The 7 Best Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

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Let’s talk about binge watching. It can be done at the pool, on the couch, while running on a treadmill, or while eating popcorn in bed at home. Here are (in my biased opinion) the best TV shows to binge watch this summer.

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  1. Master Chef/Master Chef Junior – Delicious food, competition, and Gordon Ramsay? Count us in. If you want a little more drama in your day I’d stick to the original Master Chef. On the other hand, MC Junior brings the adorable backstories and kids who have loads of ambition, drive and perseverance.
  2. The Blacklist – I always need a good crime drama in my life. Since I’ve watched basically every episode of SVU and Criminal Minds, I moved on to the delightful acting chops of James Spader. This show is good, really good and is chock full of action, romance and mystery.
  3. Psych – This is a throwback, but if you’re a fan like me, you know that Psych the Movie is coming out this Christmas! I’ve never seen a show that fits so many cultural references, comedic jokes and wit into one episode.
  4. American Ninja Warrior – Who doesn’t want to be inspired by amazingly fit, good looking people? You get caught up in the competition, hoping for them to just complete the next obstacle.
  5. Riverdale – I must warn you, this show is heavier than the others on the list. With so much drama, mystery and teenage sexual tension it’s like Gossip Girl set in a small rural town. This show will satisfy your high school drama needs. Plus the cast are all friends in real life and it’s really cute.
  6. The OA – This Netflix original is confusing and weird, but so addicting. We couldn’t stop watching the first season and are pumped for the second season release. This show contains a good dose of reality packed into a supernatural drama.
  7. The Office – This is never a bad choice. Ever. Michael, Dwight and Jim can always make your life a little more funny. Enjoy this half hour show in increments or all at once.

 

Thanks to my roommate and brother for helping me with this list. Let me know what you’re watching this summer in the comments below!

xx,

Rebecca

Finals Guide: 25 Tips to Get Your Through the Week

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It’s that time again. The most dreaded week of any semester, a week sent to test student’s willpower, focus, determination and ability to survive on coffee. I asked my sorority sisters, friends and classmates for their studying tips and was overwhelmed with the response. Here is the compilation of the 25 best – somewhat – sarcastic tips for studying during this difficult week.

  1. Flash Cards. Make them and carry them around like precious gold. These babies will always work.
  2. Don’t binge watch Netflix… a.k.a. 13 reasons why You shouldn’t study.
  3. Study somewhere different. Switch up your study routine and go to a new environment. A change of scenery will help you focus.
  4. Sit up straight. Don’t study on your couch – you’ll fall asleep.
  5. Reward Yourself. Did you read a sentence? Eat a Skittle.
  6. Sleep. It’s better to get a couple hours of sleep than to study until your eyes glaze over.
  7. Memory games. If you’re trying to memorize those random facts about something that you’ll never need – make up a song/rap/poem or try ‘chunking’. It’ll make studying more tolerable.
  8. Don’t participate in Wine Wednesday. You’re welcome.
  9. Take a break. Hit up your closest pizza joint. It’s okay to let your brain relax for 30 minutes.
  10. Plan out your study times. Mark them down in your planner, phone or on your hand. As Nike says, just do it.
  11. Caffeine. This life staple will always rev up that old mind engine. Just don’t overdo it.
  12. Extra credit. One of my friends suggested crying in front of your professor. It’s been tried and approved.
  13. Take a Bath – it’s relaxing and also allows one to drown in one’s sorrows. But seriously, this is a great tip.
  14. Yoga. Speaking of relaxing, try a downward dog pose. It’s good for your brain.
  15. Watch a cat video. Just one…
  16. Music. Need some motivation? Put in those headphones and jam out. See my study playlist here.
  17. Take a short nap. A fifteen minute snooze fest is shown to increase brain function. Bonus points if you fall asleep on top of your books.
  18. Find a study buddy. Bounce questions off each other.
  19. Or lock yourself away in the library. To each their own.
  20. Stay off social media. It’s a dark hole of procrastination. Your ex’s best friend’s sister’s Facebook page will still be there later.
  21. Don’t go to work. Have a part time job or internship? Take off and bury your head in books.
  22. Ask for notes. Did you miss a day? A week? A month? Ask a classmate for the notes you missed.
  23. Interrogate the professor. Want to know how many questions are on the test? They usually answer.
  24. Figure out the lowest grade you can get on the final without failing the class.
  25. Or you can just do nothing. C’s get degrees.

So, there you go – 25 tried and true tips to get you through the week. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this list! Be brave my friends.

 

Study Hard,

Rebecca