11 Responses For When People Throw You Shade

11 Responses For When People Throw You Shade

Your energy would be so much more productive towards literally anything else.

At 20-years-old, I still seem to encounter people who think its entertaining to use their spare time to start drama, make rude comments or just be flat-out mean. I really thought that was a middle school thing, but apparently there are people who act like that for their entire lives. Not only do I really not get it (I don't understand what the point is to being mean to someone is in the first place), I also don't understand why people would waste extra time and energy to go out of their way to make other people upset. Are you expecting good conflict resolution out of that? Is it a fun hobby to make yourself look bad when you shit-talk other people? Do you not have anything else to do with your free time? (Seriously I could sign you up for some clubs...)

The most recent attack that came my way was for simply doing my job. The person decided to go after my major. I'm a political science and philosophy double-major, pre-law. If attacking my major is the worst shade you can throw at me, I'm feeling pretty good over here. However, I do feel bad for you because people like that are clearly searching for attention or something to do with all the spare time they have to attack others. But, have no fear! The next time someone tries to throw shade your way here's a list of new activities you can suggest to them to fill the obvious gaping holes in their free time:

1. "Wow, with the time and commitment it took you to type that message you probably could have learned most of the alphabet backwards already!"

2. "Hey if you're bored I hear that juice cleanses are fun, if you have time to juice all your food."

3. "If my major is a joke you probably could have learned most of it in the time it took you to type that message. Better get to work."

4. "Did you forget Netflix is a thing available for your entertainment?"

5. *Send them Pinterest boards* "Some ideas to occupy your free time, friend :)"

6. "Ed Sheeran's new album is lit. How many times in a row can you listen to it with all that extra energy? Go."

7. "You seem pretty motivated to your cause but I bet you couldn't keep up that energy for an entire Harry Potter movie marathon."

8. "I hear knitting is really popular among the youths these days, looks like you might have some time to give it a try."

9."Man, you seem like you have a lot of spare time, you should try rewriting your class notes in different fonts. You know, for fun."

10. "But could you have said that in a different language? No? You should take one up with all your spare time!"

11. "You don't have to do less but literally just do anything else."

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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