It's Finally (Almost) Summer, So Here Are 5 Ways To Spend It

It's Finally (Almost) Summer, So Here Are 5 Ways To Spend It

Just in case you have a week plus finals left and you are dreaming of going home for summer vacation like I am.
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Finally, the time that we have all dreamed of. It’s summer, or almost, and I could not be happier. Start thinking about everything that you want to do this summer and try to do all of it because this is going to be a summer to remember.


1. Relax.

You deserve a break after a whole year of working hard at school and taking a total of 10 (or more) classes in just two semesters. We all know the struggle of finding balance while away at school, so after finals just go home and take a bit of time to just destress and prepare yourself for a summer of fun and sunshine. Lay outside and tan (use sunscreen so you don’t burn), learn how to bake something sweet, catch up on your favorite show, and sleep as much as possible.

2. Work.

If you’re like me, you can’t possibly just sit around all day and wait for plans to happen. Get a part-time job and make some money this summer. Luckily for me, I have a job at home and I’ll be working, but if you don’t have one then look into industries that are always hiring such as restaurants and places like Target. You’ll have money to spend for next semester and you’ll keep yourself from going absolutely stir crazy.

3. Catch up with home friends.

Take this summer to really hang with the friends that don’t go to school with you. This will make you happier than anything in the whole world because you’ll be able to see the people who know you better than anyone else. I can’t wait to go home and hang out with my two best friends as much as possible because I have absolutely no idea how I’ve survived this year without seeing them every day like I did in high school.


4. Go on adventures.

Explore places that you haven’t been before and revisit places that you go to all the time. It’s summer, be creative and adventurous and try new things. If you live anywhere near Exton, Pennsylvania, you should definitely be going to places like Marsh Creek, St. Peter’s Village, and Yellowstone this summer for super Instagram worthy pictures and life-long memories with your friends.

5. Be you.

Do anything and everything that makes you happy. Do what you want to do this summer because everyone needs to have a few months where there’s no stress and everything is as happy as possible. Take advantage of all that your hometown has to offer and venture off into new places that sound interesting to you. Go to museums and parks and the beach, or try sailing or paddle boarding at your local lake. Break out of your comfort zone and be true to yourself too, it’s all so important to keep yourself happy this summer.

So happy (almost) summer to my fellow Blue Hens, and happy summer to basically everyone else.

Make a summer bucket list with your friends and try to actually check everything off for once, because we all know that the list gets forgotten about somewhere around June 20 almost every year.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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This is my first holiday season in college, and I have many friends who have come here to Florida Gulf Coast from out of state. I am an in-state student coming from Palm Beach, FL, where the sun is out year-round, and we take the boat out on Christmas evening. Peers from Chicago or New Jersey have asked me how it feels during the holiday season, and even though we don't have snow or a stash of sweaters to whip out from the back of our closet, we do have beautiful weather and many exciting events around the state that make the holidays in SoFlo very special.

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As many know, South Florida is a big hub for retirees. With that being said, a good amount of folk have a grand amount of time to decorate for the holiday season. Many neighborhoods collaborate and create a magical walkway for all to stroll through and enjoy beautiful lights.

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