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#DreadedDecember: Off Schedule

14 Dec

When it comes to time off of school, I much prefer winter break to summer. I enjoy spending time at home with my family, but I always dread being off of my daily schedule. I’m usually the person that risks getting burnt out at the end of every semester, because try as I might, making time for self-care on a regular basis is difficult during the last few weeks of school. As a result, I spend the bulk of the first few days of break just catching up on sleep and eating properly. Invariably, my sleep schedule gets thrown out of whack and then I struggle to get it back to normal when the next semester starts.

Don’t get me wrong, there are perks to getting off schedule for a little bit. It’s somewhat refreshing to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want. Between school and work, that’s not a luxury that I have once classes are in session anymore. I relish the time that I get to just go shopping with friends for as long as I want, or exercise as it is convenient. Breaks are a great time for me to reconnect with the things that I enjoy and that I am passionate about. However, after a few days of this, it loses its sparkle.

It’s okay to be a couch potato for a few days during break, but you have a lot of time on your hands to actually be productive. Take advantage and start planning ahead for the next semester, apply for summer internships and jobs, and start thinking about your future! For me, break is a time that I simultaneously look forward to and dread. Fortunately there are a lot of solutions to make it a lot better.


#DreadedDecember: Stressed About Not Stressing?

12 Dec

There is officially a light at the of the tunnel — finals are finishing up/ have already ended! Congratulations!! So now you finally get to go home, eat some home cooked meals, relax, and basically do whatever.

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I’m sure some of you are very proactive when it comes to planning your winter breaks! For example, maybe you’re studying abroad or going on a cool trip with friends and family. Or maybe you’re even earning some extra cash with a winter break job or externship.

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Honestly, I respect that! But for whatever reason, as planned out as I am during the year, that’s how lazy I am during break. And even though it sound ridiculous, it really stresses me out!! I feel like I don’t know what to do with myself. I love hanging out with my family and friends, but for how long can that go on?

This break I am trying to be a bit more regimented. You know, go to the gym everyday, plan outings with my family, eat super healthy (save the holidays), learn how to play NBA 2K to hang out with my brother, play some tennis with my dad, and yeah…

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So yes, that is the plan, but honestly will these thing happen? IDK because honestly I something happens to me when I go home. Maybe it’s the humidity? But regardless, I hope you all have the best winter break, and spend it exactly how you want to!

-Amna 🙂


#DreadedDecember: Making Plans

10 Dec

I love winter break. I get to go home and see my family, boyfriend, and my best friends from home. I also get time to relax and prepare for the upcoming semester. While this is all great, it can be really stressful for me to balance doing everything that I want to do over break and making plans with so many different groups of people. That’s why my Dreaded December is making plans over break.

I’m definitely much more of a planner as opposed to being spontaneous. I like to know when I’m doing things, especially when I’m planning so many things with so many people. Added to this, both my best friends from home and my boyfriend and I decided that instead of giving gifts, we’d do something fun for Christmas. For my best friends, that meant finding two days that fit all three of our schedules for a short road trip. When you throw in the fact that we’re all trying to spend time with our families, one of my friends is working and has family in from out of state, and my other friend is traveling a few times, and that was an adventure. As for my boyfriend, he lives out of state during the school year, so we try to spend as much time together as possible. However, he’s traveling with his family twice over break and still has to keep up his workout schedule (he’s an athlete). Throw my family’s schedule and holiday plans into the mix, and it’s really just a lot to balance.

Some of the ways that I’ve made this a little better is by planning as much in advance as possible. This has helped me know when I’m free and what fits best where. Another way I juggle these plans is by doing stuff with my family and boyfriend together. My family loves him so it’s a great way for us to all spend time together. As for my friends, it’s all about communication and making the time for each other.

