A laundry list of what to do during your winter break

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(Above: not shredding the gnar.)

 

So, the 2017 fall semester is coming to an end. Many of us call Chicago home, while a good group of UIC students think that they are from Chicago but are really from the suburbs (such as myself).

After spending about four months at UIC, it is definitely nice to take a break and come home for the holidays to spend time with family and friends. Winter break officially begins on December 16th, 2017 and ends on January 16th, 2018. You might have some apprehension regarding not knowing what to do during break.

As do I.

Because humans really like to read lists, I have compiled a few things that will hold you over until the spring semester.

1. Get a job, you lazy bum. I recommend the seasonal positions for Mobile Sales Consultants at Best Buy, Cart Attendants at Target, or even working for the Pavilion at UIC. Maybe even sign up to be a lifeguard at your local outdoor waterpark.

2. Go snowboarding and SHRED THE GNAR!!!

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23 Unorthodox Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Break

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The classic Thanksgiving dinner. Photo courtesy of Delish.com 

And now for something completely different.

Thanksgiving break is a magical time for the students of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Those two long days off that we are granted for this holiest of holidays are for many an opportunity to finally return home after several months of intense studies and reconnect with their families.

This break is also an exciting time for families of freshmen in particular, who get to see that wide eyed and enthusiastic little kid they dropped off at the beginning of the semester return as an unrecognisable bearded freak.

Sometimes though, this break can be very overwhelming to those who want to get the most out of their time away from the shackles of this intellectual prison. The thought of even losing a minute of their finite break shakes them down to their very core.

So, out of the goodness of my heart; I have compiled a list of not one, not two, but 23 unorthodox ways of spending Thanksgiving break. Fair warning though traveler, for some of the items on this list may be seen by some as “purposefully silly” and they “shouldn’t be taken too seriously because they’re jokes”… Continue reading “23 Unorthodox Ways To Spend Your Thanksgiving Break”

Thanksgiving, But No Thanksgiving! How Do You Celebrate?

Thanksgiving is here! The holiday where eating copious amounts of food is socially acceptable, and where we get to see old relatives (including the ones that we may not always particularly like) and gossip around the dinner table before arguing over politics and what kind of president Donald Trump is going to make, and all that comes before settling down by the TV to watch some football game and dread having to purchase gifts tomorrow for Christmas.

But is that truly the way to celebrate Thanksgiving? Should we feel bad if we don’t have a nice oven roasted (or deep-fried, if you’re confident that you won’t set anything on fire) turkey sitting on a big platter surrounded by stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, and sweet potato pie, all ready to be loaded onto a plate? Continue reading “Thanksgiving, But No Thanksgiving! How Do You Celebrate?”

Love is in the Air

Happy Valentine’s Day!

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love”.

-Maya Angelou

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Well first off, I hope everyone has a wonderful day ahead of them. Valentine’s day is not just about being with a significant other, it’s about spending time with the people you love and making the most of the day.

Most of the time we portray “Valentine” as someone we have a romantic interest in. That’s not true.

Your valentine can be a friend, family member, or even a pet.

For those that are single, make the most of today by spending time with those who care about you because in the end, what really matters is being by the ones you love and care for you.

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Here are a few ideas on what to do for this holiday:

  • Go out for food. Everyone loves food, and it’s a great way to catch up on how everyone is doing. In person conversations definitely bring you closer to others.
  • Since it started snowing, go play in the snow! Bring out your inner child by having snowball fights and building snowmen.
  • Go explore the city of Chicago. There is just so much to do. This works great for those who are single and for those who are involved in a relationship.
  • If you really want to get in the Valentine’s day spirit, try baking cookies, cupcakes, or even brownies for your loved ones. This will definitely bring a smile to anyone’s face.

These are just a few ideas, but I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s day with the ones you love!