I Went From Dreading My Second Semester To Thriving

I Went From Dreading My Second Semester To Thriving

It's important to remember the positives: good relationships, day to day successes, and even little things that make you happy.

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While I thoroughly enjoyed my first semester of college, I was feeling some apprehension as winter break came to a close, and I didn't know why I was dreading the start of the spring semester. I was excited to see my friends, liked my schedule, and seemingly had a lot to look forward to in the coming months. But once I arrived back at school and settled in, it was easier to transition than I thought. Looking back on the first week and a half of my second semester, there are a few things I consciously made an effort to do that made adjusting back from my home life easier.

I am a big over-packer, so putting away all the unnecessary things I brought home over break when I got back to my dorm was no easy task. But once I had those few hours to organize my space and tidy up, my dorm feels so much more serene. As an art major, I don't even do that much work in my dorm, but it's important to have a clean space where you can be productive.

Another tip is not to dwell on the bad. Everyone knows that holding grudges negatively impacts your relationship with others, so stop keeping grudges against yourself! For me, it would be a day I don't have time to work out or a not so positive critique in one of my classes. Holding on to these negative things is the worse way to handle stress. Instead, it's important to remember the positives: good relationships, day to day successes, and even little things that make you happy. By doing this, you're more likely to resolve the negative problems in your life. Self-reflection is also directly tied to creativity which is important for me in my major.

It's important to set big goals for yourself but focus on the small steps needed to achieve them. I've written about my fitness and healthy lifestyle goals before, which are definitely a big one as far as changes I want to make to habits here at Rutgers. I also changed my mind about what I am studying this semester. I always knew I wanted to concentrate in painting, but recently I've been interested in double majoring in design as well and minoring in communications. This is a big task and a heavy course load, but breaking it down into a semester by semester plan has made it less stressful. It's definitely important to remember that focusing on small things you can do to improve your lifestyle and achieve greater will make your goals more attainable.

Most importantly, being back here with my friends made me remember that it's not too hard to get back into the swing of life at school and coping with the stresses that classes can bring.

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12 Things Only Low-Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.
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Sometimes low-maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low-maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low-maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a T-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes? We aren't here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low-maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn't dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You're always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don't care what we do," you really don't care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald's dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I'm just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn't a fashion statement, it's actually just your hairstyle

We aren't about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything… right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip-flops or Converse?

9. Shopping isn't exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my T-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don't want your money, I just want to know you thought of me.

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low-maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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5 Cute Dorm Decor Ideas For The Broke College Student That Loves To Decorate

Having a tapestry is one of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of your dorm room.

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I know I struggled with figuring out how I was going to afford to decorate my room after buying all the essentials I needed first. So, I compiled this short list of different cheap and some DIY decor ideas for any broke college student. Some tips I recommend for getting cheap dorm room decor is looking on Pinterest for DIY decor ideas, going to the dollar store, and hoping your mom or other family members send you decorations.

1. Tapestries

Having a tapestry is one of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of your dorm room. Since they take up a large section of the wall, it will feel less like a prison since the cinder blocks will be covered. Also, there are so many options, which allows you to express yourself with no problem. For example, there is a tapestry with the letter from, the television show, Jersey Shore that has the letter they wrote to Sam about Ron cheating on it. Furthermore, it will make it easier to match whatever colors your roommate's decorations are. Although, some colleges do have a size limit for the tapestry or just do not allow them.

2. Dry erase board

This is an easy and cheap DIY project that will not take much time. All you need is a picture frame and a white background for inside the frame. This allows you to choose how big or small you want the dry erase board to be and it also allows you to place them wherever you want. For instance, if you go with a 4x6 frame, then you can place it on your desk or even hang it with command strips on the wall.

3. Christmas/twinkle lights

This is probably one of the cheapest ways to make your dorm room feel more like home. My roommate and I have accumulated about 10 strings of different colored string lights, and they give the room a more home-like feel because they are warmer lights and they allow us to turn off the fluorescent lights the school provides. I know you are thinking, "10 strands of lights??? Isn't that expensive???" It may appear that way, but we either got them on sale at Target, brought them from our room back home, or my mom bought them at the dollar store (We mostly bought them at the dollar store).

String lights also can be bought for any holiday to spice up the room. For instance, my roommate and I have orange ones for fall, green and purple ones for Halloween, and colorful ones for Christmas. If you are looking for a spring look, you can make "rosebud lights." Rosebud lights are LED string lights with fabric wrapped around the lights to give them a flower-like appearance.

4. Bulletin board

Bulletin boards are an inexpensive way to hang all your pictures and mementos from throughout the year or from memories back home. For instance, on my bulletin board, I have pictures of family, friends, and my boyfriend, which are mementos from back home. I also have football tickets, my bid day card (from rushing a sorority), Polaroid pictures, and many other things that I have collected over my first year of college. You could even start the year with a blank bulletin board and fill it up throughout the year for a more authentic experience. Also, you can print your pictures from the website Free Prints, which allows you only to pay the shipping fee on the photos and save money instead of spending a fortune at Walgreens or other companies.

5. Tie-dye white bed sheets

This is a fun way to create your own look instead of sticking with what the stores and websites have to offer. You can use any colors you want and follow the decorations on the kit. I did this for my sheets back home, and it did not turn out the way I imagined, but it is because I did not use cotton sheets. However, I helped my friend tie-dye her sheets for her dorm, and they turned out much better because not only did we use more color, but we also used cotton sheets. So, this means you could even create your own colors for the sheets and have a unique and fun look for your side of the dorm room.

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