A freshman’s guide to their first year of college

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No matter what age you are, your first year of college might be one of the scariest experiences ever, especially if you are new to the area, without many friends, and not knowing how to act, it can lead to many situations that you are just unsure about all together. Based on my experience, in no specific order I have put together some tips on how to survive your freshman year of college.

The dreaded “Freshman Fifteen”

Yes, this is actually a thing. You may hear stories of people even gaining a freshman 5 or 10, but the “15” is the most common one. With all the stress of trying to get acquainted with things you can really gain a few pounds without even noticing. My advice would be to just accept it. Although, I should mention that there are a lot of people who do not gain the 15, and they are considered to be lucky. I was one of those people who insisted that I would not be one to gain the extra 15 pounds my freshman year, but I did gain it, I definitely did.

Your procrastination may get worse

Oh yes, my friend, this is something to be VERY careful of. If you thought typing that 3 page, double spaced essay on a book you never read, the night before it was due was easy in high school, and think you can do the same in college, you are in for a reality check. Professors at this level know very well to give you an essay topic that would require you to do the actual readings. So maybe now is a good time to try and make sure that your procrastination does not get worse.

A college student’s favorite word: FREE.

Take advantage of anything free… unless of course it’s a foam beard to represent your school’s mascot.

Sleep is so important

A sister said that this should be at the top of the list, and I could not agree more. There will be times where you are trying to finish your homework by the time the clock strikes 10, this way you can get a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s 8am class, but when you finally look at the clock, you realize it is already 3am and you have to get up for class in a few hours. Get as much sleep as you can, and cherish every second of it. Believe me when I say that you will not be judged if you take a nap or two (or three?) during the day, to be honest you might actually be praised for having the opportunity. Also don’t feel bad if you find yourself waking up at noon on a weekend, unless you were supposed to go into work that morning, then that might be a problem.  

Home is just a phone call away

Home-sickness is a big thing in college. A lot more people have it than you would think. If you’re going school at a place that is not near home, it can be very hard to adjust to the idea of being away for long periods of time before you are home again. I have a close bond with my family, so being away from them was hard, especially in the beginning. I am not lying when I say that I texted my mom every day, throughout the day. Being home sick is not something to be embarrassed of because it happens no matter who you are. The great thing is that with today’s technology it makes it a thousand times easier to be home without really being home.

Keep track of your money

There’s nothing worse than asking your friend to pay for a meal that comes out to $2.96.   Take advantage of your library resources This is another advice from a friend, if you’re living on campus, dorms can get pretty noisy especially during the week. If you have a hall that actually follows the “quiet hours” rules, consider yourself lucky. The library is there for a reason and you can always expect it to be a nice and quiet place to work. In relation the library online database really does help when it comes to those crazy research papers. The library is there for a reason, use it!

Don’t be scared to try new things




I understand, you’re not used to this whole, being out on your own thing and all the wonderful things that come with it. (Yes, that was a little bit of sarcasm.) It is a new way of living that you need to get used to. Go out and explore the area that your school is in, see what they have to offer around and outside of campus. Take your roommate along for the adventure as a bonding experience. Or go with a group of friends! Don’t the best stories come from you and your friends exploring anyway?

No, you do not need every single thing on the college’s dorm room checklist.

If you do that, you will end up with a lot of pointless things that you truly have no use for. You should get the “basics” then go from there on what else you may need. I can honestly say that I learned this from experience

No distractions. Stay on task

This is where those college stereotypes come into play. Parties, drugs, alcohol, hookups etc. Although I can’t speak from experience, I’ve seen it happen to other people. They get a little too wrapped up in the “party scene” and suddenly forget why they are really there. I don’t know about you, but I would not put my education, and the money invested into it, in danger because of too much partying. Sure it’s great to go out every once in a while, but don’t go crazy with that idea. College is a lot more serious than high school, staying on task and focusing on the big picture is very important. There are actually a lot of people that choose not to go out at all, and it is completely okay! As long as you have a good group of friends to keep you on track, you will be fine.

Stay away from peer pressure

This is normal thing that everyone deals with in their daily lives. I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory. College isn’t a place for distractions, if you don’t feel comfortable with doing something, but you feel like your friends are pressuring you, don’t do it!

