If you're not lucky enough to drive down to Athens, here are some helpful tips to making the bus ride more bearable.

It’s that time again. It’s the beginning of Spring Semester, and you are making the journey back hOUme. If you are lucky, you will be able to drive your own car down to Athens or have your now lonelier parents drive you. But for the not so lucky ones, the bus is something we commoners have to endure. Here are five tips for the survival of the tiresome bus ride ahead:

1. Try to have a bus buddy

If you have friends that are taking the bus, try to sit with them. On the bus back to Athens, you will have plenty to talk about and also be able to take a moderately comfortable nap next to your buddy. This part is very important, make sure you tell your buddy beforehand that you will be catching up on the sleep that you missed over break that one morning you had to wake up before noon.

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2. Make yourself look as unapproachable as possible

If you are down on your luck and don’t have any friends on your bus trip, trying to avoid having a stranger sitting next to you may be tough. In that case, try to make yourself look as unfriendly, sickly and busy as possible. Find a brown bag in your pantry before you leave home and pack it in your carry-on. Then, when you arrive to your seat, proceed to hyperventilate into the bag while passengers are still getting on the bus. Even try to break a sweat while you are gasping for air and make yourself look like the person that got the “Most likely to vomit on the bus” senior superlative. Give it your all. I believe in you.

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3. Make a bus trip playlist

To prepare for the dingy old bus commute, you best have a rockin’ playlist to carry you through. Essentials include, but are not limited, to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles,” Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and Adele’s “Hello” or her entire new album because yes.

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4. Do something to calm your mind, body and soul for the journey ahead

Say a prayer, get a massage, pet your dog/cat/chameleon — the list goes on and on. To get ready for the special joyride that lays ahead, you have to get yourself into a certain mindset. You must cleanse yourself of any extra baggage whether it be trauma from spending the holidays with your family or war flashbacks from working overtime during winter break.

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5. Be ready to nap

Equip yourself with whatever is needed to put yourself into a sweet, sweet slumber. A memory foam neck pillow? Sure. Your favorite luxurious plush blanket? Who could resist? Melatonin? Ask mom and dad first. Do what you need to do to make sure you sleep like a baby as the wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round.

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