Celebrating St. Patricks Day on Campus

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With March finally here, it’s time to start thinking about how we’re going to celebrate one of our all-time favorite holidays – St. Patrick’s Day.  Wearing green, pretending to be Irish, hanging out with friends – what’s not to like?

Never fear – there are plenty of things that you can totally do on-campus that will help you get into the spirit of the holiday without dipping into actual spirits.  Here are our top three activities for St. Patties.

DECK OUT YOUR DORM ROOM

Really want to bring out the luck of the Irish?  Get decorating.  Hit up your local craft or big-box retailer like Target or Walmart to get your hands on the perfect decorations to turn your room into a St. Patrick’s Day paradise.  If you’re on a budget, you can always try stores like Five Below or Dollar Tree to get cheap decorations that will still look totally amazing!

If you want to take it to the next level, try chatting with your RA about decorating the hallway, too.  This is a great way to socialize with your dorm mates in a low-pressure and super fun way (and is also a great distraction from the stress of classes)!  Always be sure to get permission from the RA or building supervisor before you do start decorating the hallways, just in case there are any fire codes or reasons you could get in trouble for – nobody wants that!

GET COOKING

Are you a gifted chef or at least wish you were one?  Try whipping up a delicious Irish-inspired meal with your favorite traditional or non-traditional foods for you, your roommates, and all of your friends.

Going authentic? Try getting some corned beef from the local grocery store and cooking it up.  Add some boiled cabbage to the mix and some simple potatoes and you’re totally set.  Serve it up to all of your friends and see who will take the plunge and give it a try.

Want something you know everyone will like?  Try adding some green food dye to some of your go-to snacks.  Whether it’s mac-and-cheese, eggs, or pancakes, this is a super easy way to get into the spirit of the holiday without risking making something out of the ordinary that one of your friends (or you!) may end up hating.

CHECK YOUR STUDENT CENTER FOR ON-CAMPUS EVENTS

Many schools do tend to have holiday-themed events for students to attend on-campus, whether it’s a parade, a costume contest, a special meal and more.  Try going to your student center to see if they have any events posted or are planning anything exciting for St. Patrick’s Day. 

If they unfortunately don’t have anything planned just yet, you totally have the opportunity to help them get something going, too!  This is a great way to do something unexpected and fun with your friends on-campus without having to bring drinking into the picture.

Top Three Bedroom Color Trends for 2019

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Now that 2019 is in full swing and you’re getting settled back into your classes and the typical day-to-day things, perhaps you’ve noticed a little something creeping up in the back of your mind – you’re totally sick of what your room looks like.  Don’t worry – this happens to the best of us when we hit a new year and we start to get sick of the same-old-same-old, especially when it comes to what we see each and every day.

So how do you go about changing up your room without spending a fortune (since you’re back on a budget for school, anyway)?  The easiest way is to add a fresh coat of paint to your walls!  By adding a new color to your room, it will feel refreshed and entirely new, almost like you’ve never lived in it before.

Thinking of painting your room for the New Year?  Here are the three top bedroom color trends for 2019 to help get you inspired to get going on this super easy DIY project.

 

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KEEP IT SIMPLE – RICH HAZELNUT

If you’re more of a no-nonsense kind of person who wants a simple update to the color of your room, opting for a warm hue such as Rich Hazelnut is the perfect choice for you.  Not only does this color rarely go out of style, but also it is considered to be an easy-to-match neutral.

This new neutral color requires a minimal update to the rest of your décor and is also a great way to increase the amount of light your room captures, making it appear larger and brighter.  Because of the warm undertones, Rich Hazelnut adds a soothing aspect to your room as well, keeping you comfortable and calm.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT A TOUCH OF OPULENCE – MUSTARD YELLOW

Really want to switch up your room color and make it feel more luxe and opulent?  Mustard Yellow might just be the right option for you.  Don’t let the name scare you away – this modern iteration of classic gold is often more muted than its food counterpart.

This bold and bright color is a great way to add unexpected light and brightness to your room without being overwhelming or causing you to feel stressed.  Mustard Yellow also matches well with other rich colors, such as deep burgundy and plum, allowing you to switch up your décor with ease.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT A PERSONAL OASIS – PASTEL BLUE

Searching for a way to transform your room into a personal hideaway?  The answer is simple – add a little pastel blue to your walls!  This soothing color is calming in every way and is subtle enough to not overwhelm your other décor.

