7 Stages Of College Students Christmas Shopping

7 Stages Of College Students Christmas Shopping

Christmas time pushes all broke college students to the edge.

Christmas time is around the corner! We buy gifts for friends and family who are significant individuals in our lives. However, the sad truth is: college means you are broke 24/7. So even though you want to buy the best gifts for everyone, it means you have to stress about budgeting, what to get and get it by Christmas.

These are 7 stages of broke college students buying gifts for Christmas.

1. Broke and budgeting

First, we mentally count how many gifts we have to buy. Any number of gifts is still pushing the budget, but you are determined to make it work. So you sit there and realize you must sacrifice Chipotle until Christmas is over. It's a sad day.

2. What do I get?

So now that you have mentally made a list of who to get gifts for, you have to find what to get each and every person. However, you are drawing a blank on almost everyone and can't think of special, meaningful gifts to get. Oh, the headache!

3. Taking a break.

It's still a couple of weeks away and with school work piling up, you put it aside for the time being and make a note to get back to it soon.

4. T-1 week left.

You snap out of a "coma-like-state" one day and realize there is only 1 week left until Christmas. You have gotten a total of 0 gifts. You are in panic mode.

5. Set the date

For waiting until the last minute, you have set a full day for the mall. You keep telling yourself, "it's okay!" because you have a whole day at the mall. There is still hope.

6. Shop 'til you drop!

You have been shopping for so long your legs feel like they will collapse. Your wallet is empty, but your arms are carrying 5 too many bags. You are more broke than ever, but you have accomplished your goals. You really don't know how to feel.

7. Christmas is here!

Christmas is here and everyone you love has gotten their gifts. You did it! Oh, what a happy day.

Happy Holidays!

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

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