4 Things I Enjoyed As A Kid That I Still Enjoy Today

4 Things I Enjoyed As A Kid That I Still Enjoy Today

I am definitely still a kid at my heart and deep in my soul.

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I become more and more like my younger self around the holidays and winter season. I think it's because of the cozy weather and the memories from school. It also helps that I moved back to my hometown and that my friends have started arriving, back for their month-long vacations.

What really brought me to writing this was the recent purchasing of dinosaur nuggets -- something that made my heart soar after years. Sure, I ate chicken nuggets when I was growing up, but I hadn't really been recent. So when I went to my friendly neighborhood Safeway to get my normal Adult™ groceries I made the radical decision to get these, too.

1. Dino Chicken Nuggets

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Like I already said, dino chicken nuggets (in particular) were my favorite kind of chicken nugget. I loved the shapes (obviously) and they actually taste better than regularly shaped nuggets. It's kind of like how curly fries just taste better than any other kind of fry. It's a fact.

2. Online Flash Games

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I had quite the number of open tabs when it came to online flash games. When I think of those games, my mind first darts to Barbie.com, Disney Channel online, and definitely Cartoon Network online games. I had my favorite games that I would play almost every single day, or at least when I had finished my homework.

Mostly for the nostalgic feels, I still go back to these games when I'm bored and want something to do. The most random, but the favorite game that I loved? The climbing and swinging levels-based game on Cartoon Network online about the show "My Gym Partner's a Monkey!"

3. Coloring Books

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Coloring books with pencils, markers, and crayons are still extremely relaxing and satisfying. I am so glad that they came back in style as gifts, especially the themed ones. One of the most recent best presents that I have relieved was a birthday gift from my roommate. She gave me a Harry Potter-themed coloring book and I am so thankful for it. I used to be terrified of coloring outside of the lines when I didn't have the skill to do otherwise. So, I can actually say that I enjoy these more now that I am an adult with both the skill to color and the relaxation to not care as much if I mess up.

4. Reading in my special spot

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My girl Elliot (above) has the right idea about cuddling in with a good hot drink and quality book. I already read a crazy amount on a major basis. However, the best way to read is the way I used to do it when I was a kid. In reality, I actually had the time to read the way I did when I was younger, but I still love to.

I would grab my book and some hot water or juice, and sit on my bed with the window facing the mountains. I didn't even recognize the absence of anything related to Tumblr because I already got it in my own room.

What do you still love from your childhood that you have kept doing even while getting older?

Frankly, I am just waiting for winter break to get started, but I still wish all of you good luck right before your exams! You're so close to the finish line! Happy holidays and I hope you have a relaxing vacation.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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The First Black Student at USF: Ernest Boger

The black history of our university paves the path for future students of color

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February is Black History month, which spurred me to research into some of the Black History of my own university. There has been many inspirational students of color at the University of South Florida, and all began with one great man. In 1961, University of South Florida accepted their first black student to the university, Ernest Boger. Like many, Boger worked hard for his eventual acceptance to USF. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class and obtained an almost perfect score on his college entrance exam.

While at USF, Ernest Boger continued to be a great academic, as well as highly involved throughout USF activities, especially in the band. One thing that made me very proud to be a USF student is Boger's comments on his transition to USF. Though he did say it was difficult feeling like an outsider in comparison to everyone else, he felt accepted by many at college. However, the same could not be said about the community. For instance, Boger reflects on a time where his band mates and him went to a local restaurant, but the manager refused to serve Boger. As a reflection of true Bull culture, Boger's band mates along with other USF student protested the restaurant for days, until they were attacked as a result. I am so proud to be at a university that supports people of color, and immediately supported the only African American student at the university when he was confronted with outright discrimination.

Despite the discrimination and racism he faced, Boger continued his education at USF, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. And then went on to get a doctorate! Reading about Ernest Boger makes me proud to continue his legacy as a African American student at USF. Especially in the presence of a racially charged society that still presents many limitations for African Americans in the work force, despite the education they worked hard to acquire.

Ernest Boger did not let discrimination halt his success, and neither will we.

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