Cool pastel blues are perfect for making your room look and feel larger than it is, reflecting light and creating a light and airy yet expansive environment.  This color also matches well with a wide variety of other hues, meaning that it won’t be hard to pick accent colors for your room and that it won’t clash with the other décor.

2019’s Top Secondhand and Thrift Stores for Those Statement Pieces

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Now that the New Year is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about a few things.  First, classes are probably starting up again soon and you should probably be getting everything in order for that ASAP.  Second, is your 2019 dorm room and wardrobe up to par?  After all, New Year, new you, right?

 

But updating your wardrobe or your dorm room can quickly become pretty costly if you’re not careful.  How can you update everything without blowing your new semester’s budget completely out of the water?  By hitting up your local thrift or secondhand store, of course!

 

If you’re on a budget or looking for something a little more off the wall for your wardrobe or dorm room, try hitting up a secondhand or thrift store to find the statement pieces you’ve been missing in your life.  Here are our favorite places to shop when we want a statement piece for a price we can actually afford.

 

STOP #1 – THE SALVATION ARMY

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: affordable statement furniture

 

First up on our list is the mother of all thrift and secondhand stores – the Salvation Army.  These locations typically carry both furniture and clothing, and lots of it!  Do some online research and find the largest location near you to hit up for your statement-piece shopping.  With a larger selection of items available, you’ll be more likely to find what you’re after!

 

STOP #2 – GOODWILL

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement clothing items

Another one of the classics, Goodwill is always a stop on our list.  From clothing to books, furniture to toys, this place has it all.  And the best part?  The discount days!  Head in-store on certain days during the week to score an additional 25 – 50% off a selection of items.  Who knows – you may be able to snag that killer statement 80’s windbreaker for next to nothing if you play your cards right!

 

STOP #3 – SAVERS

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR: statement clothes and home decorations

If you’re lucky enough to have a Savers in your hometown or near your college, make sure to take some time to take a trip here.  While most of the items Savers has in-store are clothes, they do have a pretty decent selection of small furniture pieces tucked in the back, too!

 

STOP #4 – YOUR LOCAL MOM AND POP STORE

OUR FAVORITE PLACE FOR:  statement vintage pieces

Nothing beats shopping local.  Most towns and cities have at least one locally owned thrift, secondhand, or vintage store that you can hit up to find statement clothing and furniture.  Be sure to do your research online before you head out and see what other people are saying about the store before you take the plunge.  Some stores can get very pricey very quickly if you’re not careful!

The Pros and Cons of Staying Near Your College Town

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So, graduation is quickly coming up and you’re deciding what to do next.  Should you stay local and try to snag a job on or near campus or uproot and go somewhere entirely new?  It’s a tough choice to make, especially right after spending four years or so in the same place. While staying near your college may seem like a great idea to keep in touch with friends and stay in your “safe-zone” of familiar sights and events, it can be refreshing to try something totally new.

If you’re considering both options, here are a few pros and cons to help you make your final decision on whether to stay or move away from your college town after graduation.

PRO  – YOU ALREADY KNOW THE AREA

One of the biggest pros of staying in your college town is that you already are super familiar with the area.  You know where to shop for groceries, what parts of town to avoid after dark, and where the best place is to get coffee with friends.  After spending four or more years in the same area, you totally know the ins and outs of the town and don’t really have to worry about adapting.

CON – YOU ALREADY KNOW THE AREA

On the other hand, one of the most exciting things about graduating and moving on to the next stage of your life is the opportunity to go to new places and experience new things.  If you’re stuck in the same place, doing the same things, and seeing the same people, you may miss out on this experience.  By going somewhere new and unexplored, you open yourself up to opportunities to learn new things and meet new people who you otherwise would not have had exposure to.

PRO – YOU ALREADY HAVE FRIENDS IN THE AREA

Staying local to your college town does mean that you’ll already have friends and colleagues in the area.  Whether it’s underclassmen that you were close to or a college professor that mentored you, having people that you know nearby can really help you feel secure and comfortable as you transition after graduation into your full-time career.

CON – YOU ALREADY HAVE FRIENDS IN THE AREA

Similar to the knowing the area con, having local friends that you already know can cause you to miss out on significant opportunities to meet new people and expand your horizons.  Staying in your college town can limit what you are exposed to in terms of ideas, thoughts, and activities as well as whom you meet and befriend along the way.

