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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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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I'm Keeping My Christmas Tree Up All Winter And There's Nothing You Can Do About It

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I think that my tree would not be considered Christmas-y if the ornaments are taken off and the lights are kept on. I think to just looks wintry. I am also keeping up decorations that say "let it snow", and I am keeping up any snowman without holly berries or presents in their hands.

The tree looks wintry in my opinion. It looks pretty with the lights and brings the room together. It gives off a warm ambiance, unlike that of fluorescent lighting.

I've taken all ornaments off except for gold snowflakes and I've left the silver tinsel garland on as well as the lights. It looks wintry to me still. I will probably be taking the whole tree down by the end of this month to prepare for Valentine's Day decorating. (Yes, I pretty much decorate my apartment for every holiday—sue me).

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Or coming inside from a dreary, rainy day outside and seeing them light up the room in a calm, warm, and comforting glow.

Or having a bad day, looking up, and seeing them shine.

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Pretty, twinkling lights forever!

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