Don't Make A Bucket List This Summer And Choose To Live In The Moment, Not By A List

Don't Make A Bucket List This Summer And Choose To Live In The Moment, Not By A List

Live in the moment and be random with no regrets.

Every year, when summer is close enough, people get antsy for the warm weather and freedom. I mean no school for 3 months and minimal priorities sounds like a dream after a stressful semester and week of finals.

In the weeks anticipating summer break, your group-chats, timelines, and thoughts will all consist of what you want to do during your time off. I'm sure you've seen a "summer bucket list' or even made one at some point in your life. This gives you a goal of all you hope to achieve during the summer and ideas for what to do with your friends when no one can think of anything.

However, unless you're apart of the rarity that actually completes your list, it's almost pointless to spend your time basing your summer adventures off of something you'll never finish. In fact, this list arguably plans out a predictable summer and what's the fun in that? We've all dreamt of a movie-like summer full of adventures, randomness, and ultimately fun; so what does a bucket list have to do with that? Arguably, summer is a time for spontaneity.

The best memories come from things you do on the spur of the moment, not the ones you plan for weeks. This is the time in our lives where we are dictated by a strict schedule; whether it's school, work or extracurricular based, it always seems like there's something on the calendar, and this will only continue as we get older. So now is the time to live our summers to the fullest and not live by a list.

Go to a random event you find a poster for, hang out with people you would normally never think to text, and jump in that pool or lake- even if you never even thought about swimming for the day. Go on a random road trip with no particular destination in mind and don't sleep until you see the sunrise.

The best moments are lived carefree and without premeditation and to live a summer full of these moments makes for the one you'll never forget. The summer bucket list brings along the stress that you must complete it in order to have fun and feel content with your summer break.

Reject all your preconceived notions of what you want to accomplish and live freely for the next 3 months. You only have so much time to live freely and stress-free, you might as well take advantage of it.

Enjoy your summer, and don't live by the list. Live in the moment and be random with no regrets.

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If Basic College Majors Were Their Already-Failed New Year's Resolutions

These were all set up to be major failures, anyway.

February is off to the races, and for most of us, that means our New Year's Resolutions have already been broken numerous times. Your major gives a lot of insight into what type of person you are, what resolutions you set and which you've already broken, so let's see what you've failed this year, shall we?

Journalism: "I'm going to journal every night!"

Yeah, you love writing and documenting your life in a journal seems like a great idea! The story of your life, right?! Wrong. Your life is boring and writing "went to class and six meetings today" is not great journal material.

Communication: "I'm going to call my family once a week!"

Communicating with people is your major, so this one makes a ton of sense until it is Sunday night on week three and you realize you haven't called anyone yet.

Pre-Med: "I'm going to get more sleep!"

Who are you kidding? You're studying to be a freaking doctor, you don't get sleep.

Business: "I'm going to budget and spend less money!"

At least you understand the value of money, but you're still a pizza and alcohol-loving college student. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Public Relations: "I'm going to cut back on the coffee!"


Education: "I'm going to be more patient!"

You're so close until a tiny child talks back to you at 8 o'clock in the morning and you realize this is not the profession for patience goals.

Music: "I'm going to learn a new hobby!"

You already know an instrument which is more than most can say. Why learn some other cool talent at this point?

Nursing: "I'm going to drink eight cups of water a day!"

You know water is so good for you, but after clinicals, four exams and about seven hours of homework, you really just need coffee and vodka in an IV.

Political Science: "I'm going to be more civil on social media!"

Well, if people posted less ignorant things I wouldn't have to educate them...

Psychology: "I'm going to manage my stress better!"

Day two and you're already stress eating and crying in campus bathrooms, but at least you understand the theories as to why this is happening to you.

Dietetics: "I'm going to eat super healthily!"

Just because your major is all about living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean that you can't appreciate an entire pizza or five.

Computer Science: "I'm going to be more productive!"

It is hard to be productive when you know how to do hundreds of cool things on your computer, AND make it look like you're taking notes while doing it.

Exercise Science: "I'm going to go to the gym six times a week!"

You know it's good for you. You know the benefits. But damn it if your bed isn't also good for you.

History: "I'm going to live in the moment!"

Well, you're a history major for a reason.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"


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Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.


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Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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