Why August Is Low Key The Best Month Of Summer

Why August Is Low Key The Best Month Of Summer

They saved the best for last.

Usually when people think of August, they think of the end of summer, summer vacation, freedom from school, and everything else that goes along with the May/June-August season. But if you break down the summer month by month, you'll see that August is the best month of them all.

May: You have to say goodbye to all of your school friends for the summer or, if you graduated, say bye to school in general and to some people you won't see as often as you had over the past four years. Once you get home from school, it's hard to adjust to being home, all of your friends aren't back from school yet and if they are, they're feeling the same way. And the weather isn't warm enough yet to be going to the beach everyday ... Overall, May is pointless.

June: Finally at this point all of your friends should be home from college and you're working your way back to normalcy living at home. The weather is warming up and the ocean is slightly less cold than it was the first time you felt it this summer. Technically, June 21 marks the first day of summer, so June has that going for it. Otherwise, June is just the Monday of months, full of bad sunburns and a lot of procrastinating because you feel like summer vacation hasn't even started yet.

July: Now it feels like summer, weather-wise, but it also feels like all of your friends are constantly going away on family vacations or visiting their college friends who they miss so much. The Fourth of July is this month's claim to fame, but also one of the most built up holidays ever and usually ends up in disappointment because of all the high expectations set for the holiday weekend. People also tend to feel like the summer is ending more in July than they do in August because they're constantly in fear that August is approaching.

August: The best month, and I'm not just saying that because my birthday is in August. Here's when we get the best sun, allowing you to get in the best tan before heading back to school, and surf, gifting everyone with the best waves pre-September storm season. Everyone puts off summer bucket lists in June and worries that they won't get accomplished in July, but come August, the bucket list is in full swing, getting in every last summer activity possible.

Here are some things to do/look forward to this August 2016:

1. Watch the 2016 Summer Olympics: This stuff only happens every four years! Now that the trials are over (another time-wasting July event), have an Olympics watching party, go to an Olympics themed party, do anything Olympics related and you're pretty much set.

2. Go to an outdoor concert: If you haven't done so already, make sure you do because pretty soon any concert you're going to want to attend is definitely going to be inside.

3. Go to anything outdoors in general: Because, again, soon enough everything is going to be indoors and it's going to be cold out and you're going to wish you took more advantage of the summer weather when you had the chance.

4. Celebrate the last of summer birthdays: Summer birthdays are the best kind of birthdays hands down.

5. Watch the sunset: August always has some of the best sunsets, so get your Instagram in while you can.

6. Appreciate August: Appreciate being home or wherever you are for the summer, appreciate your home friends while you're with them, appreciate your family and spend time with them, appreciate your summer job, and most of all, appreciate the summer you've had and the month of it you have left.

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.

Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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If You're Like Me And Your Wisdom Teeth Are Not So Wise, You DEFINITELY Need To Follow These Guidelines

Don't worry, getting them out isn't that scary — I just did it myself!


I made a mistake when I assumed that I just did not have any wisdom teeth. My mom never had to have her wisdom teeth removed, so I guess I thought I'd be the same. Unfortunately, my dentist recently mentioned that I needed to have them removed soon, well past the average age that my peers had already undergone the procedure. I was told I have the mouth of a 25-year-old. Wisdom teeth are just there until you feel them one day and they need to get taken out. Your dentist might say you don't need to get them out. You might not even have wisdom teeth! However, that's usually not the case for most adults.

When it comes to big things like this, I get a little nervous and start overthinking. Complex decisions start at the very first step of it all — choosing whether to be awake or asleep for the procedure. It's critical to be informed of what is going to happen and what needs to happen. If your wisdom teeth are starting to come out or if you're experiencing pain because they are impacted, the first thing you should do is to pay a visit to your dentist. The dentist will tell you if you need to remove your wisdom teeth and if so, when. They will refer you to a surgeon who can take them out. Make sure to get multiple opinions from different dentists until you've heard from three in the field that you need to get them out. Your next concern should be who will perform the extraction. I suggest seeing who your insurance provider has or asking friends who have had their wisdom teeth taken out.

You have to be prepared for getting your wisdom teeth out. Whether it's local anesthesia or general anesthesia, you must follow all of the instructions given. Ask the necessary questions — I did when I went for a consultation. I was put to sleep and do not remember anything that happened. When I woke up, there were four teeth on the table beside me. I brought my mom with me to drive me back home. The best part of all of this is the post-extraction diet: cold treats. You can have smoothies, ice cream, açai — all those good soft foods you've been dying to eat anyway. As soon as I got my wisdom teeth out, I stopped at Go Greek to get a cup of the seasonal peanut butter flavor.

It is important to give yourself time to recover and know that everything will be alright. If your wisdom teeth never come in, that's fine too. These are my words of wisdom. I'm still recovering, but I feel a lot better now that I take antibiotics and eat tons of ice cream.

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