Working retail in a major department store during the holiday season is probably one of the craziest things I have ever done. There is just something about the whole experience that makes the holidays extra crazy. Shoe boxes are always flying and customers are literally everywhere, but the madness makes me appreciate all those retail employees a little extra this year. Even though the only word I have to describe these experiences is "crazy," there's something about it that makes me extra festive. Maybe it's because I am immersed in Christmas 7 days out of the week, or maybe it's because I come home with ribbon stuck to the bottom of my shoe.
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Lorelai Gilmore and I are kindred spirits.
When I was in high school, I was the occasional coffee drinker, if you could call it that. I would drink Starbucks frappuccinos and iced mocha drinks, which were more like snacks than coffee, BUT they had coffee in them, so I said I drank coffee. I progressed from my love of “snack drinks" to a more general appreciation of coffee, and would have a cup of coffee once a week or so. My “cup of coffee" would consist of a little coffee and a lot of cream and sugar, but it was coffee nonetheless. Then I started college.
I bought a coffee maker and scheduled 8 a.m. classes (what was I thinking?), and then coffee became a regular part of my every day routine. I ended up drinking about five cups a day but never paid attention to how much caffeine I was having. Until one day it hit me -- during a Physics quiz, unfortunately. I hadn't realized but it was two o'clock and I hadn't had any coffee that day and all of a sudden my head was pounding, I couldn't think straight, and the classroom lights hurt like no other.
That's when I came to the unhappy conclusion that I had become addicted to caffeine. This had never happened to me before! I had no idea what to do or how to handle it. So I came up with a few ideas on how to fix it and decided to try them out.
1. Don't drink anything caffeinated after 3:30 p.m. This way it won't affect your sleep.
2. Start by gradually decreasing the number of cups of coffee you drink a day. Don't fret; just because you can't have caffeinated coffee, doesn't mean you can't have decaf if you really want coffee.
3. Work your way down to only one cup of caffeinated coffee a day, and if you're feeling adventurous, try not having any! You might have a minor headache in the afternoon, but it's nothing in comparison to a massive caffeine headache.
4. You could also try alternating days of caffeinated coffee and decaf, so this way your body won't become addicted, and you won't have to suffer the consequences.
5. Now that you're no longer addicted to caffeine, you could have your coffee on mornings when you need an extra little pick-me-up and you will actually feel the effects of the coffee.
I'm fairly certain I will perpetually be stuck on a loop of caffeine addictions, but at least now I know that I can break my bad habit, even if I start it back up again during finals or because of an early job.
It's about time.
Today's society places a ridiculous amount of importance on social media and what we see on our computer screens. Some of these short films you might have seen shared on Facebook. Some of them you may have never even heard of. Whatever the case may be, these productions have used thier position of power in our world today to spread a message. The messages vary from domestic violence, LGBTQ acceptance, self-love, the role of men in society to end the unfair treatment towards women and even the promotion of the furtherence of medical discovery in our country. Regardless of the message, each film advertises something that needs far more screen time than Victoria's Secret Fashion shows or Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Here are 14 of the best and most revolutionary short films to date:
Love Labyrinth - One Love Foundation
Beauty Is A State of Mind - Dove Patches
Courage Is Already Inside - Ram Trucks
How Our Girls See Themselves - Dove Change One Thing
#DearDaddy - CARE Norway
Slap Her - Fanpage
ReMoved - Nathanael Matanick
Love Is All You Need? - Wingspan Pictures
Let Her Eat Cake - Columbia MFA Directing
Kiss Me - Cas Stonehouse
Unhealthy Relationships - Buzzfeed
Glass People - John Berardo
Chicken or the Egg - Evozi
Imagine - Carl Mason
Why go somewhere fun when you can go home?
Well, this school year has come to a close, and it's off to having fun in the sun. For college students, summer offers a few different options: get an internship somewhere AMAZING like NYC, India or somewhere else awesome, travel, stay in your college town or go home for the summer. Whatever the reasoning, many people do end up going home and living with their parents during the summer. Many things are different when you go home for the summer. After almost a whole year being an adult, it's time to return to your parent's home and follow rules that you threw to the wind the second you stepped on campus last fall. And you get to see all your old friends, the ones who came home anyway. You'll also see people you haven't talked to since you graduated that you were really okay with never seeing again. If you are going home for the summer, here are some things that will happen to you.
Your parents will be so happy you're home that they will make your favorite meal.
Then they'll give you a list of chores they've been saving for you since you left last fall.
And say goodbye to sleeping in.
Being home means seeing the ENTIRE family.