Attendance isn’t always mandatory, BUT sometimes it is in freshman level classes

You need to be very careful. A lot of classes give points for daily attendance, and even though those small points may not seem like a lot, it definitely adds up and could end up being the difference between an A and a B. Be careful with this. You should still only really be missing classes for sicknesses. I know that there was almost a week of classes I had missed because I couldn’t even get out from bed. College is hard and brings a lot of stress, don’t be skipping class just so you can lay in bed all day. I’m not kidding when I say that it will come back and kick your butt later.

Write things down.

If you’re lucky enough to have a good, even photographic, memory, good for you. You will use it a lot in college. If you don’t have this awesome super power, writing things down is CRUCIAL. I had a student planner where I wrote everything down at, with post-it notes to remind me of due date, times, etc. I used the calendar on my phone as well as had post-it notes on my desk and laptop screens. Sadly there were still things I forgot to do, but I was still able to get them done on time. Just begin by using a student planner, it really does make a difference.

Looks are not that important

People will show up to class in just about anything. Don’t waste your time trying to impress people with new fancy clothes, and hair and makeup done. It’s not as big of a deal you would think. Sleep in, go to class in your pajamas. You will thank yourself later for getting that extra hour of sleep.

Have fun

Don’t live your college life cooped up in our room all the time. Go out, see a movie, go shopping, get a meal, sit in your room, but do it WITH FRIENDS. If the only time you’re leaving your dorm is to go to class and (or?) go grocery shopping, you’re doing it wrong. You deserve a break every once in a while, so use it! If you didn’t take the chance, you may regret it later.

*On a side note, I think that joining a club, going Greek, or getting involved in any other way helps with the college experience. I made the decision to go Greek my second semester of my first year, and it one of the greatest decisions I have made. I have made memorable friendships since I joined Alpha Delta Pi; inside and outside of the sorority. If you are unsure about going Greek, I would recommend at least rushing and seeing if you have any interest. Greek life is not for everyone, but there are other options out there! If you find a place where you are happy and comfortable then that is where you belong!




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A freshman’s guide to their first year of college

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No matter what age you are, your first year of college might be one of the scariest experiences ever, especially if you are new to the area, without many friends, and not knowing how to act, it can lead to many situations that you are just unsure about all together. Based on my experience, in no specific order I have put together some tips on how to survive your freshman year of college.

The dreaded “Freshman Fifteen”

Yes, this is actually a thing. You may hear stories of people even gaining a freshman 5 or 10, but the “15” is the most common one. With all the stress of trying to get acquainted with things you can really gain a few pounds without even noticing. My advice would be to just accept it. Although, I should mention that there are a lot of people who do not gain the 15, and they are considered to be lucky. I was one of those people who insisted that I would not be one to gain the extra 15 pounds my freshman year, but I did gain it, I definitely did.

Your procrastination may get worse

Oh yes, my friend, this is something to be VERY careful of. If you thought typing that 3 page, double spaced essay on a book you never read, the night before it was due was easy in high school, and think you can do the same in college, you are in for a reality check. Professors at this level know very well to give you an essay topic that would require you to do the actual readings. So maybe now is a good time to try and make sure that your procrastination does not get worse.

A college student’s favorite word: FREE.

Take advantage of anything free… unless of course it’s a foam beard to represent your school’s mascot.

Sleep is so important

A sister said that this should be at the top of the list, and I could not agree more. There will be times where you are trying to finish your homework by the time the clock strikes 10, this way you can get a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s 8am class, but when you finally look at the clock, you realize it is already 3am and you have to get up for class in a few hours. Get as much sleep as you can, and cherish every second of it. Believe me when I say that you will not be judged if you take a nap or two (or three?) during the day, to be honest you might actually be praised for having the opportunity. Also don’t feel bad if you find yourself waking up at noon on a weekend, unless you were supposed to go into work that morning, then that might be a problem.  

Home is just a phone call away

Home-sickness is a big thing in college. A lot more people have it than you would think. If you’re going school at a place that is not near home, it can be very hard to adjust to the idea of being away for long periods of time before you are home again. I have a close bond with my family, so being away from them was hard, especially in the beginning. I am not lying when I say that I texted my mom every day, throughout the day. Being home sick is not something to be embarrassed of because it happens no matter who you are. The great thing is that with today’s technology it makes it a thousand times easier to be home without really being home.

