A Letter To Santa From Your Typical College Student

A Letter To Santa From Your Typical College Student

Dear Santa, I know you're not a miracle worker, but a 4.0 GPA would be great...
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Dear Santa,

Hi, it's me and I've got a pretty long list of stuff I'd like to have this year. I know you're just a dude with some kind of magic powers and not a miracle worker, but maybe you can still help? I promise I've been extra good this year and all of that stuff. I've only watched Netflix when I was supposed to be working some of the time instead of all of the time and I haven't asked for a single deadline extension on my homework. And you know I've studied really hard for all of my exams. Well, fine, maybe not all of them, but enough of them, right? Okay. Here goes, my Christmas list:

1. A higher GPA

I know I shouldn't be greedy because my GPA is already decent, but I would really, really, really like for it to be a *little* higher than it is. Somewhere in the 3.7-4.0 range would be really nice.

2. Gas cards

You know as well as I do that I have to drive a lot and gas can get expensive. Some loaded gas cards would be pretty cool, Santa. I mean, how am I supposed to be home for Christmas without them?

3. Starbucks gift card

Santa, friend, I am a college student. All we do is drink coffee and wish we could sleep, but good coffee isn't cheap, so maybe you could hit me up with a gift card to Starbucks?

4. More hours to sleep

Santa, I swear that I'll be asleep when you come to give me all of this stuff because I finally won't have to stay up and do assignments. But if you could figure out how to add a couple more hours to each day that were to be used exclusively for sleeping, that would be pretty great.

5. Cheaper Netflix

Okay, Santa. So Netflix is continually getting more expensive, which isn't cool. But I can't college without it. So maybe you could get them to lower the price of it? Please?

6. Canceled finals

Santa, if you could get my finals canceled, I would be willing to do anything you asked. taking out the exams takes out my stress, which means that I can properly celebrate the Christmas season without feeling guilty that I'm not studying.

7. Less homework

While we're on the subject of reducing stress, if you could lighten the workload, that'd be nice. Even just a teensy bit less homework every week would help a lot.

8. Free food

Santa, I love food, as I'm sure you do too. But getting really good food is kind of expensive. Not to get too greedy here, but I was wondering if you could just make food free for students?

9. A gym bod without actually going to the gym

Okay, Santa, I bet you can relate to this one. No one on college-earth has the time it takes to go to the gym regularly every week and work toward being healthy. And even when they do, no one really feels like it, so my request for you, pal, is that we could all somehow have gym bods without actually going to the gym.

10. A dog

Since a dog can be kind of a lot for a college student though, maybe you should include some extra time to be able to take care of it?

11. A job/money

Santa, if we're being real, several of the problems listed here could be fixed by one simple thing: a large paycheck. So really, the best gift for me would be a job that requires a relatively low amount of work but pays somewhere around six-figures a year. That's completely feasible, right?

Santa, I know that this list is kind of a tall order, but I also know that you're the Santa Claus. You can make it happen. You could set them under the tree or in my stocking or it could just magically appear in front of me somewhere random - whatever works best for you. I'll even do the whole milk and cookies thing - I'm finally old enough to bake the cookies for you myself, so keep that in mind.

Thanks, Santa, and see you soon!

A typical college student

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

Ty


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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