5 Things College Students Do Over Winter Break, Good AND Bad

5 Things College Students Do Over Winter Break, Good AND Bad

After a semester apart, we finally reunite with our high school friends.

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1. We mess up our sleep schedules

College students come to no responsibilities, so we stay up until ungodly hours of the night binge watching the newest Netflix shows. We go to bed without setting an alarm for the morning and wake up around lunchtime most days.

2. Give our livers a break

We spend our Saturday nights with our families instead of binge drinking at our favorite bars.

3. Reconnect with our old friends

After a semester apart, we finally reunite with our high school friends. We catch up on each other's lives and gossip about all the people we went to high school with who got fat, got pregnant, or have already dropped out of college.

4. Eat real food

We leave the microwaveable meals behind and come home to a fudge filled with groceries we did not have to buy, our favorite hometown restaurants, a Christmas feast, and our parents cooking.

5. Remember how nice it is to have freedom

Instead of just leaving and going wherever, we now have to tell our parents where we're going, who we are going with, how long we will be gone, and so on.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
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As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.


Cover Image Credit: Lauren Gherna

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Fun Things To Do When The Winter Cold Traps You Indoors

"My favorite thing about winter? When it's over."

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The days are getting colder by the minute, and with the polar vortex threatening the month of February, it's hard to find things to do every day besides simply sitting around doing nothing. In order to combat this, I've come up with a list of activities that may be able to help with the boredom of winter and the awful cold weather.

One of the best things to do on a rainy, cold or gross day is watch movies. Get a group of friends together and pick out your favorite movie series or set of movies of a certain genre. Make popcorn, buy snacks and set up a comfy couch with blankets and pillows. It's an easy, inexpensive and fun way to spend the day with friends as well as enjoy your favorite movies together.

In relation to a movie day, you could have a game day. Whether you choose video games or board games, setting up a fun little gameday with your friends or family is a great way to spend the day inside. If you want to challenge yourself, you could choose games like "Monopoly" or "Scrabble" so you have to put a little more thought into it. Or, you could choose fun games like "Cards Against Humanity" or "Mario Kart" in order to feel more relaxed.

Another fun activity for a cold day is making crafts and decorations for your room or house. There are so many cute "do-it-yourself" projects on Pinterest, Google and YouTube. Painting canvases is a super easy and fun DIY project that doesn't take much effort but leaves a room looking completely re-done. You can easily find a new project for the day and create something to spice up your space. Along with that, it would also be fun to look up recipes on the same sites and learn about new foods. Whether you like to bake or cook, there are so many delicious recipes you can try.

The last set of activities is definitely relaxing and all about self-care. Sometimes, being at home all day for days on end can cause you to feel extremely lazy and all-around gross. Setting up a spa day in order to refresh yourself is something that's so easy and fun. Find a friend, buy a facemask and paint your nails. Feeling rejuvenated after weeks of cold weather can not only be a benefit for your skin but your mentality as well. In relation to that, if you want something a little more upbeat, you could always do an "at-home-workout," which can be found anywhere and everywhere on the web. Even if it's something as simple as a no-weight workout or some type of yoga, getting yourself up and moving is bound to make you feel a lot better about the past days of laziness.

The best part about all of these activities is that they're so versatile – you can do them with your friends, family or alone if you want. Whatever you choose to do inside on the cold days ahead, make it worth your while and be sure to do something that you enjoy.

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