10 Pros And Cons Of Being An Out-Of-State Student During The Holidays

10 Pros And Cons Of Being An Out-Of-State Student During The Holidays

All the pros and cons that we all go through this time of year.

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For many of us out of state kids, there is always the little monster in the back of our heads that says "if I weren't out of state I'd be able to do _____," especially at the holidays. Here is a list of all the pros and cons that we all go through this time of year.

Pro 1: You get to see a whole new city decorated for Christmas.

If you've grown up in the same area all of your life the Christmas decorations aren't really super fascinating when you've seen them year after year. Living in a new city lets you see a whole new city at Christmas.

Con 1: You don't get to decorate the tree with your family.

Unless your family is the kind that decorates on Thanksgiving or before, you usually will miss decorating your Christmas tree and the house with your family. It's always a little sad to go home at Christmas and the decorations are already up.

Pro 2: You get to shop for your family without them finding it.

When you live away from your family for most of the holidays you can shop for your family and friends' gifts without risking them finding it. No more having to shop and hide them in the closet and your mom or sibling seeing the shopping bags and ruining the surprises.

Con 2: You have to pack up your whole life and trek it across the country.

Traveling back and forth between home and school can be frustrating, to say the least. Especially when you live more than 5 hours from school, planning to leave requires days of packing and a day of traveling just to make it back home. Leaving something behind is not an option, so cars and suitcases are filled to the brim.

Pro 3: You and your school friends get to start your own traditions.

The holidays are the perfect time to start friend traditions where you can all gather together and celebrate. When you've only got your friends when you're out at school they become like family, so these new traditions make you feel more at home.

Con 3: You miss out on hometown events.

If you're from like a small town like me, being at school at the beginning of the holidays mean you have to miss out on a lot of hometown events, like the Christmas Parades, Tree Lighting Ceremony and small business shopping nights. Those are the busiest days of the year for my town and missing it always is hard.

Pro 4: You get to get far far away and relax after finals.

Nothing is better than lying in your own bed after a long two weeks of stress and finals. Going home and being able to unwind and relax is the best way to end a semester of being away.

Con 4: You miss out on doing fun holiday things with your friends from school.

When you go home for almost exactly a month you miss out doing fun Christmas and New Year's activities with your friends you made at school. Going home is always great but you're not able to drive an hour or so to see friends who live in-state.

Pro 5: You get home cooked meals for every meal.

No more having TV dinners and frozen breakfasts, or having to go to the dining halls for all of your meals. Going back home for break means you actually get to sit down and enjoy a home-cooked meal every night instead of sitting at your desk and eating in between homework assignments.

Con 5: You're always the first one back in the spring.

Just as it is every year, the time to go back to school comes way too soon and out of state kids are always the first ones back. We have to plan out what day we decide to trek back to school, and it is usually well before the rest of the school comes back.

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12 Things Only Low-Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.
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Sometimes low-maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low-maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low-maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a T-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes? We aren't here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low-maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn't dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You're always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don't care what we do," you really don't care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald's dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I'm just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn't a fashion statement, it's actually just your hairstyle

We aren't about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything… right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip-flops or Converse?

9. Shopping isn't exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my T-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don't want your money, I just want to know you thought of me.

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low-maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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14 Ways To Show You Love Someone This Valentine's Day

You don't need to use the word love to prove it.

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Love means different things to everybody, and on top of that there's a ton of different types of love. You love your favorite food, you love certain hobbies, you love your family, you love your friends, and you love your significant other. Telling your significant other that you love them for the first time can be nerve racking, even if you fully mean it. But when you take a step back and think about it, you've probably told them that you love them already, just without saying those exact words.

You don't need to use the word love to say/prove it, so if you aren't ready to say it yet, if you think it's too soon to say it or the timing just isn't right but you want to make your Valentine feel loved, say and do these 14 things this Valentines day instead.

1. Tell them that they look incredible today.

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2. Ask about how their day was.

3. Ask how their family and friends are.

4. Help them with things they need to get done.

5. Surprise them by making their favorite food, or dessert together.

6. Take them out to eat at their favorite restaurant, or any place that they choose.

7. Open doors for them, and pull out their seat.

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8. Hold their hand, snuggles, forehead kisses, hand kisses, cheek kisses...okay so just kisses in general.

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9. Reassure them with kind words if they are having a tough day or week.

10. Write a love letter about how they make you feel.

11. Bringing them their coffee in the morning, or another one.

12. Tell them that you're proud of them.

13. Telling them to "Drive safely", and "Get home safely."

14. Calling them before bed and letting them know that you had a great day with them.

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