How To Make The Best Of Your Summer

How To Make The Best Of Your Summer

Take time and appreciate what you have
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School has finally come to an end. Well at least it has finally come to the point for summer vacation. Now that we no longer have the stressors of coming home every night and doing homework or planning our days around class, we can finally relax. Although relaxing is everyone’s favorite part of having summer vacation, there are so many other things that can make three months not only relaxing but some of the best times of your life. Here are just a few things to make your summer your most memorable.

The number one thing to do during the summer to make it the most memorable is to take pictures. I am not necessarily talking about pictures you post on Snapchat or Instagram, but pictures that you can get printed out and hang them up. For many months following summer, you can look back and have a good laugh or remember the warmth of the sunshine.

Now in order to take pictures of things that you do, you must go out. I know that it is very easy to want to stay inside all day because when else is there really an opportunity to do so? With the warm days and still warm nights, there is so much exploring to do. The best advice that I was ever given about the summer came when someone told me that each summer, everyone should take on a new task or a new hobby. With this in mind, I have created and enjoyed many the adventure with both my friends and family. Even if you don’t want to necessarily start a hobby, there is always trying a new restaurant, visiting somewhere new, or even simply trying a new drink at your favorite coffee shop. There are so many options that all you have to do is go out and enjoy the day.

What would summer be if there weren’t crazy stories surrounding friends? You go all year without seeing your friends from home and in that time, you create great memories with your friends at school, but when you come home there is always a need to meet up with your friends. A lot of the time, some of my best memories came when the friends I made at school came to visit and met my friends from home.

As much fun as it is to go out every day and every night with your friends, you have to remember that your family has not seen you in the same amount of time as your friends have. Sometimes having dinner with your family before going out will not only appease your family who is always teasing you about not being home, but you are able to keep up with how everyone else’s summers are going as well.

Summer is full of many different adventures to be had. A lot of what summer is about is doing the things that during the year you wish you had time for. If that means taking more pictures, doing things that you thought you would have never done, or even just hanging out with your friends and family, summer can make three months some of the most fulfilling. The real trick to make this summer the best that it can be is to do the things that you want to do. Life gets crazy and hectic, and we for a time forget to have fun or enjoy our surroundings. This summer, to make it the best, just take time and appreciate what you have.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.

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When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


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As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


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Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


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Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.


So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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