Why Summer Is The Best Season

Why Summer Is The Best Season

Who doesn't love some good old sunshine and warm weather?

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As a girl from the midwest, I can tell you summer is what EVERYONE was looking forward too when growing up. I remember the feeling of when you're in elementary school, and it's the last day of school, and everyone is impatiently waiting for the bell to ring. I'd like to say for most people, that everyone is still pretty impatient when it comes to the last day of school. You get out of school and enjoy three months of no homework, exams, papers, none of that school stuff. Now that I go to college in the South, I have never spent a summer here yet and I am looking forward to it.

Everyone from the south says summer is the worst because of the humidity, but for some odd reason, I am somewhat looking forward to it. I am looking forward to being able to go to the beach as most as I can since the beach is ten minutes away. I'm looking forward to being able to wake up to some warm weather. I love being able to wake up and look out the window and see clear, blue skies. Something about that just puts you in a good mood. Not to mention, summer fashion. I absolutely love wearing sundresses, skirts, shorts, tanks, just about anything that has to do with summer. Or if you're like some girls, they like to go for the big t-shirt look, which I'll admit I am guilty of this.

Don't even get me started on the best shoes to wear for summer...hands down would be Birkenstocks. They are just about the best shoe to slip on, not to mention, super comfortable. And they are the first shoe to come to mind when I think of summer. For these reasons, I am looking forward to spending my first summer here in the South.

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

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I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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10 Reasons The Ocean Is The Best Cure-All With A Little Dose Of Vitamin Sea

"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch- we are going back from whence we came." -John F. Kennedy

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The best remedy in the world consists of a little bit of fresh air blowing through your hair mixed with some salt water trickling down your skin. The ocean is refreshing, vastly mysterious, colorfully beautiful, and very humbling.

Here are 10 reasons why the ocean is the best cure-all around.

1. The ocean is a playground.

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Sand dunes, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, cage diving, parasailing, snorkoling the list goes on. It is a never-ending pit of fun creating natures best playground.

2. It changes your perspective

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Every time a wave crashes, it never fails to recede back into the ocean and build up a new swell again. Fall down 9 times stand up 10. Simple as that.

3. Jump in!

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A brisk shock of cold water stimulates the entire body with an adrenaline rush, promoting circulation and heart health. It also helps to use up calories to persereve body temperature and helps to burn fat.

4. Ocean water is different then fresh water

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Ocean water has significantly higher amounts of minerals such as chloride, sodium, calcium, sulfate, and magnesium. These minerals are great for treating skin conditions and wounds.

5. Saltwater solutions

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Ocean water can help reduce symptoms of fevers and respiratory symptoms due to the saline effect of the lining of sinuses reducing inflammation.

6. It's a distraction from life

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Floating on salt water is easier to do than fresh water because the salt makes the water more dense which allows you to have an easier time floating. This can create a calming effect, which can even slow down brain waves providing a slight distraction from life while also giving a sense of mindfulness.

7. 2.2 million species live in the ocean

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2.2 million!!!! Between 50- 80% of all life on Earth is under the sea and a large sum of it has not even been discovered yet. How crazy is it that out of all the different species in the world we were chosen to be humans?

8. Sugar cookie!

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Rolling around in warm sand after stepping out of the ocean is one of the best feelings in the world. Sand is also a great exfoliator for the skin, unless you get sand flees. That is never fun.

9. Plankton

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Need a breath of some fresh oxygen? Take a trip to the ocean! Without plankton, we would not be alive. Plankton is providing 90% of the ocean's photosynthesis and also 50- 85% of the oxygen we are breathing right now! Sea air is actually composed of healthy negative ions that help to build up our bodies capacity to absorb more oxygen. Talk about clearing your mind!

10. The ocean is home.

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No matter what coast you are on or where you find yourself in the world, as long as you can make your way down to the rolling salt water, the ocean is always going to be there promising to be an everlasting home for you. Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Southern, Indian- it does not matter which one you are at because the ocean is always going to be just that; the ocean, a place to call home.

Never pass up the opportunity to go to the beach. The ocean can help change our minds to the way we perceive our lives through the enchanting beauties that come with the mysteries of the depths, or even in the serenity of the shoreline.

For all that the ocean gives to help us, it is so important that we give back to the ocean.

Take care of her and all the life that she bears because the most important lesson that I learned from the ocean is that as much as the ocean gives, the ocean also takes. As much as she can cure us, she can also really hurt us. Respecting the ocean and its limits are something that I can not stress enough, and I want to urge you to never underestimate the power that the ocean bares.

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