9 Things That Make The Most Out Of Any Break From School

9 Things That Make The Most Out Of Any Break From School

TGFAB: Thank God for a break.

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The best time of the semester, I think we can all agree, is the end of it of course. But the second best time is that mid-semester break. After hyperventilating about mid-terms and cramming in group projects, so you can take a break from all the commotion is really helpful for anyone's psyche. Here are some things that you can do to make the most out of your break...

1. Recuperate

The semester takes a good toll on your body. From the mind to the outward skin you feel exhausted when it comes to the break. If that describes you then take this break to just relax and take your mind off school for a little bit. We all know how hard you have been working. Go and live your best life for a couple of days!

2. Go See Family

There is no place like home. That is the truth and we are sticking to it. Go see Grandma for some cookies and maybe that lecture from your Mom about your midterm grades won't be so bad.

3. Binge Watch Something

This is the perfect time to catch up on some of the shows that everyone you meet has recommended to you. You may not be able to get to all of them, but at least you will have some new shows to put into your queue.

4. Spend Time With Yourself

Being in school all the time means being around people all the time. Whether that is professors, students, friends, peers, co-workers, etc. Put your phone on do not disturb mode and draw you up a nice bath to sulk in. Blast your favorite music in your solitude. Enjoy yourself while nobody is watching!

5. Take A Trip

Gas up the car and head out on the road. Go to that restaurant you saw Guy Fieri eating at that made you salivate. Go to another state and represent for your hometown. It may be a little late to book a hotel, but that is why we have Airbnb. So get on the road again!

6. Catch Up On Work

We all get it. You overslept for your class three times and have missed some homework. Professors love giving out extra credit assignments and work during breaks. If you are one of the unfortunate ones I would suggest that you take this time to catch up on some school work. And even possibly get ahead, so you aren't stressing out as much.

7. Clean Up Your Internet Presence

There are not enough hours during a regular school week to be sitting on your phone all the time. Take this break to work on your resume and clean up some of your social media. Add some customization to your phone and organize yourself. There is nothing worse than having a messy desktop and room at the same time.

8. Do What You've Been Doing

Some people just have it all together, don't they? Well if you are one of those people keep on doing what you are doing. The rest of us will get on your wave soon enough.

9. SLEEP!

This is probably self-explanatory, but man how great is it? Every single day of this break you have no obligations (unless you made some), nothing to do (unless you do), and nowhere to be (unless you're doing number five). Hop in the bed and become friends with pillow and blanket. Catch as many Z's as you can.

All in all, having a break is something that we all need whether we will admit it or not. So go out and enjoy time away from stress.

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40 Songs For The Ultimate Summer Road Trip Playlist You Can Thank Me For Later

"Road trips require a couple of things: a well-balanced diet of caffeine, salt and sugar and an excellent selection of tunes- oh, and directions." — Jen McKinlay

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Summer is here and road trips are upon us! I don't know about you guys, but when I go on long road trips, listening to good music is one of the most important things to me. So, I have put together a playlist of great music for you guys to choose from, broken up into different genres. Listen, be free and enjoy!

Country lovers

1. "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line

2. "Body Like A Backroad" by Sam Hunt

3. "To a T" by Ryan Hurd

4. "Someone I Used to Know" by Zac Brown Band

5. "Burning Man" by Dierks Bentley (feat. Brothers Osborne)

6. "May We All" by Florida Georgia Line (feat. Tim McGraw)

7. "Toes" by Zac Brown Band

8. "God's Country" by Blake Shelton

9. "Springsteen" by Eric Church

10. "Blue Tacoma" by Russel Dickerson

Classic Rock head bangers

1. "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

2. "Fat Bottom Girls" by Queen

3. "Take It Easy" by the Eagles

4. "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses

5. "Back In Black" by AC/DC

6. "Hey Jude" by The Beatles

7. "Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas

8. "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

9. "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John

10. "Dream On" by Aerosmith

90's Music pop and lockers

1. "No Diggity" by Blackstreet

2. "Wonderwall" by Oasis

3. "Wannabe" by Spice Girls

4. "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio

5. "Livin la Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin

6. "All Star" by Smash Mouth

7. "…Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears

8. "Bye Bye Bye" by NSYNC

9. "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys

10. "California Love" by 2pac (feat. Dr. Dre)

Pop bee bops

1. "Girls Like You" by Maroon 5

2. "Sucker" by Jonas Brothers

3. "Power Is Power" by SZA, The Weekend and Travis Scott

4. "I Don't Care" by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber

5. "thank u, next" by Ariana Grande

6. "Talk" by Khalid

7. "Mine" by Bazzi

8. "Sunflower" by Post Malone and Swae Lee

9. "Happier" by Marshmello and Bastille

10. "Malibu" by Miley Cyrus

I hope everyone's summer is filled with great trips, awesome memories, relaxing days and perfect music. Let the road take you where ever it may lead you!

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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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