Keep track of your money

There’s nothing worse than asking your friend to pay for a meal that comes out to $2.96.   Take advantage of your library resources This is another advice from a friend, if you’re living on campus, dorms can get pretty noisy especially during the week. If you have a hall that actually follows the “quiet hours” rules, consider yourself lucky. The library is there for a reason and you can always expect it to be a nice and quiet place to work. In relation the library online database really does help when it comes to those crazy research papers. The library is there for a reason, use it!

Don’t be scared to try new things




I understand, you’re not used to this whole, being out on your own thing and all the wonderful things that come with it. (Yes, that was a little bit of sarcasm.) It is a new way of living that you need to get used to. Go out and explore the area that your school is in, see what they have to offer around and outside of campus. Take your roommate along for the adventure as a bonding experience. Or go with a group of friends! Don’t the best stories come from you and your friends exploring anyway?

No, you do not need every single thing on the college’s dorm room checklist.

If you do that, you will end up with a lot of pointless things that you truly have no use for. You should get the “basics” then go from there on what else you may need. I can honestly say that I learned this from experience

No distractions. Stay on task

This is where those college stereotypes come into play. Parties, drugs, alcohol, hookups etc. Although I can’t speak from experience, I’ve seen it happen to other people. They get a little too wrapped up in the “party scene” and suddenly forget why they are really there. I don’t know about you, but I would not put my education, and the money invested into it, in danger because of too much partying. Sure it’s great to go out every once in a while, but don’t go crazy with that idea. College is a lot more serious than high school, staying on task and focusing on the big picture is very important. There are actually a lot of people that choose not to go out at all, and it is completely okay! As long as you have a good group of friends to keep you on track, you will be fine.

Stay away from peer pressure

This is normal thing that everyone deals with in their daily lives. I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory. College isn’t a place for distractions, if you don’t feel comfortable with doing something, but you feel like your friends are pressuring you, don’t do it!

Attendance isn’t always mandatory, BUT sometimes it is in freshman level classes

You need to be very careful. A lot of classes give points for daily attendance, and even though those small points may not seem like a lot, it definitely adds up and could end up being the difference between an A and a B. Be careful with this. You should still only really be missing classes for sicknesses. I know that there was almost a week of classes I had missed because I couldn’t even get out from bed. College is hard and brings a lot of stress, don’t be skipping class just so you can lay in bed all day. I’m not kidding when I say that it will come back and kick your butt later.

Write things down.

If you’re lucky enough to have a good, even photographic, memory, good for you. You will use it a lot in college. If you don’t have this awesome super power, writing things down is CRUCIAL. I had a student planner where I wrote everything down at, with post-it notes to remind me of due date, times, etc. I used the calendar on my phone as well as had post-it notes on my desk and laptop screens. Sadly there were still things I forgot to do, but I was still able to get them done on time. Just begin by using a student planner, it really does make a difference.

Looks are not that important

People will show up to class in just about anything. Don’t waste your time trying to impress people with new fancy clothes, and hair and makeup done. It’s not as big of a deal you would think. Sleep in, go to class in your pajamas. You will thank yourself later for getting that extra hour of sleep.

Have fun

Don’t live your college life cooped up in our room all the time. Go out, see a movie, go shopping, get a meal, sit in your room, but do it WITH FRIENDS. If the only time you’re leaving your dorm is to go to class and (or?) go grocery shopping, you’re doing it wrong. You deserve a break every once in a while, so use it! If you didn’t take the chance, you may regret it later.

*On a side note, I think that joining a club, going Greek, or getting involved in any other way helps with the college experience. I made the decision to go Greek my second semester of my first year, and it one of the greatest decisions I have made. I have made memorable friendships since I joined Alpha Delta Pi; inside and outside of the sorority. If you are unsure about going Greek, I would recommend at least rushing and seeing if you have any interest. Greek life is not for everyone, but there are other options out there! If you find a place where you are happy and comfortable then that is where you belong!




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20 Words That Only Sorority Girls Would Understand

Being in a sorority brings upon a lot of different terms and words that only sorority girls would understand. It is so hard having a conversation with someone who is not in a sorority and using terms that you need to stop and explain to them. So this goes out to all of the sorority girls out there because I feel for your frustration, and to those who are not in a sorority, or even just Greek Life in general, this is your ultimate dictionary to the Greek terms.

