I Hate My Roommate!

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Maybe you were expecting it, or maybe not. The roommate seemed like such a nice person on move-in day…! They say you never truly know someone until you live with them. There is no harsher reality then moving into your freshman dorm with a complete stranger. You can hit the lottery and find your best friend, or it can seem like a living hell.

Schools use a very flawed system  to make the best matches possible. Information provided on student housing questionnaires just scratches the surface of what it will really be like living with someone. But inevitably — rules will be broken, limits stretched and established habits discarded. Some personalities just don’t click even when everything looks good on paper.

It’s a life lesson.

An annoying roommate can be the first time that young adults have to deal with conflicts that cannot be immediately changed. In the past, if conflict arose, our room at home may have been a safe space where you could get away from everyone for a while. However, with a troublesome roommate this is no longer the case where the small dorm rooms provide little privacy and personal space.

Here are our top 5 roommate conflict tips:

  1. Remember this is a time of transition and adjustment for both of you. Things may work themselves out, if you give it the chance to do so.
  2. Examine your own expectations. Focus on the positive aspects of the situation. This isn’t forever — next year you’ll have more choice and control about where you live and who you live with.
  3. If an issue comes up with your roommate, try to open up a dialogue that can lead to resolution. You may both need to budge a bit. Compromise is a great skill to learn.
  4. Establish clear boundaries in terms of your space and your stuff. It’s a good rule not to share clothing and expensive items.
  5. Get to know your RA (Resident Advisor). They are there to help mediate conflicts and keep the residence hall running smoothly and it will be easier for your RA to support you if you have a friendly relationship.

Ongoing interpersonal conflict in what’s supposed to be a “safe space” can wreak havoc on your academic and personal life. If your roommate situation becomes hostile or causes emotional or physical problems, it may be time to request a new roommate or explore the possibility of a single room.

The good news about roommates

Even with bumps along the way, most roommate relationships are successful or at least tolerable. Stress and drama will be minimized if both parties are willing to communicate and respect one another. The hated roomie may become a dear, lifelong friend after both have grown up a bit during the challenging early months of college.

How to Stay in Touch with College Friends Over the Summer

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Whether you’re going into your first summer break as a college student or are in graduate school, leaving behind the relationships, you spent all year making can be dramatic. But there are ways to take the sting out of the separation. Here’s how you can stay in touch and maintain your college friendships even with thousands of miles between you.

Get a Group Chat Going

If you haven’t already, you need to get your gang on the same page. Group chats through apps like GroupMe, Facebook, Snapchat, etc. are great ways to stay connected when apart — especially if your inner circle has more than a few people involved. Plus, it keeps everyone in the loop without any hurt feelings.

Don’t like the option of chatting? You could always start a private social media group, like one on Facebook. There, share your summer stories, arrange events, or seek out encouragement. The best part is that these groups can be private so what happens over the summer stays in your summer friendship group.

Do a Vacay Swap

Got the money and the time? Why not spend your summer vacation visiting the homes of your friends? This is a great move if your clique is scattered around the country or living their best life in some exotic place. Take out a map, plan a course, and hit the road. It might be the best vacation you ever take.

Send a Care Package

While we like to think of summer as total relaxation — we all know it’s often not. Summer can be stressful with getting back into the swing of things with parents or having to work full-time to afford rent. Your friend may even be stuck taking courses back at school while you’re back at home. If this is the case, be a good friend and send them a package that shows you care. Include items you love, like your favorite drink or a handmade card, and throw in a note on how awesome they are.

Share a Little Love from Home

Speaking of care packages… don’t forget to throw in some mementos from your summer. You can bond without him or her there by your side when you ship them that awesome candy from the sweet shop by your home or that hat from the baseball game you went to. It’s almost like having them with you, and, if anything, it tells your friend that you’re thinking of them even when you’re hours away.

Keep Your Routines

We know we’re going to miss our TV show marathons or our Netflix nights in. But being apart doesn’t mean we have to give all that up! With Skype, we can keep these routines all summer long. Pick a date that works for your friend(s) and share the TV. Press play at the same time and prepare to enjoy a night together.

If your routine is working out with your buddies, stay accountable by using fitness apps to track your habits. You can compete on who runs the longest or who racks up the most miles on the elliptical.

