5 Things You'll Experience If You're Stuck On Campus Over Break

5 Things You'll Experience If You're Stuck On Campus Over Break

It sucks being from so far away from home.

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There are a few times per school year when there are extended breaks for students to take off classes and possibly go home for a long weekend. This is all fine and dandy — if you can manage to actually go home. If you can't, you'll be thrown to the wolves.

For me, I stayed on campus last Thanksgiving Break alone for a few days, as well as this semester's fall break.

Taken from my past experiences, it sucks being from so far away from home (all my out-of-state homies understand the struggle), when you are literally the only person left around. Whether it's because you have to work, plane tickets home are too expensive, or you just don't feel like going home, I guarantee you'll find yourself going through the following scenarios:

1.  Campus will be an absolute ghost town.

It's super creepy if you walk around campus during a holiday break, because you will literally be the only living organism for a few square miles. My advice: stock up on snacks and rations BEFORE the break starts, then don't leave your apartment. Upside: unlimited choice for parking spots.

2.  You'll get incredibly homesick.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm so incredibly happy that all of you get to go home to your warm beds and smiling moms and cute dogs. Please - post more Instagram photos from your trip home, I love looking at them while wallowing in my own self-pity #Bitter.

3.  Some of your favorite places may be closed.

Possibly the most heartbreaking of all the scenarios: a lot of your favorite places may be closed. If you come from a small college town, business gets slow when everyone goes home, so stuff shuts down for a bit. On-campus buildings also close, so you can't even go to the Student Union and hang out and get food.

4.  You'll get BORED.  

Literally, there will be no one to talk to in your apartment, you don't have classes to attend for a few days, and all your friends will be busy with their families. Netflix and texting your mom will become your two main priorities.

5.  You'll find yourself being incredibly obnoxious.

If there is one good thing to come out of all of this, you really have the freedom to do whatever you want while everyone else is gone. When I was stuck here last time, I got to watch all six seasons of "Glee" on full volume (and not worry about anyone hearing me scream-sing at the top of my lungs. Take advantage of this!!!

So, stay warm this holiday season and keep yourself entertained. I suggest Netflix, snacks and more Netflix.

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Summertime Quotes

Those perfect quotes for those perfect pictures.
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There are many ways to get excited for summertime. Those include ice cream, flip flops, walks on the beach,going down the shore, vacations, s'mores, ice pops, ice cream,boat rides, and of course many memories being made with friends. With all these great memories you are making with your friends, it definitely means that it's a time to take pictures with all your friends. When you take pictures it means that your obviously going to be posting them on Instagram and all the other social media.

The question always comes "What should I caption it." You ask everyone this question from your friends to your siblings. I do this and I feel many other people do to. This is primarily fun in the summer because of all the amounts of captions that you can find on websites like Pinterest. That's what I did. What I found was a serious of quotes. All these I would use on my pictures. But obviously I have to many quotes to use that I would be posting a picture everyday which is kinda impossible. I hope that in all these quotes you will find one that you can use on your pictures.

"Good times and tan lines"

"A pineapple a day keeps the worries away"

"High tides good vibes"

"Sunshine is the best medicine"

"The tans will fade but the memories will last forever"

"Ocean air salty hair"

"Life was meant for good friends and great adventures"

"Sea you soon"

"Home is where the anchor drops"

"Some of the best memories are made in flip flops"

"Mermaid kisses & starfish wishes"

"Think less, live more"

"The adventures began"

"Here comes the sun"

"That summer feeling"

"Beach please"

"Sun and Sand"

"Travel does the heart good"

"Some people make your laugh louder, your smile brighter, and your life better"

"Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat"

"Summer goal: Become a mermaid"

"If theres a will, theres a wave"

"You can find me where the music meets the ocean"

"You can't stop the waves but you can learn to swim"

"Not always sunny, but in a sunny state of mind"

"Don't stress do your best and forget the rest"

"Life is simple, just add water"

"Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink wild air"

"Be a pineapple stand tall wear a crown and be sweet on the inside"

"Palm trees, coconuts, tanned skin, and sunsets, and salt air"

"All you need is ice cream"

"Life's a beach, keep calm and eat ice cream"

"I want to be wild, beautiful, and free like the sea"

"Everyday should start with coffee an end with ice cream"

"Don't count days. Make the days count"

"Don't worry, be happy"

"Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too"



Now it's time to take some pictures.. you can use Pinterest to find some cool poses for some artsy pictures and fun times.

Cover Image Credit: xxkristincathleenxx

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I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Summer Classes, Let Me Explain

While I can easily see the benefits of taking classes over the summer, as I sit here studying for exams worth 80% of my grade, I have also realized that signing up for classes definitely has some negative aspects too.

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I absolutely love learning and often joked (and eventually seriously stated) that being in school taking classes year-round would be one of the best things ever. So, this summer I decided to take fourteen credits, which is essentially an entire semester of courses within a 10-week period. While I am definitely enjoying what I'm learning and can easily see the benefits of taking classes over the summer, as I sit here studying for exams worth 80% of my grade, I have also realized that signing up for this many classes definitely has a few downsides. Thus my love-hate relationship with summer classes was created.

Initially, I decided to sign up for one summer class because the idea of being able to finish a math course in five weeks instead of 15 weeks was VERY appealing to me (I don't really enjoy math). However, that one class quickly turned into four classes when I thought about prerequisite courses and how much I would be able to learn within such a short period of time. It seemed to make sense to me, I loved school and had the opportunity to continue it for a few more months - why wouldn't I?

Well, halfway through my first set of classes, I have an answer to that question. Walking into my first summer class and reading the syllabus made me quickly realize how rushed this semester is going to be. I have exams pretty much every week in addition to quizzes, projects, and papers - not to mention meeting for actual class 12 hours every week. On top of that, there's also homework assignments and studying, which probably consumes an additional 12 hours of my week. The classes I'm taking created a busy schedule and my routine needs to be strict if I am going to keep up with everything.

My current summer routine looks a little something like this: wake up, go to class, do homework, drive to the next class, sit and take notes, and drive home. I also have to fit in sleeping and eating. On my days off, work gets added into that routine or spending time with my friends or family, depending on the weekend. It is a somewhat monotonous cycle that has left me feeling a little exhausted sometimes. I am so busy that it got to the point where I spent the entire day with my best friend while she essentially watched me do homework and drink coffee. It gets tiring doing the same thing over and over again while constantly experiencing school-related stress and I can feel myself starting to slowly burn out.

But, as soon as everything starts to feel overwhelming and I don't think I can balance classes, work, and summer all at once, I try to remind myself why I decided to take these classes in the first place. I love school. I always have and as nerdy or lame as it sounds, I think I always will. As a college student, I have the opportunity to spend extra time over the summer learning new things about a variety of topics.

This summer, it happens to be statistics, ecology, ethics, and the history of jazz, but who knows what next summer could hold? It seems nonsensical to me to not take advantage of such a great opportunity for growth even if it leaves me feeling a little stressed. Being in classes this summer also allows me to remain in my school routine of productivity (and procrastination) which will hopefully make the transition into my challenging fall semester go more smoothly.

As easy as it is for me to complain about summer classes and the burnt out feeling associated with them, I honestly have no regrets. I love what I'm doing and I wouldn't have it any other way. But don't get me wrong, I will DEFINITELY be taking advantage of my break in between the fall and summer semesters of classes. Relaxation and vacation will be the only two words in my vocabulary during those five weeks and if you need me, I'll be at the beach.

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