20. Legacy

A student whose family member (typically sister, mom, grandmother but can also include aunt) is a member of a particular sorority. This student is given major consideration of membership, but is not guaranteed a bid.

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19. “Snaps for that”

This is our way of acknowledging something we agree with that’s being said, or sometimes used to praise someone. I am not exactly sure why this is a thing, but it is, and I find myself snapping even after a presentation in a class.

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18. Crafting

Crafting is kind of a big deal in a sorority. If you’re not good at it before joining, you learn really quickly how to craft well for others. You will also learn the Do’s and Dont’s of crafting in two seconds.

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17. Social/Mixer

This is when two organizations, normally a sorority and a fraternity (but can also be two sororities), get together to do some kind of activity together.

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(They normally don’t look so cheesy though)

16. Chapter

Oh chapter, sweet, sweet chapter. This is the word we used for the weekly meetings we have to discuss current sorority business. It can also be used to describe the individual organizations at each university. For example, I am part of the Epsilon Xi chapter of Alpha Delta Pi.

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A Story About Why You Shouldn’t Date the “Bad Boys”

“Girls only go for the bad boys.”

Let’s be real, we all have one ex, or whatever you chose to call it, that was labeled as the “bad boy.” And yes, we can all admit, that for awhile during that time, we were happy because, it was what we wanted. The problem is, when you look back you start to realize that maybe you weren’t really that happy, you were just caught up in the moment.

I’m going to tell you a quick story about when I dated the “bad boy.” All my friends and family are going to sit back and laugh while I tell a story about when I thought this kid was perfect for me, and they knew from a mile away, that it was the opposite of that. So there was this boy, we’ll call him “Mike”, just for privacy sake. “Mike” and I had a lot of mutual friends, we saw each other everyday, talked often, and in the beginning, it seemed like he was a very sweet person. Well the more we got to know each other, a little relationship had blossomed, and I was head-over-heels for this kid. Well time went on and everything seemed to be fine, but then my friends starting taking notice of somethings and would ask “I don’t know why you let him talk to you like that,” and to be completely honest, I had no idea what they were talking about. To this day, I’m honestly still not sure exactly what they were talking about at that time, but I would later learn what they meant and why they were so worried about what I had got myself in to.

Now, for the small chance that he or any of his friends read this, I am in no way trying to start trouble. BUT you always said that there would be a day where I would be able to take out all the frustration I had towards you, and that day has come while writing this.

To make a super long story short, in the beginning, we were good, but once we had a couple months down, he became more comfortable with who he was, which, at that time, was not the nicest person in the world. And when it came time to meet the parents, my parents saw within an instant that he was not the person that I should be with. Of course, I still continued to hope that one day there would be a change in things, and that I would be treated the way that I knew I deserved. Well, something did change, but not in the way that I wanted. Now, he was NEVER physically abusive or anything like that because, believe me, that would be a completely different story. But the way he spoke to me hurt a lot more than he thought, and still to this day makes question how I was able to put up with it all. The longer we were together, the more people started to take notice of how I was being treated, even my parents took note of it. I would sit and think, “Is it me? Did I do something to make him like this?” The reality of it was that I hadn’t changed at all, and did not take long for me to start thinking that maybe that was the reason why. I tried, sooo hard, to make sure he was happy, but after a year of ups and downs, I decided that enough was enough. I was exhausted from putting so much work into something that I knew was not going to change. We were both stubborn, and we butted heads very often. There was just no point in trying to fix something that could not be fixed.

Once the breakup was official, all that was left were some friends that truly worried about me and were there to make sure I was okay when an argument would occur, and the friends him and I had mutually, and I was not prepared for that. I took the big girl step not too long after the breakup and asked if we could at least be civil, and we were for awhile, but of course, it did not last forever. There was a good period of time where we were friends and everyone got along like nothing happened, but other people tried to get involved in a situation that was not theirs to begin with. Most of them were people we used to call friends that were trying to start problems, but that’s also a different story. 2bcbdffecdc5cb267616a25671598834

Someone asked me one day, do you regret it? Would you stay away if you knew that was all going to happen? My answer is no, because, even though I was put through so much emotionally, I learned a lot about myself and the people I interact with. We all make mistakes, but what is more important while making them is we learn why they were mistakes so that we never do them again. If you’re going to date the bad boy, do it, but think about it while your plan is in action. Is it really going to be worth it within the next year? 5 years? 10 years? It wasn’t worth it for me, and too be completely honest, where I’m at now, I’ve never been happier. Things happen for a reason and if you’re going to date the bad boy, do it, but don’t make the same mistake twice, learn from it.