PRO – THERE ARE JOB OPPORTUNITIES ON AND AROUND CAMPUS

Another big pro of staying local to your college town is that there are typically plenty of job opportunities on and around the campus.  Whether you’re thinking of becoming a college professor or continuing to work with your favorite college sports team, this is a great opportunity to get some exposure to a career in a familiar place with familiar faces.

CON – YOUR JOB OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITED ON AND AROUND CAMPUS

Even if you go to a big school with a full college town around it, you may find that your job opportunities are pretty limited after you graduate.  Many big schools do have plenty of options on-campus for work, but if you were considering going into a different field, you may find yourself commuting or having to switch to something local to support yourself.  By moving out of your college town and going to a new location that you know will have opportunities for you in your career path of choice, you’re opening the door for further success down the road.

How to Make Sure you Meet Your Goals Next Year

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With 2018 soon coming to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on what you’ve accomplished over the year.  Planned on saving some extra cash over the year and found yourself falling a little short?  No worries!  Planned on hitting straight A’s in all of your classes and didn’t quite make it?  That’s a-okay.  Even if you haven’t accomplished everything that you wanted to over the past year, don’t worry.  You can always take them head-on next year!

If you’re rolling over some of your 2018 goals to 2019 and need some inspiration to get you going, we’re here for you.  Here’s how to make sure that you get on the right track straight off the bat to help you meet your goals for next year.

STEP #1 – IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS AND WRITE THEM DOWN

First up, obviously, is to figure out what your goals are and put them down on paper.  By writing them down, this will help you feel as if you are truly committing to accomplishing them over the next year.

Are there any that you missed hitting this year that you’re ready to take another shot at next year?  Add them to your list.  Anything that you want to get done this year that you weren’t quite sure on last year?  Throw it on the list!  No matter what your goals – personal growth, financial, school, etc. – you should definitely write them down to help give you that initial motivation to get and keep going.

STEP #2 – FIGURE OUT YOUR SUB-GOALS AND PLOT THEM OUT

Sometimes giving yourself a goal can be a bit scary and overwhelming, especially if it’s something that will take a lot of effort or time.  For example – if your goal is to lose 50 pounds by the end of the year, that seems like a lot right off the bat!

The trick is to break down your big goals into smaller, more achievable goals that you can take on over the year rather than trying to do it all at once.  Rather than saying you’re going to lose 50 pounds, break it down to months and then weeks.  Suddenly, your goal will seem much more achievable!

Trying to hit straight A’s next semester?  Sit down and look at your current study habits and grades and identify how much extra time and effort that you’ll need to put in to get you there.  Break it out by tasks that you’ll need to accomplish on a weekly basis and give yourself check-in dates to make sure that you’re still on the right track each week.  By breaking it down into smaller achievable goals, you’ll keep yourself motivated throughout the year and will be less likely to fall off the bandwagon if something comes up that puts you behind.

STEP #3 – GET A FRIEND IN ON IT

Do you have trouble self-motivating or find yourself not following through on personal goals because you have no accountability?  Let’s add that back into the equation.  Get one of your friends in on your goal as an accountability buddy to help keep you on track and headed in the right direction.  Better yet – you can be their accountability buddy, too, if they need a little extra help on their goals!

By bringing someone else into the picture, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable to your goals.  Additionally, having a support system to help you when you’re feeling lazy or slipping off-track can help you stay on schedule and keep you motivated, even when you feel totally lost.

Winter Themed Desserts to Make in Your Dorm Room

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Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up in your comfy dorm room getting cozy with some delicious sweets. From chocolate and berries to whipped cream and powdered sugar, there are plenty of winter desserts to indulge in. But the best part is that most of these don’t require an oven and are so easy that you could make it in your dorm room! Here are our top picks for winter-themed desserts.


Cookie-in-a-Mug

Party for one? No problem. You can make a delicious single cookie that goes great with a scoop of ice cream or a cup of hot chocolate. You’ll love it because you only need a mug and a microwave to make it happen.

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 1½ tbsp. sugar
    • ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tbsp. flour
  • Directions:
    • Spray mug with cooking spray.
    • Melt butter in mug for 30 seconds to soften
    • Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, stirring until well-mixed.
    • Microwave for intervals of about 20 seconds until cookie has risen and is done.
    • Top with sprinkles, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, etc.

No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

A favorite from childhood, no-bake cookies are perfect for those who are die-hard chocolate fans. These cookies give you a burst of energy and make a good breakfast treat. This recipe makes a dozen.

