8 of the Best Ways to Spend Labor Day Weekend on Campus

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Spending long, holiday weekends stuck on campus can be a drag. But this Labor Day can be different! With a little creativity and planning, you can make your holiday in the dorm rooms the best yet. Here are seven ways you can make your day off perfect.

1. Catch up on sleep

Even though you’re at the start of the semester, we’re betting you could use some shut eye. The beginning of a term is the most stressful part, so why not enjoy a day in bed, counting sheep, and ignoring everyone’s calls or emails. Add some ambient sound, some noise canceling headphones, and a comfy blanket, and you’re all set for your extended bedtime.

 

2. Prepare for the semester

The first few weeks of school are a whirl of chaos. That’s why Labor Day could be the perfect time to update your calendar, organize your desk, and input your assignment to-do’s. While it’s not exactly fun, it’s essential and will get you on the right track for the rest of the term.

 

3. Shop the best Labor Day deals

Like many federal holidays, there are a ton of hot shopping deals out there to score! Grab a friend and a reusable bag and stock up on items like discounted school supplies, fall clothing and shoes, dorm decor, and summer clearance items. Don’t forget to check online either!

 

4. Enjoy the silence

If you’re living at a mostly commuter school, your campus might empty out on holidays like today. That’s okay! While you may feel a bit lonely (totally normal), you could use today to relax, rewind, and explore your school without the crowds. Find a sunny spot and read a book or have a picnic on the quad with others hanging back over the long weekend.

 

5. Treat Yo’ Self!

We love using long weekends to pamper ourselves, and you just might, too. Give yourself a spa day by splurging on some new nail polish or experiment with one of those popular DIY facemasks (try charcoal if you dare). Take a yoga class in town, see a movie you have been dying to watch, or take yourself out for dinner. Sometimes doing things solo is the way to go!

 

6. Make a new friend

Whether you’re a freshman or graduating at the end of the semester, long weekends are always great times to reach out and make new friends. Open your dorm room door and invite others to share a movie marathon with you or throw a dorm floor party with your RA. Who knows — you may just meet your new BFF.

 

7. Get outdoors

Sure, it may not be that traditional game of football you play with your brothers or that big parade you see with your hometown squad, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside and enjoy the summer weather. After all, it’ll only be around for a few more weeks at most! Go for a run, play frisbee with your roommates, put a call out for co-ed softball teams, or turn up the music and throw an impromptu dance party! As long as you’re moving and outdoors, you won’t regret it.

 

8. Volunteer locally

Labor Day is a celebration of workers and those who make our country so wonderful. Why not give back this year by volunteering? Head to your campus volunteer group and see if they have any planned opportunities in your neighborhood. If not, start your own! Get in touch with a nursing home, talk to an animal shelter, or sign up for a shift cleaning up the areas around your school. The more people you bring along, the bigger impact you’ll have.

New School Year, New You

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The start of the fall doesn’t have to be just about school supplies, class schedules, and move-in days. A new school year means bringing out the best in you with a unique look and style that’s all your own. If you’re ready to take on the back-to-school makeover, here’s how to get started.

 

Start at the Top

2017 is the year of the sleek ponytail for the ladies. Instead of the high buns that have been all the rage in the past, these ponytails are low to the back of the head and pulled back tightly. Use small strands of hair to frame the face with a strong center part. It’s an easy look to master.

For guys, high fades are the way to go. This look elongates the face and shows off your cheekbones. If you’re going daring and have the volume in your natural hair, get a loose pompadour ala old school David Beckham.

Experiment with Hair Color

Guys can get a nice boost with color hair. Kanye really started the trend with going blonde, but if you’re not that adventurous, consider adding natural colored highlights or making your fade ombre from ear to tip.

And while color has been huge with girls, there is a push to redo all of it for fall 2017. Instead of rainbows, think black and white. Start the school year off with black lowlights or white or gray full-color. With both, you’ll want to avoid the box and splurge on an expert. It’ll take a lot of work to achieve the totally gray or white that’s huge right now, but it will look killer when you head back to school.

Concentrate on the Face

Keeping your skin in tip-top shape is vital to building a new, sleeker look. Guys often neglect what their cheeks and forehead look like, but it’s important to put some time into it. At the bare minimum, invest in a high-quality acne treatment if you’re still breaking out. Then, build an exfoliating habit. Finally, regularly moisturize at night and in the morning, especially in the fall when the season is dry.