While I do like to combine groups and hang out with my boyfriend and friends or family and friends, sometimes I like to have the 1 on 1 (or 2 on 1) time with them. To do that, it really comes down to being intentional with my time and not wasting it away in front of the TV or sleeping. As much as I want to rest over this break, I’d rather rest in the company of the people I love than by myself.

I am dreading the planning process and trying to juggle everything over a relatively short period of time. However, I’m also really looking forward to spending time with my loved ones and doing a lot of fun things together. I know I’m going to be making a lot of memories over this break, and although there are some things about planning I’m dreading, I’m really looking forward to the time I have.

I hope you all have a great winter break!


#DreadedDecember: Buying Gifts

9 Dec

Tis the season to spend your entire paycheck on your friends and family! What I dread most is buying presents. Why?


  1. What if they don’t like my present?
  2. I’m broke
  3. I’m super broke

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accurate representation of me pretending I have money

Although we might all be in the same boat, my tips to making buying presents a little easier are as followed:


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and then your presents show up at your doorstep like:

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Honestly, most people like the meaning of gifts rather than the actual gift. I know my girls love picture frames and cute homemade things that remind them of the memories we’ve shared in the past year. Honestly, these gifts make so many people happy!

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like how cute is this little wreath and headband?


What’s better than food? The answer: nothing. NOTHING is better than food. I love getting cookies and brownies in cute little boxes! I love love love food, and baking is the easiest way to go! You can eat love!

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Show your pep with some music and cookies!


Spirit wear is kind of expensive, so I can completely vouch that I love getting University gear from friends. I don’t have to spend money on my own, and I mean, every wildcat loves getting wildcat gear.

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I will wear my gear 24/7 like this!


You cannot – I repeat- CANNOT go wrong with a Starbucks gift card. Even if your friend doesn’t like coffee, Starbucks has so many things that someone will enjoy!

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you’re welcome

So, as the holiday season approaches at the pace of Mariah Carey’s holiday album, take my tips for easy gift giving, and make sure to spread the happiness!

Happy holidays, my friends!

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Stay rad,

Lils xx

#DreadedDecember: Car Cleaning Time!

27 Dec


If you guys are anything like me, then you know how a clean and spacious car can become a cluttered disaster. I swear my car is like a black hole, lots of things go in there but hardly anything ever comes out! Throughout this semester, all of my personal possessions have piled up in my car and unfortunately my compulsory laziness has prevented me from cleaning it.

Since I am going on winter break soon and will be driving my friends and I back to Phoenix, I figured that it was about time I clean out my car. Last Saturday, I got up, grabbed an empty grocery bag and proceeded to the parking lot so that I could clean out my car. I began with throwing away all the trash, which was mostly just old fast food receipts. Then, I gathered all of the miscellaneous items that were piling up and I took them back inside to be put in their proper place. Lastly, I decided to take Danielle (my car) to the car wash; she was way overdue for that too.

Even though cleaning my car is a pain, it is something that must be done. In life, there will be things that we don’t want to do, people we don’t want to see, and places we don’t wish to go. Still, everyone has an obligation to carry out their responsibilities. Moral of the story: own up to your responsibilities no matter how dreadful they actually are.

-Khmille Appleton

#DreadedDecember: Winter Cleaning Session

26 Dec

For my Dreaded December blog, I decided to do something I ABSOLUTELY HATE.

Cleaning out my wardrobe.

This is something I truly dread every time my mother tells me to clean my closet at home. I really like to hold on to things. I am a very sentimental person, and because of this nature of mine, I really never let go of things like clothes. I also hate wasting things, and since I buy most of my clothes from thrift shops, I find letting go of items that were so cheap to be difficult. I always convince myself that maybe I will end up wearing a random piece of clothing later on, or maybe someone will want to borrow my obscure band t-shirt.

The reality is, you have to remind yourself none of that will ever happen, and if you continue to make excuses, more often than not it will just create more of a mess for you later.

