7 Fun Winter Things That Every Basic College Girl Loves To Do

7 Fun Winter Things That Every Basic College Girl Loves To Do

Baby, it's cold outside, but you can still have fun.

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It's right around October when you wake up and see that beautiful white blanket covering the earth surface. The windshields are covered with the first frost of the season and the chill in the air is just enough to create a fog when you breathe. WINTER IS HERE.

So now that going out in cute dresses and heels is a bit more dangerous (considering the ice-covered sidewalks), and football season is over, what is a girl to do for fun?

While the winter season tends to leave many feeling more comfy and cozy... like I'd rather stay in, watch a novella, and curl up by the fire with my man, there are so many fun things to do around this time that you simply have to experience a few.

1. Movie night in 

So, while this is meant to encourage you to get out and have fun, who can deny that a quiet night in, snuggled up on the couch isn't the perfect kind of night? Not me. So defiantly. Find some awesome holiday movies, pop some corn, do up the hot chocolate with all the marshmallows in the world, and enjoy.

2. Game night 

Host a game night. Invite those special few for a night of Monopoly, LIFE, UNO attack (my personal favorite), cups, beer pong, cards against humanity, anything that'll liven up the party. Get people to pitch in for snacks and you got another fun night in with friends.

3. DIY gifts

While this may seem strange, there are so many art studios that offer poetry for paint. Go in, find your piece and go crazy with the colors my friend. Do it up real good, then gift it to Mom and Dad for Christmas. So fun.

4. Go see Christmas lights 

A MUST. Take a stroll through your town. Find those areas with never-ending neighborhoods, the ones you KNOW are popular during Halloween. See while I was growing up, finding the Christmas lights was never an issue for me. My family and I lived next to the KING of Christmas decor. You think I'm joking. IM NOT. (Pictures for proof?) the guy was on the front page of the city newspaper every year. But, there's something about Christmas lights. Maybe it's their color, or their pop and flare, maybe it's just the way they make you feel. That holiday spirit jumps out at you in bright red and bright green bulbs and honestly, it's just great. GO SEE THE LIGHTS.

5. Tree farm

While not all tree farms are marvelous, most of them offer much more than just trees. Some are completely tailored to target the young crowd of Santa clause seekers. Which means there's cider, cookies, popcorn, fun decorations, trees (of course), and Santa clause will probably be there. Make a day of it. Go with your buddies, check out the farm, get some hot cider and maybe even say hi to old Saint Nick.

6. Go to the theater 

For some reason, the movies are always more magically around this time. Depending on what's playing, the entertainment industry always saves the best movies for the holidays. Take advantage.

7. Bake 

I mean duh, right? Cooking around the holidays is always so fun. Sugar cookies are the best for this time of year. Doing them up with all the frosting, sprinkles, and sugar you can. Christmas themed of course. There's so much to choose from, cakes, pies, cookies, muffins, spend your afternoon going crazy in the kitchen.

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15 Reasons Why Winter Is My Favorite Season

Winter doesn't always have to be miserable and cold.
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It seems like winter weather in New York always comes quicker than we expect it to. Summer comes to an end, fall weather lasts for a brief three seconds, and then we feel the brisk air of winter coming. I've lived in New York my entire life so this is not my first rodeo and I can definitely tell you winter can suck sometimes. Most people hate the snow, the cool breeze, and the dreary winter season but it's all so much more than that! There are more reasons to love the winter season than to hate it, think about the holidays and being able to overload on carbohydrates (thanks for coming to an end bikini season). Here are my fifteen beautiful reasons on why winter is my favorite season.

1. Layering.

Winter is the only time you can layer all your favorite clothes into one outfit! Add a scarf, a sweater, a flannel, and a coat while still looking put together.

2. Winter drinks.

For all the Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts addicts, winter is the best time for hot drinks. Hot cocoa, salted caramel lattes, hot apple cider, can life get any better?

3. Snow!

How could anyone hate the prettiest part of winter? Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or just enjoy the view. Sometimes getting snowed in is the best part of winter.

4. Christmas lights.

What's a better way to get into the Christmas spirit? Take a walk past Rockefeller Center in Manhattan to feel the magic around Christmas time.

5. Snuggling up next to the person you love.

What's better than snuggling and Elf?

6. Warm clothes.

Mittens, scarves, wool socks, and sweaters? I want to wear all of you. Come right this way!

7. Curling up in bed with a good magazine or book.

Just giving you another reason to be lazy and never want to get out of bed. (PS you might finish an entire series of books if you do this, I'm totally guilty of this.)