  • Ingredients:
    • ⅔ cup sugar
    • 1½ tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
    • 2 tbsp. milk
    • 2 tbsp. butter
    • ¼ tbsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 tbsp. smooth peanut butter
    • 1 cup quick oats
  • Directions:
    • In a larger-sized microwave bowl, add sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Microwave for about one minute or until bubbling. Microwave for another 30 seconds.
    • Stir in the rest of the ingredients one at a time.
    • Drop spoonfuls on a plate and refrigerate for about 3 hours. Best served cold.

Puppy Chow

Another childhood favorite, puppy chow is a favorite guilty pleasure. It’s such a mess to clean up, but it’s worth it for its chocolate-peanut butter goodness. Your friends will want a bag each.

  • Ingredients:
    • 3 cups rice squares cereal
    • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
    • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Directions:
    • In a microwave-friendly bowl, melt chocolate at intervals of ten seconds (stirring each time you take out).
    • Add peanut butter and microwave for two-30 second intervals, stirring until well-mixed.
    • Add cereal and mix. Pour into a plastic bag and then add powdered sugar. Shake bag until evenly distributed.

Banana Pudding Jar

We always found banana pudding to be uber sophisticated, especially when done up all fancy in a tall, glass dish. But did you know you could make expensive-tasting banana pudding in a jar with only a few ingredients and a mason jar (or regular bowl)? Seriously!

  • Ingredients:
    • Vanilla wafer cookies
    • 1-2 bananas, sliced
    • 1 packet of banana or vanilla pudding, prepared (or use 2-3 cups of premade banana pudding)
  • Directions:
    • Line bottom of your bowl or jar with vanilla wafer cookies as a base.
    • Make another layer of bananas
    • Add prepared pudding on top and alternate with layers of sliced bananas and cookies until at the top.

Berry Good Fruit Parfait

Berries are all we want come wintertime. Thank goodness there are plenty of berry-themed recipes for us to enjoy. This recipe uses pre-made cake (think leftovers) and blends our favorite fruit and loads of whipped cream.

  • Ingredients:
    • Pre-made cake (including cheesecake) in small chunks
    • Variety of berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries
    • Whipped cream
  • Directions:
    • Add a layer of cake chunks to bottom of jar or bowl.
    • Add a second layer of fruit and then top with whipped cream. Repeat until full.

THE BEST COLLEGE ITEMS TO BUY ON BLACK FRIDAY

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Now that November is right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping.  And one of the best days to buy everything that you need?  Black Friday, of course.

If you’re considering braving the masses in-store or simply hitting up your favorite sites online, Black Friday is one of the best days to snag deals on your necessities (or non-necessities), including things that you totally need for college.

But what should you buy?  Here’s our breakdown of the top five best items to snag on sale on Black Friday to help you get through college.

STEAL #1 – A NEW OR USED LAPTOP

Obviously, this is first on our list.  If you’re looking to upgrade your old laptop or are on a budget and need a used one that will help you just get your work done, Black Friday is one of the perfect days to get exactly what you need.

Hit up big retailers like Target or Apple to get your hands on a brand new laptop fresh off the line.  If you are hunting for a more affordable option that is used but refurbished, Amazon and Best Buy would be great options, too.

STEAL #2 – DORM ROOM ELECTRONICS

Next up on our list is electronics for your dorm room.  Whether you’re looking to snag a TV or a sweet new gaming system, there will be plenty of deals on Black Friday that are perfect for you.

Additionally, you can totally snag great deals on DVDs, video games, and CDs on Black Friday to supplement the electronics that you may already have on hand.

STEAL #3 – A COZY WINTER JACKET

When living on the east coast, you can never really have too many cozy jackets to keep you warm as the temperatures drop.  Black Friday is a great day to snag what you need from your favorite retailers for a pretty hefty price drop, whether you’re looking for the perfect peacoat or something a little heavier to fight the chill.

STEAL #4 – SMALL APPLIANCES

If you’re in the market for a toaster or a coffeemaker for your dorm room, Black  Friday is the perfect day to get your hands on what you need.  Hit up big retailers like Amazon, Kohl’s, or Macy’s to get great deals on the little appliances that will help get you through the rest of your school year.

