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30 Things All College Students Can Be Thankful For
November 21, 2017
Thanksgiving break is this week! Most students are thankful for home-cooked food around this time, but here’s some other things you can be grateful for as well.
1. Coffee. You’ve stayed up late studying many nights and couldn’t have done it without this caffeine boost.
2. Naps. Be thankful that there is just enough time between class and work to catch a little shut-eye.
3. Clean laundry. A warm blanket that you just pulled out of the dryer makes those naps super awesome. Being able to do your laundry at home for free during break is super extra awesome.
4. Your roommate. Having a best friend to do college with is not to be taken lightly. Give them a shout-out on social media, or write them an actual thank you card.
5. Financial aid. College is expensive. Those scholarships are super helpful, and help offset the cost of your education.
6. Care packages! Getting free stuff is always awesome, especially if it’s comfort items from home.
7. Cancelled class. Waking up to an email that you class is cancelled for the day and promptly going back to sleep is one of the best things.
8. Amazon Prime. College students get such a good price on Amazon’s two day shipping, as well as exclusive discounts, photo storage, and TV and movie streaming.
9. Your TA. Class can be hard, but your teaching assistant can provide tutoring, homework help, and tips on learning the material.
10. Free food. Whether it’s pizza at a random event or donuts handed out in the quad, free food is one of the greatest perks of college.
11. Headphones. You probably use these every day, so breathe a sigh of relief that you spent a little extra on a good pair.
12. Class. I know. Break is about not having to go to class. But still be thankful for all the things you’re learning and how all of those things will be useful for your future career.
13. 24-hour grocery stores. For when you’re desperately craving junk food at 2 a.m.
14. Netflix/Hulu/Amazon. Whatever streaming service you use, it’s awesome to be able to binge your favorite shows.
15. Study buddies. Because sometimes if you have to study, it’s better with friends.
16. Free gym. Lots of students take for granted that they have a gym at their disposal in college, with no monthly fees!
17. Student discounts. Flashing your student ID can help you save lots of money in tons of places. Be grateful for all the stores that are just trying to help out a broke college kid. (Check out more tips for saving money with this other blog post I wrote!)
18. Good professors. Your professors care a lot about your education. Be thankful for the ones that pour into you and your life.
19. A working car. Through road trips, great music, and too many people in the back seat, a college student’s vehicle has seen a lot. Give thanks for it being reliable through everything you put it through.
20. Your campus. Going to college can be scary. But the administration at your school work hard to make it feel like home. So be grateful for your favorite classroom, how pretty and colorful it is in the fall, the coffee shop with the best Wi-Fi, and how many caring people are around.
21.Your pet. Coming home on break means that you get to cuddle with your dog or cat, which is the best feeling ever.
22. A mini-fridge. For keeping your drinks cold, and all the leftovers you’ve brought back or snuck out of the dining hall.
23. The birthday card grandma sends with gifts card or a check. Enough said.
24. Your laptop. It’s probably a couple years old and a little beat up, but your laptop is your life in college.
25. Internships. Internships are great opportunities to gain a lot of invaluable work experience.
26. Getting an extension on a paper. Sometimes that extra day is a gift from heaven.
27. A comfy mattress topper. Sleep is really, really, really important in college. Students everywhere should be grateful that foam mattress pads exist; they make the dorm bed so much better.
28. Extra credit. Having a professor who gives out extra credit is awesome. Treat it like homework and you’ll be glad that you got a little boost in your grade.
29. Your student ID. It’s so easy to carry your student ID on campus and be able to use it to get into your room, for meal scans, things with mandatory attendance, and everything else.
30. Your family. While it’s nice to get away for a little bit while you’re at college, be thankful for the support system your family provides.
There’s many, many more things to be thankful for, but for now, enjoy Thanksgiving break, eat some turkey, and rejoice that you don’t have to go to class!
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To Travel or Not To Travel
November 15, 2017
Lots of students wonder about traveling in college. Should you or shouldn’t you? Is it a good idea? Is it better to travel alone, or with others? Where should I go and what should I do there?
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