Summer Can't Last Forever

Summer Can't Last Forever

I've Encountered Many Adventures, But I'm Ready To Move On.
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Summer. As children we treasure it. We hold onto it and never wish to let it go.

Then we grow up and as we grow, we realize that summer can't last forever. It's just another season in time. It brings about moments that we will cherish forever. It is filled with endless adventure and countless hours of wonder-filled opportunities. It holds a different meaning as we grow. It is not just a time to sleep in and run through sprinklers anymore, but rather, it is a time to reconnect.

When summer ends, I'm not just saying goodbye to bonfires and late nights, but as summer ends I'm saying goodbye to friends. Soon, I'll be heading back. Back to college I'll go and I'll be leaving behind a group of individuals who adventured with me, laughed with me, and connected with me this summer. I know its impossible, summer can't last forever. I don't want it to last forever. But, it's still hard to say goodbye to them again.

But, I think I've gotten the hang of it. After saying goodbye to summer time after time, I think I've finally realized something. Summer isn't just about spending time with friends and reconnecting. But, it is also a time to rest. To just sit upon the sand as the waves crash against the shore and rest in the silence. It's a time when the chaos settles and the beauty of doing nothing intrigues me.

So, thanks summer. Thanks for holding a special place in my heart. Thanks for the sunsets, bonfires, and countless adventures you held. And goodbye. I'm so very grateful for this wonderful season. But, I know you weren't meant to last forever.

So, as the sun slips behind the clouds and the sand turns cold beneath my feet, I'll breathe in my last breath of summer and welcome a new season with arms wide open; ready for the adventures ahead.

Cover Image Credit: Nicole Williams

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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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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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