If You're Not Going To Cabo For Spring Break, Here's What To Do Instead

If You're Not Going To Cabo For Spring Break, Here's What To Do Instead

At Spring Break University, why go anywhere else?

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As much as we'd all love to be sipping on drinks in a pool during a Diplo set under the hot Mexican sun, the reality is you're stuck in Arizona. Maybe you're working, maybe you're prone to sunburns, or maybe you're just a broke college kid like me who's heard way too many sex trafficking and tainted alcohol stories. Whichever it is, stop the FOMO because Arizona is warming up and you'll be doing all of these things here at some apartment building or pool party very soon.

My advice? Blast some tropical tunes and do the following instead:

1. Go See A Show.

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Check out the Songkick app to see your favorite artists performing in Phoenix. Make it easier by syncing your Spotify or music on your phone. This weekend is M3F Fest with headliners like Odesza and Empire of the Sun. Prefer rock over indie? Check out the Innings Fest with Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, Cake, and more! If you prefer rap, Lil mosey is performing at The Marquee this Saturday, March 2nd. Songkick has something for everyone with shows costing as little as $10, so there's really no excuse not to be spontaneous and have some fun.

2. Revisit Your New Year's Resolutions.

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Think back to December when you were thinking of everything you wanted to do differently. Workout five times a week, start flossing regularly, spend less time on social media, and get a 4.0. When school began, everything probably fell out of importance. You said you would only eat Taco Bell once a week, then you were up late during the week studying anyway and it became the only plausible option. Breaks are a time for you to bounce back (cue Big Sean) and revive yourself. Think about what you're like at your absolute best. Who is that person and what makes them happy? Working out releases endorphins and is a great mood booster that I'm definitely going to revisit.

3. Binge Watch The Movies On Your List.

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Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime video have amazing selections. Though you might scroll through and think 'There's nothing to watch!', That's so not the case. People won't quit talking about how amazing the show "You" is anyway that one asap, after all of the Timotheé Chalamet movies of course.

PSA: Space Jam is on Hulu. I know every sorority girl that has done a Space Jame bid day theme hasn't seen this movie, so get on it!

4. Catch Up On Homework.

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Nobody's perfect and goes to every single class for the whole allotted time. If that's you, perfect. Skip this one. I can not tell you how many times I have been in astronomy, realized I haven't been paying attention and then left. Spring break is an entire 9 + days and if you spent a little of each day or one single day being productive with school work, you can get ahead, so when everyone gets back, you'll be free to have fun.

5. Take A Day Trip In Arizona.

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Something that Arizona has that my home state doesn't is the ability to see some amazing things on a day trip. Even in the immediate area, there's South Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Camelback and more. Then we have Sedona, Tombstone, and the Grand Canyon if you're so inclined to make a five-hour drive. Tombstone is a huge tourist spot since it looks exactly like an old town over a hundred years ago when this was still the 'Wild West'.

6. Apply To Internships.

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Homework has taken over all of your time and when you're free, the last thing you want to do is more work. What's supposed to go into a cover letter anyway? This week you have no excuse. For so long I thought I couldn't get an internship because I hardly knew anything about my major, but that's not the case. Many freshmen and sophomores have gotten internship opportunities from networking and putting themselves out there. Most of them know nothing about their major. An internship gives you insight into what you may be doing from day to day at a job after graduation. Take this opportunity now and push yourself a little.

Who needs Cabo or Lake Havasu when we already live in an amazing city? Plus, we can act like we're there when people are posting stories of their every waking moment. Go out and do some fun things for yourself this spring break. Pool season will be here before you know it.

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5 Reasons Why I Love Being The Same Height As My Boyfriend

Height is just a number after all.
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I think it's safe to say that most girls' dream guy is someone taller than them. Our society has idealized the "perfect couple" as a short girl and a tall guy. It often makes couples who don't fit this standard feel their relationship is inadequate or unacceptable, but this certainly isn't the case. Just like any other physical feature, height shouldn't determine who we decide to date or become friends with.

