The 8 Best Parts of Coming Home for Winter Break

Winter Break is so close, and we’re all anxious with anticipation to escape the confines of our campus. Fed up with final papers, presentations and exams, we Gators are just about ready for this semester to come to a close. Here are just a couple of things we’re most looking forward to about being home this holiday season.

1. Food that doesn’t require multi-step microwave instructions

After weeks of food that’s frozen, dehydrated, canned and every form of preserved, nothing tastes as good as a home-cooked meal. Even meals that you might’ve groaned and complained about as a kid evoke a certain nostalgia and appreciation as a college student returning home. Make sure to enjoy every meal because it’ll be back to microwavable insta-meals in what’ll feel like the blink of an eye.

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This post was a top chapter article on Her Campus, on Dec. 18, 2014!

 

The 9 Most Annoying Conversation Starters You’ll Hear During Winter Break

Oh, the holidays. A time when you’re reunited with all of your beloved friends and family to catch up on college life and hear about months of missed gossip. This usually leads, however, to a very predictable and tired list of conversation starters that get old very fast. Here are some of the most annoying ones:

1. “Wow, you’ve really gained/lost weight!”

Said by: Complete random family friend at a holiday party who you are in no way comfortable holding a full conversation with and have probably been trying to avoid the entire time.
What you want to say: “Can we not comment on the physical appearance of my body, please? After the hell that is finals week that weight gain or loss wasn’t intentional nor was it pleasant, and I’m already aware of it.”
What you’ll actually say: “Yeah, that dining hall food, am I right?”

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Mindy Kaling

Somehow, Mindy Kaling and her on-screen personas of Kelly Kapoor from The Office and Mindy Lahiri from The Mindy Project have the guts to say everything we wish we could. Super relatable, witty and an all-around hilarious writer, everything she says manages to be quote-worthy gold. Here are just a couple of the innumerable instances when the fabulous Ms. Kaling won our hearts.

She understands the struggle of dealing with kids.

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The 6 best travel Instagram accounts to follow

You know you have a serious case of wanderlust when your friend’s sunset-over-airplane-wing Instagram picture just isn’t doing it for you. Instead of creeping through your friends’ old study abroad pictures for the thousandth time, here are some of the best Instagram accounts to follow for a feed full of fresh travel inspiration to fawn over.

1. @NYTimesTravel: Follow the New York Times Travel account for pictures of global food, culture, architecture and landscapes. NYT Travel’s coolest feature is its short video snapshots called “36 hours in,” which give you a feel for a different city in each post. You’ll definitely add more cities to your bucket list after going through these videos.

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Maintaining Motivation: How to Overcome the Daily Struggle

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

When it comes to the daily grind of school, it gets too easy to forget why you chose a major and career goal in the first place. We can all relate to taking core classes that are sometimes completely irrelevant from our actual interests and dealing with difficult professors who makes it easy to lose focus. Here are some ways to incorporate more motivation into your day to keep you on top of your game and always putting your best foot forward.

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How to Beat the Monday Slump

Monday: the day of the week when getting out of bed is the hardest. It’s on this day that each minute of class feels like an hour. It’s when your levels of “can’t even” reach peak heights. If you’re looking to improve your Monday experience and make it slightly more bearable, check out these tips.

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#WomanCrushWednesday: Jessica Williams

As the youngest correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jessica Williams is witty, intelligent, gorgeous and relatable — an all-around flawless human being. Her bits on the show always kill, and we aspire to have half of her sense of humor and confidence. How do we love Jessica Williams? Let us count the ways…

That time she schooled us on the atrocities of institutionalized racism.

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