19 Stages of Missing your Pet while away at College

19. Why can’t you just come live in my dorm??

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18. I’ll just pack you in my suitcase and no one will ever know…

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17. When the day comes you have to go back to campus

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16. And you take one last look before shutting the door and your pet is looking at you like

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15. When your roommates ask if you’re okay

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Struggles Of An Asian-American College Student

It’s not easy being an Asian-American college student. Trust me, I know from experience. I guess I shouldn’t say it’s too bad being Asian-American on campus, but I have come across some struggles of being one that’s for sure:

 

17. Being asked by your friends: “How do you say *insert random word* in your culture?”

 

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16. Your college friends coming to you for math problems.

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15. Your college friends introducing you to other people as, “The Asian.”

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14. Low-key judging the campus’s rice because it’s not as good as your mother’s.

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What NOT To Do in College

Struggling to figure out a way in surviving college? Well, look no more! I have done some major people-watching (weird, I know) on my campus and here are just a few things I’ve noticed that people should just not do in college:

 

17. Sitting in the way back.

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Seriously, what are you going to learn from sitting in the way back? You’re going to get distracted by so many things by sitting in the back–trust me. I mean, don’t you get tired of looking at Jerry’s butt crack all the time? Just sit up front. You won’t see any butt cracks sitting up front.

 

16. Eating by yourself.

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Personally, I coul just never eat alone. I don’t know why, but it’s always better to eat with a group of friends. You are basically committing social suicide by eating alone. That’s all I have to say.

 

15. Being vulnerable to peer pressure when it comes to illegal activities.

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Welcome to college. A place where you will 99.9989% get exposed to things you’ve never done before: one being that of involving illegal activies that could possibly be of the dangerous kind. Don’t think just because people you know do it that you should do it too. Be different and most importantly be strong.

 

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The 18 Stages of Having An Annoying Uber Driver

Some Uber drivers are the coolest, chillest people you will ever meet, but some Uber drivers are clearly the mayor of Creepsville. Some Uber drivers leave you wishing you had just stayed home and stared at the wall rather than get yourself into a situation where you needed to call some stranger to come drive you home. These are the 18 stages of having an annoying Uber driver:

 


 

(18.) It’s Saturday night, the feeling was right, and you did what you always end up doing— getting blackout drunk. 

 

(17.) You finally accept that you’re maybe not sober enough to drive yourself home, and you’ve seen enough Lifetime movies to know that trying to drive drunk never turns out well, so you turn to your last resort – Uber.

 

(16.) After the longest five minutes of your life, you finally get a text that your Uber driver has arrived.

 

(15.) The text says your Uber driver has arrived in a black car, but when you look around, there are like fifty black cars, so you try to discreetly peek into all the windows, looking for anyone who looks remotely Uber-driver-ish. 

 

(14.) Your uber driver will finally get tired of watching you stumble around like an idiot and roll his window down to let you know which car is his.

 

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The 17 Stages Of Getting Your Body “Summer Ready”

Every girl in the world has gone through the last minute panic when she realizes that summer is a month or two away, and she’s no closer to looking like a Victoria Secret model than she was last year. How are you ever going to wrack up the Instagram likes if your body is more “Fat Amy” than it is “Kendall Jenner”? Here are the 17 stages every girl goes through in an attempt to get her “summer body”:

 


17.) You accidentally open the Snapchat camera in Selfie-mode, catching a glimpse of your one-too-many double chins.

 

16.) With the summer season rapidly approaching, which means endless beach days and bikinis, you decide you should probably start working on your “summer body”. How hard could losing a few pounds possible be?

 

15.) You consider your options. Working out is something that people are, like, supposed to do, right? You should probably start jogging, or at least start taking the stairs? #BabySteps

 

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Signs you go to school in Worcester

Ahhhh the dirty Woo. While every college city has its unique traits, if you go to school in Worcester, you know these things are true.

One day its 60 degrees, the next it snows.

You don’t think there is “a lot of snow” on the ground if its less than 2 feet.

And you sure as hell aren’t getting a day off if there isn’t a complete shutdown of the state.

There is nothing better at 2 am than Wings Over Worcester.

You know more than 3 people who went to the Donald Trump rally to be “ironic”.

Don’t drink the tap water.

Fall is one of the most beautiful times in one of the ugliest cities.

You don’t consider it cold until the temperature is negative.

