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 Best Snow Day Activities On Campus

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Now that winter is in full swing and the weather has finally taken a turn for the better (or the worse), one of our favorite wintertime events is quickly coming up – a SNOW DAY!  This nostalgic event brings back memories of kicking back at home when school was cancelled, catching your favorite cartoons or heading outside to get wild playing in the snow with friends.

At college, snow days are a pretty rare occurrence, unless you’re attending a larger school or a member of a commuter campus.  If you’re lucky enough to have your classes cancelled due to snow and want to make the most of your day, here are our top four favorite activities to get involved with around campus.

Man Holding Snowball

ACTIVITY #1 – SNOW ANGELS AND SNOWBALL FIGHTS GALORE

Let’s take it back to our childhood snow days, when all we needed was the great outdoors and our best friends to have a crazy good time all day long.  Just getting bundled up in your coziest waterproof clothing and running around outside is one of the most fun (and free!) ways to have a good time.

Everyone will be in the same happy spirits, so don’t be afraid to drop down and make a snow angel or two!   You can even get into the spirit of things by building a snowman and decking them out in school-spirited scarves or hats for the perfect snow day Instagram post.  If you’ve got a group going and the snow is still soft and pliable (NOT rock-hard or frozen), set up a snowball fight somewhere on campus.  The more the merrier!

2 Girl's Playing on Snow

ACTIVITY #2 – HIT UP SOME SLOPES

You’re never too old for sledding! Whether you’re close to a lodge area or simply hitting up a nice hill on campus, finding the perfect place to hit up some slopes is one of the most thrilling things you can do on a snow day.

Don’t have a sled or skis?  If you’re heading to a lodge, you can easily rent them for yourself for pretty cheap.  On the flip side, if you’re staying on campus, ask around your dorm and friend circle – someone will definitely have a sled or tube that you can borrow for those sweet on-campus hills!

ACTIVITY #3 – KEEP IT COZY AT A LOCAL CAFÉ

If you’re not really the great outdoors type and looking for something a little more on the cozier side, look up local cafes online that you and your friends could spend some time at either on campus or in the area nearby.  Local coffee shops, diners, or restaurants in the area are the perfect place to get warm, sip on some piping hot drinks, and chat the day or night away.

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ACTIVITY #4 – BRAVE THE GREAT INDOORS

Really not feeling the outdoors or the weather too much to really enjoy?  Keep it cozy by staying in your dorm.  You can easily organize an indoors event with your roommates and friends, such as setting up a movie marathon or baking in the student lounge.  If you don’t feel like cooking, order in some piping hot food and kick back so you can really enjoy your time off.

How to Have a Friendsgiving on Campus

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So you’re stuck on campus for Thanksgiving?  Whether you have some work to catch up on or flying home just wasn’t in the budget this year, you don’t be so down in the dumps – you can still totally have a celebration of your own with friends!  Enter “Friendsgiving.”

This modern take on your classic Thanksgiving celebration brings together your friends on campus for a not-so-classic celebration of one of your favorite holidays.  But if you’ve never planned an event like this before, how do you get started?

Never fear –we’ve got you covered.  Here’s what you need to do to have the perfect Friendsgiving on campus this year.

STEP 1 – FIND YOUR FRIENDS

Of course, the first thing to do is actually figure out which (if any) of your friends are also staying on or around campus for Thanksgiving.  Do some asking around and see – you never know who you’ll find!  That guy you did a project with for Econ?  He might be down for a little on-campus festivities.  Your RA that you swore you’d never bother again after your first week shenanigans?  They might appreciate it, too.

You never know – you could totally find someone who would otherwise be celebrating Thanksgiving all by their lonesome without your invite!  Send out some texts, hit up IG, or simply walk around and ask people what they’re up to.  The more the merrier on Friendsgiving!

STEP 2  – NAIL DOWN YOUR LOCATION

Now that you have your guest list all ironed out, it’s time to figure out where you actually want to host this event.  If you’re lucky enough to be living in a house or apartment on-campus with a kitchen, you’re totally set.  On the other hand, if you’re shacked up in a dorm, you may need to do some digging to find a communal location to cook and eat.

Your RA would be a great source of information for this – they will be able to point you in the right direction of where you can cook on campus.  Don’t be afraid to ask – they may even offer to help!

STEP 3 – FINALIZE YOUR MENU

Figuring out what to serve on Friendsgiving can be one of the hardest parts.  Should you do a potluck?  Or would it be easier to cook everything yourself and ask your friends to chip in funds for food?