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10 Reasons I Wouldn’t Join Any Other Chapter Than Alpha Delta Pi

When I first came to college, I will admit, I had absolutely no desire to go through recruitment. In high school, I was definitely one of those people who believed that all the stereotypes regarding Greek life were true, and I told myself that I would not be the girl to follow the stereotypes of being in a sorority.

I started college Fall of 2014, and immediately I noticed the huge presence of Greek life on campus, well slowly the idea of joining a sorority grew on me. As time went on, I noticed that the stereotypes were not true, and that Greek life was so much more meaningful than what it was always played out to be. So by the time Spring semester came around, my roommate at the time and best friend from across the hall had already received bids from Alpha Delta Pi. Through them, I had met so many of their sisters and I automatically I felt so welcomed by them and I was truly convinced that joining a sorority, specifically Alpha Delta Pi, was something I needed to do. Talking with my sisters, I put together a list of why WE joined Alpha Delta Pi, and why WE would never want to be in any other sorority.

It is a home away from home

Everyone that has talked about joining Alpha Delta Pi says that when they first talked to sisters in the sorority, they immediately felt comfortable, and that they felt like they were at home.

“[It’s] more than just sorority sisters, they are my family and my best friends.”

I completely agree with this, I have met some of the most amazing people through Alpha Delta Pi, and I know that I can go to these people for anything and everything. Everyone is a little homesick on the inside, and with the help of sisters, that homesickness goes away.

 

 

People to adventure with

Obviously I am not sure how other sororities are, but I always say how much I love ADPi because of the variety of personalities we have. Most of my greatest adventures and memories are with sisters. Whether it be just taking a drive somewhere, or going out to dinner, trying new things, it’s always an adventure when you’re with sisters, and the ladies of Alpha Delta Pi are always sure to make things fun. No matter what kind of day you are looking to have, there will be always be sisters who want to tag along with you and that makes better memories.

 

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We take legacies seriously

Personally, I am not a legacy, but I am excited that if my sister or future daughter ever wanted to join Alpha Delta Pi, they would be able to share that they are a legacy, and continue it on. Many sisters are legacies, and not just from Alpha Delta Pi, I love hearing the stories that have been passed down from legacy to legacy.

“It’s a legacy that goes back for generations in my family, and that I can share for generations to come.”

 

 

“We Live For Each Other” is our motto

It does not matter which chapter you are in, we all wear the same letters therefore we are sisters, and the love is shared every where.

“It’s a sisterhood that spreads across the country, so no matter where I go, I know there will always be someone that I know holds the same values I do, and that will be there for me when I need them.”

The Alpha Delta Pi sisterhood is a universal thing, no matter where you are, we are all sisters.

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Leadership opportunities & schooling benefits

We as ADPi’s pride ourselves in being studious women, and being part of this sisterhood definitely brings great opportunities. Not only do you have sisters that can help you with classes, but you also have sisters with connections. This means job opportunities, graduate school references, and other leadership opportunities.

 

 

Genuine Hearts

Now, do not get me wrong, we are strong women, sometimes we do run in to small issues but at the end of the day, we will always be there for one another. Talking with sisters during recruitment was easy, I felt like they truly cared about what I had to say and were interested in learning more about who I was.

“Genuine girls who made me feel comfortable in my own skin”

“Adpi was honest and real, it never felt forced.”

“I always felt so welcomed by the sisters and felt like all of my conversations were real. Even though I had just met these girls i couldn’t help but think I had known them forever. The genuine sisterhood I have found is like none other, which is why I feel so blessed to have gone ADPi and why I couldn’t imagine myself in any other chapter.”

“It was only the chapter that i didn’t have to worry about being judged, I felt like the conversations I had there were genuine”

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You need them more than they need you

With being in Alpha Delta Pi for a full year so far, I honestly cannot imagine what I would do without the women of ADPi. I love knowing that no matter what, there will always be girls in my corner and that it will never be one against the world, it will always be ADPi’s against the world.

“ADPi came to me in my time of need, offering just what I wanted from my college experience, and gave that to me plus more. That sense of relief wouldn’t have come if I had chosen to go to a different house.”