Your apartment is so old it casually tilts to one side.

You pick either State or Austin Liquors, but never both.

You don’t understand how the summer can be so hot with a winter this cold.

You know you can get literally anywhere using 290.

The Pike refers to the Mass Pike refers to the worst highway system in the world.

You have been to Gold Star diner more than once on a hungover Saturday.

You’ve either become a pro at driving in the snow or a pro at avoiding it.

It breaks your heart every time you remember the Worcester Sharks are gone.

You’ve taken some form of transportation out of Union Station before.

You used to think you would casually go into Boston on the weekends, and now you realize that was a lie.

At some point in your life you have eaten on Shrewsbury Street.

You are more than excited that the bridge leading to Chipotle is finally done.

You make bets as to when the road construction will finally end (its never).

You’ve ranked your school against every other school in this city.

You were appalled by the notion that you live in a college town.

At least once you were afraid to walk alone at night.

When you told your friends/family you were coming here they made a snide remark about safety.

You’ve told yourself you want to go to the Worcester Arts Museum, and still haven’t been.

Your heart was crushed by the closing of Wooberry for the season.

You’ve spent longer than 3 months straight wearing your snow boots, and no one judged because they did the same thing.

You realize the snow is only pretty for 30 mins, and then it completely turns dirty.

You’ve made some of the best friends at the best schools in the state.

You’ve been to a frat party at WPI, because they’re the only school that has them.

You may not live in glamour, but this city is home in some strange way.

You miss the sounds of sirens and yelling when you’re home all summer.

 

You loving refer to it as the Dirty Woo

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Why Choosing TAMUC Is the Greatest Decision You’ll Ever Make

TAMUC better known as Texas A&M University-Commerce to the outer public. yet to the students here in Commerce we like to refer to it as “The Dirty Merce”, “Merce Vegas”, and “No Mercy Texas”. Well if these cool nicknames aren’t enough to convience you that choosing TAMUC will be the greatest decision that you will probably ever make, I have a couple more things that you would like to know about this East Texas school.

Sports

In college, sports is kind of a big deal especially in Texas. Here at A&M Commerce we are proud to say that our football team is Back-to-back Conference Champions with the intention of making this title 3-Time conference champions on their way to the National Championship for Division II schools. Yet football isn’t the only team that has some bling to show off. Our men’s track team just came back from Colorado with a new title of back-to-back champions as well. Oh let me not forget our women’s soccer team also has two rings of their very own. So I guess that you could say owning two rings is kind of contagious around here.

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Greek Life

Though it may be small it is mighty. Our Greek life that is. Even though we only have four Panhellenic sororities, four IFC fraternities, five NPHC sororities, and four NPHC fraternities, as well as one Multicultural council sorority and one Multicultural fraternity. On paper we seem small yet next to athletics, we show up and show out. We travel deep in all school functions and we are open with everybody on campus, Greek or non, our Greek community supports everyone. Being a part of any one of our frats or sorority is a great decision that you could possibly make once you come to Commerce. Greek life gets you involved in intramurals, campus organizations, and leadership roles just to name a few.

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Being a small campus actually makes a life a little bit more simple for the college student attending A&M Commerce. Since the campus is relatively small you can walk to your class in a matter a five minutes at the most no matter where you are coming from. When I started my freshman year in 2013 Commerce was the definition of a small school yet three years later word has gotten out about how we are the most affordable university in the A&M school system and of course our athletics. But back to campus life! Since Commerce is basically a walking campus you are able to see what is going on as you walk through campus. Whether is music on the yard at the student center, an organization giving out free t-shirts and snacks in the cross-roads or the library giving out something free, you are able to be a part of that.

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Student Unity

I feel like any college is going to help you find people that you will grow closer to over time, yet that is just you and those select people not the whole campus. In the past two years I have seen this campus become closer over one sad tragedy. A couple of summers ago our school lost two valuable players of the women’s basketball team. They also left their mark in the personal lives of the students and staff here in Commerce. As soon as we were able to make it back to campus a candle light vigil was held in Devin and Aubrey’s honor. But the honoring didn’t stop there, in the athletic tutoring center two rooms were dedicated to each athlete and their jerseys were retired at the beginning of  basketball season. A movement like this will be remembered for years to come.

