The 9 Best Things About Going Home For Break

The 9 Best Things About Going Home For Break

A list of things I fantasize about over the semester.

There's actually no better feeling then when you zip up your suitcase in anticipation of going home for break. There is just so much to look forward to, it was hard to even narrow down this list. But here we go, the 9 best things about going home for break:

1. Your mom's cooking

Yup, this is number one. Whether you like your mom's cooking or not, I guarantee you are still dying to eat food that isn't cooked by the dining hall or is overpriced. Nothing compares to a homemade meal. Who would have thought you would miss family dinners?

2. Seeing your family

Don't even deny it, I know that sometimes you really miss the sounds of your parents yelling at you for breaking the rules you don't remotely have in college and your siblings arguing over something stupid. Is it frustrating having to be home at midnight even though that's usually when you go out? Yes. Do you love seeing your family anyways? Yes.

3. Reuniting with your friends

Coming back home and being with your home friends is the BEST feeling ever. Whether it's dinner and a movie, going out, or just laying in bed and talking, there is something so comforting about being with your best friends once again.

4. Sleeping in your own bed

This one should be number one. Nothing compares to finally ditching the Twin XL and being in your own bed once again. Catch me under the covers all break!

5. Getting over the sickness you've had forever

My friends and family can vouch for me when I say that I have been sick all semester. Going back to my home full of homemade chicken soup and clean sheets is definitely a highlight of any break. I savor a week without a cough. The only sad thing about this point is that eventually, I have to go back to that disease-ridden place we call college.

6. Actually sleeping more than four hours

Even if it's a Wednesday and I have no homework, I will still always up until at least 3 a.m. For some reason sleep just doesn't exist at college. You don't realize how much you miss getting a full 9 hours of sleep until you go home.

7. Eating at your favorite restaurants

I'd be lying if I said I didn't fantasize about the sushi and pizza I have at home. I can honestly say nothing at school compares to my favorite restaurants in my hometown. Having access to these places once again is a game-changer.

8. Going to the nice gym in your town

On the occasion that I do exercise, it's so nice to go to a clean gym that actually has treadmills available and doesn't look like a jail. Whoever thought I would miss a gym...

9. Seeing your pet

I obviously saved the best for last. Seeing your dog, cat, fish, or whatever other pet you have when you come home is the most heartwarming feeling. Whenever I see a dog on campus, I physically feel pain from missing my dog so much. The moment when we finally reunite is always the best.

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4 Of the Best Modern Stock Trading Methods

Year after year, modern ways on how to invest and trade stocks are being introduced to the market. Here are a few of them:

The retail trading space has taken a major facelift ever since it was introduced years ago. If trading back then used to be so conventional, we now have a lot more methods in order to trade stocks. Year after year, modern ways on how to invest and trade stocks are being introduced to the market. Here are a few of them that you might want to consider.

1. Social Trading

Social trading is a modern trading method also called as copy trading by most stockbrokers. This method basically copies the trading strategies of other stockbrokers who recently achieved success in a private network of traders. The method is also done in an automated fashion with the help of social trading platforms so that newbies in the industry can also profit from copied strategies. There are already a lot of social trading platforms available out there and the most popular ones are the likes of eToro, ZuluTrade, Ayondo etc. These social trading platforms allow traders to view transactions, positions, P&Ls and even allow them to communicate with one another via a messaging service offered by the platform. Once you have potential traders that you find successful as of late then you can simply copy their transactions and pattern it for your own trading method. However, you have to pay for this through funds that you will deposit in your account within the social trading platform that you use. This is a great way for newbies to learn the tips and tricks of the game without having the right amount of knowledge and skills yet.

2. Binary Options

Binary option is also another method available for you to trade stocks. This method offers financial derivatives wherein you can be able to bet on the value of an underlying asset whether it is a stock, index or a commodity to either close at a higher or lower price after a period of time. Normally, binary options cover short time spans that could range from minutes up to hours unlike other options which cover days before moves are made. However, this does not mean that binary options are only limited to short time horizons because there are also some that offer weekly expiries for binary options. Picking this trading method needs you to focus on your binary options signals. It is very important to take note of mini trends within the market because your bets are on the short time horizon most of the time and you cannot take advantage of major trends since that would take a long time to develop. This method may be a bit intimidating for some newbies due to the derivatives appear to be complex in the initial phase. 

3. Robo-Advisors

Robo-Advisors are actually digital financial companies that offer its users the advantage to invest in a diversified low maintenance ETF portfolio. This portfolio is specific for each trader that can only be determined through an algorithm process. If you choose to sign up for a robo-advisor, there will be a set of questions that you have to answer and your replies will be used to assess your risk profile and investment targets. After answering these questions, a portfolio is right away created as your representation in the stock market. You have the option to accept or discard the portfolio in order to create a new one. Once you have agreed to a portfolio that the system has created then that is when you can invest money in that portfolio that could grow holdings after some time. Robo-Advisors is the best method to choose if you want automation when it comes to trading in the stock market. It follows the wait-and-see approach which is ideal if you do not have enough time to observe the trends in the stock market. As long as you have the money to invest in the market then there could be chances for movements in your money as long as your portfolio is doing good in the market.

