When You Have A December Birthday

When You Have A December Birthday

December isn't necessarily the best month to have a birthday...
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This upcoming week is a big one. I have an exam, an interview, a final composition proposal, an oral defense of my proposal, a fifteen minute presentation, and about a million other things due as this is the last full week of the semester. With all the stress of thinking about this I almost forgot one thing that happens on Friday. It's my birthday, and not just any birthday but my 21st, the big one. So needless to say this is the only light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel of work.

The fact is, having a birthday smack at the end of a semester, so close to Christmas has always been a challenge. My birthday and Christmas almost morph together, and then bam no more gift giving holidays to look forward to until the following year. My fellow December birthday people and I know the feeling all too well of wishing we had a birthday in April or June so that we would have something else to look forward to later in the year.

Growing up I always remembered feeling a tinge of guilt at getting gifts on my birthday and then having to have people get me more presents only a short two weeks later. I imagine it's even worse for those who's birthday falls on Christmas or Christmas Eve. My parents always did a good job of separating the two however, so that even though it was close I still had a party and attention on my day.

Flash forward to college and a new dilemma pops up. Having a birthday in the middle of the most stressful time in college students' lives is kind of tough. Finals week often requires all spare energy and from the time it starts until the end requires almost complete attention. You walk around campus and people look like zombies, spending hours in the library studying. This isn't exactly the feeling I want to have on my birthday, but it happens nonetheless.

This year I plan to make the best of the situation. After a long week I should have completed enough work to get by with a little fun during the weekend. I'm taking a break from finals preparation and letting myself enjoy being 21. As I grow older this issue will be more and more meaningless, but for now it's a struggle December babies take on.

However, there is a bright side, we were born around the happiest time of the year, the holiday season makes days a little brighter and we get to share in that happiness. So to all those with birthdays in December, Happy Birthday! Don't forget to celebrate yourself while your planning for the holidays.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.

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We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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