The answer is – it’s totally up to you!  Depending on your location, how much time you have to dedicate to cleaning and cooking, and how reliable your friends actually are, you can totally opt for either side of the coin.

Just be sure to get the menu finalized with your friends before the night of – it would be awful for someone to show up with allergies who can’t eat anything or for everyone to show up with only side dishes.

STEP 4 – ENJOY YOURSELF!

Don’t ever forget – Friendsgiving is all about celebrating.  Don’t get too caught up in the occasion and forget to have fun.  Enjoy the food, great conversations, and happy times with some of your closest (and not so close) friends as you celebrate the ability to come together this time of the year.

Thanksgiving Treats that You can Make at College

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Thanksgiving is almost here!  Time to get ready to stuff our faces full of anything and everything sweet, savory, and delicious.  But if you’re living on-campus and far away from home, the chances of getting your hands on something tasty before heading home for the holidays is often next to none.

But never fear – you can totally whip up some of your favorite Thanksgiving treats in the comfort of your own dorm room (without causing a fire in the process)!  Without further ado, here are our top four favorite treats to get you through the rest of November until Thanksgiving finally arrives.

(ALMOST) HOMEMADE CORNBREAD

Dreaming of the days when mom would serve deliciously hot cornbread with dinner?  Now you can snag it from your own microwave!  Here are the details on what you’ll need:

  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk

Now that you have everything (plus your microwave) ready to go, here’s how to cook it:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large microwave-safe container
  2. Heat in microwave on high until fully cooked – insert a toothpick in the middle to determine when it’s done (it will come out clean)

MELTY MASHED POTATOES

If you’re on a carb kick or just looking for some warm comfort food to help you get through your endless classes and the freezing days, look no further.  Here’s what you need for the ultimate mashed potatoes:

  • 1 large russet potato
  • 1-3 oz. milk
  • 2 oz. cheese

And now that you’ve gathered everything, here’s how you make it:

  1. Fully wash potato and remove eyes. Stab fork holes throughout.
  2. Microwave for 5-8 minutes or until soft.
  3. Remove potato and place on cutting board. Slice in half.
  4. Scoop out white of potato with a spoon and add to bowl.
  5. Add milk and cheese to bowl.
  6. Mash with fork until fully blended.
  7. Microwave as needed to melt the cheese.
  8. EAT IT ALL.

TASTY TURKEY CUTLETS

Dreaming of delicious turkey?  We totally get it.  Cook it for yourself in the comfort of your dorm room with these ingredients and steps:

  • 1 three-pound turkey cutlet (skinned)
  • Salt and pepper

That’s really all you need!  Now here’s what you do:

  1. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Place in microwave-safe bowl. Cover and place in fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Add 1 cup of water to bowl and re-cover.
  4. Microwave on high for five minutes.
  5. Microwave on 50% for five minutes.
  6. Flip over cutlet and microwave on 50% for another 10 minutes or until fully cooked.
  7. EAT UP.

PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE

Pumpkin pie in a dorm room – we must be crazy, right?  Nope – you can easily make this tasty treat for yourself in the comfort of your own room!   Here’s what you need:

  • 1 9-inch pie shell
  • 1 14-oz can of pumpkin pie filling
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Got it all?  Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Mix pumpkin pie filling, pumpkin spice, eggs, and heavy cream in a microwave-safe container.
  2. Heat in microwave for four minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Pour into piecrust.
  4. Microwave on medium for 14-20 minutes until set in center, rotating once during cooking.
  5. ENJOY!

Let us know your favorite quick Thanksgiving treats!

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.

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?

Grocery Shopping Essentials for Dorm Rooms

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If you’re living on campus and totally sick of the food in the cafeteria or can’t deal with the super limited options available, never fear.  You can easily hit up a grocery store to get the snacks, beverages, and anything else you need!  But finding food that is affordable on a college budget and will last the whole semester can be a challenge if you don’t know what to look for.  And if you’re new to the grocery scene, finding what you need can be a little overwhelming amongst the mountains of food.

Don’t you worry at all – we’ve gathered the five most affordable and delicious foods you can easily snag at your local grocery store.  Without further ado, here is our list of must-have food items for your college dorm.

