10 Reasons Why Sleep Away Camp Helped Prepare You For College

10 Reasons Why Sleep Away Camp Helped Prepare You For College

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When your parents first shipped you away to sleep away camp and you were forced to live with random strangers for two months, who knew that it would be so helpful?

1. You don’t mind waiting for a shower.

At camp, if you were unlucky enough, you would have to wait 45 minutes to get a nice brisk shower. At college, you don’t mind if there is someone in your favorite communal shower, you can wait the five extra minutes until they are done.

2. You know how to survive on junk food.

You've stocked under your bed with everything from ramen to candy and even stolen cereal from the dining hall. The only difference is now, no one in college is yelling at you on how much junk food your allowed to keep with you. If your not in the mood for anything, you can head back to your room and snack on some of your old favorites.

3. You know how to clean your side of the room.

Even at your messiest, there was always a counselor making sure you cleaned up your bunk, made your bed, fixed your shelves, and the countless other jobs that had to be done each morning. At college, it's no different, you can't stand living in your own mess for too long before you break out some old camp jams from the 2000s and make your bed the same way you did when you were eight.

4. You were probably one of the only one out of your friends that knew what it's like to be homesick.

Sure, college hasn’t changed you, you still are the same little kid you were from before when you cried to a counselor about missing home, and you still do today. But, just like when your little, you know your family is just a letter, a text, or a phone call away, and if your lucky, you might even get one of those amazing care packages you used to get back in the day.

5. You’re the first one to start cheering during a sporting event.

In camp, you sat through plenty of hours learning songs, cheering at every color war event and literally every tournament that rolled through your camp; why should college be any different? Still to this day you are the first one to stand up and cheer when your team makes a point, you’re the one yelling at the ref and you're still the one sporting school colors whenever possible.

6. You know how to live with others.

From the first day of camp when you are just seven or eight, you were thrown in a bunk with twenty other bunkmates and left to your own devices. You know how to rock a communal bathroom like no one else and you know when your roommate wants to go to bed, that means its “flashlight time” for you. You understand the importance of being a good roommate, hall mate, or suite mate.

7. You know how to make friends with random strangers.

While others grow up with the same group of friends their entire life, you know what it's like to make friends in an instant. From the first day of camp, you bonded over swimming, your favorite activity at camp, or your favorite candy during canteen. So when you came to college, you knew how to handle college like a true pro.

8. You made move In day a breeze.

Just like you did so many times before, your parents lugged your duffle bag into your room and you got going. You knew where every article of clothing was going to go, where your makeup would sit and where the pictures and were going to hang. This isn’t something new to you; you have done it before and love doing it every single time.

9. You know the small bed struggle.

You have been sleeping for months in a cot so when you finally came to college, your extra long twin was not only okay but also a blessing. You didn’t mind going from your big bed at home to a gross bed with a mattress pad that can't compare to your old bed. At least, on this bed, you can lie down without your feet dangling off the edge.

10. You know how to appreciate the time you have here.

At camp, you cherished those two months you got with your best friends in the best place on earth and college is no different. Ever since your first day on campus, you take in everything because you know that you won't be living with your best friends forever, so you know to love every second of these four years you have here.

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If You Wear XL T-Shirts And Shorts, You're The Woman Of My Dreams

Enough with the war on comfort!
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Comfortable can be sexy, simply put.

For some reason there are people complaining out there about the Southern college trend that has been happening the past few years: big t-shirts and shorts, also known as the "srat uniform." There seems to be a clash between the girls who dress "nice" most of the time and girls who dress for comfort. As a guy, I don't see what the big deal is?

For college in the South, there are two reasons to dress up: college football (Roll Tide) and date parties. Any other time, you can find a majority of the female population in shorts and a big t-shirt that makes it look like they're not wearing pants. As a man, I personally don't see anything wrong with this. I love being comfortable as much as the next person, and most guys find the baggy t-shirt and shorts outfit to be cute. There's always a time and place for dresses and rompers.

But for all the haters out there that call these girls in XL t-shirts and shorts lazy, you've got it all wrong.

There are 4 reasons why the girls who don the "srat uniform" have it all figured out.

1. Girls have it rough.

See, it's tough being a girl. I don't know from experience, but I hear it enough and I've seen it enough to know it's true. When girls aren't dealing with f***boys, periods or having to do their hair and makeup routinely, they are being overly criticized by our society. I think society owes girls a break, and that break comes in the comfortable baggy t-shirt and shorts.

2. Southern Not-So-Comfort(able) weather.

Also, for all of the haters, maybe y'all haven't noticed that it's hotter than Satan's balls in the South! Tight, dressy outfits and pants constrict the body and cause you to sweat. I'd rather see a dry girl in a baggy t-shirt than a girl drenched in sweat trying to look cute with her outfit.

3. Perfect doesn't exist.

It's admirable when a girl can unapologetically be herself. A girl in an XL t-shirt and shorts is a girl that is saying "yes, I may have just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair, but I'm here dammit." Social media tells us we all have to be the dolled up, most "perfect" version of ourselves all the time, so it's nice to experience that reality check.

4. Guys think it's cute, regardless.

9 times out of 10, guys in college do not care what you're wearing. Trust me, we aren't doing much better. You could probably put on a garbage bag and we still think you're cute. Any guy that dates a girl that dates a girl only because she dresses nicely all of the time is a shallow man. You're cute, you're comfortable, and that makes for a much better vibe. We all win.

So, in the battle of dressing "nice" and dressing comfortable, I think that the girls who wear an XL t-shirt and shorts chalk up a win in my record book. No, I'm not bashing on girls who have a true sense of style and wear nice clothing... that's a great thing in itself! But, this is college and there are more important things to focus on besides what we're wearing.

Ladies, wear your srat uniform with pride. Some us think it's cute :)

*I want to thank the beautiful ladies at the University of Alabama for inspiring this article.*

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Mariners Catcher Mike Marjama Puts Down His Glove To Join The National Eating Disorder Association

Mike Marjama is defying all stereotypes and speaking up for what he truly believes in.

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Mike Marjama's retirement announcement on Monday came as a shock to many, but he is pursuing much greater things now.

This past March, Mike Marjama publicly opened up about his struggles in high school with anorexia nervosa. As a wrestler, he was faced with abundant pressure to fit into a certain weight category. He was constantly having his body critiqued and compared to other individuals.

After sharing his struggles with the world, Mike Marjama received a plethora of positive feedback and support. So, he decided to work full-time with NEDA to help support individuals struggling just like he struggled.

There is an assumption in the world today that individuals with eating disorders are white, emaciated females. By speaking up, Mike Marjama is defying one of these stereotypes. He is showing that eating disorders do not have a "look" and that males can develop eating disorders, too.

Baseball has been Mike Marjama's life and he is stepping away from that to help support individuals with struggles similar to him. He is stepping away from a job paying him over $500,000 dollars a year in order to volunteer his time to work as a NEDA ambassador. Sports are a great past-time and passion, but Mike Marjama has decided at the young age of 28 to pursue something greater with his life.

I am simply in awe by the courage of this man.

The courage of this man to share his struggles.

The courage of this man to defy the stereotypes.

The courage of this man to aim for something better.

The courage of this man to serve God.

This man speaking out can result in the diagnosis and treatment of males with eating disorders worldwide. It can show men that having an eating disorder does not make them weak, but rather, admitting that they have one makes them strong.

As an individual who has suffered from anorexia nervosa, thank you, Mike Marjama.

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