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4 Essential Things To Add To Your College Bedroom To Make It Feel More Like Home

These four items add a special touch to your space!

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While leaving your parents and embarking on your independent journey without them is not everyone's idea of excitement; Creating a space that reflects you, from scratch, can be. The summer following my departure from the college dorm life, I was ecstatic to coordinate pieces and show off one of my hidden passions, decorating. Not everyone is going to enjoy decorating like I do, but adding pieces to your room can impact just how you feel about it.

1. Plants

Laura Hayes

I think that most people can agree that adding a little green to your room can lift your spirit. Not only are they inviting and beautiful, they have health benefits as well. They put off oxygen which is fantastic (we need O2 to live, if you did not know ;)). Additionally, they innately filter out the air, creating a healthier environment. I currently have two in my room, and I am obsessed with them. I got both of my plants from (www.lowes.com), and potted them to coordinate with my personal style. Pictured below is a Yucca Cane Plant and a Jade plant. I bought my small white pot from (www.michaels.com), and a basket from (www.worldmarket.com) in which I turned into a pot.

2. Candles.

Laura Hayes

There is nothing that feels more like home than walking into a room and being embraced with the scent your mom always had burning in your house throughout your childhood. I adore buying Yankee Candles and burning them, especially in the fall! Spiced pumpkin, harvest, and pear and spice are some of my favorites. Get some of these, I swear you will not regret it!

3. Floor Mirrors.

Laura Hayes

Not only do floor mirrors capture your attention immediately when entering a space, they are extremely functional. My roommates and I always take full advantage of my floor mirror as it tends to really sassy pictures before going out. It is great being able to visualize my outfit before leaving the house to go anywhere as well. Personally, my floor mirror makes my room feel immensely larger because it reflects the background, opening it up and making it roomier. Surrounding the exterior of the mirror with lights makes gives off the 70's lighted dressing room look, which brings me to my fourth and final favorite room decor item.

4. Lights are last, but not least!

Laura Hayes

I have got to say this one is my favorite. When I am laying back, relaxing, and browsing on Pinterest, or streaming my current favorite Netflix show, I enjoy the warm feeling of a dim lighted area. Lights come in so many different shapes and forms, and there is a style that anyone can appreciate. I chose two different types of lights to fill my space. Pictured above I wanted some very small, battery powered ones to bring attention to my tassels. As well as a different battery powered light, including small glass bulbs.


The best thing about these items is they were fairly inexpensive, and take little time to set up.I have found that with a little planning that optimizing my space was right up my alley! It was fairly simple to put these pieces together. I planned through my Pinterest, and brought it all together on move in day! With a little time and effort, you can have the space that you have always dreamed of!

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I Don't Care How Hard Your Major Is, There Is No Excuse Not To Have A Job While In College

If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

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We seem to live in a generation where everyone wants to go to college.

It is nice to see that people want to invest in their education, but at what expense? It's easy to commit to a school, and it is even easier to get yourself and your parents into thousands of dollars of debt because you're "living your best life."

To me, it's pathetic if you're over the age of eighteen and you don't have some sort of income or responsibilities outside of homework and attendance. The old excuse, "I want to focus on school," is no longer valid. You can get all A's while having a job, and that has nothing to do with intelligence, but rather your will to succeed. "I don't have time for a job/internship," translates to, "I'm really lazy,".

You don't need to overextend yourself and work forty hours a week, but you should at least work summers or weekends. Any job is a good job. Whether you babysit, walk dogs, work retail, serve tables or have an internship. You need to do something.

"My major is too hard," is not an excuse either. If you can go out on the weekends, you can work.

The rigor of your major should not determine whether or not you decide to contribute to your education. If the name on your credit card does not match the name on your birth certificate, then you really need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Working hard in school does not compensate for having any sense of responsibility.

I understand that not everyone has the same level of time management skills, but if you truly can't work during the school year, you need to be working over the summer and during your breaks. The money you make should not exclusively be for spending; you should be putting it towards books, loans, or housing.

Internships are important too, paid or not.

In my opinion, if you chose not to work for income, you should be working for experience. Your resume includes your degree, but your degree does not include your resume. Experience is important, and internships provide experience. A person working an unpaid internship deserves the same credit as a student working full/part-time.

Though they are not bringing in income for their education, they are gaining experience, and opening up potential opportunities for themselves.

If you go to college just to go to class and do nothing else, then you don't deserve to be there. College is so much more than just turning in assignments, it is a place for mental and academic growth. You need to contribute to your education, whether it is through working for income or working for knowledge or experience.

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I'm A Girl In Engineering And It's Not As Easy As It Looks

It's not always easy being the only girl in the room.

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Coming into college, I knew I wanted to major in engineering, and I was well aware that I would be in the minority because I am a girl. I always thought that I would be ready and prepared for this, but after being in college for a few weeks, I started to feel a little weird.

I noticed that I was one of the only girls in my lecture classes and it was rare if any of us ever decided to speak up in class or ask questions. Seeing as I am very introverted, I also struggled to make friends in classes where people didn't just take the initiative and talk to me. My classes seemed quiet and seemingly being the only girl in the room as intimidating.

Luckily, I did find friends within my major and I have been able to get to know them and study with them. We are always able to run to each other for help if we need to, and we always go to each other for group projects.

So, it's not always bad being the only girl in the room, just know that it will be weird. You will have to work extra hard to make friends, but you will be ok. Talk to the person sitting next to you, make friends. It will be awkward, but in the end, it'll all be ok.

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