Summer Boredom

Summer Boredom

It may not be as bad as it seems
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After the initial excitement of returning home for the summer washes away, many college students are left with a single feeling...boredom. Yes, boredom. While it is true that we are not sitting around on a hot day at the beginning of June wishing for an essay to write, or a math problem to solve, a little bit of excitement would be extremely welcome.

We become accustomed to a schedule so busy it sometimes seems impossible to even find time to sleep. We wake up, go to class, eat lunch, go to the gym, run errands (because sadly Mom isn't there to do that anymore), eat dinner, do homework, repeat. Throw in the fact that there is night-life (and often day-time events) available whenever one pleases and the result is a very exciting and busy environment; a stark contrast to the less than intriguing summer of couch-sitting and aimlessly-driving around your hometown.

However, while at times it does seem difficult to appreciate this time with nothing possible that can be done to fill it, there are advantages that it would be a shame to not take note of.

It is very possible that this is one of the last times--in our whole lives--that we truly will have no responsibilities. Before we know it our lives will be flooded with internships, and jobs, and family commitments, and taxes, and real world responsibilities that it will fall solely on us to deal with. While this seems like a faraway world now, it will become reality sooner than we believe. And in those days when we are up to our neck in job applications and work we will be nostalgic for the days when the most pressing question in our lives was what new show to start on Netflix.

Summer offers a chance to cleanse your body of all the damage that a year at college is sure to inflict. At home you are surrounded by home-cooked meals, fresh fruit and vegetables, easy access to exercise, and much less alcohol. Thus, you can finally rid yourself that cold that somehow managed to linger the ENTIRE year, indulge in food that does not come from a dining hall, and go a few months without waking up Sunday morning regretting eating 2 whole calzones at midnight the night before.

Quality time with your family becomes precious when you no longer live with them. Your parents and your sibling miss you more than they can put into words--and if you are anything like me, you miss them right back. Take advantage of all the time you have with them this summer. Watch your brother play baseball. Take your sister to the mall. Go out to eat with your parents. Little things go a long way, especially when seeing your family everyday suddenly is not your normal.

So, yes, you miss your friends, and you miss independence, and you miss parties, and you miss everything so much that you ALMOST miss doing your own laundry--but these months of summer will fly by before we realize. And in a few years--when summer no longer means no school, but simply means we need to buy summer clothing to wear to work--we will wish we appreciated these long and lazy days of nothing when we had the chance.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.

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I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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