T'was the Week after Finals

T'was the Week after Finals

Time to catch up on sleep.

Christmas break has finally begun and I officially have one semester of college behind me, which means I have survived my very first round of final exams. It was not easy. There were many late nights at the library -- which is something I am not accustomed to at all -- and more coffee was consumed between those study sessions than in the past month combined. Now that exams are over, and your sleep schedule is back to normal, you’ll be given the gift of a single letter that determines if you have sufficient understanding of a class’s material to be given credit for spending an entire semester taking it.

Looking up those final grades makes your heart pound with anxiety and your stomach drop if you don’t do as well as you thought you were going to, but this should not ruin your well-deserved break. You may find that the dread of having to figure out what’s next sneaks up on you when you least expect it, and that’s normal. But remember, this is one letter. It doesn’t take into account the huge adjustments you’ve had to make, the relationships you’ve struggled to create, or the close friends you’ve had to live without. YOU are so much more than just one letter.

So, enjoy yourself! Meet up with your old friends! Go visit your family! Have a marathon of Christmas movies while binge-ing some hot cocoa and holiday cookies and cuddling with your pet! It doesn’t matter how you do it: just relax. I, for one, am thrilled to rest up and be able to dedicate myself to being as amazing as I can be next semester.

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

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2. Phone juul holder 

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

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8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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