“I believe I came home to Alpha Delta Pi because I needed it more than the sorority needed me. I needed the friendships, the late night talks and everything that makes my sisterhood one that I couldn’t trade for the world.”

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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Alpha Delta Pi was the first (and finest) society to ever be founded. Shoutout to Eugenia Fitzgerald! You can easily spot an ADPi when she’s throwing up her diamonds <>. It’s one of the easiest “throw what you knows” but it’s the one that means the most. I love posing for pics with my sisters and throwing diamonds.

 

 

Ronald McDonald House

If you talk to a sorority girl, she could probably go on and on about how much we live for our philanthropy. The Ronald McDonald House holds a special place in our hearts and, to be completely honest, I could not think of a more perfect place to have as our philanthropy. As part of our service to them, we collect pop tabs from aluminum cans and have them recycled for RMH. So if you have a lot of cans lying around, take the tabs off and give them to an ADPi for a great cause!

 

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First and Finest Forever

Alpha Delta Pi was the first ever secret society for women, and all sisters know that it is something special to be apart of. We all know that the bond we have is special and unique considering that we are part of something that started a whole new revolution. It is also cool to learn what celebrities are ADPi sisters, for example, Luke Bryan’s wife, Caroline Boyer, as well as WWE Diva Summer Rae. Just to name a couple

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10 Times You Wanted To Be A “Pretty Little Liar”

Pretty Little Liars is one of the most popular shows, EVER… Maybe not ever, but I am obsessed with it. To be completely honest I never read the books, but in my defense I’ve heard the show is different from the books by a long-shot so I’ve chosen to stay away from them for now. While watching the show there are times I can’t help but wish I was, in fact, a “Pretty Little Liar.”

10. No Class?

Even though the Liars were on a school campus a lot, they were never actually in class. And when they were in class they had Mr. Fitz to look at (see #1), so I think that’s more of a plus than a minus. Either way, these PLL were rarely in class and somehow still managed to all graduate and get into good colleges.

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9. No homework?

Since they never really went to class, did they even have homework? Well with everything happening with “A” while the Liars were in high school, it seemed like they never had time to actually sit down and do homework. Between chasing “A” or running away from “A” was there ever really time?

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8. With high school brings school dances

I wish the dances at my high school were as cool and extravagant as the ones on PLL. I mean c’mon, Homecoming, Winter Formal, Prom, and whatever others in between, including decorations and food, and all of that amazing attire the ladies and gents wore… That brings me to my next reason…

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7. Their clothes!

Have you seen the outfits the PLL wear?! Aside from Aria’s earlier, pink hair days, and Hanna’s awkward stage, I would LOVE to own all of their outfits. Each and every Liar has their own style and they are all amazing. How do I get their closets in my with everything from the normal, kick-back days, to school dances, to Halloween costumes.

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6. Speaking of Halloween

The Halloween episodes have always been a favorite of mine. The designers for this show always went big for the PLL costumes and I mean BIG. I wish I could go all out for Halloween like that (minus the wigs?) but y’know, whether I’m in high school, college, or won the lottery, I would still not be able to afford it, or even come close to the kinds of costumes these Liars have shown us over the years.

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Pros and Cons of Coming Back to NAU After Break

Do you see that? That snow in the distance? You must be getting close then. Christmas Break was great, sure. You got pretty much everything you wanted and you ate so much that you vowed to never eat like that again… But did you keep that promise? Of course not, honestly, who actually does?

I can honestly say that during the break I actually kind of missed this place. The campus, the people, and I guess maybe the classes. BUT, as I’m sitting here in The Dub, I realized that I honestly would have been okay if I stayed home at least another week. I never realized how much I truly hate campus food, but I also can’t starve myself to death. Then there’s the classes, ah the joy of making your way up to upper-level classes. Mentally I don’t think I was prepared for this, but I don’t really have any other choice.

Being back at NAU, you can tell who the people that have devoted their New Year’s Resolution to hitting the gym everyday, and then there are those that you can tell are the people that have chosen not to do anything, literally. Do not get me wrong, I love NAU, I can give you a list of things that I love about this campus, but I can also give you a list things I don’t love about this campus.

PRO: SNOW

For someone who had gone pretty much their whole life never being in snow before, coming to NAU was a huge adjustment. So being able to watch the snow fall, and playing in it with your friends like you’re 12 years old again is bitter sweet. #SnowChallenge anyone?