Luckily you'll be able to see all your old friends.
And the people you didn't want to see, who you will hide from in the grocery store.
But then you'll find out all of your at-home friends also have college friends.
If you have younger siblings, you now have the job of being a chauffeur.
But you'll still have to get a real job.
When all you really want to do is spend time doing nothing, maybe nap.
Fourth of July will come, but you're underage and at home, so you are painfully sober.
You friends from college are all off having grand adventures in Cali or Disney World while you try to keep your jealousy in check.
Even though you're jealous you still miss them.
And although it's not the summer of your dreams, at least there's no homework.
Until school starts again.
You will only understand these if you have a big rear end.
The 'big booty' is all the rage right now, thanks to Kim Kardashian. People are getting butt implants just to have that 'perfect butt.' But what a lot of people don't realize is having a big butt kind of sucks. Here some things you will understand if you have a big butt.
1. Your butt runs into everything.
It especially loves to find table and counter corners. Good thing butts tend to bounce back.
2. You have mastered knocking things down.
3. Finding jeans that fit is a nightmare.
This is especially true if your rear end is much larger than your waistline. You finally find a pair of jeans that can squeeze over your behind, but now they're too big in the waist. Thank God for belts.
4. You wear out jeans fast.
You can't really buy expensive jeans because you'll just wear holes in them in a couple of months.
5. You can't sit in small seats.
Or between anyone else for that matter, unless they are both small-butted.
6. You can rock lingerie.
Guys like big booties now, so why not just let your butt do it's thing.
7. Twerking comes almost naturally.
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Sorry, Miley, but most of us got you beat.
8. Sometimes you don't realize you're sitting on something.
This can be embarrassing, but it's a sad fact.
9. You push people out of the way easier.
This is especially useful in a busy mall or when you're trying to find your spot at a concert.
10. Booty shorts are your go to.
Just be careful because sometimes they're too short. Then your back end forces them to look like underwear.
11. Shopping for leggings can be rough, too.
Why are so many of them see-through?!
12. You're set on cushions.
I mean, this is probably the best thing about having a big butt. You are constantly carrying around a permanently attached cushion.
13. Short dresses are always a problem.
I mean, they can, as long as you remember to not bend down while you're wearing it.
14. Your booty is always getting comments.
"Damn girl, look at chu!" And most of these actually come from your bffs, not guys.
Because the best part of flying isn't the flying.
I’m not sure that many would consider their airport experience to be “fun.” It is either boredom or panic, layovers so long that you forget what the outside world looks like or connections that are made by the skin of your teeth. It is the decision between buying expensive food and starving; it is hunting for outlets (because the airports I’ve been in seem to have about five); it is the stress of making it through security without being that person who holds up everyone else. In short, it is stressful and time-consuming.
And yet, I’ve always loved airports. For starters, they’re so busy; they seem almost like mini-cities. They’re crowded and chaotic, full of people moving busily back and forth. The busyness makes them exciting, and the people make them interesting. You rub elbows again with individuals that you’ll never see again; in that brief time, you have something in common with complete strangers. It’s interesting to think about their stories and their destinations. Are they traveling for fun? For work? Are they going or coming? How often do they travel? Do they enjoy it?
My favorite thing about airports, though, is the utter lack of judgment. Everyone is tired, sick of airport food, sick of lugging their bags back and forth and desperate for a shower. If you look a little the worse for wear-- if you look a lot the worse for wear – no one cares, because they completely understand. In fact, they’re not even paying attention, because they’re either racing across the airport to catch a plane that is about to taxi or so far gone from airport languor that they wouldn’t notice if you ran them over with your suitcase. Plus, you’re never going to see these people again, so if you make a complete fool of yourself – who cares? This realization is quite freeing when you’re lugging an overstuffed duffel bag around and would rather just drag it by the strap (I’m not speaking from personal experience, obviously).
I have visited a handful of airports, and they all have a very distinct flavor to them. Some airports are homey, others industrial-looking, others run-down. Some are small and compact, some are large and sprawling, and some are just plain confusing. Some are pared down to the essentials, some have every shop imaginable. A few that I’ve been to even include a nod to history with a display or a statue. A short layover in a new airport is stressful; a long layover in a new airport, however, is a chance to explore and to soak up this new flavor.
At the end of the day, flying is what it is. I’m thankful for it, because it is faster and more convenient (in some ways). The flying itself no longer holds the excitement for me that it did when I first flew, but I will never cease to enjoy visiting yet another new airport and checking it off my mental list. It isn’t the same as traveling to another country or even to another state, but it has an appeal all its own.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign