Monday, March 17, 2014

Friday Five: Five Ways to Spend Your Spring Break

Hey, Mounties! Sorry for the delayed Friday Five post. My spring break started with some travelling and then a crazy busy weekend at home!

I think I speak for everyone when I say we could really use a break from papers, exams, and group projects. Unless you're lucky enough to escape to some gorgeous beach or even travel across seas to Ireland, like the History Club, then you might be wondering what to do with your newly found downtime.

Indulge in a good book!

To the people that know me personally, you're probably not surprised that the first "to do" on this list involves reading. Trust me, though... everyone enjoys read. The people that say they don't probably haven't found their "type" of book yet!

Need a recommendation?

I've read so many raving reviews of Gone Girl and finally decided to see what all the hype was about. I'm actually not even done reading it yet... but it's thrilling! It's so fast-paced and keeps you guessing throughout each page.

Gone Girl is also becoming a movie and is set to be released in theaters on October 3, 2014. I don't know about you, but it's almost a rule for me to read a book before its movie releases.

I don't want to spoil anything that happens, so if you want to read a little more about Gone Girl before you buy it, I suggest you check it out on Goodread's.

Speaking of movies...

Sure, there's a movie theater 15 minutes away from Mansfield... but I feel like students never have any time or money to catch a movie with classes going on. Spring break is the perfect time to take a trip to your local movie theater and sit back, relax, and just enjoy.

Need a recommendation?

On Friday, March 21, Divergent will finally be released in theaters. Divergent is actually one of my favorite book trilogies that's set in a futuristic, dystopian society. Even though I haven't seen the movie yet, the trailers and reviews are giving me the impression that it'll be worth watching.

Binge on some Netflix.

As much as I want to watch some Netflix during the school year, I don't let myself. Once I start watching a show on Netflix, I typically can't stop. I binge on Netflix. Which is why spring break is the perfect time for it!

Need a recommendation?

One of my first Netflix binges was with the show Orange is the New Black. OITNB is exclusively on Netflix and was created by Jenji Kohan, creator of Weeds (another recommendation).

This. Show. Is. Addicting. I think I once watched five episodes in one day! I have to warn you though, it might be a little awkward watching this show around the parentals, especially if they're uncomfortable with nudity, strong language, and sexual situations.

Check out the trailer HERE.

Do something nice!

This could be as simple as heading to your local animal shelter to help walk some dogs! Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to help out.

Not into the whole furry friend deal?

I found this website called where you can search for volunteer opportunities close to you! There's also the option to choose which type of volunteer opportunities you'd be most interested in. There's Advocacy & Human Rights, Crisis Support, Environment, and Seniors, just to name a few.

Create a LinkedIn account.

Whether you're a freshman or a senior in college, I highly recommend creating a LinkedIn account. So many employers are currently using LinkedIn to find candidates for positions.

The earlier you start your account, the easier it'll be to add work experience and any unique details that might set you apart from other candidates!

Tip: Keep this profile as professional as possible! Avoid choosing a profile picture that might show you in an unprofessional way.

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