A Spring Break Adventure At Home

A Spring Break Adventure At Home

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This year for spring break I wasn't able to go anywhere fancy like I did this past year. I had homework that needed to be done, no money to spend, and packing for another move in the summer. An exciting and relaxing spring break, right? Last year I was in the beautiful sunny and incredibly warm Florida with five of my best friends. That group has since broken apart and gone in separate directions, we didn't have the time nor the money to make the journey 15 hours south to get our tan on.

Instead this spring break I took each day as a new day to accomplish my goals, but also just to get the alone time that I so desperately needed. I didn't even touch my homework until the end of the week, was this a bad idea? No, not for my mental sanity. I needed a mental break from anything school related and I decided I had to do it. I sat in my living room with Netflix on the tv and a few piles of clothes at my feet. Accomplishing goals but in my own way, sure it took longer but I had more fun doing it.

The Thursday of my break I found myself driving down to southern New Jersey to pick up my newest best friend. The Florida native who was excited to see what was in store for the final few days of break. It was cold and windy the later part of break reminding us that we are still in winter. Cara and I decided on Friday, March 3,2016 that we would go to the beach anyway. I love going to the beach in the winter time, I cannot get a nice tan in 30 degree weather, but the pictures and memories are just as good. We went to Playa Bowls and met my friend Julia there in Belmar, NJ right on Ocean Ave. It was my first trip there, even though I had been passed it so many times. It was totally worth the wait and I cannot wait to try more flavors.

The temperature was barely above 30 degrees that day and the wind made it even chillier. Though we took the adventure head on. Walking along the boardwalk we stepped onto the beach and sunk into the warm sand. The sun shinning above and the seawater blowing in the breeze. Certainly not a tropical vacation this time of year, but it was for us. We all still needed our sunglasses on to protect us from the bright rays.

That day was an opportunity to hang out with people outside of class in a wonderful place. The sand was warm from the sun and the water was ice cold, polar opposites like three college girls on the beach in March. We climbed onto the jetty with great ease, except for me I some how found a way to make it more difficult. We were able to get some great pictures and even found some seashells to take home with us.

I may not have had the typical "spring break" that everyone in college dreams of having, but I had something better. I took time for myself and spent quality time with friends. I also still went to the beach, maybe I didn't get a tan I got something a whole lot better. Memories with two great friends that I would not have gotten if I were not home for break. My time was well spent and did not break my bank account. I couldn't have asked for a better time than the one that I was blessed with.

Cover Image Credit: Kelsey Hoffman

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Friendship Is Key To Having A  Fulfilling Life

Life can be a perilous journey full of an abundance of ups and downs, but friends get you through it with a smile.

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There are moments in life where you feel like you're on the verge of losing your mind. You don't feel like anyone can relate, and you feel like life is knocking you down. During difficult times you need a support system and with strong foundations in friendship, there are always people cheering you on and who you can return the favor.

Only when I left home for the first time when starting college did I truly start looking at the friendships in my life and appreciating them for their quality. I am lucky to say most of my friendships continue to overcome the test of time and remain guiding lights in my life.

In regards to my oldest friendships, as we pursue our individualized dreams, we still manage to find time to share new chapters of our lives with each other. I recently visited a friend of ten years at law school, and it's amazing to see friends succeed in making their career goals a reality.

Some of my other friends I've had since junior high school have landed in the medical field and education, and I can't help but feel extremely proud. Social media, in particular, allows friends to remain more connected than ever when in different locations. In modern times friends show their love and support through social media.

My friends and I continue to keep in contact daily and tend to be fans of comical memes and Snaps. I can't thank them enough for everything they have helped me with over the years. Friends are the family you choose and if you choose correctly you're never really alone.

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