INSTANT OATMEAL

Super cheap and easy to make, instant oatmeal is the broke college student’s best friend.  You can easily buy a tub of plain oatmeal and your favorite toppings to mix in for less than $5 total, and it will last you for plenty of breakfasts.  And the best part?  This bad boy has a super long shelf life so you can stock up when your parents in town to have enough to last all semester long.

MAC-AND-CHEESE

Super delicious and super cheap, mac-and-cheese is a definite must-have in your arsenal.  Not only is mac-and-cheese super filling and affordable (under $5 a box), but also it makes for the perfect late night snack or hangover food, too.  Stock up on a mega-sized box from your local big-box store and you’ll have the perfect anytime food ready to go.

RAMEN NOODLES

The holy grail of college life, Ramen Noodles are probably the cheapest and most delicious food you can have in your arsenal.  All you need to do is add a little water and nuke it in the microwave and you have a hot and tasty meal (almost) instantly.  A super-sized pack of ramen sells for less than $0.50 each at your local grocery or big box store, making it super affordable, too.

INSTANT RICE

Another must-have for college life is definitely the oversized $5 box of instant rice.  Another product that just needs a little bit of water and a microwave, you can totally cook up a bowl of steaming hot rice in minutes.  Throw a little of your favorite hot sauce in it, mix in some salt, or add ramen noodles (if you really want to get crazy).  Any way you eat it, instant rice is going to taste great.

PROTEIN BARS

An essential for any college student on the go, protein bars are a quick way to get a satisfying snack or mini-meal if you’re running late to class or are in the middle of a four-hour lab.  You can easily buy them in bulk for under $20 a box at a Costco or Sam’s Club and keep them stashed in your dorm for whenever you need them.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember, you don’t have to settle.  When it comes to campus food, you can totally skip the trial and error of the cafeteria by hitting up your local grocery store.  Keep to budget-conscious foods like mac-and-cheese, ramen, and protein bars to keep yourself fed and in the green. Trust us – your stomach and your bank account will thank you.

Dealing with Specialty Diets and Food Allergies in College

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When it comes to campus life and trying to balance classes, homework, and an attempt at a social life, what you can eat is often the last thing on your mind.  But if you’re someone who suffers from food allergies or is on a restricted diet, figuring out what you can eat and actually getting your hands on it should totally take priority.  After all, how can you manage everything else if you’re starving or in serious stomach pain?

What if you are trying out the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? How about a gluten intolerance? Cafeterias aren’t known for being the most friendly to restrictive diets, although they are getting better.

Without further ado, here are our top three tips for dealing with specialty diets and diet restrictions on campus.

TIP #1 – DO YOUR RESEARCH

Step number one is definitely to break out your laptop and do some research on restaurants, cafes, and shops around your campus.  Even your school cafeteria may have some info or reviews online!  There are plenty of specialty websites out there that you can hit up for info depending on your diet or your dietary restrictions. 

If you can’t find any information online, you can always hit up the restaurant itself and ask for clarification on what you can eat.  Knowing where and what you can eat ahead of time will help you feel comfortable and confident when you head out, freeing up your mind to worry about other things instead (like that paper due tomorrow morning you haven’t started yet).

TIP #2 – ASK AROUND

If you can’t find the info you need browsing online, you can totally ask around to figure it out.  Ask your classmates, roommates, professors, anyone.  Someone you know may have the insight that you need to figure out where and what you can eat on campus.

Another great resource would definitely be the staff of your on-campus eateries.  If you’re not sure what you can have, ask to speak to the manager or one of the chefs to get their insight and opinions.  They will be able to provide you with an honest answer on what you can eat and may be able to even incorporate some of your food suggestions into the menu, too! 

TIP #3 – HIT UP THE GROCERY STORE

As always, one of the easiest ways to make sure that what you’re eating fits with your specialty diet or restrictions it to just make it yourself.  If you’re living in an apartment on campus with a kitchen or have access to one, whipping something up for yourself to eat that you know is within your restrictions is totally the safest thing to do.

If you don’t have access to a kitchen or really have the time to cook for yourself, pick up some healthy snacks to stash in your room and bags for when you’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up.  That way, you have something you can eat if you need to in a pinch, like an unexpected late night study session or night out on campus.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Remember, if you have dietary restrictions you can still totally eat on campus.  Just make sure to do your research, ask around if you need help, and hit up the grocery store if you need to for snacks and other goodies.  All of this can absolutely help you feel more comfortable and less stressed on campus!

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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college friends hanging out over the summer

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.