Winter Break As Told By The Cast Of 'Stranger Things'

Winter Break As Told By The Cast Of 'Stranger Things'

This time is full of relaxation and preparation for what is coming.

One of the most heavily anticipated times of the year is winter break. This is perfect timing between the overwhelming stress of the end of the fall semester and the excitement for what is upcoming in the spring semester. This time is full of relaxation and preparation for what is coming. While this is meant to be a good time of the year, there are some mixed emotions about coming home for break. Here are some of them:

Finally being done with the stress of the semester.

The end of the semester is the most stressful time of the year. So it's nice to be able to take sometime and not have to worry about responsibilities. There is still plenty of time until the new semester starts and this is your time to relax.

Living a different lifestyle than you're used to at school.

At school it was completely normal to take a night trip to Taco Bell at 4 in the morning on a Tuesday, but at home there is much more supervision. You are supposed to ask before you do something, and that is a little hard to do in the middle of the night when all the responsible people in the house are sleeping.

Seeing your friends from high school after a long time.

In some cases it has been over five months since you have seen the people you used to see every day. This break is the time to catch up and exchange stories from your most recent semester at school.

Trying to avoid people you do not want to see.

The "we should catch up!" texts immediately follow the posts on Instagram or Twitter about being home from college. Sometimes they are from people you want to see, but in some cases they aren't. The latter of the people are hard to avoid, so maybe it's best to just pretend you aren't home.

Visiting your old high school.

When planning the trip, it seemed like a fun idea. But now that you're back in the school, the painful memories of the four years you spent here start coming back.

Inevitably running into people from your high school.

As hard as you try, you cannot avoid 500+ people in the time span of 3 weeks. Eventually you will start to run into people from your high school and have to make that split second decision of whether you're going to say hi to them or pretend you don't know them.

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Poetry on the Odyssey: I Can't be Sick

It's that time of year again where we all get sick, when we don't want to be

I can't be sick,

not today at least,


I can't be sick,

I say as my throat burns me as I try to speak,


My eyes are bloodshot red,

and I keep coughing.

Why am I sick?

I say, as I look for my tissues

Maybe it's because of the cold?

Maybe my friends got my sick?

I want to rip my nose off because of how many times I sneezed

I CAN'T be sick,

I have an essay to write,

a presentation due,

and my friend asked me to go see a movie this weekend,


In a week, I'll be fine

I say, as I take my medicine,

Just have to drink this minty lemon flavored tea,

that burns my throat and tongue,

but in a week I'll be okay,

I just wish I wasn't sick right now.

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Winter Weather Blues: What is it I am searching for?

I hope you are somewhere warm and fuzzy, because it is friggin' cold this winter!

It's 5 degrees outside. Cold! On the inside I am cranky, but from my appearance you may see a genuinly happy guy. Somebody who is eager to chat for a moment or two. This is true, yet often I hold it together just long enough in these moments before I want distance and space. I sit. I ponder. I think.

What I want to say is not here. Sometimes its the words. Sometimes its the emotion. Surrounding all of us is a lot of frustration and confusion, thus stress and fatigue. I am not impervious to it all. No matter the strength and capability I acquire, we are still always at balance with the people around us. Whether you engage with them or not.

It would be selfish if I said this is something that I am seperate or immune from. The only difference there seems to be between us all is how we choose to respond to any circumstance of emotions. I deeply desire for a lot of us to be genuinely happy. Not through satisfactory means, but rather through fulfillment and trust in on another.

I know that one of the flaws is to expect too much out of others. It is a flaw because I am expecting too much out of myself, and not wholly caring towards the expectations of others. A lie floats around supporting this. They aren't relatable to you. What they want is completely different.

What in the heck is this! Is it the weather? Do I need to exercise? Do yoga? Eat? Meditate? Do I need to get laid? The latter sounds very nice, but even this is only satisfactory and temporary to a point.

It is connection that I crave. I didn't know that I would grow to want authentic conversations with fellow human beings, so I didn't apply much time working towards it. Now, it only seems like an awkward junior high dance. Interactive interaction does not suffice either. It is raw, live experiences with humans that are flooded with laughter. This is what I dream of the most. It matters not where or from who this livliness happens. I just want it to be real... true.

Go ahead! Curse at the weather! Curse at the wind! When the correct temperance is among us, the world will be filled with our purest Joy again.

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