Get Pumped for the Fall Countdown

Of course, the best way to bond with your college friends is to gear up for the school year. If you’re roomies, start planning your next bedrooms by coordinating decor. If you’re in the same academic programs, work on making your fall schedule lineup so you’ll have plenty of time to hang.  And don’t forget to countdown! It’s only a few more months until you’ll be together again.

How to Last-Minute Prep for the End of the Year

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The end of the year is coming around, along with all the unavoidable stress. Even if you can put aside finals (which is a big if), the whole situation is already stressful. You’re probably moving out of your dorm or apartment for the summer, and even if you’re not, your friends probably are. How can you best handle all the non-school related stress that comes along with the end of the school year, so that you’re free to stress over finals?

Plan Out Your Living Situation

Hopefully where you’re going to be living is already figured out (if not, get on that ASAP), but you still need to make a plan for the specifics. There are some great sample moving plans online, but you might need to make your own if your situation is unique.

If you’re moving out of the dorms, where are you going to store all your things? Most college towns have storage facilities available, and the university itself probably has some sort of free storage space available. Ask your RA about it! Be aware, though, that space is likely limited, so compact your personal items as much as possible.

If you’re moving out of an apartment, then it gets a lot easier and more complicated at the same time. On one hand, you’ve got some free storage if you’re renting the apartment all through the summer. On the other hand, a lot of college kids only rent their apartments through the school year in order to save some extra money. So then you’ll have a lot of extra stuff that needs to be put somewhere safer than the side of the road.

Decide if it’s even possible to take your stuff back home with you. If not, you’ll have to fork over some cash for a storage unit or ask if you can fill your friends’ garages over the summer.

A lot of students spend the summer at their parents’. If you will be, establish some ground rules with them before you even cross the threshold. Summer can be a strange time because you might not have a lot of responsibilities to keep your busy. Discuss with your parents exactly what they expect from you beforehand before you get pumped for three months of vacation.

Plan Out Your Connections

During the school year, it’s easy to maintain a connection with your friends or significant other, since you all see each other nearly every day. You probably even live with some of them. However, once summer rolls around, it can introduce a different dynamic into your relationships.

Despite all the ways to keep connected long distance these days, young people are more worried about losing relationships than other generations. We have more nightmares about our significant other leaving us and it’s harder than ever to maintain meaningful friendships with the proliferation of social media.

Make sure to put a plan in place with the people you really care about staying close with. We all know life happens, but there’s nothing wrong with promising to exchange emails weekly or Skype usernames. This not only puts the framework in place for your friendship to flourish, but it lets the other person know that you’re interested in maintaining your relationship. If you can, plan a trip together!

These steps can help you stay connected over the summer. You don’t want to come back to school and not know where to pick it up again.

You’re supposed to be focusing on finals, but that can prove impossible when you’re worried about preparing for the end of the semester. Check off these big worries so that you can move on to acing your exams and nailing your presentations. Once your living situation is squared away and your relationships secure, you’ll be ready to knock both of them out of the park.

April Fools Jokes to Play on Your Friends

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Hey pranksters — the best day of the year is here! April Fools is the celebration of all things pranks and jokes, and we can’t be more pumped for it. This year, we’re going all out by targeting our friends and roommates. Here’s our list of the best jokes for college students. Have fun watching their faces…

The Sweet Switcheroo

This year, April Fools timed up with Easter giving you plenty of opportunities for some great mischief. “Gift” your friends chocolate eggs with grapes inside instead. Fill Oreo cookies with mayo instead of frosting. Frost a balloon and have your friend “cut into it.”

The Beauty Blunder

Like the Switcheroo, there’s a lot of pranks out there about soap and shampoo. Our favorite is painting a bar of soap with clear nail polish and listen as your frustrated friend can’t lather up. But outside of shower items, you can add flour to a hairdryer or offer to share a new facemask you swear by that’s really kid’s slime.

The Fake Out

What’s every college student’s worst nightmare? A failed paper. Set up an email account with an address similar to a professor’s. Send a stern email to your friend about how disappointed you are and how they need to redo the paper all over again. Send back the assignment with a big note that says, “APRIL FOOLS.”

