10 Shows for College Students to Binge This Summer

College Students Living At Home This Summer, Binge these 10 Shows Instead Of Losing Your Cool

Going back to school has never sounded so wonderful.


While it's nice to spend a weekend at home during the school year, moving back into your childhood home with your family for the summer is a lot to handle. Parents tend to revert to treating you like you haven't just had a year of complete freedom.

Personally, I'm getting to the point that I just can't take it anymore, and I still have about a month to go. In order to maintain my sanity, I've decided to distract myself by watching all the TV I probably won't have time to watch once classes start again. These 10 shows are the best because they are so far from reality that I finally feel like I have an escape.

1. "Jane the Virgin" (Netflix and The CW)


"Jane the Virgin" is an hour-long show that follows Jane, a 23-year-old virgin, who is accidentally artificially inseminated with the sperm of a guy she used to have a crush on. "Jane" is a go-to for me because it follows a telenovela-like format, so it's about as far from reality as possible.

2. "The Office" (Netflix)


"The Office" is quite likely your fave show to binge already, but it's so funny that you can laugh your way through the chaos of living with your family again.

3. "House Hunters" (Hulu and HGTV)


Okay so, there are two reasons this show made my list: 1) Buying a house probably isn't on your agenda at the moment and pretending to buy one is fun and 2) People are so extra and it's fun to watch.

4. "Gilmore Girls" (Netflix and Freeform)


This show is known for its fast-talking characters, so if it's your first watch "Gilmore Girls requires your undivided attention. (If reading is more your thing, check out this "Gilmore Girls" inspired reading list.)

5. "Love It Or List It" (Playstation Vue and HGTV)


This one is my favorite at the moment. Hilary and David play up the dramatics and the couples always seem to find something to argue about. Plus, it's an hour-long design show, so there's actually a story to follow.

6. "One Tree Hill" (Hulu)


"One Tree Hill" brings up many important topics about real life, but so many of the elements of the show are unlikely to happen in real life.

7. "Making a Murderer" (Netflix)


Yes, this is a documentary series. However, the events are so ridiculous it's hard to believe this all actually happened.

8. "Big Brother" (CBS All Access)


This sociology experiment is in its 20th season and just keeps on getting better. "Big Brother" is my most favorite part of the summer. (Yes, this is where THAT gif comes from)

9. "How I Met Your Mother" (Hulu)


"HIMYM" never, ever gets old. Plus, there are very few (if any) plot gaps. The quality and laughs are there, trust me. You'll be able to pass the time easily.

10. "Scandal" (Netflix and Hulu)


If you thought "Grey's Anatomy" was intense, boy does Shonda Rhimes have a surprise for you. You'll easily be able to ignore your family with "Scandal" on the TV.

So, which show(s) are you going to add to your summer binge list?

DISCLAIMER: The streaming platforms listed next to each title are valid as of posting and are subject to change.

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High School Summer Vs. College Summer

Summer isn't all fun and games anymore.

Summer: the most wonderful time of the year. School’s out, obligations are at an all-time low, and life is simple. The only problem - I’m not in high school anymore. This naïve cupcake phase of life is now over, thanks to you, college. Now, free time is a foreign concept to myself along with my peers; summer's not all fun and games as it was in previous years.

School’s out? Ha, you THOUGHT.

What time is it? Summer (school) time! When the final bell rang on the last day of high school, we all jumped for joy and anticipated summer’s freedom filled with the luxurious free time that displaces class time. When you finished your last final in college, you might as well buy class materials for your nearly approaching summer semester. Unlike the good old high school days, summer marks the start for even more time to incorporate school: particularly, summer school. Here lie students who are retaking failed courses and/or those who are behind on classes and need to get ahead. School’s out, scream and shout? You got it all wrong, High School Musical.

Time to intern!

Not only is summer “break” a good time to take some extra classes, but it’s also a perfect time to intern. That’s right, no sleeping in ‘til noon! Don’t forget to set those alarms because college students have to be up and running to gain work experience for their future careers. College students sometimes even endure these long days without any pay, but you gotta do what you gotta do to lock in a post-college job at that ideal company. High school students: props to you if you intern over the summer, I just see it more often among college kids.

Work, work, work.

I had a summer job in high school, but I didn’t work nearly as much as I do now as a college student. Summer is the optimal time to stack up on dollar bills in your savings account. You need money for those ridiculously pricey textbooks (opened quite less often than you’d think), groceries, housing, spending money, and other miscellaneous college expenses. Yeah, you can always work doing the school year, but juggling that along with classes, extracurricular activities, and an eventful social life can be pretty exhausting. Also, it can deter you from getting decent grades (which is why you're in college in the first place).

Vacation? More like no-cation.

Ah, do I miss those summers where I’d be at the beach for weeks on end. With summer classes, a job, and an internship, vacation is just time I no longer have. You can’t just request time off from class, internships, and work! Other (and more important) matters demand your time and effort. If you're lucky, a quick, cheap weekend getaway is you're best bet.

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15 Things Around Harrisonburg, VA That Will Make Your Maymester Classes Worth The Stay

Check some things off your bucket list this Maymester.


While Maymester can seem dreadful after finishing a long and exhausting semester, it's also the perfect time to try some new things around Harrisonburg that you weren't able to get to during the year with a busy schedule.

Here are 15 things to do around Harrisonburg if you stayed for Maymester.

Go to a vineyard/winery


There are so many local vineyards and wineries around Harrisonburg that are definitely worth trying, especially when the weather is warm and you can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views of the open land.

Try a new restaurant downtown

Been dying to try that restaurant everyone's been talking about but didn't have time during the school year? Now's your perfect chance when places aren't overcrowded with college students.

Visit the lavender farm

Relax and explore the beautiful lavender gardens around the farm.

Go for a hike

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There are a variety of hiking trails located in the Shenandoah Valley, ranging in length and difficulty. Try a new trail or even take a sunrise hike at Reddish Knob.

Take a trip to Blue Hole

Ever been to a swimming hole? Blue Hole is one of the deepest swimming holes in the area and an experience you don't want to miss out on.

Take advantage of a quiet UREC

Ever experienced UREC when you're not waiting for a spot with your parking hazards on or there aren't thousands of people all trying to work out at the same time as you? It's a whole new feeling.

Enjoy live music at a variety of venues downtown

Harrisonburg is home to tons of live music events at a variety of venues around the area.

Actually get to sit on the quad and relax

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The end of the school year when the weather warms up gets really crazy and you may not have time to enjoy some relaxation on the quad so now's the perfect time.

Go to an outdoor evening movie at Bold Rock

Bold Rock has a whole schedule of movies playing throughout the summer. Enjoy some cider and relax under the stars.

Inner tubing down the river

Float and relax on the river right down from Port Republic.

Attend the farmer’s market

Looking for some fresh veggies or home-baked goods? This is the perfect place to get local goodies.

Catch some rays at the pool

Most of the apartment complexes have pools if you're looking to relax in the sun and work on that tan.

Go to an Escape Room

Looking to put your brain to work? Check out one of many escape rooms in the Harrisonburg area.

Go on a bar crawl around Downtown Harrisonburg

There's tons of bars and breweries downtown that are worth checking out.

Catch up on all your Netflix/Hulu shows

You finally have some time to yourself to catch up on all of those shows you've been waiting to watch.

These are just a few of the hundreds of things to do around Harrisonburg this May!

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