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10 College Norms That Are Actually Really Weird

Nothing will ever be like college. You really don’t realize how strange our habits are until you look at them like this…

10. Recruitment. We all wear the same outfit. We bounce and cheer in these random girls’ faces and hope that entices them to join our sisterhood. We have insanely intricate rotation systems and processes to vet girls… all in one short weekend.

9. Ending up at Taco Bell more than one night a week. Out of all the food options you have and all the places you could possibly be, why is it that you’re waiting on the TBell line more often than you’re proud of?

8. Setting alarms for 17 minute naps. College students just don’t have time management skills. Or motivation. We literally would rather torture ourselves by going in and out of sleep instead of actually just studying and then going to sleep. The ultimate form of procrastination.

7. Pregaming in the shower. There’s just not enough time between sleeping ALL day and when the Uber arrives for me to look completely on point AND be plastered for the frat party. Girls multi-task all the time.

6. Going to a stranger’s house for a party. But Sarah knows Kelly who knows Michelle who knows someone who knows one of the guys who’s in that frat.

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10 Things Every UCF Freshman Should Know

So you got into UCF? Congrats! These will be some of the best years of your life. But before you jump right in, here are some things you definitely need to know:

 

10.) Parking is literally hell.

UCF is one of the largest universities in the nation. We have about 60 thousand students currently enrolled. Unfortunately… the parking does not reflect that. If you’re a commuter, prepare to get to campus an hour early so that you can maybe make it to class on time.

 

9.) The squirrels are insane.

Almost every student has a UCF squirrel story. The squirrels are a strange mix of rabid and overly friendly, so most students just avoid them altogether.

 

8.) Don’t miss out on the school’s traditions.

Spirit Splash is one of the coolest traditions out of any college in the country. Almost every single person goes, so don’t be the one lame friend who slept through it. You’ll regret it for the rest of the year if you do.

 

7.) The shuttles take forever.

Just like the parking, if you want to have a shot at getting to your class on time, take the shuttles to campus at least an hour in advance. The shuttles are supposed to be on a strict schedule, but more often than not they come and go as they please.

 

6.) Get involved.

UCF is a big place. It’s easy to feel lost or lonely, especially if you’re new. The best way to make the big college a smaller world is to get involved with a club that interests you. Greek life, Republican or Democrats clubs, clubs for your major, or even clubs for people who love to take naps— whatever your interest is, there’s probably a club for it.

 

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6 Times You Realized You’re Actually an Adult

Turning 18 always seemed glamorous. That was until I realized that I’d officially be an adult. Now, at 19, I’ve realized that I’m not ready to have to adult, but it’s too late now. I may not think that I’m old enough, or wise enough, to be an adult, but I have caught myself doing adult things. Whether I think I’m ready or not, my time to be an adult is here. I’m sure whether you, like me, are not ready to adult, you’ve done the following things, and you’ve realized you’re turning into an adult.

Doing Laundry

Doing your own laundry for the first time. For me, it was terrifying. If you make a mistake, all of your clothes are at risk.

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Favorite Social Media is Facebook

“Facebook is for old people.” If that statement is true, count me as an old person then. Because of college, Facebook has become my favorite social media platform because it allows me to stay in contact with everyone in my life.

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Getting Mad When People are Loud

Call me old, but I get so annoyed when people are being too loud. I’m practically turning into Mr. Heckles from Friends.

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Why You Should Be Cutting Out The Bad Friend

Call this a blog post. Call it a PSA. Call it an article on the ins-and-outs of friendship.

Whatever you see it as, call it a message that needs to be HEARD.

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I have one particular issue that people around their mid-twenties (girls, especially) seem to continuously encounter, whether it hurt you in the past, bothers you daily, or keeps popping up in your life like a flower you’re allergic to. This rant is on the issue of cutting off friendships.

We all have that one friend, usually from high school or college, who you were just BESTIES with. You did everything together, the Bert to your Ernie without all the rubber ducky mumbo-jumbo (or perhaps even with it, after a night of tequila shots and childhood reminiscence- we’re not here to judge.)

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You were inseparable. You were sisters. You were each other’s secret keepers, confidants, and best friends. And when graduation came, you promised each other that nothing would change, you pinky-swore to the sky that your friendship, solid as diamond, would remain intact.

Well, kids… people grow up. Jobs happen, marriage happens, babies, new cars, more degrees, other friends, addictions, illnesses, new hobbies—they HAPPEN. And one day, two years or ten years after graduation, you wake up and realize the solid friendship you once cherished has crumbled.

