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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The 18 Best Things About Having Guy Friends

The coveted, platonic relationship between a guy and a girl BFF is something most only see as legend.

Two people with potential sexual energy CANNOT POSSIBLY get along without wanting to jump each other. Am I right?

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The answer is no. Having a close guy friend has more benefits than any potential uncomfortableness that may be brought on by two close friends hanging out alone. Not to mention that most of the time, they’re more like a brother than any kind of potential hook-up, the prospect of which makes you actually want to vom.

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The Ed Sheeran to your Taylor Swift, the Harry Potter to your Hermione Granger, you’re there for them through thick and thin, with the added bonus of giving insight to the often-confusing female perspective and none of the jealousy. They’re a great balance to have in a world surrounded by sometimes catty, passive aggressive female friends; here’s why:

18. Once you’re in the inner circle, guys will open up around you with their ridiculous, raunchy, crude humor… and it’s hilarious.

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17. Their jackets are warm, more comfy, and essentially up for grabs at all times.

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16. Their perspective is invaluable because they know how boys think in all situations. (As is yours when they’re wondering whether their GF is being crazy).

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15. Boys have limited drama.

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14. They’re a perfect cover when you’re trying to duck the creepy guy at the bar.

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13. They’re protective over you like you are their actual sisters.

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10 Life Lessons That 10 Things I Hate About You Taught Me

10. Everybody Deserves a Second Chance

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9. Your Parents Only Want What’s in Your Best Interest

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8. Don’t Believe All the Rumors

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7. It’s Hard to Hate People You Truly Love

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6. Everybody Has a Story That Only They Can Tell

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What Being A Feminist Really Means

Beyonce told us all the true definition of feminism. Unfortunately, some people refuse to listen to Queen Bey, and still have a warped sense of what feminism is. I’m here to clear that up for you.

We all need feminism. Men need it. Women need it. Poor people need it. Rich people need it. People of all races, religions, and upbringings need it.

Feminism says that is okay for boys to cry and be emotional, and that we shouldn’t call them weak when they do.
Feminism also says that if you call a boy feminine when he fails, you’re saying that femininity is a failure. It’s not.
Feminism says that if women want to cut their hair short, they doesn’t make them any less of a woman.
Feminism says that if you were born with female parts, but see yourself as male, that’s okay.
Feminism also says that you don’t have to be born female to be a woman.
Feminism says that if women of color want to grow their hair out naturally, that’s their choice. It’s not unprofessional, or “nappy,” its their hair.
Feminism says that if men want to spend money on their looks, that doesn’t emasculate them.
Feminism says that women deserve to make as much as men for doing the same job.
Feminism says men should embrace that idea, because it also brings more value to their work.
Feminism says that women who don’t have the means to buy pads and tampons should get them free of charge, the way men can access condoms.
Feminism says that even women who can afford the “luxury” of pads and tampons shouldn’t have to.

Feminism is equality.

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20 GIFS That Will Make You Boy Crazy

Boys, boys, boys.

Sometimes we just wanna stare at something cute and imagine it’s also charming and rich, okay?

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20. Like Channing Tatum in Magic Mike.

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19. Or Jensen Ackles as the fearless Dean Winchester.

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18. You could also take a shot at Jared Padalecki as his brother, Sammy.

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17. Or ripped Deadpool leading man, Ryan Reynolds.

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16. And especially the hot dinosaur trainer, Owen, played by Chris Pratt.

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What It’s Really Like Being Single on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the day of love. Too bad this Valentine’s Day, I’ll be embracing how single I am, just like I do every other year. I’ve come to the conclusion that I always feel the same way towards Valentine’s Day. Being single on Valentine’s Day actually sucks, and this is my timeline of thoughts on Valentine’s Day.

Beginning of February

Oh look, Valentine’s Day candy. It seems like it was just Christmas. Maybe I should buy some of conversation hearts to have at home.

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Week Before Valentine’s Day

Maybe someone will surprise me this year with flowers or something. There has to be someone out there who is dying to confess their love to me.

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Day Before Valentine’s Day

Well, nobody has confessed their love to me yet. Looks like it will be another year of me being single on Valentine’s Day.

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10 a.m. on Valentine’s Day

*receives text from mom* Oh, thanks mom. Love you too.

