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10 Things Every UK Student Understands Post-Spring Break

Spring break, we all miss you. Seriously.

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A yearly occurrence, spring break is a week of relaxation, fun, and a time to get away, physically and mentally, from school work, obligations, exams, a never-ending to-do list, and general stress. However, as much fun as the annual break is, the week after when we're all back on campus is a huge reality check. Here are 10 things that every student at the University of Kentucky can relate to post-spring break.

1. It’s nearly impossible to focus on anything

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Spring break is a blessing and a curse for this exact reason. During the break, you feel completely free, but after you get back to Lexington, your ability to focus is gone, still thinking about days when the only thing you needed to remember was if you put sunscreen on or not.

2. If you were in a warmer place over break, the chillier weather of Lexington is miserable

Coming back on campus, while it may be 50 degrees, is far from the 80 your body is used to. Layers and constant shivering is the result.

3. Waking up for 8 AMs got even worse, if that is even possible

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No, it wasn't easy to wake up at the crack of dawn and then walk halfway across campus nearly every weekday BEFORE spring break. Now? That's a joke.

4. If you were at the beach, you are peeling EVERYWHERE from the sunburns you got on your first day

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Peeling off bits of dead skin in public is a really fun time!

5. You are wide awake at 2 AM for no reason other than for the fact that you are used to being up all night over break

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Setting alarms isn't really a thing when you're waking up at the beach every day, in a comfy bed somewhere, or in your own home. We did NOT miss, you Apple ringtone.

6. A 50 minute class that used to fly by (as of 2 weeks ago) feels like an eternity 

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And classes over an hour? Forget about it.

7. Being back on an actual schedule

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On spring break, whether you're at home or on vacation, you usually plan your own days and have little to no academic obligations. Coming back to Lexington the week after the break is a slap in the face. It's like we all forgot that we usually have way more work than we know what to do with, and those Canvas notifications are fully bringing us back to reality.

8. Nope, we didn’t miss walking up the stairs to the third floor of Whitehall Classroom Building one bit

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Even if you worked out over spring break, those stairs get you. Every. Single. Time.

9. Going from restaurant food, seafood, or whatever you have in your fridge and pantry at home to having to go buy groceries and eat at the 90 or champs

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Definitely a rough adjustment, no doubt.

10.  Having to get ready for class

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Whether you spent your spring break in sweatpants, a swimsuit, or ski gear, having to get dressed for class every day once you are back isn't the most fun thing in the world.

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I Got The 'Free' Red Swimsuit That Broke Instagram So You Don't Have To

I got Sunny Co Clothing's famous red Pamela suit to find out if It was a scam.
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Remember the red one-piece swimsuit from hell?

I sure do.

If you were one of the fortunate people that did not see it or need a refresher, this is what it looked like:

During May of 2017, Sunny Co Clothing announced that they would be giving away free $64.99 swimsuits for every person who reposted and liked the picture above on Instagram within 24 hours.

Say what? Every girl and their mother wanted this thing. It was fresh, new, cool, and meme-worthy.

Unfortunately, Sunny Co Clothing did not anticipate their post going viral, and being shared hundreds of thousands of times.

They were unable to meet the needs of every person who wanted the swimsuit, so they capped the promotion for the first 50,000 people who participated.

The company went on to receive serious backlash, and their Instagram profile was temporarily removed.

They eventually ended up losing over half of their original 750,000 Instagram followers.


Fast forward to May 2, 2018, and Sunny Co Clothing has brought back the same promotion.

The red swimsuits we have all come to love and hate are back, but many people are wondering how they are able to do it.

How are the swimsuits "free?"

Out of curiosity, I got one myself. The new Pamela suit is different from the original one posted about last year.

The only caveat is the "must pay shipping & handling" part. Shipping totaled around $15, which is unusually expensive for a lightweight clothing package. It means I was not just paying for shipping, I was also paying for the swimsuit itself.

SEE ALSO: I Asked 22 College Guys What They Think About One-Piece Bathing Suits For Girls

Considering how cheap the Pamela suit really costs to make, the quality somewhat surprised me. It fits well, has adjustable straps, and padding on the breast area. However, I would not recommend it at all if you are looking for something more conservative.

I was not sponsored by Sunny Co Clothing in any way to write this, and neither am I an ambassador for them. I think this whole fiasco is actually pretty funny, but I enjoy the cheap one-piece I got out of it.

I never normally would have bought a swimsuit like this one in a million years. But, when I tried it I felt good about myself. I hope every other woman out there feels the same too because body positivity is sexy and life is too short to worry about what other people think.

Cover Image Credit: Victoria Whelpley

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Your 2019 Spring Break Packing List

It is coming up so you better get packing!

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Are you ready for the sun and the sand? I am! However, I constantly procrastinate packing. It seems to be a lot of work and without a list, it feels impossible. So, I have put off my procrastination and made a pretty detailed 2019 spring break packing list!

1. Bathing suits

You know you need them! I suggest going and finding the perfect fit for you. Swimsuits can be tricky. However, everybody is a bathing suit body! So, go get a suit so you can go get a tan!

2. Sun screen!

You need it, so get it! Trust me, you do not want to get burnt. It could ruin your entire spring break. So lather that sunscreen on and hit the beach!

3. Shorts

You can dress them down or dress them up! Plus, you won't be hot. Long pants at the beach? Nope!

4. Sun glasses

Keep those eyes protected! The sun can damage your vision, so do not risk it. Also, with the right sunglasses, you can make quite the fashion statement.

5. Sweatshirt

The beach can get a bit chilly at night or if you aren't going far south. So, you might want to be prepared. Also, you don't wanna be cold all day after being in the water!

6. Pants

Like the sweatshirt sometimes you just want to be warm. I would suggest a loose beach look instead of jeans, but you can make jeans beachy too! just be prepared in case you have a chilly day,

7. Pajamas

You have to sleep, or at least try too. Also, you might want a lazy day! don't forget to pack something to sleep or chill in.

8. Beach towel

You need something to dry off with! Also if you want a good tan a beach towel is perfect to lay on when on the beach. you need it, and they can be pretty cheap.

9. Something to hold water

Like a water bottle or Yeti cup. Hydration is important when it is hot outside. You can easily get dehydrated on the beach so make sure you have something that allows you to have cold water constantly

10.  Hat

The sun is not great for your skin. So, having a hat is pretty important. Keep your skin healthy by keeping in the shade!

Spring break is a great time where you get to relax and not worry about school. If you pack right then you can avoid unnecessary stress. Have fun and be safe. Try to actually relax and take a week to treat your self!

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