All of this makes cleaning out my closet a real trouble for me, and something I truly put off for as long as I can. The first step I did was take all my clothes in my closet and put them on my bed. After rummaging through everything, then I started separating clothes into piles and throwing the ‘undesirables’  on the floor. There were little piles everywhere that you couldn’t even see the floor. I had to separate everything once my bed was completely filled.

I had piles for my pants. Piles for my shirts. For my dresses. For my shoes. There were so many piles I was starting to lose track.

Once I had separated everything, I had to try on some things I wasn’t sure about, and this is what took the longest and was honestly the most painful. Regardless I trudged on and kept going since I was so close.


Clothes were flying left and right as I was trying things on, and I guess you don’t realize how much you’ve grown until you see clothes from 4 years ago buried in your drawers. Regardless, the whole process took less than two hours, which surprisingly isn’t that much time.

After I had gathered a nice-sized clothes monster at the end of this process, I placed everything in a plastic bag and now I am off to sell these clothes at Buffalo and make a nice little chunk of change for myself. I try my best to hold on to clothes and to only shop and trade clothes to reduce waste, and this is truly a necessity if I want to continue this process. It would have been fun to go through my clothes with a friend since I am letting my friends go through them and pick what they want before I try and sell/donate my clothes. I will have to remember for last time. Nonetheless, this was a great exercise in organization and determination, and I highly recommend doing this at least twice a year!


Make sure to clean out your closet every once in awhile, you might be surprised by what you find 🙂


#DreadedDecember: Packing

24 Dec

Every time the end of the semester rolls around I get really excited to go home. Thinking about all of the warm meals, time to catch up on the TV shows I haven’t had time to watch, and seeing my dogs helps me get through finals. Unfortunately, living in the Residence Halls means having to pack all of the essentials and take them home because I can’t get back in over winter break.

Every year, I’ve figured out how to get more efficient with my packing skills. First, I have to deal with scheduling a time to check out, which usually involves a long phone call with my parents explaining my finals schedule and how the process works (again). This conversation usually gets a little heated because what’s most convenient for me usually isn’t what is most convenient for them.

Next, I have to deal with my food because I have to defrost my fridge. This year I have a cooler so I can wait a little longer to get rid of some of my food in the fridge. My frozen foods will either have to go home before me or get shared amongst my friends so it doesn’t go to waste.

Last, I have to pick the bare minimum of the rest of my possessions because I don’t have my own room at home anymore (my little sister lucked out when I came to college). Since it’s going to get pretty chilly, I grab all of my sweaters and warm PJs and jeans first. This year I used Ziploc big bags to move in, so I’ll be using them again to pack up. My suitcase is reserved for smaller items (hair things and keepsakes that need to come home with me). Then I grab some pairs of shoes and throw them into a random bag because they’re usually my last thought on my way out.

Before I leave, I do a quick vacuum and dust off my flat surfaces. This year is a little different, I don’t have to set up a check out time so I can just leave a few hours after my last exam. After going through this process so many times, packing has become less stressful but still something that I really don’t enjoy doing. It’s always worth it once I’m home, though!

Enjoy winter break, wildcats!


#DreadedDecember: Holiday Cleaning

23 Dec

I hate Christmas.

Ok, I really don’t, but Christmas time sucks because Christmas time means I have to listen to my mom nag me about cleaning our house and whatnot. But before I have to deal with the deep cleaning at home, I have to deal with the deep cleaning here in Tucson.

I usually keep my room relatively clean, livable if you may. For whatever reason, though, this past month my room seemed to have exploded with laundry, rejected outfits, overflowing recycle bins, old balloons, and dirty coffee mugs. Honestly, I knew for a while that I had to get into cleaning that space but I kept procrastinating that just like I do everything else in my life apparently.

When I finally gave myself the motivation I needed to get myself out of bed, it was like the skies opened up. First order of business was taking out the trash. I am not exaggerating when I say that it took me two trips just to take out my own trash. I had old balloons from my birthday back in November that had been deflated for about two weeks and a pizza box from a one-woman study session just waiting to be taken out. From there followed the vacuuming, the dish washing, and clothes sorting. It really didn’t take me more than an hour of my time to get the place looking like a decent human being’s living space again; I felt like I could breathe freely again.

