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!

 

Thanksgiving break is literally the worst thing ever

Thanksgiving break is horrible. It’s as if someone made the conscious decision to mercilessly taunt us poor college kids with a few days of the warmth and comfort of family, food, and friends – only to toss us back, headfirst and still recovering from food comas, into the depths of hell that is finals week.

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The Flip Side of Studying Abroad: What the Brochures Won’t Tell You

You’ve seen the brochures. You’ve obsessed over a frenemy’s Facebook pictures. Traveling to a foreign location is very well may be on everyone’s college bucket list. But there’s a lot more to studying abroad than fancy beach getaways and double-tap-worthy selfie opportunities. Here are some things to consider before diving into an international excursion:

You may not get along with all of the students on the trip. 
Depending on your program, you may be traveling and/or living with students who aren’t from your normal group of friends; they may not even be your age or from your school. While many students come back from study abroad trips with great new friendships, there’s a chance you won’t click with your group.

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July Playlist

After a much too long a hiatus from blogging, here’s a playlist of the music that I’ve been listening to the most this past month. It’s been strange, as the lazy summer vibe coincides with a stressful, busy, and productive semester at school. My music similarly seemed to alternate between carefree youthful summer anthems and heavier, more stoic tunes.

Track Listing:

  1. Elastic Heart (ft. the Weeknd & Diplo) – Sia
  2. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
  3. Global Concepts – Robert DeLong
  4. Don’t Wait – Mapei
  5. Pumpin Blood – NONONO
  6. Breezeblocks – alt-J
  7. I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
  8. The Wire – HAIM
  9. You & Me ft. Eliza Doolittle (Flume Remix) – Disclosure
  10. All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor
  11. Hurricane – Ms Mr
  12. Shower – Becky G
  13. Riptide – Vance Joy
  14. Cool Kids – Echosmith
  15. Dollhouse – Melanie Martinez

India Playlist

Amidst the cacophony and hustle and bustle, the moments that I really felt I was soaking up my surroundings during my travels was in the back seat of the car with the local radio station playing. These are not necessarily the most current songs of the moment, but they are what formed the acoustic scenery of my visit to India.

Track Listing:

  1. London Thumakada – from the movie Queen
  2. Chandelier – Sia
  3. Retrograde – James Blake
  4. Nagada Sang Dol – from the movie Goliyon ki Ras Leela: Ram-Leela
  5. Islands – The xx
  6. Kabira – from the movie Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
  7. Sunn Raha Hai Na Tu – from the movie Aashiqui 2
  8. Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
  9. Bounce – Iggy Azalea
  10. Baby Doll – from the movie Ragini MMS
  11. Magic – Coldplay
  12. Tumhi Ho Bandhu – from the movie Cocktail
  13. Stay High (Habits Remix) – Tove Lo
  14. Hookah Bar – from the movie Khiladi 786
  15. Summer – Calvin Harris

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