The Fake Out 2

What’s the next best fake? A good parking ticket. Every driver dreads getting hit with a huge fine for something silly like “parking like a jerk” or “parking on the seventh Tuesday of the 13th month.” Do a google search for fake tickets to print out and enjoy as they rant and rave about unfair parking rules!

The Traps

College students are excellent at trapping their roommates and friends inside their dorm. I’ve seen students saran wrap doorways for unexpecting friends running late for a study group. There’s also the popular post-it everywhere method. But our hands-down favorite is placing cups full of small amounts of water all over the floor from their bed to the doorway. It’s worth it to see them try to get out without spilling.

The Freeze (Or Jell-O) Out

It’s relatively easy to inconvenience someone! We love freezing their keys in a bowl of water or wrapping their school supplies in saran wrap and then placing in Jell-O mix. Leave your roommate with a dull knife or a chisel. You don’t want to be too mean…

 The Scare Prank

Sometimes the best pranks are the ones that get your heart racing. There are few easy ones you can do that won’t induce heart attacks but will get a scream out of your unsuspecting friend. Try tapping a celebrity’s scary face to their ceiling when they wake up or to their window when they pull up their blind. Add a fog horn to their chair. Tape balloons to the side of the door where the hinges are. And if you really want to get them good, send them a bill for their student loans!

That’s a list of some of our favorite April Fools jokes. Let us know your favorites and if you were successful!

How to Plan the Ultimate Friendsgiving Event

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All the steps needed to plan a great friendsgiving event

Pre-Party

  • Planning your space is crucial to hosting a successful event. Make sure that you have enough seats for everyone around a large table.
  • Creating an event page allows everyone to RSVP quickly and easily.
  • A list with who is responsible for what dish is key to getting a wide variety of foods.
  • Extra utensils are paramount – don’t let anyone eat without them!
  • Everyone loves leftovers, and it reduces cleanup on your part. Have everyone bring extra containers

Party Time

  • The day of the event is sure to be hectic, creating a checklist to ensure you don’t miss a crucial item can help to reduce stress
  • A dress code can make things more interesting, but a dress code with your friends is certainly not a requirement
  • Carving a turkey can be a tricky (and dangerous) process, read or watch a few tutorials ahead of time to help the process go smoothly when it hits the table
  • Activities with friends are always more fun. Football, board games, scavenger hunts, or a pie eating contest can make the occasion especially memorable.
  • Holiday playlists make everything feel more festive. Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube have thousands of playlists to choose from.
  • Party favors can be a gag gift, or something more traditional. They always make the occasion a bit more special.

Post-Party

  • Photos of your Friendsgiving should be shared so you can have an even better event next year!
  • Take those leftovers and you’re all set on food for a few days!
  • Prepare for some Black Friday shopping and scout the deals you want to score.
  • Clean up, or save it until a bit later!

Read This if You’re Having a Hard Time Making Friends in College

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You’ve made it halfway through the semester, so it probably seems like friend groups have already been established. But if you’re not feeling the love, don’t worry! Making new friends in college can be tough — much harder than in elementary or even high school. It’s totally normal to feel left out or alone when you’re at a new school. If you’re having a hard time making friends in college, we’ve got advice for you to help you establish a new friend group and build some great relationships.

Open Your Doors

One of the coolest parts of college is that, at most schools, dorms encourage an ‘open doors’ atmosphere. In other words, leave your dorm room door open and decorate. Dress up your room, get a cool focal feature, do something neat and fun with your door… whatever you can think of to draw attention to your space. The more open you are, the more likely friends will come to you!

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Join the Club

If you don’t want to be isolated, get involved! Find a club that interests you and fits your schedule. Don’t see anything that’s at your level? Look into forming your own group! It could be tabletop gaming or a group to travel into the city and watch plays. Think of what you love and what you want your friends to want to love too and go from there.

If it’s too hard to form an official club, you can always use Facebook events. Advertise around campus and invite your fellow students to join your group. Once in, start some events and see what happens. Even if only one person comes, it’s a win!

Volunteer Your Friend Time

If you’ve got a big heart, you’ll probably want to hang with like, loving minds. Volunteering for causes you care about is a great way to get out there and introduce yourself to new people. From walking dogs at an animal shelter to packaging goods for the holidays, there are endless opportunities for college students to get together, do some good, and build friendships.