Either way, I know this isn’t the end of deep cleaning torture. I’m openly dreading going back home and having to clean an entire house but at least I have the rest of the week to prepare myself mentally and emotionally. I want to wish everyone who is going through the same experience I am my sincerest support and to everyone in general, happy holidays and a safe winter break!


– Diana

#DreadedDecember: The Month of Gifts

23 Dec

Most people look forward to the end of the year. Beautiful lights, holiday spirit in the air, and gifts on gifts on gifts. But one thing nobody really talks about is the actual process of buying presents. Instead, we talk about snuggling in blankets by the fire and drinking our weight in hot chocolate.

I like all these things as much as the next girl. But, am I alone in my hatred of shopping for holiday gifts? The endless lines, the crowded malls, and the RUTHLESS shoppers? Seriously, I remember once having socks intended for my GRANDMOTHER snatched from my hands by a ruthless old lady. (I’m sure she was a nice woman and it’s just the time of year, BUT STILL.)

Anyway, this year I made it a point to go shopping before things got too chaotic. By that I mean, I made it a point to be in the mall looking for gifts for my loved ones WEEKS before Christmas day. I thought to myself, good job Amna, for once you’re on top of things. For once, you won’t be scrambling to assemble and wrap your presents as you’re rushing out the door. So does this mean that my holiday shopping was smooth sailing?  That buying presents for my friends and family was a fun time even?

Sadly, the answer to that question is no. Because, another thing about holiday shopping, or just gift shopping in general, IS THAT IT’S HARD. You have to find the perfect, thoughtful, useful gift for everyone WITHOUT breaking the bank account. As college students, I think this a pretty standard struggle, but for some reason especially during this time of year- the time of giving, I guess- I find my balance taking a real dip.

Sorry, everyone. Really not trying to sound like a Grinch. I hope you are all looking forward to spending the holidays with your families! Maybe some of you will be able to relate to my holiday struggle/rant. Regardless, I wish you all the best holiday season! Try not to get stampeded at the mall! 😉


#Dreaded December: There’s No Such Thing As a “Break”

22 Dec

After a long semester consisting of late nights, early mornings, and hours of studying, the last thing you want to do during your winter break is to be productive, right? Typically during winter break, I like to go into hibernation and catch up on some TV shows. But, I realize now that graduation will be here before I know it. Which means I really need to boost my resume before getting into the real world. So, this break I will be making moves to apply for an internship in Barcelona, Spain!

Although doing an internship in Barcelona may seem glamorous, the process to get the internship set up is difficult and long. That’s why I have decided to dedicate my winter break to getting the majority of my application done. Not only do I need to work on my application, but I also need to get my passport too… (ugh). Granted the application isn’t due for another 3 months. But, I know that once spring semester hits it’s going to be a lot harder to work on it. So, my plan is to make a plan!

I don’t want to bore you with what the application documents consist of but just know it definitely a process. Along with producing the documents, I also need to meet with multiple people in different departments to get paperwork approved. My first step is to make deadlines for when I need specific things completed. Without deadlines, I know there won’t be any progress. Creating deadlines and following through with them is what needs to be done if I actually want to study abroad. Although this break won’t feel like much of a break at all, I know it’ll all be worth it!

The further I get into my college career the more I realize there is really no such thing as a break. However, how you make the most out of that time is ultimately your own decision. I could stay home and do nothing all break, but what’s the point of that? Although I am dreading this process at the moment, I know I will be thanking myself later when I’m in another country developing my professional and personal skills. Who knows, maybe I’d even get a career abroad one day. I believe that you have to dream big to be successful, especially as a college student. Never limit yourself, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Like Nike says, Just Do It!