How to Survive Holidays in College, When You Can’t Go Home

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Going away for college is great… until a holiday break comes that is too short to travel home for. While everyone else packs their bags and hops in the car, you are watching alone from the window sure this break will be a dud.

One thing about moving across the country for college is that it is not always easy, or convenient, to fly back home for every holiday you get off. Especially when it is only a long weekend. For me, this means I am stuck staying at college for breaks like Labor Day, Fall Break, and Easter. Now into my second year of college, I can confidently say not being able to go home doesn’t mean that the break is going to be horrible.

So if, like me, you can’t go home for a break, here are some good tips to keep yourself entertained.

  • Find a friend who is willing to let you go home with them.

    While it may not be YOUR home, not being stuck in a dorm room alone is a win in itself more. You will also get real NON SCHOOL FOOD every day, and maybe you get to see a new town or state while you are at it.

  • Go exploring.

    Locate a library, coffee shop, some waterfalls to go to, or even just take a drive around town. Not staying cooped up in your room will help to make you feel less bummed out about not being at home.

  • Go to a local museum.

    Maybe a museum you have already been to, or maybe one that you have been meaning to visit but have never had the time. You never know what amazing things you can find to admire at museums until you go. 

  • Take the time to catch up on shows.

    You know that show or movie you have been meaning to finish or start watching? The great thing about breaks is you have all the time in the world to sit around and do nothing.

  • Cook something.

    Whether it be a new pasta dish or a whole batch of your favorite cookies (pull apart or otherwise) it will taste so much better than whatever fast food you would have picked up. 

  • Appreciate your time off.

    Lastly, make sure you appreciate the time off. Just because you aren’t going home doesn’t mean that you should be miserable and waste your break. Because next thing you know you will be waking up for those 8am classes again.

What do you normally do during school breaks?

 

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Tips for More Effective Studying

Studying Tips.jpgIt’s late, you are getting ready for bed, and you just remembered you have a test tomorrow. The panic sets in and now you are pulling an allnighter. Boy do you wish you studied earlier. We’ve all been there. Studying is a normal part of any student’s life, but when we don’t know how to do it effectively we run into a lot of setbacks. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Today I am going to share with you some of my study tips to help you study more effectively and hopefully avoid those dreaded allnighters!

 

-Don’t Leave it to the Last Minute

This is the worst thing to do. If you leave studying to the last minute you risk cramming and allnighters which do not help you to learn the material to get a good grade on whatever you had to study. Studying is never the first choice on the fun thing to do list, but leaving studying to the last minute just puts added stress onto you.

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Summer Reads

IMG_9857.JPGThe leaves are starting to turn. The air is getting crisper. Fall is here and Summer has come to a close. Which means so has summer reading! Surprisingly I was so busy this summer that I read a good deal less than I have in past years, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to talk about! If you didn’t know, I am an avid book reader… aka an insane bookworm. Instead of talking about every book I read this summer I have chosen FIVE to talk about today.

A complete list of what I read will be provided at the end of this post!

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

This is the 3rd (and most recent) book in the Trials of Apollo series, by the same author who wrote the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This five book adventure is centered around the god Apollo being sentenced to spend time as a mortal by his father Zeus. In his mortal state he is Lester Papadopoulos, and he will do anything to get his godly form back. The only way to do so is for Apollo to restore the five oracles who have vanished. In this installment he and his companions must travel into the Labyrinth to find the third emperor who has taken control of an oracle and is threatening to attack the Roman camp -Camp Jupiter-. Continue reading

My Dorm Room Favorites

After a month for me to get back into the swing of things and with many more people getting ready to begin their new school year I thought it would be fun to talk about my dorm room favorites. With a limited amount of space to store things in a dorm you need to be mindful of what you get. But as your college dorm is your new home away from home still make sure to get things to make it feel like home! Without further ado here are my dorm room favorites! I will link everything down below in case you want to check them out.

  • Cute pillows

I got these cute pillows from Target! They help to brighten my bed area, and they are super comfy to stack against each other to lay on while I am reading or watching netflix. I also use them to cover the GAPING HOLE between my mattress and the wall so I don’t fall through in the middle of the night. Although, things do like to disappear down there.

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  • Twinkle lights

These twinkle lights are from Amazon. I love that they are a different shape than most bulbs so they add a nice touch to the bare walls. They are really long and wrap almost 3/4s of the way around my dorm. Not to mention they are great to have on once the sun goes down and I don’t want to have the bright fluorescent dorm lighting on. These lights warm tones make the room feel much more cozy and homey. Continue reading

Tips to Manage Anxiety in College

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Sometimes anxiety seems like it just sneaks its way into just about everything you don’t want it to. Calling a friend? BAM!  Anxiety. Wanting to wear a new outfit? Anxiety has 27 reasons that is a horrible idea.

Asking that question in class?  No, not today, Anxiety has spoken.

Having anxiety can really weigh you down, but it doesn’t have to rule your life. Here are 7 tips for living with anxiety in college.

1. Know you are Not your anxiety.

While it may feel that your anxiety has become who you are, you have to remember that you are a million other things and anxiety is not one of them. Anxiety is just something you have. One of the absolute worst things to do is to constantly beat yourself up because of it. You are NOT your anxiety.

No matter how many times the little voice may come in and tell you that it is. Anxiety is not who you are, but if you put yourself down everytime you feel it, you are just going to make it worse.

Instead learn to try and tell yourself something you would tell a friend when they are dealing with anxiety. Take a moment to try and figure out what is making your anxiety act up, and see if there is a good solution to help change the situation, or the thoughts your anxiety is trying to tell you about the situation.

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For People Who ‘Hate’ Classical Music

Classical Music, and even just instrumental music in general, does not get enough love as it deserves. It can be often described as “boring” and “all sounding the same,” but this type of music is anything but that. I love listening to classical and instrumental music on car rides, walking to classes, doing homework, or just relaxing around the house. Although, the one difficult thing with classical music is you can’t google search a piece by just saying

"the one piece where the flutes do some really high part."

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Classical/Instrumental music has many benefits to it. It has been proven to decrease blood pressure, increase productivity, and boost memory. It is also good for helping to increase creativity; and some studies have found that it can alleviate symptoms of depression.

I am here to share with you some of my favorite classical pieces as well as some pieces for the people who claim they hate it. Continue reading