My Grown Up Christmas List

My Grown Up Christmas List

Dear Santa....
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With every year that passes, our Christmas lists get less about “wants” and more about “needs”. For most college students, practicality sets in, and the reality that everything has a price- even the things we really need. So friends, I got a little creative, and came up with my very own “grown up Christmas list”.

Cheaper iphones

I’ve been hanging onto the same iphone for over four years. Believe me, I really want a new Iphone, but not at the price they’re selling for these days! One of these days I’ll swallow my pride and buy a new phone, but in the meantime, I’ll keep asking for lower prices.

Gas Punch Cards

For all of the money that I spend on gas, I’d love to see some coupons or discounts. Maybe a “Buy 10 tanks, get one 1 free” kind of deal?

A Free Trip

This girl loves to travel, but with all of the expenses, I don’t always make it very far. New York City, Paris, London, and Disneyworld are still on my to do list!

A Life’s Supply of Pens & Pencils

I put them in my backpack, and then they all disappear. A life’s supply ought to do the trick.

Ponytail Holders with Tracking Devices

If I had a penny for every time I’ve lost one of these little devils.

A 2 in 1 Washer and Dryer

Can I get an “amen”? With the huge strides we’ve made in technology, I’m waiting for the day that this guy comes out. Also, maybe having one that separates your colors, darks, whites, and delicates?

A Phone That Doesn’t Require Charging

Watching your phone slowly die while you have no access to a charger or plugin, is one of the most painful things for a college student. So I say, let’s just eliminate the charging process all together! How about solar powered cell phones?

Unbreakable Earbuds

I seem to be cursed with earbuds, because I break a pair nearly every month. You’d think I would learn to be more careful by this point, but I don’t.

Unlimited Phone Storage for No Extra Charge

An unlimited amount of phone storage would go nicely with my solar powered Iphone. No more “Your storage is full” notifications.

Cover Image Credit: Emalee Fox

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

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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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14 Things I Did This Season To Cope With My Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people. I promise it is a real thing. The Mayo Clinic defines SAD as "A mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year." Mine comes in the dead of winter. So this winter, I wrote down a couple of things that made me feel better.

1. Take a hot shower/bath

All the steam in the bathroom and the heat from the water soothes the soul for real.

2. Get out of bed 

Try and wake up earlier than usual.

3. Buy a happy lamp

They mimic sunlight but without the UV rays.

https://verilux.com/collections/happylight-therapy-lamps-boxes

4. Make your bed everyday

One small accomplishment everyday.

5. Sit in your living room as opposed to your bed room

6. Eat healthier 

7. Do one small thing for yourself everyday

Get a cup of coffee or go for a walk.

8. Exercise 

I hate it as much as the next person but it does help.

9. Go out with friends 

I know sitting at home may be ideal but it's nice to be surrounded by people who love you.

10. When you're sad, let yourself be sad

Cry, listen to sad music, do what you gotta do.

11. Ask for help

Let people know what you're going through. It's ok.

12. Take care of yourself

Put on a facemask. Paint your nails.

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