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CON: SNOW

But of course with the weather in Flagstaff, there really isn’t any such thing as a “little bit” of snow. When it snows, it snows hard, and while every other school in the Flagstaff District has called a “Snow Day,” our lovely President Rita Chang truly believes we can tough it out and make it to our classes no problem. I mean, in her defense, we do survive, but it’s a long process to try and get ready to go outside to face the blizzard that has suddenly hit and an even longer process to get to class.

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PRO: Seeing your friends again

Who would have thought that you would make some many great friends in college?! Honestly, I think the things I miss the most during my breaks are the friends I’ve made, even if they live in the same area as me, I still miss them.

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CON: Seeing your enemies again.

You know, some people just make enemies, or you have those people that you just can’t stand. It doesn’t even really have to be an enemy, it could just be someone who you are easily annoyed with. Either way, you have to see them again, and that’s not really fun.

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PRO: {Most} of the construction is done!

Remember that building next to the bookstore that for the longest time no one knew what it was??? Well now it’s done and it is the new Student and Academic center, the new aquatic center is (almost?) done. Now we just wait for the day for them to make more housing options for students and we’ll be good.

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CON: MORE CONSTRUCTION MEANS MORE STUDENTS

I’m not sure if you guys are aware of this, but the reason behind all these new buildings is to make it more appealing for future students of NAU. The more obvious reason is because the acceptance rate is so high, we need more room on campus for everyone. WE DON’T FIT ON THIS CAMPUS YOU GUYS. We are so close to being at a 100% acceptance rate that pretty soon even the freshmen won’t be able to live on-campus.

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10 Reasons Why Being in a Serious Relationship in College is Okay

Recently, I realized that being in a serious relationship while in college was actually not that bad. People are so quick to judge and claim that being in a serious relationship in college is a bad thing and that no one should do it. But I would like to state otherwise, with the reasons below.

10. They help you learn.

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Both of you learn new things each and every day. It is amazing the things you can learn based on one another’s knowledge. The saying really is true that you learn something new everyday.

9. Find yourself.

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Being with someone who loves you for you is a great feeling. The more comfortable you are with them, the more comfortable you are with yourself, and there is no better feeling than that.

8. Ditch drama.

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Girls constantly have drama with other girls or sometimes even other guys. Your significant other is a way to escape all that drama, and can sometimes even be someone to vent to about the drama.

7. Your best friend.

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You’ll always have someone to hang out with and take part of those crazy adventures you want to go on.

6. Shoulder to cry on.

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Your significant other is there for you through your best and worst times. Having them there when you need to just let it out is a feeling that you won’t forget.

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20 Times Nick Miller Was Your Spirit Animal

In honor of the new season of New Girl starting soon, here are 20 times that Nick Miller was just like us. There are so many to choose from, but these are a few of my favorites.

20. Just the word responsibility disgusts me.

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19. When you know you look hella good in that outfit.

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18. When you’re just done with life.

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17. Getting self-conscious when people look at you.

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16. People just don’t understand your sarcasm.

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15. Realizing you failed life.

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14. Another life failure.

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13. “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.”

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12. Handling awkward situations.

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11. Being brutally honest with people.

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10 Things Only NAU Students Understand: Winter Edition

Winter is here, winter is here! Although we got our first snowfall awhile ago, the snow has made a comeback, and winter is officially here. Sure anyone who has ever been in or lived in snow knows the struggles, but there are some things that only NAU students will understand. I present to you, things only NAU students understand: winter edition.

10. “Just wait 5 minutes…”

This isn’t always true, but it is sometimes. You can go to your 8am all bundled up and ready to go and by the time you get out, you’ll be sweating bullets. Flagstaff’s weather can be very unpredictable. It can also be super hot when you walk into the store, and once you step out, it’s raining/snowing/super windy, or all of the above.

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9. Snow plows don’t really help 

In fact, they sometimes make things worse depending on the area. I would rather walk in inches and inches of snow than slide across campus on ice.

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8. Getting free tickets to an ice skating show

Seeing people slide across campus is the funniest thing, and then when they fall it is 10x funnier… Unless you are the person who fell… then maybe it is not so funny.

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7. Wind itself is ridiculous 

The temperature can be a solid 25 degrees, but then you add the wind chill and it goes down to about 10. Not too long ago, the weather dropped to zero degrees, and when the wind picked up, it was very cold.