8. Holiday parties.

Everyone's favorite party of the year, the ugly Christmas sweater party! Nothing like wearing a funny, vintage, or just plain hideous ugly Christmas sweater to win some prizes. (Or just to go to the party for the free food, also guilty.)

9. Traveling.

For the winter holiday season, most people have a little bit of time off from work or school. Winter break is the perfect vacation for a cabin retreat. Visit a ski resort or a snowboarding lodge with your loved ones and relax for the weekend. Make sure you don't forget your ski's and lots of warm clothes!

10. Dogs in sweaters.

You've got to be a really evil human to not love everything about this. I'll take ten dogs in sweaters please.

11. Comfort food.

Comfort foods most popular day, Thanksgiving. The best winter holiday besides Christmas. Please pass the mashed potatoes, biscuits, stuffing, and everything that's unhealthy because I want it all.

12. Christmas!

My favorite day in winter is Christmas. Everything leading up to Christmas makes me love winter even more. Christmas carols, getting caught under the mistletoe, candy canes, ginger bread houses, stockings, and especially Christmas morning (the only morning of the year I don't mind getting up for).

13. New Years!


New Years kisses, New Years resolutions, and the change of pace for the New Year is always refreshing.

14. Giving back.

There's plenty of ways to give to people to make them have a wonderful Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is an organization to bless Christmas presents to children in need around the world. Toys for tots is also another program you can be involved in, it gives toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them presents.

15. Being grateful for what you have.

Although you should be grateful every day and not just the holiday season, winter is a reminder that home is where the heart is.

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10 Tips For Dealing With Those 'Winter Quarter Blues'

Everyone has to deal with the winter blues this time of year, but when you're in college in the PNW, it can be much harder to deal with, this is a list of tips to help conquer it.

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The Winter Blues. Because of the shorter days, less sunlight, and the end of the holidays, it can be really hard to get yourself out of bed in the morning, let alone go to your classes. Here are some tips for dealing with this blue time of year, to get you through your winter quarter.

Exercise.

I know. I'm tired of hearing it too. But its true. Exercise is good for you and for so much more than losing weight. It can promote better sleep, give you more energy, and just give you a much needed boost of self confidence as well. Even a brisk walk can help you start reaping the benefits.

Consider Investing in a Blue Light.

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While not the cheapest option, investing in one of these Blue Light lamp's can be beneficial. I use one myself during the darker winter months. The blue light mimics UV rays, and can be helpful in fighting off the winter blues and giving your body that extra dose of energy. You can read more about picking one here

Limit Alcohol Consumption.

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This makes me sound like such a buzzkill, I know. But alcohol is a depressant, and the last thing you need during the darker winter months is a hangover and the Booze Blues. I know that its college and its fun to get lit with your friends, but be careful with your drinks and use your best judgment. Drink a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink if you can. You'll thank me when you aren't missing class due to a hangover.

Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule.

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Sleep is how your body heals itself and restores function. Denying yourself some good, regular sleep is asking for trouble. The less sleep you have, the more likely you are to be depressed, or exhibit risk-taking behavior. So turn off your phone, curl up, and get some good ZZZs.

Vitamin D.

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Take some supplements. Part of the reason we're tired and sad during Winter Quarter is that the sun is gone and we're not receiving any of the health benefits its radiant rays bring us. Pick some Vitamin D up from your local store and supplement your body until the sun decides to show its face again

Take a Mental Health Day.

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With everything going on, sometimes it can seem impossible to find a moment to rest. Sometimes you just need a day to stay at home and breathe and so you can't deny yourself the occasional mental health day. Everything in moderation. Don't skip all of your classes for a week, it'll make things worse in the long run, but giving yourself a three day weekend once a month can be beneficial.

Fresh air.

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As cold as it is, go outside, take a breath. It'll give you a moment to organize your brain and slow you to get some fresh air instead of continuing to breathe in all the dust you've been breathing in inside. If you go for a short walk, you can hit two birds with one stone!

See your friends!

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It can be easy to isolate when you're dealing with seasonal depression and still trying to pass your classes. Again, all in moderation. See your friends, isolating yourself is just going to make you feel worse in the long run and it won't help you at all.

Take A Moment.

Take a moment for some mindfulness. With classes, homework, friends, relationships, etc swimming around in your brain, it can be hard to keep things straight, so its worthwhile to take a moment and focus on one thing. Your brain will thank you for it.

SAD? See a Doctor.

Do you think you're exhibiting severe signs of seasonal depression? Sadder than just the Winter Quarter Blues? It would be worthwhile to talk to your Doctor about SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD. Sometimes, its a bigger problem than going for a jog or getting some extra time in the sun can fix.

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