7 Things That Happen During Welcome Week

7 Things That Happen During Welcome Week

You know, that embarrassing moment at Pride and Spirit?
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Welcome Week at the University of Minnesota has come and gone. A somewhat new tradition that makes transitioning to a large campus exciting and much easier. I learned my way around campus while making friends and learning important bits and pieces about the campus. Along the way, I made connections with staff members and upperclassmen leaders and even got to pet a few puppies.

1. GroupMe Central

I have been added to three GroupMe group chats within two days. My CA floor chat, my Carlson Crew, and my Welcome Week Group. They're mostly used for random questions and important reminders, but you can always hear the sigh spread throughout the room when someone says, "Okay, now I am going to pass my phone around so you guys can add your numbers to the GroupMe."

2. Free, Free, Free STUFF!

It is insane how many t-shirts I have received this week at no cost to me. I think the total is up to five! You also get tons of free food coupons, random accessories, chapsticks, cups, and water bottles. The list really goes on and on. (For the most free stuff, attend Rec Well and Explore U Activities Fair).

3. Remembering People's Names

If you are anything like me, I cannot remember someone's name for more than five seconds after they tell me. This was the absolute death of me at Welcome Week. I cannot even explain how hard it is for me to keep up with all the new groups, people on my floor and random people I have met over the past weekend. Luckily, everyone is pretty chill with the fact that no one will remember each other's names.

4. Minnesota Suburbs

As an out-of-state person, I have limited knowledge on the many suburbs of the Twin Cities area. I have learned quite a few in the past week, but you kinda just assume if someone says only the city, it means they are from about a half hour away and have half of their school here with them at the U. It is probably entertaining to see my confused face when someone responds with, "Chanhassen" and I have to just assume it's a city in Minnesota.

5. The Embarrassing Moment at Pride and Spirit

This happened to many people, especially the out-of-state people. Finding out not only that our very pride is based on Ski-U-Mah, but it is pronounced sky, not ski. HOW AWKWARD?! How did we not know? How much of a disgrace are we? Sorry University of Minnesota, we now understand our cheers.

P.S. If anyone wants to Venmo me money for new tennis shoes that would be super. Just kidding. Well, maybe.....

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10 Horrible Fashion Trends From Our Middle School Days

What a time to be alive.
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Being in middle school is one of the worst times of your life. You're awkward and you have no idea what to think about everything that is changing. I was cleaning out my closet the other day and found my old pair of Etnies and started reminiscing upon some of the worst trends that ever existed in the 2000s. I look at pictures of myself from middle school and cringe. I really just want to tell my past self to stop shopping at Claire's and Aeropostale. But since I did shop at those stores, I do have many embarrassing photos and fashion choices. Here's a list of popular (and unfortunate) trends from the 2000s.

1. Aeropostale

Buy all the graphic tees! I had at least one in every color. So many skin-tight tees were a part of my wardrobe. These t-shirts would always be spotted in MySpace profiles with people throwing a peace sign. Unfortunately, Aero has filed for bankruptcy, so we will be seeing less of them.

2. Rubber "Causes" Bracelets

You would see people walking around with these things up to their elbows! I had one for pretty much every type of cancer/disease you could imagine. Of course the yellow "Livestrong" bracelets were the bracelets that started the trend. (Thanks Lance for that let down.)

3. Silly Bandz

Yet again, a bracelet trend took over our middle school minds. I remember wearing so many of these wonderful "bandz" that the circulation in my arms were cut off. It was also the best thing to compare and trade silly bandz with your friends. I also scoffed at all of the knock-off brands. I only wanted the real deal.

4. Gauchos

Back when these pants were popular I had at least three pairs in a good variety of colors. I wore them so much, my mother could not do the laundry fast enough. I would compare these pants to yoga pants today because they were just as comfortable. It was always way cooler to wear a poncho with gauchos.

5. Massive Sequin Purses

Every girl had these. Mine was lime green. I thought that these purses were cute at the time, but really they are just atrocious. I'm not even sure why I was carrying a purse in middle school. I really didn't have that much stuff save for my phone, lipgloss, and gum.