STEAL #5 – INTERVIEW ATTIRE

Say what?  That’s right – interview attire should definitely be on your list for Black Friday shopping.  If you’re graduating in the spring and are definitely heading straight into job hunting mode, take this time to grab some deals on high-end interview attire that you can store away until its needed.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember – always go into your Black Friday shopping with a budget.  If you can, map out what you want or need to get ahead of time before you head out into the masses or brave the endless online sales.  Use this time to snag everything that you need for college and more – you’ll thank us later!

The Best Dorm Room Halloween Costumes

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If you haven’t realized it’s October yet, you’re certainly in for a surprise.  With October comes colder fall weather, those dreaded midterms, and the highlight of your fall semester – Halloween.

You may not have been too keen on this holiday back home, but trust us – you’ll be all about it now.  Halloween on campus is one of those craziest nights of the year, a night where you’ll be able to get dressed up and go have a good time with all of your friends in a ridiculous costume without fear of judgment.

But if you’re on a budget or limited in supplies, what are you supposed to wear?  Don’t even worry – you can easily make plenty of Halloween costumes in the comfort of your own dorm room. Here are our four favorite options.

OPTION #1 – THE TOGA

If you’re a little challenged in the costume-making department or in a pinch, making a toga is probably the easiest thing that you can do.  Grab an extra flat bed sheet from your backup supply (or get a cheap one from a Target or Wal-Mart nearby) and you’re totally set.  Doesn’t matter if it’s a weird color or a pattern – it’s Halloween, after all.

You can easily wrap yourself up in all sorts of ways with a sheet to make any kind of toga you can think of.  If you want to take it up a notch, add a tie around your waist or some kind of leaf crown.

EASINESS RATING: 1/10

OPTION #2 – THE BANDIT

Really pressed for time and want a costume that you can wear without feeling over-the-top?  Enter the bandit.  Grab a trusty striped shirt, a pair of black pants, and a cheap black mask or makeup and – BAM.  Costume.

If you’re going as a group, you can always coordinate and have one person be a cop or multiple bandits.  This could make for super fun shenanigans throughout the night, depending on where you end up.

EASINESS RATING: 2/10

OPTION #3 – THE INSTAGRAM SELFIE

Obsessed with social media?  We totally get it.  One of our favorite last-minute costumes involves you, a cardboard box, and some sharpies or paint.  BOOM – you have the recipe for the perfect Instagram selfie costume.

All you need to do is cut out a large square shape from the box with space in the middle for your head.  Color it in with sharpies or paint to look like an IG post (make sure to add plenty of likes and comments).  If you want to get others involved, leave space for the comments add bring a sharpie around with you; ask people to comment on your “look.”

EASINESS RATING: 5/10

OPTION #4 – THE CLICHÉ ROCK BAND

If you’re on the hunt for an easy group costume and are willing to get a little creative with your props, the cliché rock band may just be up your alley.  Grab a few friends, find your favorite beat up band shirt, and let your bedhead settle in for a few days.

If you want to really take it to a new level, round up some cardboard and sharpies and get a little wild with creating “instruments” for you to carry throughout the night.  Bonus if you practice a “set” ahead of time, just in case the occasion calls for it.

EASINESS RATING: 6/10

Classic Spooky Movies to Get you in the Halloween Spirit

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Ready to get into the spirit of Halloween?  If you’re totally over studying and class or just looking for something fun to do with friends, breaking out the Halloween movies is the perfect way to kick back.

On the hunt for the perfect list of classic Halloween movies to get your Spook-tober in full swing?  Look no further – we’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite Halloween movies to help you get into the spirit of the season.

HALLOWEEN

Ah, the classic of all modern classic horror movies.  Halloween is definitely one of the best movies to watch to get you into the spooky spirit of the season.  And the best part?  You can totally hit up the new movie coming out and compare how scary it is.

SCARE FACTOR – 8/10

HOCUS POCUS

Who can forget the Sanderson sisters?  Hocus Pocus brings all of our favorite witches to the table with a not-quite spooky story and a fabulous song and dance number that will get stuck in your head all season long.

SCARE FACTOR – 2/10

SCREAM

Not quite a “classic” in terms of how long it’s been around, Scream is definitely on our list of favorite scary movies.  A play on the classics, this movie packs a suspenseful story and our favorite 90’s actors.

SCARE FACTOR – 7/10

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN!

One of our all-time favorites and one of the greatest Halloween classics is definitely It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!  Short and sweet, this baby packs in everything you need for a happy (not quite so spooky) Halloween.

