11 Things Every College Kid Should Be Thankful For

11 Things Every College Kid Should Be Thankful For

Those leftovers? Absolutely.
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It's easy to get overwhelmed at this point in the semester, after winter break and so close to winter break, but there are also so many things every college student should be thankful for in between these times at home.

1. Microwavable meals

Because figuring out portioning for one is a pain.

2. Breaks from school

We all needed to forget about due dates for six days.

3. Gift cards

Who doesn’t love free fast food?

4. Warm clothes

What’s better than bundling up in four sweaters you stole from your mom?

5. Family

Coming home to them is a blessing.

6. Second families at school

Those friends who are an extension of you.

7. Curved exams

Because forgetting about deadlines kind of affected that post-break test.

8. Extra credit

Like a little piece of heaven you can earn.

9. College

Because even though it’s stressful, it’s a privilege.

10. Leftovers

Home cooked meals are great at home, and wonderful in an apartment.

11. Friends with meal plans

Make sure you thank them for getting you into dining halls.

Cover Image Credit: conversecollege / Flickr

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11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

If you’re looking for the most scandalous outfits to wear this Halloween, this may not be it.
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If you're a socially conscious f eminist, you'll know sexy shouldn't be defined by anything other than what you make of it.

However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

11. Rey from "Star Wars"

In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Han Solo's new protégé Rey is loaded with martial skills anyone would admire. Daisy Ridley plays the franchise's first female protagonist with a strong feminist persona. Rey refuses to be defined as "just a woman" and is definitely no damsel in distress. Instead, she is a fighter, survivor, and all around badass.

This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

Cover Image Credit: Beyoncé's Facebook Profile

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10 Small But Powerful Ways To Give Thanks This Season

Welcome to gratefulness season!

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It's finally fall! With the changing leaves and the brisk autumn winds come Halloween and the equally important Thanksgiving! Stepping away from the historical aspect of the holiday for a second, Thanksgiving is all about being grateful to the people you cherish most during the rest of the year. Ideally, we would all be grateful all the time, but this is the time of year to show extra appreciation. If you can't think of any way to express your gratitude, here are some ideas to help you get started!

1. Write someone a letter/note

It doesn't have to be super complicated. Just take the time of day to put on paper how much you appreciate someone and let them know it! A written form of gratitude ensures that the person you are grateful for has something to hold on to from you which shows just how much you care. It doesn't have to be long!

2. Do someone a favor

If you notice that someone is under a lot of stress with a million things to do (also something indicative of this season besides gratefulness) — help them out! Take a second out of your day to see if you can help them in any way and lighten their load. If they say they don't need help, they will still appreciate that you asked!

3. Spend some quality time

Say you don't see the person you're grateful for so often, that really stinks. It probably stinks for them, too. Make an effort to reach out and see if there is a time they'd be willing to reconnect. You don't have to do anything special, just be there with them and they may appreciate it. It could be good for you, too!

4. Give a hug!

DISCLAIMER: you must ask before you just go up and hug someone. Some people love physical touch and other people, not so much. If the person you are grateful for is having a rough time, sometimes a hug can reassure them that there are people in their life who are there for them if they ever need anything. Make sure to reassure them!

5. Give a gift

This doesn't have to be a crazy extravagant venture! Let's say you were walking in the supermarket and you saw a little bundle of sunflowers. It pops up in your mind that one of your best friends loves sunflowers and would really appreciate this small bundle. If you were to give it to them out of the blue, they'd be super surprised and love it!

6. Make sure everyone feels included

The last thing that anyone wants is to be standing alone. Unless they prefer solidarity. But you should still make an effort to reach out. If you see someone all by their lonesome, ask them to come hang out! Be inclusive! The more friends the better.

7. Help with things you're not necessarily good at

Let's say that someone is painting a gigantic poster for a committee that they're on. If you're not very artistically inclined, that DOES NOT mean that you can't help! Ask the person what they think you can do to help and try your best! If you notice that you are messing up beyond repair then you can stop, but at least try!

8. Be considerate of your actions

Everyone's a little annoying. Even you might have some habits that people find irksome. Step away from yourself for a little and notice what you're doing that could be seen as not particularly great. Work on yourself! That way you can be better toward the people you care about.

9. EYE CONTACT

When you're talking to someone, look them in the eye and really listen to what they're saying to you. This shows that you're actually interested in what they have to say rather than using it as background noise. Of course, you can listen and stare into space at the same time, but it's not really the same.

10.  Devote time to the interests of others

If your friend is really into comic books and you honestly couldn't care less, maybe try caring a little more. Read a comic that they like and try to connect with them in a deeper way than you were able to before. By respecting their interests, you can show your gratitude.

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