Definitely "Work Work Work Work Work," But Remember To Have Fun Too

Definitely "Work Work Work Work Work," but remember to have fun Too

There's only a few weeks of summer left for University of Cincinnati students. What are you going to do with them?


I am not sure about you, but to me, it is very hard to believe that in just nine weeks that all 44,783 of us, give or take a few, are going to be returning to the University of Cincinnati to continue our collegiate journey. I woke up this morning and laid in bed thinking for a few minutes about how this summer has flown by. Every year summer seems to pass faster and faster. Maybe it is just that we are getting older and every year the reality of entering the "real world" sets in just a little bit more. Or, maybe it is because we live in Ohio and we can experience all four seasons in one week and we get confused as to what season we are actually in, especially since this year we didn't really have a spring.

Regardless, while lying in bed, I thought about all the things I have done so far this summer. I have hung out with friends on several occasions, worked, went swimming, worked, took up yoga, worked, attended a few graduation parties, worked, kept up with my summer homework, worked, wrote weekly for the Odyssey, worked, and recently went to a concert very last-minute in Indianapolis with a very good friend only to get back at 3 a.m. to get up and go to work at 11 a.m.

After reflecting on the things I have done with my summer so far, I continued to think of the times that I was invited to hang out, go shopping, go on a road trip, etcetera but had to turn down because I was either, busy with school or working! I know most college students have a similar summer schedule, but while trying to process all of this I found myself thinking "you work so hard and you should be proud." But ultimately asking, "did you actually have fun?"

As college students, most of us are extremely poor and work all summer to pay for our tuition and to cover our loans. Some of us even work during the academic year to do the same exact thing. With the exception of those few college party animals - no judgment, but they do exist - there is no doubt that we definitely work hard. However, I think a lot of us forget to take time for ourselves everyone once in a while. I promise that it is okay to have fun. As crazy as it may sound, it is okay to use a little bit of that paycheck to go out, and it won't actually kill you.

There are only a few weeks of this summer left. Don't let it go to waste! Still work hard, but as a student to other students, don't work so hard that you regret it! I am not encouraging you to do anything illegal, but be a little reckless. Go to that party with your friends. Go to that club and dance, drink (if you are of legal age), and stay out really late. Go buy those concert tickets that you have been debating. Go and buy those shoes that you have been eyeing. Go on that road trip with your friends. Make memories that you will want to share with your kids, grandkids, parents, friends, whoever! As college students, we have not entered the "real world" yet. So now is the time to embrace your inner child, "stupid teenager", and reckless college student mentality. Not to be cliché, but it is true that you only live once.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.

I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.


When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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