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6. Busses are crowded

No one wants to walk from North to South campus, or better yet, the bookstore to Bio sciences in this kind of weather. So the buses are crowded and smelly and slippery; beware of the freshmen who don’t understand that if you are standing in a crowded bus, you face the front of the bus, not face-to-face to the people behind you.

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10 Things Only NAU Students Will Understand: Finals Edition

Ahh finals, don’t you just love them? …Yeah, me neither. Finals is a very stressful time for everyone no matter what grade you are, or however many classes you have, there’s no doubt about it. Northern Arizona University students have their own special way of prepping and studying for finals which is why these are the 10 things that only NAU student will understand during finals.

10. Reading Week is more than just ‘reading week’

Reading week is supposed to be the time when professors review the material that will be on your final. It is also supposed to be a time where you don’t have to worry about homework and tests. WELL THINK AGAIN. Of course, you’re being taught completely new material, have at least 2 assignments for each class, one of them probably being an essay or research project of some sort, and on top of all of that, you have to study for the final.

9. The weather pretty much describes your day

Flagstaff is known for its true unpredictable weather. It’s hot one second, then windy the next, then it starts snowing. The lowest the temperature is going to get during finals is 0 degrees, which pretty much describes my 0 motivation to get everything done in one day.

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8. Some businesses understand that you’re up most of the night

A lot of businesses both on and off are well aware of reading week and finals week. They are so aware that they even extend their hours, some places until 12am, 2am, and even 4am. It is very helpful for those late-nights, or really all-nighters when you need a snack, or coffee, or some real food.

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7. People fall asleep just about anywhere

This is the time where you figure out how well you can function on very little sleep, but sometimes, you just have to take a nap, somewhere. You’ll be walking around campus and you’ll see someone napping on a bench, at a table in the union, in the Hot Spot or Dub, those comfy couches at the HLC, or, the most common, knocked out completely in the library. We all need study breaks, don’t worry guys I’m not judging, I fully support you.

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6. Not knowing what sleep is

Whether you’re actually studying, or doing homework, or procrastinating, sleep is not a thing during this time, and if you can get more than 3 hours of sleep, I will like to personally congratulate you because that is a huge accomplishment.

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10 Things the President of My Sorority Taught Me Without Knowing

Everyone has at least one person who they consider to be a role model. Whether they know it or not, you look up to them because they are constantly demonstrating a positive attitude, great leadership, and teaching you life lessons without truly realizing it.
Normally I talk about how great of a role model my mom is, and how she will always be the one I go to with my problems and such, but this time is different (sorry mom). Soon, the president of my sorority will pass on the responsibilities of being president to another sister. For the past year that I have been part of this sorority, I have always admired how awesome of a job she did as our chapter’s president, and how great of a person she is. With that being said, I decided to make a list of 10 (but there’s probably more) of the things that she taught me, without even realizing it.
10. Learn from everyone else
You can’t just expect life to throw you these lessons that you’re supposed to learn. It’s important to just take a step back and look at what everyone else is doing. People can learn the most just from observing what’s around them.

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9. Laughter is the best medicine
Laughing at myself is something that I started doing a long time ago, but laughing at just the littlest things can help make things easier. Laughing at yourself or along with others, (notice not AT others), can turn your day around in an instant.

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8. Better Myself
I know that this is something that everyone says constantly but never actually follows through with it. But in a weird way, I have noticed a change in myself. When I look back every day to my Timehop app, I realize how things were so different before I joined a sorority. I did not have that many friends on campus, and did not have much to look forward to besides going home for breaks. Once joining, I had so many things to look forward to and since then I like to believe that I’ve changed for the better.

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7. You’re allowed to make mistakes
To put it in the most honest way, sh*t happens. College brings new experiences every day and night. You’re allowed to make mistakes, whether it be something as simple as not pronouncing a word right, or not acknowledging someone and them thinking you hate them when really you love them to death, you just zone out and don’t pay much attention. IT HAPPENS.

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6. Be myself
I definitely think/ am 100% aware of how weird I am or I can get. But now I’ve accepted it because I know that there are people who are just as weird as I am. There’s also days that I can be super quiet, and that’s alright to. People will accept you for who you are, any day of the week. If they can’t handle that then, deuces!

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