Bond Over Food

For introverts, this may be the hardest piece of advice, but sometimes making friends starts with you initiating it. But it doesn’t have to be the terrifying, “Hey! Let’s be friends!” convo. Instead, it could be a simple, “I’m hungry. Are you heading to the cafeteria? If so, can I tag along?” If you’ve got the cash, you can also ask to buy a person a coffee in exchange for help with a difficult class or to talk a professor that’s annoying you. Food is an instant bonder.

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Embrace Group Projects

Is there anything worse than group projects? Probably not. But instead of groaning and whining, look at group work as an opportunity to open yourself up to others. It starts with being a great partner by pulling your weight, making time for the assignment, and listening to other’s opinions. Afterwards, you can all go out and celebrate being done with shared assignments.

Be Yourself Every Day

When you’re not great at putting yourself out there, it can be tempting to want to change your look or personality. But that’s a mistake. Who you are inside is who you should be embracing. People who can’t see how wonderful and great you are are missing out — not you. Continue to be out there, open to new experiences, and positive and the right friends will find you.

College can also be a time to redefine yourself. If you’re nervous or scared in social situations, it is okay. Chances are that many of the people there are as well. Once you are able to do it the first time, it will feel amazing and you will want to continue putting yourself out there. Soon, you will be the talk of the dorm halls!

Campus Style on a College Budget

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Staying up on fashion trends is one of our top hobbies. But paying for clothes off the runway, at boutiques, or through our favorite designers has us entirely at a loss. How can you be as fabulous as can be when you can’t afford to wear what’s in? We break down 10 ways we’re keeping our style within your budget — spending little (sometimes not even a penny) on the latest trends.

  1. Throw a Closet Party

We grow out of our clothes faster than we like to think. That’s why throwing a closet party with your most fashionable (and closest-in-size) friends is a fast way to find new clothing staples. The rules are simple: bring clothes to exchange and only take the number you brought yourself. Whatever is left over can be donated to a local charity.

     2. Rent Directly

There are a ton of businesses who make bank allowing you to rent high-end designer pieces. The prices can range from $20 to $100, but you’ll get a thousand-dollar (or more) look without anyone knowing it isn’t yours. For those very special occasions, this is one of our go-to options.

hangers found in closets or thrift stores

     3. Go Thrifting

Thrift stores are everywhere — and with good reason. Many of them specialize in designer pieces, specific sizes, and high-quality goods at unbeatable prices. Make an afternoon out of it, and visit a couple to score some great deals! Find one that fits your style, and most importantly your budget.

     4. Re-sell and Profit

Did you know you can sell your old clothes and then use the profits to buy new pieces? Sites like eBay and Polyvore are crazy-addictive, and they make a great side hustle for frugal college fashionistas with a good eye for what’s on trend.

     5. Borrow from a Fashionable Friend

Find your new BFF: Best Fashionable Friend. Your wardrobe will love the updating, even if temporarily, and you can bond over pieces you see in magazines or on your favorite celebrities. It’s a win-win!

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    6. Build a Capsule with What You Have

Minimalists will tell you that capsule wardrobes are a must. Build a wardrobe with staple pieces that are simple and high quality. Once you check off the pieces you need, then you can use Pinterest and minimalist sites to make hundreds of outfit possibilities!

     7. Check Resale Groups

Facebook and Craigslist are awesome places to find a deal on new clothing. Just be safe about what you buy. Always use cash. Pick up in a public spot, even bring a friend. And do your research on if the piece is real or fake before you purchase.

     8. Become a Clothing Couponer

While extreme couponing for clothes isn’t as easy as it is for groceries, you can get good discounts on clothing when you know where to look. Ebates, for one, gives you cash back for online purchases. Loyalty programs can alert you to exclusive discounts. And don’t forget your college ID! Stores like J. Crew offer a percentage off when you show it at the checkout.

     9. Hit Up Salvation Army and Goodwill

The time it takes to double check for stains and tears is worth it when you can find pieces like gently worn Lululemon for 75 percent off or Kate Spade dress for under $20! Go on discount tag days for even bigger savings.

    10. Make Your Own

Who says you must wear only designers? Recreate your favorite looks by following patterns and buying a used sewing machine. A class, experienced friend, or YouTube tutorial can show you the basics. In no time, you’ll be designing your own wardrobe!

