10 Things Every College Kid Does Right BEFORE Parents' Weekend

10 Things Every College Kid Does Right BEFORE Parents' Weekend

Prepare for another weekend of parents and cheesy activities.

1. Starve themselves so their family has to take them out.

If there's one way to avoid eating campus food, then this is it. Plus, it means that you get to eat somewhere much higher than your usual pay grade.

2. ‎Take a shower for the first time in a week.

This is college. What time is there to stay clean every day? Anything to keep our parents from dramatically whipping out the Fabreeze.

3. ‎Go to the gym.

"I go three times a week," you lie through impeccably clenched teeth.

4. ‎Try to get rid of their eye bags.

"So this is where I sleep...for about eight or nine hours every night. Even on weekends!"

5. ‎Take boatloads of Vitamin C so they don't look sick.

"*coughs* That wasn't a cough. I, uh...choked on something. Air. Dust. Weird things going around, y'know?"

6. ‎Stock up on food and drink.

For the kids without visiting parents that don't want to have to hassle for a seat in the dining hall.

7. ‎Fake friendships.

Let's be real, the worst thing is having to explain to your parents that you have no friends. It's embarrassing for you and them.

8. ‎Get rid of their hangovers.

"No, Mom, I swear, I'm not hungover, I just have a headache -!"

9. ‎Clean their room.

Clean your room, or have your mom clean it and never be able to find a single thing again.

10. Hide all of the alcohol.

They're gonna check in the closet.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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She Can Laugh

How one phrase changed my out look.


For as long as I can remember, I feared the future. I feared the unknown of what my future would be.

I never had a clear path to what I wanted to do in life and in high school that is the question you seem to get asked daily if not more. To me the dreaded questions "What are your plans for the future?" or "What do you want to do with your life?" would shake me to my core because as everyone around me was finding the answers to those questions I was not. I did not know what school I wanted to go to or what job I wanted or have a ten-year plan like some of my friends that were really well prepared.

I let that fear of the future consume my life for what feels like forever. I can recall times where I would break down crying, begging God or anybody for a sign or to guide me in a direction just to have one. I was to the point I just wanted to know what to do and did not really care what that direction was. I was just so sick of not knowing.

I can not pinpoint an exact time where the fear started to go away but I know it came close to the middle of my senior year. I began to realize I was wasting my time worrying about the future and tough the future would be here sooner than later I was never going to get my time in high school back.

My prayers were answered in a way. I slowly began to have answers to those once dreaded questions. I tried to live in the moment as much as I could. I rarely said no to hanging out with friends. And I can live to say the lack of sleep I got from staying up late and making memories was 100% worth it. I guess you could refer to it as a YOLO mentality even though I would never use such a cheesy term. ;)

So the point right, you are wondering where my point is and where the "She Can Laugh" comes in I'm assuming.

"She Can Laugh" comes from the bible verse Proverbs 31:25.

She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

I was introduced to this verse from a hometown brand "Identity in Christ." They created a line of jewelry that tells stories of peoples identity in Christ. They have four stories they share, "Not I But Christ," "Keep Pressing In," "Do Not Lose Heart," and "She Can Laugh." Each phrase has there own story explaining that identity in Christ.

"She Can Laugh" reads,

Every now and then we find ourselves at a breaking point. We have choices. One of which is a break down. Sometimes that seems a little easier doesn't it? Just let go for a bit. You can't keep up anyway. The other is a break through. This requires holding on for just a little bit longer. Holding on to hope because in us there lies a strength. A peculiar strength. It's not grown by our hard work and grit and resolve. But rather, it is simply to be known.
When we begin to see those great big burdens we are carrying in light of the enormity of God's strength and the sufficiency of His provision, something inside us shifts. Our perspective changes. We discover another route… she can laugh. No longer are we driven by fear, alone in our tears, and defined by our circumstances. "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." Proverbs 31:25 So come what may. If we can't laugh, then what can we do? Oh what beauty shines forth from the heart, though it has been broken, still emerges with a gentle smile. And what contagious joy is to be found as she discovers that she can laugh.

The first time, I read this I broke down. I hid the tears welling up in my eyes because well I was in public, with my mom and I was not about to lose it right there in the shop. But it hit me, it was my story. I related to every word, and it was also then that I realized I did not need to be fearful.

You see I was always told growing up to pray about what upset me but it was during that period of uncertainty that I started to have doubts of just how much my prayers were going to help with my fears. Reading that identity story I was reminded of the power of my prayers.

I still have uncertainty about my future, I still do not know exactly what I want to do with my life, but I now look forward to the uncertainty. Like it is a surprise rather than a scary unknown. And I can laugh knowing everything will work out the way it should.

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