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7 Tips For Getting Back With Your Ex

Mistakes are made and fights are taken too far. Sometimes, breaking up is a rash decision that one or both people regret. They say if you love someone, let them go, but I think if you love someone, fight for them. These aren’t guaranteed ways to get back with your boyfriend, but they definitely help to show how invested you are in them. As long as your heart is still with them in all you say, do, and feel, your break up might just turn out to be a little break.

7. Don’t burn or throw out your memories. In anger or sadness, a girl’s instinct is to make all the pictures and love letters go up in flames and donate all those hoodies to Good Will. Don’t. Put all your keepsakes in a box and give it to a friend to hold on to. If things fall back together, you won’t have to start from scratch.

6. Watch your mouth. It’s easy to be super bitchy in the heat of the moment during the break up fight. If you have any hints that this isn’t for real or there’ll be a future, don’t say things like “well your brother is hotter anyway” or anything that could potentially put him over the edge and lose all respect for you.

5. Keep your legs closed. Focus on yourself after the break up, don’t go boy crazy. If you really want another chance with your guy you need to prove that you really still love him. If isn’t going to take you seriously if he hears you’ve been sleeping around. Do you for a while… and no one else. imagine

4. Be civil. A few days after the break up reach out to him with a simple text to see how he is and perhaps apologize. Show that you’re mature and don’t want it to end like this.

3. Work out. Do it for yourself and do it so when he stalks your Instagram he’ll remember what he’s missing. He’ll obviously see that you’re looking good, but also know that you’re happy without him. Be sure to dress to impress for a while in case you run into him.

2. Write a letter. It doesn’t (and probably shouldn’t) be begging for him back, but it should be heartfelt and sincere. Explain how you feel about him, acknowledge what you did wrong, and how you’re going to change with or without him. At the very least, it will be the perfect closure to your relationship if it doesn’t make your ex have second thoughts.

1. Be sure you actually want to be together. Be certain you’re not just fighting for the cute pictures, bedtime cuddles and comfort of having him there. You want to be so in love with him that you can’t possibly be interested in anyone else. Make sure he isn’t coming back to you out of pity or just for a last hook up.

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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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Why I Won’t Get Married

I believe in true love. I do think you have one person you are meant to spent your life with. I want a pretty ring, and a pretty dress, and a party celebrating my love. But I do not want a wedding, and I will not get married.

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I am not a religious person. Maybe there is a God, maybe there is a bunch of gods, maybe everything is a hilarious coincidence. I haven’t spent time thinking about it, and it doesn’t carry much weight in my life. To me, there is no point in getting a God I don’t really believe in involved in my love life. There is no point in standing in a church, listening to a man in a robe, and not really listening to his words, and them having no meaning to me. Why is that a norm? If people are allowed to believe whatever they want, then why do they have to be married?

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I think the government is good. I like that they are there as a guiding hand.  They are great for laws and protection and organization. But there is no point in letting the government getting involved in my love life. Sure there may be tax benefits and financial benefits, but my current career trajectory is pointing me to a place where those small savings aren’t completely necessary.  Where I would be able to take care of myself with or without a mate. I don’t need a law binding contract to tell me that I have to love this person forever. I just should. And if I stop loving them forever, then I shouldn’t have to battle the law just to stop loving them.

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A relationship between two people should be exactly that, between those two people. There shouldn’t be a pressure to get other people or powers involved in that relationship. And if you ever want to end that relationship, for any reason at all, you should be able to, without spending most of your money on lawyers and courts and paperwork. If you are meant to be together forever, you will be, no matter who else you get involved.

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10 Reasons To Love Being Disaffiliated For Recruitment

At my school, we’re Rho Gammas. Every campus has a different name for us, but every group does the same thing: we take off our letters to help you find yours. Wether you’re a recruitment counselor or a member of Panhel Exec board, it can be hard (and kind of sad) to be separated from your sisters, at least publicly. Luckily, there are some perks.

10. MORE T-SHIRTS


Since we can’t wear the plethora of shirts we have with our own chapter on them, being disaffiliated kind of eliminates your entire wardrobe. So, we obviously have to do an order of shirts that say Rho Gamma, or Pi Chi, or whatever on them. Right?

9. Getting to know other disaffiliated girls.


If your group is paired with the group of a girl you barely know, you’re about to spend 45 minutes eating food and sitting in a stranger’s bedroom with said girl. Chances are you’re gonna find something to talk and laugh about. The next time you see her on campus, you both smile and say hello and maybe make plans to grab coffee. And isn’t that what being a Greek woman is all about?

