10 Ways to Get to Know Your Hall Mates

10 Ways to Get to Know Your Hall Mates


College can be intimidating. You're in a place you don't know, surrounded by people you don't know, and sometimes it feels like you have no idea what you're doing. Trust me on this, everyone else feels the same way. But somehow, that intense awkwardness brings people together, so here are 10 ways to bond with your hall mates:

1. Tell them EVERY detail about your past life

For some reason, we are all compelled to tell each other "fun facts" about ourselves, but at a certain point, your hall mates will know more about you than some of your high school friends might have... because you tell them everything. It's not weird to talk about yourself anymore, because everyone is doing it.

2. Go through freshman orientation together

Oh, freshman orientation, otherwise known as "forced fun". People bond over common complaints, and in this case, everyone has complaints. I'm not saying we don't appreciate the hours of work put in trying to make our very first college experiences great, but we are 18 years old (for the most part). However, we definitely bond over the jokes that came out of that orientation.

3. Sleep in other people's beds

This is a joke. Kind of. By sleeping in other people's beds, I mean spend so much time in other people's rooms that they can't help but get to know you. Hang out until you physically can't stay awake, and I promise you will know those people much faster than if you stayed in your own room.

4. Eat each other's food

Trade Easy Mac and other microwavable foods your mom never let you eat... until now. If you give someone some mac 'n cheese one day, they'll have to pay you back later with more food. Free food is everything in college. Of course, try to eat healthy, because it is deeply tempting not to, but take advantage of the free bagels they put out once a week.

5. Really awkward Icebreakers

These go back to freshman orientation, but every now and then someone will think of an answer that will make you laugh until you fall out of a chair, or they will be so awkward that it will become a joke later on that you can laugh about. They may be dumb, but they do work.

6. Have a quote wall

Every now and then, someone will say something hilarious. By keeping track of these great moments, you'll be able to look back at the end of the year and think about all of those moments. And as people get more comfortable around each other, they get funnier.

7. Play music in the hallways...

Music is a great way to bond with others. You would be surprised at how many people share the same taste in music. Some people have many tastes in music, especially depending on mood.

8. ...But be respectful of their sleep and homework obligations

You don't want to be obnoxious. If someone is trying to do work, don't be annoying. Don't make them call Public Safety on you. Just turn it down or take it elsewhere, especially if it is 2:00 in the morning and everyone is trying to sleep. This goes especially for roommates: don't be that roommate.

9. Take pictures

A quote wall is great, but pictures are equally as awesome. You will want to remember those nights you went out and had a great time. Of course, don't interrupt special moments with your phone, but every now and then take a snapshot!

10. Hang out in your common room

This is a great way to get to know people. Just be in each other's presence; don't isolate yourself. Have fun together, get to know people you aren't necessarily friends with, because you'll be living with them for the next year!

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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10 Ways To Start Your Days Off Right By Bringing A Little Joy And Positivity Into Your Morning

"Listen to the birds sign a sweet morning song."


I'll be the first to admit, I'm not exactly what you would call a "morning person." That being said, I think it's high time I bring some joy into my mornings. I mean, life is beautiful, and by not enjoying mornings, I think I'm missing out on a potentially enjoyable part of life.

So if you want to start enjoying your mornings like me, here are ten things you might want to try doing to start your days off right.

1. Make a happy and healthy breakfast.


Make some toast, eggs, fruit, granola, or yogurt. OR, break out the bacon and have a good time. Any of those options sound like a good morning to me.

2. Drink a fresh cup of coffee (or tea).


For me, I don’t think anything could beat the smell of a coffee being made in the morning. So whether you’re into coffee or tea, use a nice warm drink as a way to bring a little joy into your mornings.

3. Smile when you wake up.


Start your morning with a good old-fashioned smile. Look in the mirror, look at how wonderfully made you are, and take a moment to smile and take that in.

4. Try to stay off of social media when you first wake up.


I know, it’s all too easy to become glued to your phone these days, BUT I think that’s a few moments of time away from it, and away from social media, can be a good way to stay positive in the mornings.

5. Journal your thoughts going into the day.


Take a pen, pencil, and a piece of paper, and take a moment to write down your thoughts, feelings, emotions, or anything else on your mind going into a new day.

6. Put on clothes that make you feel happy.


Put on whatever outfit makes you happy, whether that’s a cute sweater or a t-shirt. Wear something that makes you feel good.

7. Watch the sunrise.


OK, so I know you might not be able to do this every morning, but I think that watching the sunrise is the perfect way to start any day. What could be better than taking in all of these wonderful creations?

8. If you can, sit outside and enjoy our planet.


On that note, take some time to sit outside and enjoy the early morning and the world around you. Start your morning off with some time to really just sit back and take it all in.

9. Spend some time reading something you enjoy.


Grab a good book, a magazine, or whatever it is you might like to read. Take some time to clear your mind, and then fill it with lots of good writing.

10. Listen to the birds sign a sweet morning song.


Arguably my favorite thing on the list, I truly can see no downside to listening to the birds chirping away in the morning. If you can, take some time to listen to nature’s sweet morning song.

Hopefully you can try one of these tactics to brighten up your morning, and in turn, maybe even brighten up your whole day. We live in a wonderful world, and I think that it's time we start to recognize that.

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