I am a 5-foot-5-inch girl who is dating a 5-foot-4-inch boy. From personal experience, I can tell you that having a boyfriend (or girlfriend) your same height has so many benefits that typically aren't highlighted in mainstream media.

1. No uncomfortable neck-craning kisses.

Let's be honest -- photos of girls standing on their tippy-toes and boys bending down to kiss may be cute for Tumblr purposes, but who really wants to hold that uncomfortable pose forever? Being close in height means our lips are also about the same height, which is great for comfortable and accessible kissies and hugs every time.

2. No one feels looked down upon.

Whether it's a normal conversation (or an argument), our height creates a more even playing field. No one person towers over the other, making us feel like equals, as well as making it easy to maintain eye-contact.

3. Selfies are easy.

No matter where we are standing, it's quick and easy for both of our faces to fit in the frame. If your man is way taller than you, it can be awkward to get that Instagram-worthy selfie easily. However, no worrying about how to get the perfect angle in my relationship -- it comes easily.

4. Hand-holding feels natural.

Similar to accessible kisses, holding hands is easy because they are already at the same height. Neither one has to bend their arm nor reach up, so it's convenient and completely comfortable.

5. We both understand how truly unimportant height is in a relationship.

At the end of the day, we both know that what makes a relationship isn't the ease of hand-holding, talking, kissing, or selfie-taking. Although we are about the same height and acknowledge the often over-looked benefits, I wouldn't feel any less of a connection if he was two inches shorter and I was two inches taller. Relationships, no matter what kind or who with, are about so much more than height. In a society that values looks so much, it's essential that we all remember love comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and genders -- don't let the media fool you into believing love is confined solely to "tall boy + short girl = cute couple." Maybe it's time for our society to rewrite the equation.

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10 Little Ways To Practice Mindfulness This Spring

Spring is a time for new beginnings!

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Spring is the time to take initiative! All the new year's resolutions finally seem like something worth achieving. It's the first time the weather has been nice all year, and it feels like the start of something great. Even with all the pollen and the massive to-do list, life is truly wonderful.

1. Soak up the sun

After being all cooped up indoors or bundled in layers, for what seemed like forever, it's time to let our favorite star do its thing! Get some much-needed Vitamin D to feel energized and lifted after a miserable winter.

2. Stop to smell the flowers

I mean this both literally and figuratively. Spring gifts us with so much natural beauty and we're lucky enough to get to really let that set in and sense it. Take time to make the most of it. Smell the flowers, pet happy puppies, lie out in the soft grass.

3. Eat clean

The best fruit and vegetables are so fresh this time of year and it feels so good to eat what grows naturally. If you have any favorites, take advantage of how much better they are right now.

4. Go for a walk

It's the perfect time to clear your mind by taking a walk. If you're stressed out about all the things you have to do, go experience life as it happens (just maybe take an allergy pill first). You'll be surprised by how much better you feel.

5. Care for some plants

Plants are the kind of responsibility that feels good. And this is the best time to care for them because most of their needs are met with the sun and nice weather.

Spring clean!

Spring cleaning is a ritual! And it comes with high rewards. Give your closet, bedroom, or entire home the Marie Kondo treatment. Get rid of anything you don't need. It'll clear so much more than just your surroundings.

Practice yoga

In this case, "yoga" is a loose term. Basically, just relax. Stretch and get comfortable in your body, maybe even outside. Whatever feels right at the moment. It's a good time to start new habits that will have you feeling amazing.

8. Take a road trip

Roll the windows down, blast the best music, and go somewhere fun. It doesn't even matter what the destination is; the ride there is half the fun! The weather is perfect for a getaway.

9. Dress in a way that makes you happy

The weather is as versatile as will ever be this time of year, so take full advantage of that by dressing how you want. Just about anything goes. It's breezy enough to rock a few layers but sunny enough to go lighter. You have full creative freedom. Nothing's stopping you, especially not the weather!

10. Allow yourself to be inspired!

You can get inspired anywhere and at any moment, but there's something extra special about drawing inspiration from all the natural beauty this world has to offer. Turn the passion into something greater. With so much negativity, you can take this golden opportunity to change it.

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