While in college, staying on top of the latest fashion trends is one of the most important things. Spending within your budget can pose some unique challenges. Let this list serve as a starting point for more creative ways to look fashionable and save money!

Alternatives to Partying in College

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Meeting people and making friends can seem intimidating, especially when you’re not into the campus parties. If you don’t like the ‘scene,’ the weekends can feel lonely with few things to do besides sitting around bingeing on the same show on Netflix you’ve watched eighty-seven times. But just because you’re not a big partier doesn’t mean you’re doomed to boring weekends trapped in your dorm room! In fact, there are tons of alternatives to partying in college. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Speak Your Truth and Make New Friends

There is this expectation that all college students are supposed to want this kind of life where you’re out till four in the morning doing potentially dangerous and/or illegal activities. It’s okay not to want this. Whether you’re just not that type of person or you have deeper concerns and needs, it’s best to be honest with others so you’re not put into a position where it’s awkward or gets you in trouble.

The straight-up method is best. I don’t really like frat parties sounds way better than making tentative plans and then bailing on a friend. If you get asked why you don’t like parties, just be honest about where your boundaries are. A person who’s a good friend will understand and may even be willing to make alternative plans with you.

 

Participate in Campus-Sponsored Activities

What’s awesome about living on-campus is that there are always a ton of events and activities happening on weekends! And the best part of it is — most of it is free and done by midnight! You’ll even meet like-minded people with the same priorities, which can be super helpful for the future.

If your campus is lacking, talk to Student Life about a weekend series of events. Offer to host a few or throw out some suggestions. This may include an outdoor movie, tickets to see home basketball games, or trivia nights in the cafeteria.

 

Plan a Classier Affair

Who doesn’t love a good party (without all the extras)? If you want to have your own type of party that’s more your own pace, try going with the classy type where everyone dresses up and eats something delicious. You can host one in your dorm or you can take it out to a nice restaurant to celebrate surviving midterms.

You can even make it fun with mocktails to dress up your dinner. There are tons of great ideas on Pinterest to go with your theme. Or, if you’re out to eat, stick to water so you can spend your money on the best meal possible.

 

Go Outside Campus

If money is tight, you can also explore outside of campus with a friend or two without breaking your tight budget. Hit up a new, late-night movie at the theater, spend the weekend camping, or enjoy a concert. No pressure at any of these activities to party all night!

If you love dancing and aren’t afraid of spending time on the dancefloor, don’t be afraid to visit an 18+ club or bar. Order a soft drink and be confident in your choice. Don’t let anyone question you for it, either. If you’re confident, it’s unlikely anyone will pressure you to do something you don’t want to do — and if they do, they won’t be having your kind of fun, anyway. And remember: not doing the ‘norm’ should be not mean you avoid doing what you love with the people you care for!

Introverts: Meeting People in College

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It’s easy for people who are very outgoing and talkative to meet new people. But people often think introverts like us are shy, standoffish, or unapproachable. But the truth is, we’re like everyone else: we want to make friends, have fun, and get out there. We get you. That’s why we’ve put this guide together: to help introverts get out there without setting off anxieties or fears.

 

Understand Your Kind of Introversion

The first thing to recognize know about introverts is that we’re not all alike. There are actually four commonly recognized types of introverts: Social, Thinking, Anxious, and Restrained. Understanding which category you fall in can help you realize and act on your strengths and weaknesses.

First, there are two groups who actually do occasionally like being around people. Social introverts are those who would rather hang out in small groups or for more limited amounts of time. Thinking introverts are creative, imaginative, dreaming types who sometimes may seem to space out or be lost in deep thought, especially around bigger groups of people. Both these types need plenty of alone time to recharge, but they enjoy being around people, especially those with whom they’re more familiar.

On the other end of the spectrum are the highly introverted introverts. The most common of these are anxious introverts, who are what we commonly think of when we use the term ‘introvert’: shy, awkward, resistant to new groups, and unlikely to actively seek out new friends. Finally, restrained introverts are those who need time to get to know new friends to build trust because they take their social circles very, very seriously.

 

Go Where You’re Comfortable

With all of those four types of introversion, the key is to go to a place that is comfortable to meet new friends. Social and anxious introverts would love smaller clubs or group outings while restrained prefers one-on-one. Thinkers will need to be in their element, like at a library or an art show.

