Don't Let The Red Devil Kill Your Summer Vibe!

Don't Let The Red Devil Kill Your Summer Vibe!

Sleeping in late, lots of sunshine, and cozy nights around the campfire are some of the things that make for a summer worth remembering.
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Summer has been defined as "the moment that every child, adolescent, teenager and college student awaits." Although it is intended to be a time of rest, relaxation, and much anticipated vacation, it typically ends up being about 90% laying on the couch playing xbox, and about 10% catching up with friends. However, if you're anything like us, you think that summer is one of the best times of the year. For us, sleeping in late, lots of sunshine, and cozy nights around the campfire are some of the things that make for a summer worth remembering. We're ready to enjoy all that this summer has to offer, but we're also preparing for the inevitable thoughts that come along with that 90% of boredom.



Unpacking - Coming home for summer break can be both a blessing and a curse. The unpacking part? Definitely a curse. But it's not just the living out of a suitcase that can be troublesome. It's the part where you can't find your day-to-day necessities that really gets to me. I guess you've just got to learn how to get by with what you can find.



Final Grades - Okay, so finals are done. You've moved home. You've unpacked. (Alright, fine. You brought all your things into your room. That counts, right?) And now, we wait. One day, two days, three days, four.... A week?! Some teachers are strict on their policies, but when it comes to the rules they have to follow, I guess it's a little bit different. Waiting for final grades to be submitted can become such a routine that it's actually shocking when you go online and see that they've finally been posted.



Boredom - What's the worst thing that could happen to you during summer vacation? You have to sit and watch as all of your friends are out having fun and enjoying their break while you're sitting at home by yourself. Oh, that's right. All of my friends are from school... And they don't live around here... And I'm alone. Cool.



Laziness - Murphy's 4th (lesser known) law is as follows: students at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by a great enough panic attack. Sitting at home, alone, is definitely one of the leading causes of my laziness. Maybe even lazy enough to take a nap because my phone died and the charger is all the way on the other side of the room.



Not Bored For Once - Then, by some miraculous work of the gods, you have a day off and plans to fill your empty hours. This is going to be the highlight of your summer! Until... you wake up and find that it's raining on your only opportunity to have a social life this summer. Better luck next year!





With a great summer vacation comes great possibility, but there is one thing we're sure of: summer break is what you make of it, so stay optimistic and we're sure you'll kill it!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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