3 Things You'll Definitely Regret Doing Over Spring Break

3 Things You'll Definitely Regret Doing Over Spring Break

Some advice on habits to reduce over break so you can maximize your hobbies!
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To whom it may concern,

If you are reading this, then spring break is finally here. At my college, it represents the end of the quarter; for those on the semester system, it’s a good way to recharge the batteries for round two of their classes.

For those who are adjusting to the concept: spring break is usually a week long, where it goes to extremes: either party at the beach all day and night with the friends, or staying at home, not doing too much of anything. Either way, it can result in a spring break to forget, both for the wrong reasons.

And so to make spring break a little more memorable, here’s some things to cut out:

1. Sleeping past noon

First of all, for those who have jobs, this is immediately out of the question, unless you have a night shift.

Second, I understand that sleeping later is something in which should be cherished, especially with 8:30 am classes or jobs or a bad hangover. However, as I did so, it seemed like it threw a whack in my schedule: naturally, it made the nights longer to make up the difference.

On the other hand, it could be a figment of the school year: staying up late is a normal thing. If that’s the case, then sleeping early would be a great idea, unlike back in childhood.

2. Checking the phone all the time


In our day and age, it seems like it’s always necessary to see what’s going on, especially politically. On the other hand, it takes the mind away from actual happenings, especially with vacationing.

Yet the cell phone can be used to take a bunch of photos, if you decide to go away for break. In that case, don’t take too many embarrassing photos. Somebody might be tempted to post them on their favorite social media service and ruin your prospects after spring break.

If at home, checking things everyday just brings up the envy of friends who either have gone to a different hometown, or went on vacation to somewhere interesting. Again, taking photos of things around the house could kill time. I personally like flowers.

3. Doing the same thing every day


This is for those who are stranded in the same place everyday—like me!

Spring break brings a lot of time; with a lot of time can bring a bunch of opportunities to do things. Simultaneously, it provides more time to procrastinate, which then becomes a vacuum of videos and movies until Monday rolls around, and it all feels like a short dream.

Instead, do some planning about what to do. If you like creative projects, get writing or painting or composing a new song. If you have resumes and scholarships to do, then also make time for these things too.

But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be spontaneous—have a dance party, learn how to cook, or call up some friends and have them come over. If you’re going back home, then go up back to your old high school and reconnect, but for only those who want to.

Basically, spring break is one big opportunity—a cliché, but in a twinkle of an eye it could be gone.

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My life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

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BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

I went into hiding for a week, then went on a week getaway with my family, regained that feeling of being loved unconditionally, and realized that's all I need. They are all I need. Friends? Nah. Family. Only. Always.

On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

But most importantly, I changed my mindset. I promised myself to not say a single sentence that has a negative tone to it. I promised myself to think three times before engaging in any type of personal conversation. I promised myself to wake up in a good mood every damn day because I'm alive and that is the only factor I should need to be happy.

Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

I am so happy with myself and it has nothing to do with the things around me. It's so much deeper than that, and I'm beaming with pride. Of myself. For myself.

I want to leave you with these thoughts that those people who have hurt me, left me, and loved me through these last couple of months have taught me

Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
Some things go too deep to ever be forgotten.
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You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
Sometimes it takes your break down to reach your breakthrough.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

My god, it's so f*cking good.

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