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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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.

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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!

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