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5 Ideas For Celebrating New Year’s Eve

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A night as big as New Year’s Eve deserves a celebration just as big! If you are stuck on how to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, check out these suggestions:

1. House Party

Get a bunch of friends together for a New Year’s Eve party! Whether it be at your place or someone else’s, have everyone bring a dessert, dinner dish, or drink, and dress up! You can rent a couple movies or dance to the year’s hits until the ball drops!

New Year's Eve Holiday College Party

Photo © College Fashion

2. Bar Gathering

Campuses always have bars open New Year’s Eve. Call up a few in your area, ask what celebrations are going on, and head over with a few of your friends! Usually bars offer live music, contests, karaoke, and other fun deals to pass the time until the countdown.

Happy New Year Bar Party College Friends

Photo © Fado Irish Pub

3. Beach Bonfire

Close to the water? You can maybe pool your money together with some friends and rent a beach house for the night’s celebrations or you can build a bonfire on the shore! Have a small barbecue, make s’mores, and discuss your favorite moments of the year and your New Year resolutions.

Winter Beach House

Photo © chez sven

4. Hike Your Favorite Mountain

Grab your significant other or friends and bring a picnic with sparkling cider for a midnight view of the city’s celebrations. Chances are you’ll see fireworks from somewhere over the city, but even if you don’t, the view of the stars above will add to a night you won’t forget. Just don’t forget the flashlight!

Winter Hiking Picnic

Photo © meetup

5. Games

If you do stay in your dorm, visit home, or are at a friend’s house, add games to your celebrations! This guessing game idea from Real Simple is one of my favorite ideas – print and cut out the cards, have each person fill them out, then take turns guessing who wrote what. Another great game is Quelf, which I guarantee will have you laughing nonstop. Or, have all your friends bring their favorite game and take turns!

Playing Game Boards

Photo © kickingdownthedoor

No matter how you celebrate, make sure champagne or sparkling cider is present! It just wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve celebration without the bubbly!

 

What do you like to do New Year’s Eve?

 

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Gratitude

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With the holidays, come a lot of feelings of want. Such as, “I want this present,” “I want my house to look good,” and so forth. Even though we create those long wishlists and daydream about what we want, rarely do we take the time to appreciate what we already have. That’s where gratitude comes in.

Gratitude, simply put, is acknowledging and appreciating what you have. Whether it’s taking the time to thank somebody who held the door open for you, or thanking your mother for home-cooked meals, expressing your gratitude can actually make you happier.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California, and his colleague Mike McCullough, at the University of Miami, conducted a study on gratitude by having their participants keep a weekly journal. One group described five things they were grateful for in the last week; one group described things that had gone poorly; and one group described things that had affected them, without stating if it had gone negatively or positively. Ten weeks later, the group that had been keeping track of their gratitude, felt better about their lives as a whole and were a whole 25% happier than the group that focused on the negative.

So what are some ways you can focus on what you’re grateful for?

1. Keep A Gratitude Journal

Write down five things you’re grateful for every day. Once you start looking for things to be grateful for, they’re everywhere. Then you can reflect back on them if you are ever feeling down.

Gratitute Journal Diary

Photo © sharedeasel

2. Say Thank You

Sometimes we say the words “thank you” without thinking about it – but next time you say it, really mean it and appreciate what’s being done. Thank your waiter for their great service. Thank your mom for giving you a killer taste in music. Thank your friends for always listening. Realize how much others really are around to help you out.

Thank you note

Photo © dryicons

3. Write A Gratitude Letter

If there’s someone in your life who has affected you positively or did something you never thanked them for, now is the time to let them know you appreciate them. Jot down why you’re grateful for them, and stick it in the mail. Sometimes it is extra nice to get stuff like this down in writing.

Thank you note card message

Photo © stockpiling moms

So don’t be bummed this year if you didn’t get something you wanted or were hoping for. Remember that there is so much you already have!

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

 

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Group Project Tips

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Working on group projects can be one of the most frustrating things you will face during your college years. Even if you’re assigned a topic you like, there’s always a good chance you will be stuck with people who, even though they might be nice people, don’t like to contribute their fair share of the work. Next time you’re faced with the task of a group project, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t end up doing all the work alone.

1. Pick Your Team

If possible, pick your own group. Throughout the first week or two of class, keep an eye on your classmates to find the ones who are studious and good workers. These students usually sit in the first few rows of the classroom, rarely miss a class, and are typically taking notes. You’ll want these people on your team!

Group of College Students

Photo © schooldancenetwork

2. Organize Meetings

Right away, it’s a good idea to combine schedules and pick a good time for everyone to meet up to work on the project. You don’t have to meet up a million times, but remind everyone that the more productive you are during that first meeting, the less you’ll all have to do later.