6. Wearing Jeans with Dresses

Is that dress or skirt too short? No problem, just wear jeans under it! But really though, I have never understood this trend. Even when it was "popular" I thought that it was just plain ugly. I mean, how can you even look at this picture of Ashley Tisdale and not cringe?

7. Heelys

Hands-down the best trend of middle school. Some of my best memories are in Target Heely-ing around the entire store. I would still wear my Heelys today if I had them. No regrets about these shoes. Every adult that I've ever talked to about them, hated them. I guess that's why they were basically banned from everywhere.

8. Soffe Shorts

I had (have) a pair of these in every color. Having these made you cool. Quite often paired with rubber Old Navy flip-flops or some Rainbows, these cotton shorts were a staple of any middle school girl in the 2000s. My cheerleading really helped reinforce my love for these shorts. But thankfully it seems that "norts" have replaced these.

9. Nike Shox

Who actually cared if the spring-things made walking or running easier. These shoes just looked so cool. While writing this article, I was surprised to find out that Nike still makes these shoes. It was always the sporty-athletic people who wore these.

10. Popcorn Shirts

I never understood the madness that is the science behind these magically shrinking and expanding shirts. They are just straight up fascinating. The best ones were tie-dyed. I had one blue one and thought it was the greatest shirt ever.

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The 7 Stages Of Your Fall Semester, Based On Ross Geller's Everchanging Hairstyles

"We were on a break!" — me doing homework over Thanksgiving break.

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I love the show "Friends." I have watched it more times than I can even remember. The humor is hilarious, the character dynamic is amazing. "Friends" is just a quality show.

However, there is one thing in "Friends" that is not always quality and that is Ross Geller's hair.

Stage 1: The beginning when you feel like you actually have your life together.

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At the start of the semester, you feel like you have your entire life together. Everything is so balanced. You wrote everything down in your planner. You are going to the gym every day. You are feeling like you are on top of everything -- maybe you will even make the President's List this semester!

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be on FLEEK.

Stage 2: Near the start of the semester when you become SUPER involved. 

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When you go to a club rush, you decide not to sign up for one or two clubs, no. You sign up for eleven clubs. ELEVEN. Why not? You need to put yourself out there, right? Mom and Dad always did say to get involved.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be neat and tidy. The "professional look," if you will.

Stage 3: When everything adds up and your life begins to spiral out of control. 

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You know that point, around the end of September and beginning of October, when all of your midterms are during the same week and all of those clubs that you joined are having meetings on the same day? It becomes overwhelming. You feel like your life is getting out of control.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be due for some re-shaping. The height and the poofiness, it is just starting to get out of control.

Stage 4: That post-midterm paradise feeling. 

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Midterms are all over. The assignments are all submitted. Now, it is party time. And by party time I mean maybe staying out until midnight, but primarily catching up on all of that sleep you missed out on during midterms.

If you were Ross Geller, it would be time to bust out the OG Ross look — afro and mustache, baby.

Stage 5: It is Thanksgiving break and you do not know how to feel. 

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Should you be excited to spend the holiday with family and friends? Or should you lock yourself in your room and study for hours and hours on end? Who knows. It is a confusing time.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be in a decent place of spikiness. It would be a relatively good time in your hair life.

Stage 6: When you realize that midterm season was nothing compared to what finals season is. 

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Yeah, you may have thought that midterms were difficult. Well, that was before final exams came around and you realized that getting an A or a B in a class depends on this one last test (this test that is 40% of your entire grade in the class). You are getting no sleep. You are drinking seven cups of coffee a day. Your meals consist of Goldfish and Pop-Tarts. It is total insanity.

If you were Ross Geller, your hair would be unkempt. It would be the worst it has ever been. It would be getting too long, there would be too much gel. TOO MUCH.

Stage 7: It is FINALLY Christmas break.

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Finals are finally over. You get to go home to spend time with your family, see your home friends, eat home-cooked meals, and just genuinely relax. Life is so good. Everything is so good.

If you were Ross Geller, you would hop on that #NewHairNewMe #NewYearNewMe bandwagon. Sometimes you just need a fresh start.

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