Twas the night before finals week and all around campus
not a student was partying not even the Phi Sigs.
The library was filled with last minute crams
in hope that a passing grade was at hand.
The class skippers were all worried and freaking out
While regretting the decisions and wearing a pout
And the over prepared ones don’t have to weep
And know that they will get plenty of sleep.
When out on the quite floor, was an alarming shriek
As poor little freshmen realize how awful is the finals week.
The upper classmen came to nurse
Only to tell them it only gets worse.
The morning crept near and students awoke
With sleep in their eyes and lumps in their throats.
For finals week came and was finally here
And every student shed their tears.
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Winter break is just around the corner; this break is rather long and last for six whole weeks! If you have not experienced a winter break at college yet then you do not know what you are in for. Everything is fine and dandy up until after Christmas. You get to be with family and friends, and enjoy the holidays in the comfort of your home. If you work while you are home for break you get to make some extra cash but you constantly think about being back at school because work sucks. Once January comes all you can think about is being back on campus. You miss your friends, you miss constantly having people to hang out with, and you even miss going to the library to study. The freedom you have here at school will not be the same at home. Many parents will have rules that you are not used too, which will make home seem dreadful. Now do not get me wrong, being home and spending time with family and friends is great and break is a great time to relax and regain your lost energy from finals week, but one can only take so much. Many of you think break will be great and that you will have so much fun, well you are wrong. Break will slowly crush your soul and all you will able to think about is January 25th when well all are back on campus.
So here are some ways to make break seem less like a pit of despair. The first thing to do is accept that break is going to suck; the sooner you realize this the sooner you can prepare. You want to make as many plans with the friends you hate the least from home, like going shopping or going out to eat. Staying busy is a great was to distract you and make the time go by faster. If you have to work over break you are pretty much out of luck and nothing can save you. You just have to realize you are making money so try not to cry that often. Another good way to spend break is to take on a task. Try to craft something really cool or clean out your messy closet that you have been meaning to do since middle school. The best thing you can do is to hold on to the hope that you will eventually be back at WC and surrounded by all your friends. Until then try to mentally prepare yourself and do not dread it yet. We still have a few weeks left until break so make the most of it!
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Christmas may seem like it is still quite far away but it will be here before we know it. There are only two weeks of classes, finals week, then we are off to spend the holidays with our families. Before you leave campus, you might be thinking about getting Christmas presents for your friends. This can be a difficult task at times because, if you are a freshman, you might not be very close to your new friends at school yet. Here are a few ideas for freshmen or anyone else looking for simple gifts to give this holiday.
Most of the time, a gift made with love is the best type to give. As college students, we are all trying to save money any chance we get. Handmade gifts can only cost a few dollars and you can always craft several of the same things and give them to multiple friends. This helps to save time and money. Some good DIY gifts would be a personalized painted wine glass, a picture frame with a special picture inside, or some homemade goodies. Even if you aren’t the most artistic, your friends will still appreciate the thought.
Another idea is to get your friends something that reminds them of how you met. Head to the shops downtown and get a little trinket from Chestertown. Whenever they look at it in the future, they will remember all the fun times they had at WAC and all their great friends, like you!
Christmas does not have to be about giving the biggest and best presents but it is nice to let your friends know that you appreciate them. Whether they are old or new, share your love and holiday spirit with all of your friends this holiday season.
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It is officially December! It is the last month of what was hopefully a great year for everyone. December has all of my favorite things all wrapped up into 31 days of happiness. There are, sales, sweaters, fireside chats, red cups at Starbucks, pie, chocolate, hot chocolate with marshmallows, and so much more. December 1st should really be called Christmas 1st. Before the holiday really begins, we still have to make it through these last few weeks of class. Although you will be studying for your finals soon, be sure to make some time to prepare for the holiday. Some great ways to get you in the spirit are to decorate your dorm and listen to Christmas music. Whenever you need to take a break from studying, watch a movie! If you are having trouble remembering your favorite holiday movies, don’t worry because I did the work for you. ABC Family might have their version, but here is The Leaf’s 25 Days of Christmas Movies!
- Home Alone
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Fred Claus
- Jack Frost
- Miracle on 34th Street (the original)
- The Santa Clause
- Die Hard
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- A Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Story
- Love Actually
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- White Christmas
- The Bishop’s Wife
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- The Nutcracker
- The Polar Express
- Just Friends
- Frosty the Snowman
- Sesame Street Christmas Special
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