that I shouldn't be upset over the fact that someone may not want to go with me - why would I want to spend time with someone who wouldn't want to spend time with me? Rather than dwelling on rejection, I should be eager to find someone else who actually wants to have fun with me.

A second issue that I have with date parties is that I tend to overcomplicate what it actually entails. In my naive, freshman mind, I tend to believe that the terms "date party" and "friends" are completely independent of one another. For some reason, I have convinced myself that if I ask someone to a date party, they have to "like me" or be at least somewhat attracted to me, very middle school of me, I know.

Instead, I need to recognize that two people can go together as friends, and as a result, not expect anything from one another. Two people could also go as more than friends, but this doesn't mean that expectations have to change. You don't even have to take a date, and instead, enjoy the night with your sorority sisters. When you begin to take away the assumption that date parties will automatically lead to, for lack of a better term, "courtship," you minimize the potential feelings of anxiety and uneasiness that come with associating the date party with such unreasonable standards.

Although easier said than done, I am going to try to no longer associate the date party with stress and resentment. Instead of viewing it as an endless journey of finding a date, I'm going to try to view it as nothing more than a fun, light-hearted event that I can attend with someone I enjoy, whether it be a friend or someone that is more than a friend.

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