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...

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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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.

Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.

1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.

So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

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10 Reasons Why Having A Boyfriend Is Especially Awesome Around The Holidays

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.


A date for looking at Christmas lights is on the top of the list, for sure.

1. You have someone to do all of the activities with

He's like your built-in partner for everything. Wanna watch a movie? Take a nap? Need someone to help you clean your room? You've got your person.

2. You can steal his hoodies when its chilly outside

It doesn't even have to be cold for you to want to. Chances are its a size or two bigger than you need and his cologne is all over it.

3. Chances are he's more willing to drive in the snow than you are 

Guys typically have a little more of a heavy duty vehicle. If you've got a good man, he might even rescue you an hour away in a blizzard if you think you're tougher than the weather.

4. Christmas movie partner!!

Do I need to add more?

5. He can always keep you warm

Bear hugs. Cuddles. His trucks dual air 90 degree heat on your side. He'll find a way to keep you warm.

6. Your family holiday events partner

Multiple Thanksgivings and Christmas' are a breeze with your favorite person by your side. Plus, no one to ask you where your plus one is or why you're single.

7. Matching Christmas pajamas

I don't know about you, but my family has matching Christmas jammies every year. You can even get your favorite person in on them too for a cute insta picture.

8. Your errand running partner

He's your built-in Christmas shopping partner so you aren't bored standing in line forever or while you're still shopping and he can act as your place holder.

9. You aren't the only single one in your family on Christmas Eve anymore. 

It's awkward when all of your siblings are taking pictures with their others, but when you've found your person, you can do all the same things, including looking forward to your new year's kiss.

10. Making more memories

No better time of the year than Winter break to make all the memories with your honey freezing in the weather or sweating by the fireplace.

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