4. Stock Picking

This method is not really new when it comes to trading stocks. However, there have been a lot of modifications to the traditional method that is why if you used to trade via stock picking years ago then you would be surprised of new developments if you choose to go back at it again these days. Stock picking is very complex and is only advisable for those who are already experienced when it comes to trading stocks. There are a lot of analysis and logistics that has to be considered before making a move in this method. Equity research reports, graphs and other statistics are necessary if you want to succeed in here and not to mention the amount of time and effort that you have to invest aside from the cash that you put into it.

The retail trading space has taken a major facelift ever since it was introduced years ago. If trading back then used to be so conventional, we now have a lot more methods in order to trade stocks. Year after year, modern ways on how to invest and trade stocks are being introduced to the market. Here are a few of them that you might want to consider.

1. Social Trading

Social trading is a modern trading method also called as copy trading by most stockbrokers. This method basically copies the trading strategies of other stockbrokers who recently achieved success in a private network of traders. The method is also done in an automated fashion with the help of social trading platforms so that newbies in the industry can also profit from copied strategies. There are already a lot of social trading platforms available out there and the most popular ones are the likes of eToro, ZuluTrade, Ayondo etc. These social trading platforms allow traders to view transactions, positions, P&Ls and even allow them to communicate with one another via a messaging service offered by the platform. Once you have potential traders that you find successful as of late then you can simply copy their transactions and pattern it for your own trading method. However, you have to pay for this through funds that you will deposit in your account within the social trading platform that you use. This is a great way for newbies to learn the tips and tricks of the game without having the right amount of knowledge and skills yet.

2. Binary Options

Binary option is also another method available for you to trade stocks. This method offers financial derivatives wherein you can be able to bet on the value of an underlying asset whether it is a stock, index or a commodity to either close at a higher or lower price after a period of time. Normally, binary options cover short time spans that could range from minutes up to hours unlike other options which cover days before moves are made. However, this does not mean that binary options are only limited to short time horizons because there are also some that offer weekly expiries for binary options. Picking this trading method needs you to focus on your binary options signals. It is very important to take note of mini trends within the market because your bets are on the short time horizon most of the time and you cannot take advantage of major trends since that would take a long time to develop. This method may be a bit intimidating for some newbies due to the derivatives appear to be complex in the initial phase. 

3. Robo-Advisors

Robo-Advisors are actually digital financial companies that offer its users the advantage to invest in a diversified low maintenance ETF portfolio. This portfolio is specific for each trader that can only be determined through an algorithm process. If you choose to sign up for a robo-advisor, there will be a set of questions that you have to answer and your replies will be used to assess your risk profile and investment targets. After answering these questions, a portfolio is right away created as your representation in the stock market. You have the option to accept or discard the portfolio in order to create a new one. Once you have agreed to a portfolio that the system has created then that is when you can invest money in that portfolio that could grow holdings after some time. Robo-Advisors is the best method to choose if you want automation when it comes to trading in the stock market. It follows the wait-and-see approach which is ideal if you do not have enough time to observe the trends in the stock market. As long as you have the money to invest in the market then there could be chances for movements in your money as long as your portfolio is doing good in the market.

4. Stock Picking

This method is not really new when it comes to trading stocks. However, there have been a lot of modifications to the traditional method that is why if you used to trade via stock picking years ago then you would be surprised of new developments if you choose to go back at it again these days. Stock picking is very complex and is only advisable for those who are already experienced when it comes to trading stocks. There are a lot of analysis and logistics that has to be considered before making a move in this method. Equity research reports, graphs and other statistics are necessary if you want to succeed in here and not to mention the amount of time and effort that you have to invest aside from the cash that you put into it.

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The Significance of Snow Days at Marshall

They will always be far superior to anywhere else

As if this year hasn't already been a big enough change with plenty of surprises we have been getting a lot of snow, even in places such as Florida and Texas. Granted, it's pretty much all over the news, but for college students who recently kicked off with the new semester, inclement weather can be a burden on top of an already big change! However, there is just something about snow days in college overall that makes them a lot more special and unique compared to the ones we had in grade school.

First of all, college delays are definitely more relaxed than grade school delays. While delays are existent in college, they usually just result in cancellation of early classes as opposed to an alternate schedule in high school that often leads to shortened classes and heightened stress. Although my high school had an alternate schedule set up for delays (which literally happened less than five times during my duration there), classes were shortened and times were switched around. However, just having early classes cancelled due to a delay? Now that's what I'm talking about (along with most students who live for cancelled classes for some extra sleep)!

Secondly, college snow days are much easier to cope with. Remember when you were in grade school and you always hoped for a snow day or early dismissal, yet you were never really certain? Or you had to deal with your bus being stuck in horrendous traffic (don't even get me started at the end of March during my sophomore year of high school)? Well for students who live on campus, a snow day is much easier to deal with and work around with because our schedules are erratic enough already! And with the ever growing use of technology today, all it takes is a simple e-mail or group text in order to get the point across!

Even if you are a commuter student on campus when it is snowy, that doesn't mean that there isn't fun! For commuter students, if there is an early or sudden cancellation or delay and you drove all that way to come to that one class, don't feel as if you wasted time. This isn't high school, there are unlimited options, and you can go wherever you want whenever you want, whether it would be the library, student center, Starbucks, a friend's dorm, or a local restaurant or store! You can even be a kid again and play in the snow until it eases down!

College snow days are the best kind...and easily the best surprise in life! Cancelled classes, more sleep, beautiful scenery...but most of all, even more freedom!

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