5 ways to combat stress this holiday season

Yes, the holidays are festive and fun… but also you have to admit they can be SUPER STRESSFUL.

From the decorations to the gift-giving, travel, added expense, and socializing, the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year… and the craziest time of year.

Add in final exams and saying goodbye to friends who are leaving to go abroad, and it can be a very emotional time of year.

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Before you do a 180 from merry to cranky and overwhelmed this month, here are five common holiday season stress points—and tactics to combat them.

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A few of our favorite things: Christmas traditions at Loyola

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When students return from Thanksgiving break, campus has already been decorated for Christmas at Loyola. This not only puts you in the spirit, but also make campus feel merry and bright during finals and leading up to the end of the semester, when we head home to be with family for the holiday and winter break.

There are also several traditions Greyhounds look forward to every December involving generosity and giving, carols and Christmas readings, ugly sweater parties, festivals, and lights around Baltimore for the student body to enjoy during the most wonderful time of the year.

So whether its your first or your last holiday season here at Loyola, be on the lookout for a few of these seasonal favorites…

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Getting a great internship

Internships.

While they can seem like a vague limbo between indentured servitude and actually making a living, internships are absolutely essential for your résumé and to gain some experience in your field before joining the work force.

Some of us are lucky enough to actually find the rare opportunity of a paid internship. For the rest, there is usually little to no pay involved. At the end of the day, beggars can’t be choosers; in other words, when you have no experience on your résumé, you will take anything!screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-7-01-28-pm

Employers that don’t offer monetary pay to their interns argue that they are paying with experience and connections, which is absolutely valid.

Each job is a stepping stone to the next which will eventually lead you to that ultimate career goal.

Where do you start?

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What now, America?

The 2016 presidential election was unique, to say the least.

Voters have expressed deep concern with the extreme bipartisanship in Washington, the electoral college deciding the vote as opposed to the popular vote, and the media’s skewed perception of our political realities.

This election was not so much about who voters wanted to be president as it was about who voters didn’t want to be president. In theory, this was a protest election. This silent majority must be given props for supporting their candidate to the extent they did.

This election was unforeseeable for all, including Trump himself, up until the evening of the official results.

As the votes from the electoral college were tallied, Donald Trump emerged as president-elect, in spite of the fact that Secretary Clinton won the popular vote by a landslide. So while many Americans are ecstatic for what the next four years may bring, many others are protesting in cities around the country and trying to dry their tears.

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This Republican victory is such a shock to the Democratic party because of the extreme clash in values that each candidate represents, as well as the contrast in experience.

Many believe that Donald Trump has no business whatsoever in the world in politics, though others make the argument that it is time for “new blood” in the White House. But does “new blood” also mean a lack of rapport?

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Post-grad stress: What do I do next?

This is a recurring and a tricky question for current seniors finishing their last year of undergraduate studies.

There seem to be so many paths that one can take in post-grad life:
Graduate school?
The workforce?
Field experience?
Vocational training?
Fulbright scholarship or grant opportunities?
A year of service?
Joining the military?
Taking a gap year?

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It’s easy to get caught up in a world of post-graduate options. I find myself contemplating what’s next nearly every day, not just because I’m a senior but because until this point, I had been planning for college to be next.

Now that that’s winding down much faster than I care to admit, it seems I’ll need to start seeking answers. A comforting thought: finding the answer may not be as intimidating as it may seem…

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My return to Leuven

After spending an entire academic year abroad in Belgium, returning to Loyola was definitely an adjustment, from reuniting with old friends or swiping for meals again.

But, unlike many other Loyola students who study abroad, I was fortunate enough to be able to return to my host country only four months after departing it last June.

The reason for my travel? To visit my long-distance boyfriend, who I met during my studies in Leuven and who is currently still living in Belgium.

I was only able to stay in the land of waffles and chocolate for about five days—but I was able to rediscover the magic I once knew there, as well as find new treasures in this hidden gem of Europe…

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A special place

Hello everyone! My name is Katie. I am a communication major specializing in digital media and minoring in political science.

Unfortunately this will be my last year of writing for A Hound’s Life, because I will be graduating in May with the class of 2017!

I grew up in New Jersey (yes, we have the best bagels in the world; no, I do not pump my own gas; and yes, the Statue of Liberty is in fact considered to be Jersey territory). It does not get much better than Jersey for me, but I do have great love for Charm City and the people I have met here. 

Loyola is a very special place with very special people who I will treasure this year and look back on fondly for years to come.

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I Voted!

2016 is an election year, and you know what that means…

It’s time to vote!

This election is especially important for me, as well as for many of my fellow classmates, because this is the first national election that I am able to participate in. I just missed the cutoff of the legal voting age for the 2012 presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Come 2016, I am a registered voter—and I can participate in the primaries!

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Not only is this election the first I can participate in as a voter, but this year is a little different because I am still studying abroad in Belgium for the voting cycles leading up to the general election.

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A “Watch” Down Memory Lane

WARNING: **SPOILER ALERT**

What ever happened to predictability?

Full House, a favorite childhood classic, has been revamped for a Netflix world and turned into what is now Fuller House. And this show is anything but predictable.

All the old characters return to the set of the San Francisco home built for what feels like fifteen people as we get to see the old trio of Danny, Jesse, and Joey reunite in the pilot episode. Alongside them are Becky, the twins, DJ, Stephanie, and Kimmy Gibbler, and a cast of new supporting characters. DJ and Kimmy are both mothers!

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It is refreshing to see a new generation enter the cast and cause mischief of their own.

Overall, the show is very cheesy—which is to be expected—but it also sweet to revisit some forgotten memories and token phrases, like “You got it, dude!” and “How rude!”

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11 Reasons I Love Loyola

There are many, many reasons I love being a student at Loyola University Maryland.

Some might seem silly (for instance, condiments I can only get from Loyola Dining Services) compared to others (like personal growth opportunities I’ve discovered during my time here), but I assure you, they are ALL heartfelt and sincere.

In no particular order, here are some of the things I’ve come to adore about Loyola and find myself missing most when I’m not there…

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