When it comes to ladies, all the above is true, but a new makeup look goes miles in creating your new school year style. If you’re not confident with makeup, don’t trust a YouTube video to teach you how to do it. You’ll want skin matching advice from experts. Stores like Ulta or Sephora are where you should start to find makeup that matches your face type and coloring. Seek out a makeup artist that has a look you like so you are confident they are going to help you find a style that’s both easy to do and gives your face a change.

Redo the Wardrobe 

It’s the clothes that make the man, and you’re going to want to start college off with updated shirts, pants, and suits. Texture, like quilting, is big in relaxed menswear, especially with jackets and sweaters. Luckily for college guys, track pants and track pant styles are in, making it easy to build a comfortable wardrobe. Looser fitting pants and suit pieces are also coming back, so you can put aside skinny for now.

Loose and relaxed is back for college girls too. Skip fitted and go for more draping styles. DIY patches and cut-outs in jeans. Do crop top sweaters instead of t-shirts or tanks, and build a good activewear collection. Top it off with wide-brimmed hats and round shaped sunglasses. Chunky heels in neutral colors are great for dressing up, and you should have at least one unique or billowing sleeved dress in your dorm room closet.

All The Feelings As Summer Break is Ending

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While we love a good countdown, we’re not exactly loving looking at how many days are left until school starts up again. Summer’s dwindling, and we’ve got a lot of feels going on here. From excitement to seeing our college BFF to dreading the 8 AM lecture class, we’re basically a mess of emotions over summer break coming to a close. Here’s just a tiny peek at what we’re going through.

 

Desperation

We’re holding onto the end of summer as hard as we can. With only a few days or weeks left, we’re trying to make our nights longer, our parties better, our tans darker. There’s only so much we can do with what little time we’ve got left, but we’re going to try our hardest to make the most of it.

 

Denial

It’s not happening. We’re not reading this article. It’s still June. There’s no telling us any differently. Stop sending us back to school emails and notes about pre-class reading assignments we need to get to because it’s just not happening. Summer is NOT ending.

 

Anger

You mean to tell me that we’ve spent our summer vacay doing nothing?!? Call it “denial” if you will, but I refuse to talk about summer ending. And if you bring up the fact that I have yet to pack for the move-in day one more time, I’ll probably explode on you.

 

Secret Excitement

YASSSSSSSS! … I mean… No, I’m not excited to see my best friends, eat my favorite cafeteria food, wear pajamas every day without being judged, play frisbee on the quad, or pledge the sorority this year. No way would I ever be excited over that when compared to the summer…

 

STRESS

I thought summer was supposed to be the time to kick back and relax, but now I am being told I need to register for class, make sure my tuition is paid, contact the professor, get my reading assignments done, pack for the dorms, meet a new roommate, sign up for the freshman orientation… Summer isn’t supposed to be about to-do lists!

 

Mourning

There was so much we wanted to do and see, and instead, we wasted it watching The Bachelorette from our parent’s sofa. How could we do that when we were going to make it the best summer ever? I mean, there were good times, but now it’s over and it won’t come back for months. It might as well be winter in our hearts.

 

Acceptance

The last stage of summer ending is the realization that no matter what we feel, it’s inevitable. Summer is almost done, but there are a few more days to make the most of it while we still can. But even with dwindling warm days, there’s a lot to look forward to on the other side. Stay positive, keep cool, and get through the final days of vacation.

5 Tips for Transfer Students

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Whether you’re switching from one university to another or moving up from a community college to a four-year school, being a transfer student can feel both intimidating and exciting. The first semester, in particular, poses unique challenges that you may not have expected. Here are a few tips on how you can survive — and thrive — as a transfer student.

 

  1. Pick Your Dorm Wisely

If you’re planning to live on campus, a lot of your success will depend on where you live. Finding the right dorm for you and your lifestyle is key. Use student reviews online or some insider knowledge to feel out if a dorm is for parties, hardcore studiers, or the in-between.

You may also want to stick with a dorm within your major or one tailored for transfer students. Either option will give you a better chance of making friends and building a community.

 

  1. Don’t Miss Orientation

Since you’ve already done it once, it can be tempting to skip out on orientation or only go to what is required of you. But this would be a huge mistake! Transfer orientations, in particular, focus on specific issues that may come up for you — such as solidifying your major, getting priority registration for classes, or finding an advisor.