8. Getting the inside scoop.


As their recruitment counselor, the PNMs come to you with tough decisions. If they’re torn between to houses, you know about it. And you, with your infinite wisdom, get to help them figure out which one fits them better. You also know which girls become horrible and catty the second they step out of the houses.

7. Recruitment Week is a lot less stressful for us.


The week leading up to recruitment? That pretty much sucks. But we don’t have the pressure of impressing the girls, following your Recruitment Chair’s dress code, asking the right questions, and making sure you’re perfectly Panhellenic. We just have to put them in alphabetical order and hold their shit. Boom.

6. The questions.


The PNMs want nothing more than to figure out our affiliation. They will ask and guess and try to stalk our social media through its airtight security (thanks, Panhel). It’s fun to hear their guesses. It’s also fun to try and trick them. It’s even more fun when they figure out they get to be your sister.

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10 Honest Reasons You’re Scared of Breaking Up

Whether you’re contemplating cutting ties or you’re losing sleep thinking he’ll do it, there’s a few aspects of your relationship you’re not ready to admit you can’t walk away from. No matter how toxic you are for each other, honestly, you’re putting off the break up because…

10. You’re too comfortable to start completely from scratch. After all these months of dumping every secret out, sleeping on his chest, and cooking with his mom, it’s terrifying to consider throwing that all away to start all over with a stranger.

9. You don’t want everyone questioning you. Once the Facebook relationship status changes, you’re phone is going to blow up with the same two texts; “Omg what happened?!” and “Are you okay?” Neither of which, you care to talk about 5 minutes after it happens.

8. What if he blasts those pictures? He’s a good guy…and he knows those lingerie pictures were only for him… but what if the break up brings out his spiteful side?

7. You don’t want to be alone. Admittedly you’ve pushed your BFF down to second string, and those 2am drunk calls or those 4am depressed calls have been fielded by your boyfriend for a while now. Even if you’re fighting and he’s calling you every name in the book, you’d rather listen than not talk at all.

6. You’ll seem less than perfect. All those #relationshipgoals pictures suddenly mean nothing. You’ll have no boyfriend for your friends to be jealous of and everyone will watch as you fall out of your fairytale5

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7 Gifts To Get Your ZTA for Valentine’s Day

Any ZTA knows that love is “the greatest of all things”, and Valentine’s day is the best holiday to celebrate love. Whether she’s your significant other, your family member, or just a treasured friend, show your ZTA how much you love her with any of these seven gifts ideas!


 

7.) Tiffany’s Crown Charm and Chain – The super adorable necklace and charm will make your ZTA look and feel like royalty.

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6.) A Strawberry Edible Arrangement – Dessert strawberries are possibly one of the most delicious ways to show your love for your ZTA. Anybody can get strawberries for Valentine’s Day, but only a Zeta will appreciate the special meaning behind one of the organization’s main symbols.

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5.) ZTA Lavaliere – A lavaliere is a necklace bearing a Greek Fraternity or Sorority’s letters. Lavalieres are very special to those within the Greek community, as it is a way to wear your letters with pride. Surprise your ZTA with her very own lavaliere necklace! (Or, alternatively, if you happen to be in a Greek organization yourself, surprise her with your own Greek letters to symbolize devotion and commitment.)

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4.) White Violets – White violets are one of Zeta Tau Alpha’s primary symbols. It’s symbolic meaning is known only to those initiated within the Fraternity, so your ZTA will surely know how special these flowers truly are. Call your local florists to see what arrangements they can make with white violets.

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3.) Crown Chocolates – When you think of V-Day, one of the first words to come to your mind is “chocolate”. Break away from the basic heart-shaped confections and treat your ZTA like royalty with chocolate shaped like mini crowns. They’re almost too cute to eat!

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2.) Humble Ceramic Travel Cup – “To be humble in success and without bitterness in defeat” is a part of Zeta Tau Alpha’s creed, reminding your ZTA to be the best possible version of herself. Give her the gift of this adorable travel mug for Valentine’s Day and she’ll have a constant reminder of your love and her fraternity’s.

 

1.) Donate to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and the foundation will send your ZTA a special official ZTA Valentine’s Day card with your special message. Not only will this special gift show your ZTA that she is in your heart, it will also be making a wide-spread impact on Zeta’s around the world.

 

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