Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

​Not everyone is as fortunate as UD students with a winter break until February, but everyone can definitely make the most of their time off.

Finally, we can all say that we survived our fall semester and take a break! It's time for holidays and the winter season, and on behalf of college students, we could not be more excited.

One of the best things to do after you binge-watch all of your Netflix shows and meet up with all your friends is start working. I love being able to work over break, whether it's at my internship or at my part time job. It’s a good way to spend time and make some money while your home, while gaining some real world experience.

Another thing is to start making your New Year’s Resolutions. Whether its to make Dean’s List next semester, make more time for yourself, or to rush a sorority, it's a great way to start your year in an organized fashion. Even if resolutions aren’t your thing, try just making a bucket list and seeing what you can accomplish for 2018.

Maybe even consider taking college courses over the winter. I personally am taking two classes online and I feel like it will not only be a great experience but it will give me a chance to prepare for a possible double major or a 4+1 Masters program. It’s a good idea to plan what you’re doing so you don’t overbook yourself.

Go back to Hulu and Netflix for a minute and find something new to watch. You’re going to want down time, so watching the 22 seasons of America’s Next Top Model is a good idea. If you don’t know what to watch consider Stranger Things, Riverdale, Gossip Girl, or any reality cooking show on Hulu. Then after you watch said cooking show, you should probably try out some new recipes!

One of my favorite things to do while I’m home is simply to just drive around my town and see the things I haven’t seen while I was away at school. It’s always pretty cool to see how things have changed and what’s still the same, also you could find things that you never knew were there.

Try saying yes to most things, even if its something you wouldn’t have normally done. If someone you didn’t expect asks you to hangout, go for it! Just have fun and make the most of your time at home because before you know it, it will be time to go back to school.

Go into the city if you live near one, spend time with family as much as possible, and do whatever makes you the happiest. That’s what you should really focus on, yourself. In all honesty, the winter break is the best chance to destress from fall semester and prepare yourself to do even better for the spring semester, so take care of yourself and put yourself first. I know sometimes that’s easier said than done, but make sure you’re happy in whatever you do.

Don’t forget to enjoy the little things and take moments for yourself because we all know how hectic things can be when we’re back home from college. Here’s to hopes of minimal (but pretty) snow, amazing opportunities, fun with family and friends, and whatever your heart desires this winter break.

Oh, and of course stay warm!

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Onesies, The Pajamas That Bring Every Spirit Animal To Life

Who knew one article of clothing could bring countless memories?

Lions. Tigers. Unicorns. Leopards. I saw them all this past weekend. No, I was not at a zoo. No, I was not tripping on some crazy drug that made me think I saw unicorns. I saw them, IN REAL LIFE. Let me give you a little hint as to what I was experiencing.....ONESIES. They're not just for babies. Adults can wear them too! I wore one for the first time this past weekend and fell in love. Now, some of you may have worn a onesie before. Others, like myself before this past Saturday, may not have. So I just wanted to take a little time discuss just how awesome onesies are! Get comfy, grab some popcorn, and open up a new tab in your internet browser so you can shop for one after reading this. 

Wearing a onesie is like Halloween every day of the year. You can literally be whoever or whatever you want. Once you zip it up and put the hood on, YOU ROCK IT. You are what you're wearing. SO. The first step is to decide what kind of onesie you want. Get in touch with your inner spirit animal. If you wanna be a Squirrel, GREAT. Theres a onesie for that. If you want to be a Rockstar, GREAT. There's a onesie for that. If you want to be a Stormtrooper from Star Wars, GREAT. There's a onesie for that. You get my point. 

Next, be prepared to be extremely comfortable. Like, really comfortable. Like, your favorite blanket covering every inch of your body kind of comfortable. Don't worry about getting cold because your onesie wont allow for that to happen.

So now, not only are you expressing your inner spirit animal but you're super comfy doing it. As far as wearing clothes underneath them, welll....that's your own personal choice. Some prefer nothing. Others, like me, prefer a comfy shirt and pants. Hey, I'm not judging. Onesies are all about comfort and expression people!

Most onesies zip in the front so you don't have to worry about completely stripping down to go to the bathroom. And with the zipper in the front, it's a lot easier to operate. If the zipper was in the back...well that would be a different story. I've had a lot of horror stories with not being able to get the zipper down from the back.....way too many....but we will save that for a different day. 

Overall, onesies are a necessity in life.  The ability to tap into your inner spirit animal. The comfort. The warmth. The easy mobility. It's all there. Life in a onesie truly is a good life. 

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The Greatest Showman is Better than La La Land. Period.

A vision of the world I see is more than a city of stars.

What brings La La Land & The Greatest Showman together in comparison is the fact that both movies had the same amazing songwriters.Last year I was intrigued in “La La Land” from the promotional material but they fell flat on the musical aspect. “La La Land” had songs, yes, but the movie seemed to forget it was a musical after the first 45 minutes. Honestly, I would pick a film that entices me to see it over and over again than some overrated flick where two attractive people danced to show us how aesthetic they looked in doing so. Here's why:

First of all, The Greatest Showman is an ACTUAL musical.

A musical, by definition, is a play or motion picture in which the story is interspersed with or developed by songs, dances, and the like. It's not like the 2007 remake of Hairspray where you only got less than five minutes of actual dialogue in between songs.The great musicals are the ones you walk out and you can't stop humming the tune. When done right, they help tell the story in addition to being fun to watch, and this is where La La Land fails and The Greatest Showman excels.

At no point in La La Land do either of the leads ever sing about what it is they really want. The Ryan Gosling/Emma Stone duet number, "A Lovely Night", is the only song that the film requires to keep a coherent story. This is a classic musical element that's necessary if you're going to connect with your main character that's missing entirely from a movie that claims to be a musical.

Oh. My. Plot

The movie is loosely based on P.T. Barnum, keyword: loosely, but it's difficult to find the right story to fit a movie musical. The narrative indulged with the magic of nostalgia and yearning puts a song stuck in the brain as the end credits roll. The musical numbers are upbeat with fantastic performances and visuals in a manner that they carry the movie to be a fun experience.

This series of intoxicating storylines that entangle together make a plot from the self-empowerment of outcasts to the emotional appeal of love that layers out to the ultimate goals of inclusion & acceptance. Far more flawed and passionate in their talent to live beyond their means by expressing themselves through songs and dance.This Is Me shows their revelation of newfound hope in themselves. The characters are far less immaculate than actress Emma Stone and actor Ryan Gosling.

Can we talk about this gorgeous couple though?

They're not gorgeous because of their physical attractiveness but by the journey that they take which many other interracial couples face. Keep in mind that this setting for this film is in 1860's when slavery was just abolished so people of color were heavily looked down on. It's forbidden love between Zac Efron and Zendaya and their musical number sung and danced on trapeze bars, is simply captivating. What really needs to get across is that blond heartthrobs & ginger foxes aren't the only beautiful pairing to fall in love. On top of all that, at least the couple we're rooting for actually end up together here.

The ending, it's beautiful.

I see La La Land's ending the same way as Titanic; you cannot let someone go that easy when you really love them. They could have at least kept in touch while they were getting their careers together. Although The Greatest Showman leans towards spectacle where La La Land chooses intimacy, audiences will connect to its outcasts and the visionary who brought them out of the shadows and in front of a crowd.

I was not that big of a fan of “La La Land.” It had its moments but wasn’t a cohesive film. If this isn't enough, think about how many times you went to see each movie. Which one is worth seeing more than once as a whole? What songs are infectious? I don't know about you but The Greatest Showman is better than La La Land, period.

Cover Image Credit: Michael Elkan

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