This is when it’s time to take a good look at your life and evaluate who deserves to be in it.

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Now, listen.

There are two kinds of people in every relationship.

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I’m talking about the leader and the follower. The one who tries and the one who complies. The top-tier and second-tier. There is always, in every relationship ever established, a person who cares more than the other. And you my friend, if you are reading this article, are probably on the side of the follower. The trier. The second-tier. (Sorry to break it to you.)

Why else would you have clicked on a ramble-rant about letting go of the dead-end friendship?

It’s okay, though. These types of people are the ones who have many friends because they excel in keeping friendships afloat. You’re exceptionally good at planning and getting people to open up about their feelings. You’re the comfort friend- and that’s a good thing.

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What’s not okay is when your efforts are unappreciated and unnoticed. Now, admittedly, I’ve been both of these types of people. I’ve been strung along by someone I called my best friend, spending years putting in effort where it wasn’t appreciated or acknowledged and got my heart broke time and time again from it AND I have, admittedly, been the friend who keeps a person around simply because I’m too nice to say ‘hey- this was fun. But we had our run. See you around!’ to someone’s face.

Consequently, you either get hurt or hurt other people when you are in either of these positions. This is why you should CUT IT OFF NOW.

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Think of the person you’re spending all your time and energy caring about- the one whom you pictured when you read the title of this article. YOU ask about their life, YOU invest your time and effort into their problems, YOU go out of your way to see and love them because YOU are a good friend.

Now do yourself a favor and cut the dead weight of a long-gone friendship away from your positive well-being and LET IT GO.

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This will be hard.

Yes, you will have memories you cherish. YES, you might see each other around or at gatherings years from now- yes, you will reminisce. I’m not saying you have to tell them everything you hate about them and leave the scene a bloodbath. I’m not saying that not being close now invalidates the friendship you once had, either.

What I am saying is… now? Now, you’re upset because you’re not the way you guys once were. You’re not putting in equal effort, you’re not feeling the same sentiment about each other that you once did. You’re a shadow of your former selves, holding onto them because they remind you of a part of the past you love, not because of how they positively lift you up, now.

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This is damaging for multiple reasons, but the forefront of them is the simple fact that YOU are holding onto something and someone who simply doesn’t want you to grip them so tightly anymore and that realization is PAINFUL. It hurts and it’s hard, but that’s what it is.

And you’re worth more than that. We all are. Life is short and adventurous and messy and sporadic and dammit, it’s hard enough without having to put in effort where effort is certainly not deserved.

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In the long run, you will be happier. What’s the quote about being precious with your time? Be fiercely protective over it. Be very selective about who you spend it on because it is a finite amount that you will never be able to find more of. This is an attitude I’m trying to put forth in my everyday and you should, too. Be better than a person who lets other people take their time and effort and concentration from them. Make sure you’re a priority in the lives of those you care about. Spend your moments on people who make you feel like you MATTER because you do.

I know I’m going to.

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10 Ways To Show Him You’re Not Interested

Okay, he’s cute. But his friend is cuter. Or maybe you have a guy at home. Whatever the reason for doing so, sometimes it’s awkward to relay the disinterested vibe to a guy. You don’t want to be mean, but you certainly don’t want to end up in his bed tomorrow morning. What do you do to nip it in the bud?

10. Wear jewelry that your boyfriend gave you… or looks like a boyfriend would give you if you had one. Guys can spot a ring or a classic “boyfriend” necklace from a mile away. And if they don’t, they’ll probably compliment it as a conversation starter to which you can respond, “Thanks, my boyfriend got it for me.”

9. Don’t take free drinks. Guys buy you drinks so they can 1) assert their dominance and show off 2) get you drunk so your judgment is impaired and they have a higher chance of taking you home. Duh.

8. Don’t flirt back. Don’t touch them in any way because that can easily be misconstrued as flirtatious. Be nice…but not too nice.

7. Unmatch on Tinder. Why bother with his “???” messages when you haven’t responded in a few hours. Just unmatch and set him loose on another innocent Tinderella.

6. Don’t answer his texts. If you can help it, don’t even give him your number. Don’t start or continue a conversation with a guy that you have no interest in. If he’s a random guy you met at a bar, you’ll never see him again anyway. If it’s someone who you’ll see from time to time or someone you’d consider being friends with, be absolutely sure the conversation stays platonic.

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