Now that you’re getting used to your school, think about where you feel the most “you” and look for opportunities there that will allow you to meet someone. It may be in your favorite writing class where you can offer to do group work. Or if you love your theater, try going to a show or volunteering to work as an usher.

 

Take It Online

I don’t know about you, but as an introvert, I really rock an online convo on Messenger or Snapchat. That’s why I am super excited when I find online meeting groups where I can introduce myself first without the pressure of small talk.

Once you’re comfortable and you’ve established yourself, take your new relationship or clubs offline. Invite a face you interact with the most out for a coffee or cheer them on at their soccer game. It’s a great way to build close friendships without the awkward first meetings.

 

Link Up

How I made my best friend was through my roommate! She was much more extroverted than me and would often throw parties (against my wishes). But once I told her about how shy I felt, she calmed down and had fewer people stop over. One of those regulars became my friend and eventually best friend once we hung out without the “link” between us.

With mutual connections, you always have something in common, and there is no pressure to be best friends if you decide they are not the right fit. By having one person to hold on to, you can open your circle up for more friendship opportunities.

 

Go Where the People Are

I know it’s tough, but devote yourself to leaving your dorm room at least once a day for a certain amount of time. And don’t spend it with your headphones in your ears. Be present and open! But most importantly — go where others are!

This may mean sitting alone at lunch or snagging a seat near the main tables at the coffee shop with a smile on your face. Bring something like a book, a musical instrument, a favorite purse, etc. as a talking point. It’s awful at first, I will admit, but it works, and it will change your introvert outlook.

The 9 People You’ll Meet in College

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While everyone is unique, the truth is that most people fall into some distinct categories. From intellects to artists and everything in between, you’ll most likely run into at least one of each of these categories. These are the nine people you’re guaranteed to meet at college.

1.   The Overachiever

Ten minute presentation? Let’s go with twenty. Five pages due? Why not double it! This person is all about going above and beyond usually to impress the professor or get a good name for themselves. You’ve got to admire the spirit, but this person usually crashes and burns eventually.

 

2.   The Competitor

We’re not talking about sports, per say. The competitive friend is the one who is always looking one step ahead. For example, they may be applying for internships a year before so they get a jump on the rest of your classmates. They may be on every list for scholarships or are the first to sign up for rec sports. While they may be hard to trust, the competitive person is usually doing it for good reasons.

 

3.   The PJ Parader

There’s nothing wrong with PJ pants every once in awhile, but it sure says a lot about you when you’re rocking them every single day to classes that are well into the afternoon. This classmate probably won’t be a big help on group projects and will probably take the back seat in class. You’ll probably want to avoid getting their notes if you’re absent.

 

4.   The Mini-Professor

College doesn’t end just because you graduate. These academic lovers are library ghosts. They take their subjects very seriously and are rarely about having a good time on a weekday. But see them on the weekend and… it’s like Jekyll and Hyde!

 

5.   The Absentee

The Absentee makes a great roommate, but these folks aren’t exactly friendship material. They may be traveling home every weekend or juggling work with class. Or they may be introverts who take their time off seriously. Don’t push them to be social butterflies, but always invite them. Maybe one day they’ll show.

 

6.   The Artsy Hippy

Covered in paint, reciting poetry on the quad — these college students are a blast to have in your circle. They’ll always have creative (and sometimes outrageous) ideas for you, and they are usually easy going and have a caring heart. Even if you’re major is business, be sure to pick up an art or music friend along the way.

 

7.   The D&D Kid

Don’t count these guys (and girls) out! They are a ton of fun when you get them in their element. And even if you can’t relate to the Doctor Who, card games, or “nerd” culture, they are loyal and true to their friendships and will always have your back. Plus, they are great for trivia nights.

 

8.   The STEM Babes and Bros

STEM has become the choice grouping of majors. These are the people who know they are going to make bank after they graduate and are proud of their accomplishments. They love puzzles and adventures, and they will always help you out when you need a math tutor.

 

9.   The Recovering Jock (and Their Flock)

These aren’t the college athletes; they’re the people who wish (and act) like they’re still on the field. They swarm the gym at peak times and boast about their reps and protein shakes. While they can make good workout partners in moderation, what they are really there for is enjoying tailgating parties.