7 Things To Do Over Spring Break When You're On A Budget

7 Things To Do Over Spring Break When You're On A Budget

Just because you're broke, doesn't mean you can't have fun.
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Spring break. It's like a haven after a brutal week of midterms. After the acceptance of either aceing all of your exams or horribly failing all of the exams, spring break is the time to give yourself a break physically and mentally. It's time to relax, and here are 7 ways to chill out over spring break if you are not traveling anywhere and just staying at home and trying to save money.

1. Spa day

It's spring break and you're tired. A DIY spa day at home with your friends is a great way to just chill out and have fun.

2. Binge watch Netflix

I mean if you're like me, you're already doing that. But now, you can watch without any stress of studying.

3. Go exploring by a nearby city and have a photo session

I love a good photo session and road trip to nearby city, espeicaally when you're on a budget. Just walking around the city and exploring things is such a good stress reliver and a fun time when you just want to hang with friends who are also on a budget and would love to have a photo session to remember the good times.

4. Honestly, grab a book and read

I love reading and with my busy schedule in college, I would do anything to just read and relax at my local coffee shop with a nice Iced Carmel Macchiato.

5. Visit your friends from different schools

Spring break is a weird time because you are not able to meet up with your high school friends because you all have different spring breaks. Meeting up with your friends at their schools not only means you can have, but you can also save money because if you have good and friends, you probably won't need to.

6. Go visit your high school

I know some of you are thinking, "Are you crazy? I barely left." I agree. I hated high school, but I do miss some of my younger friends and my teachers. Catching up with them would be great. Please, if you have the opportunity, visit your teachers.

7. Sleep

After a long week of stressing and studying for midterms, you need sleep. You deserve it.

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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I Love Summer, But This Summer Before Starting College Is Different

Here's a look into what I, as a girl who is going to be a freshman in college, am thinking about the summer before college.

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Summer has to be my absolute favorite time of the year. Endless amounts of sunshine, late nights, concerts, beach days, my birthday, and ultimately, time. However, this summer being the summer before college seems like there isn't an endless amount of time left. With August approaching and move-in dates for my best friends and me, it seems as if the blues are approaching and summer vibes leaving. The end of summer seemed like an eternity away during senior year, but now that it is mid-July that's all I tend to think about lately.

One of the hardest parts about this transition, at least for me, is that I want to make plans and have fun, but of course, at the end of the night, the mood turns somber. I really don't know how I am going to be able to say goodbye to such influential people in my life, and I also know that I am saying goodbye to both the people I know of and myself. People change whether they want to admit it or not, and my friends and I will never be the same people as we are right now in this moment and that is kind of sad.

I know that I will keep in touch with my favorite people, but it will definitely be harder hearing about stories and memories rather than telling them. I also can't think about the fact that there will be people that get to be friends with my besties. Okay, that might sound a little crazy, but I love these people so much that I know the ones who get to be friends with them are so lucky and they don't even know it yet.

Now I get this is completely normal to feel this way when a big change occurs, but I absolutely hate it. And it's not just me. It seems as if everyone my age is feeling the same as me but none of us know what to do.

So for now, I say make as many memories as possible and cherish them at the moment. Make sure you don't take your people for granted during this time, or ever but especially now — because you will need them now more than ever.

You know who you are, I love you forever.

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