The activities planned during orientation are also great ways to make friends with other transfer and commuter students. Having a friendly face or two to find on campus during your first few weeks makes the transition so much easier.

  1. Explore Campus On Your Own

Doing group activities and tours is one thing, but getting to know campus solo is key to making yourself feel more at home at your new school. This is because other students have had a year or two to find out the best spots to play frisbee or learn who serves the best coffee.

Use a day or two during the summer and the first week of the semester to play catch up and get acquainted with your new surroundings. While many things may be shut down, you can still check out the library or pop your head in on the classroom space. Don’t forget off campus life too! If you plan on commuting from home to school, lock down your route or explore parking garages in town.

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  1. Attend the Activity Fair

Once school has started, you’ll get thrown into your new schedule of classes, but don’t miss the opportunity to meet and mingle with others during the activity fair. Joining up with a few groups that target your interests and your major make you a well-rounded student, boost your resume, and can help you find a core group of friends with similar interests.

If you’re planning on joining a fraternity or sorority, this is your time to feel them out and introduce yourself to pledge committees. Make sure you remember that you’re interviewing them as well, so let them try to impress you and show you why you should join as a transfer student.  

 

  1. Get Quality Time With Your Professors and Advisors

Depending on your major and school, your relationship with your professors and advisors may be critical for your success. And, at the least, getting your name out there can help you find a network you’ll use once you graduate. With being a year or two removed from your school, you’ll need to find a way to introduce yourself and show them what you’ve got.

One great way to do this is to find a professor who has research or experience in the field you want to go in. Ask for a sit-down meeting to discuss their latest paper or an article you’ve read online, and then go from there. It’s casual, but it still shows that you’ve done your research. It’ll also give you a footing for other interactions down the road.

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Being a transfer student can be tough, but you can make it work for you if you stay positive, find what works for you, and put yourself out there!

Fall Favorites: What’s Back for Fall 2016

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Whether it is a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks or maybe taking out those fuzzy UGGS or a long cardigan… welcome back Fall! Leaves are falling, the weather’s becoming colder — I’m not sure about you, but this is my favorite time of the year! Here are some of my fall favorites for this upcoming season.

My Favorite Trends & Things About the Fall Season

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Combat Boots: My favorite kind of boots. Wear them. Love them. They’re the perfect mix of functional and fashionable. They’re durable enough for your treks to class, and stylish enough to pair with a casual dress on a girls’ night. 

UGGS: These fuzzy and comfortable shoes are perfect for the fall. Wear them outdoors or indoors for casual comfort.

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Oversized Sweatpants & Sweatshirts: Who doesn’t love comfy sweaters that make you wanna cuddle up with your friends or even your dog!? Whether it’s a nice cashmere sweater, your boyfriend’s hoodie or a hand-me-down from a beloved family member, there’s nothing better than the comfort fall fashion offers.

Snag a pair of comfy sweatpants from Victoria Secret or rep a sweatshirt with your school’s name. They’re great to mix with both casual and class-appropriate wear. Wear them around your residence hall for comfort, or pair your sweatshirt with a nice pair of jeans when running errands.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Starbucks is back with our favorite drinks! Go out and get yourself this delicious drink you will not regret. If your campus doesn’t have a Starbucks, use the coffee machine in your dorm or the coffee and ingredients at your dining hall to whip up a fall drink. Buy simple ingredients like cinnamon or hot chocolate packets — these non-perishables will stay fresh in your dorm room through the winter!

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High Knee Boots: If your knees get cold, you won’t regret buying these babies! They’re also perfect for a night out.

Fuzzy Socks: Perfect for those cold fall days, by the fireplace or in your room. No matter if they have a silly design or are just plain unstylish – comfort is the most important when you’re hanging out in your dorm.

Hot Chocolate: Buy it. Drink it. Love it. The BEST drink for fall and winter. Like I mentioned before, you can buy these packets to keep in your dorm room, and they won’t go bad.

31 Days of Halloween Movies: Freeform (the new name for ABC Family) is showing all your favorite Halloween hits.

Halloween: My all time favorite holiday. Who doesn’t love dressing up? I can’t imagine not celebrating this day.

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Thanksgiving: The best day to eat and feast like a pig, play football and spending time with family.

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Hope everyone is enjoying this amazing fall just like my friends and I are!