SCARE FACTOR – 0/10

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Not the remake, but the original.  Made in 1974, this scary movie really brings the scares, keeping you freaked out and on the edge of your seat from start to finish.  Just be sure to watch with the lights on.

SCARE FACTOR – 9/10

THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Not too scary as much as silly, The Addams Family is definitely on our list of seasonal favorites.  This story brings the spooky Halloween spirit and jokes that are still funny, even today, all wrapped up with fantastic acting and great costumes.

SCARE FACTOR – 1/10

THE EXORCIST

If you’re not a fan of possessions, stay away.  This movie is super creepy and will have you hiding your eyes almost as soon as the music starts to play, with a story that can and will haunt you for days.

SCARE FACTOR – 8/10

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Maybe not your definition of a classic Halloween movie, but this one is perfect for helping you get into the spirit and maybe chase away some of the leftover fear you have from watching one of the scarier flicks.

SCARE FACTOR – 2/10 (unless you’re afraid of men wearing fabulous eyeshadow)

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET

Really looking for a movie to scare you out of your mind?  A Nightmare on Elm Street is totally it.  Just be sure to watch this with your roommate or friends – you may find that you won’t ever want to sleep again after watching it.

SCARE FACTOR – 7/10

THE CRAFT

Another great hit out of the 90’s, The Craft is definitely on our list of Halloween movies.  Preppy outfits, classic 90’s makeup and hair, and a spooky story that isn’t too scary, this movie has it all.

SCARE FACTOR – 4/10

 

Let us know what you think of our classic Halloween movie list! Do you have any favorites that didn’t make the list?

Are you Struggling to Make Friends your First Month of College?

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With all the stresses that seem to sneak up on you during your first month of college, the last thing on your mind is probably taking the time out of your super busy schedule to make friends.  Between studying, going to class, that part-time job, and dealing with the roomie, making time to get out and meet people can pretty quickly become exhausting and too time-consuming.

But, having a support system of friends can totally help you deal with everything getting thrown at you left and right.  Having someone to vent to, someone to kick back with, or someone to keep you company during those late night study sessions can make a huge difference in how much enjoyable (and bearable) your college experience is.

If you’re having trouble making friends during your first month of college, never fear – here are our top tips for breaking the ice and getting yourself out there.

TIP #1 – BEFRIEND THE ROOMMATE

You’re already living together – why not become friends?  Having someone that you actually are friendly with and sort of getting along with can really make college that much better.  Organizing something like a weekly dinner at the school cafeteria or a movie night every other weekend can do wonders for the both of you, even if you have totally different views on the world.

Just remember – sharing a small space can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re used to a huge room or house all to yourself.  Be conscious and courteous of your roommate’s space and be sure to give him/her time to themselves in the room without you hovering over them.

TIP #2 – HIT UP YOUR HALLMATES

If you’ve already befriended your roommate or are definitely a no-go on doing so, try hitting up your hall mates.  What’s great about becoming friends with them is that you don’t have to actually share a room with them, so you can totally step away and have your personal space if you need it.

Try leaving your doors open while you are in your room hanging out or studying – people will be more inclined to stop and chat if they can actually see you.  Or, you can totally invite a few friendly faces around for a game of Cards Against Humanity or Uno on a random night of the week.

TIP #3 – HANG WITH THE CLASSMATES

Another great way to make fast friends is by hanging out with your classmates.  If you’re working researching for a project and need help, or simply someone to empathize with your pain at 3AM when you’re finishing the paper you procrastinated on until the night before, your classmates are totally it.

Try chatting with those sitting near you in class and setting up a study session or group.  Not only will this help you extend your social reach, but also it may help improve your grades, too!

TIP #4 – JOIN A CLUB, SPORTS TEAM, OR GREEK LIFE ON-CAMPUS

One of the easiest ways to gain fast friends is by joining up with an association.  Whether you’re trying out for a club sports team or joining the local chapter of Dumbledore’s Army, having like-minded people around you that are passionate about the same things as you will help you make friends and FAST.

If you’re not sure what’s available on campus, you can always search online.  Whether you’re looking for a fraternity or sorority, or simply looking for something fun to do with a club on a weekend, there’s definitely something out there for you.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Although it may seem like you’re having a hard time making friends your first month of college – never fear.  The first month is always the hardest and rests assured that there are tons of other students out there feeling the same way.  By putting yourself out there by befriending your roommate or hall mates, forming a study group, or joining an on-campus club, you’ll totally get there in no time flat.