Student Group Meeting

Photo © Education Portal

3. Assign Tasks

Have everyone pick sections of the project to complete. Figure out what people are best at and share the work evenly. Maybe one person does the research, while the others type out the report, and others put everything into a presentation.

College Students Group Project Work

Photo © Friendly Educators

4. Use Google Docs

The best thing about using Google Docs is that it can be shared between everyone at the same time. You can all work on the material together (or even at different locations) all at once and it automatically saves your work. It is not a file you have to send back in forth, but rather available anywhere as long as you have internet access. You can even see who has last made an edit and you can see who is contributing.

Google Doc Document Work

Photo © The Verge

Remember, you can’t force everyone to do their work, but chances are if most of your team is doing their part, it’ll motivate everyone to contribute and not be the one to not help.

What tips do you have for successful group projects?

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Traveling With Homesickness

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I have been in Georgia (the country, not the state) for a while now and I am finding adjusting to be a bit more of a chore than I expected. When I signed up to teach English abroad, all I pictured was living in a cool little town with interesting people, and no problems whatsoever. I could not have underestimated this journey more.

I’m in a small village only a 3 minute cab ride from the city, but the village looks like a completely different world. If I’m not wearing earplugs at night when sleeping, I wake up to the sound of chicks peeping, pigs oinking, roosters crowing, and dogs fighting. Being in this village without anyone I know immediately close by, and living with a family with an English level similar to that of an 8-year-old, has made me really homesick. However, I’ve been getting creative with how to soothe myself with this culture shock, so if you are experiencing homesickness abroad, here are my suggestions:

1. Buy Something Comforting

I’m surprised at the number of similar products Georgia has in their mini-marts. Whenever I’m in town, I make sure to stock up on treats: chocolate, Fanta orange soda or Sprite, and Pringles. Not only will you be satisfying your snack cravings, but you will be eating something familiar, which will help you relax. This applies to other products other than food too, although some may be hard to find in a different location.

Can of Pringles

Photo © Food Junk

2. Don’t “Should” Yourself

Do not think, “I should be feeling happy.” Everyone deals with situations differently. Allow yourself to wallow, cry, be sad, and be alone. It is normal to feel this way. Just don’t sit in it for long periods of time.

Sad College Student Traveling Abroad

Photo © A Sharing Connection

3. Reach Out

Email or call friends and family and tell them how you are feeling. Talk it out to whoever will listen. Advice, comforting words, and a new friend will often come of it. You will feel better just talking to someone you miss as well.

College Student Talking On The Phone To Family Friends

Photo © Confused

4. Distract Yourself

There have been plenty of times where all I want to do is curl up in bed and do nothing all day. Unfortunately, that would not only make the situation worse, it would also mean missing out on cool excursions, such as Georgian wine-tasting at local vineyards. It is actually better to make yourself busy so you forget you are homesick!

Martha's Vineyard Travel

Photo © New York Times

5. Pick Up A New Hobby

Take advantage of the time you have available and learn or brush up on a new language, or pick up that book you’ve always wanted to read, etc. The time will pass anyway, so you might as well take advantage of it by doing something fun and intriguing.

College Girl Reading Book

Photo © MindShift

The best piece of advice I have been given in regards to traveling: do whatever you have to to make yourself comfortable. I take things day by day instead of looking at the long term, and that seems to make all the difference in this experience traveling abroad.

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Campus Activities Besides Partying

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Being a college student doesn’t have to mean that you have to drink or party all the time, or at all. There are other things you can do on a college campus to have fun. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

1. Go To A Student Org Event

There can be several different fun events to go to hosted by student organizations. These can range from outdoor (or indoor) movies, comedians, game nights (ranging from bingo to video games), concerts, or guest speakers. Often times these events are free or under $5 and you can sometimes even win prizes for going to them! You already pay for most of them with your student tuition so you might as well take advantage!

College Students Playing Bingo Game On Campus

Photo © Macalester College

2. Rec Room

Do you like to play pool? Ping Pong? Foosball? Or endless video games? Then go spend some time at your university’s recreation room! Bring a student ID and you can sign out a set of balls for pool, any video game you want, or paddles and a ping pong ball and stay as long as you want (or at least until it closes). This is a great way to hang out with friends and take a quick study break too!

College Students Playing Ping Pong In Rec Room Campus

Photo © Amarillo College

3. Intramurals & Fitness Programs

Every school has intramural leagues for different sports like flag football, floor hockey, broomball, ultimate frisbee, or soccer. Some leagues are for men only, for women only, and some are coed. The winner of each intramural sport usually wins some sort of prize and it is free to play so what do you have to lose? If team sports aren’t your thing, you could also join a zumba, yoga, or kickboxing class. These are great ways to have fun, stay in shape, and meet new people.

Intramural College Flag Football

Photo © Simpson College

What do you like to do on campus that does not include drinking or partying?

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