If You Want to Make Friends at School, Just Compliment Their Computer Stickers

If You Want to Make Friends at School, Just Compliment Their Computer Stickers

Here is an interesting tip that you may have never tried before!

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University of Cincinnati students has begun the 2018-2019 academic year! As crazy as that seems, I know I am definitely ready to get back into campus life. I am ready to wake up and walk through our beautiful campus, I am ready to see my friends, I am ready to go to one of the Starbucks on campus and listen to the rad playlist, and I am most definitely ready to go to football and basketball games again. I never thought I would say it, but I think I am also ready to go to classes again just to be on a regular schedule.

Over the past two years, I have made several friends within my majors and I am incredibly blessed that I do have a great group of friends on campus, however, I remember being a freshman and how awkward and nervous I was going into my first week of classes. In most cases, it is your first time in a lecture hall with what feels like hundreds of people that you don't know, and you are about to walk into a class that you could potentially love or despise but you don't have anyone to express your feelings to. Well, to the freshman or even the students that have trouble making friends I have a little advice as to how to avoid that awkwardness. Talk about laptop stickers.

Now, this might seem like a very strange idea but trust me, it works. Laptop stickers can tell a lot about a person; from what their favorite shows or sports teams are to what fraternity or sorority they are in or what animals they like. By simply saying that you like or admire someone's sticker on their laptop it can progress into a really great conversation and you have easily made a friend. I will say, however, even though this plan often works it isn't exactly full proof but there are ways around that.

There are definitely people out there that will give you the vibe that they don't want to talk or are not in the mood to make friends. If they are giving you that vibe then I would probably back off and try again with someone else. But, if someone is giving you an encouraging vibe but all they say is thank you, don't be afraid to try to continue to spark a conversation. A great question to ask is where they get their stickers from or if any of them were gifts. Another great route to take is to ask the meaning behind a sticker. Whether people like it or not, everyone loves to talk about themselves it is just human nature. Because you are showing interest in something they clearly like and giving them an opportunity to talk about themselves, it is a great way to start a friendship.

I have found that after the conversation gets rolling the next step if you haven't done so already is to introduce yourself and begin asking more personal questions, (i.e. what their name is, what's their major, what year are they, etcetera.) I am not sure who created laptop stickers or why, but it is the first week of classes that I am very glad that they did. Again, I know it seems like a weird way to try and make friends but it really does work and I have made some really great friends just by saying "hey, I really like your sticker!"

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20 Lessons You Learn When Living In A Dorm

I never know what to do when someone is in *my* shower stall.
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As a child you grow up unable to wait for college. Unable to wait for the freedom. Living with your best friend sounds like a dream come true. But living in a 10x10 cinderblock room? Not so much. You don't truly know what it is like to live in a dorm until, well, you've actually lived in a dorm. Living in a dorm is a lot of fun, but it has its downsides:

1. Fear of someone taking “your shower"

2. The fight for a washer/dryer

3. Or when someone takes your wet clothes out of the washer and puts it on a table before you get to it

4. Locking your door because you never know when someone will randomly barge in

5. Its 2 a.m. and you're dying of thirst but your roommate didn't fill the Brita

6. You've become immune to the gross hallway smell

7. Cleaning services always clean the bathroom at the most inconvenient times

8. Having killer legs because the elevators are out of order every other day

9. Cinderblock is not soundproof, so you can hear everything your neighbors do

10. Learning to make the most of your small jail-cell of a room by adding pictures and string lights

11. When someone is in "your bathroom stall"

12. Forgetting you can't walk around barefoot because the floors are disgusting

13. Trying to be quiet when you're roommate is asleep (the worst)

14. Dining hall hours are AWFUL (and the food isn't great either)

15. Or when your roommate brings someone back to the room

16. Putting stuff in your fridge is like playing Tetris


17. Having an 8 a.m. class on Friday but the Thirsty Thursday crowd comes home wasted and screaming at 3 a.m.

18. When your package says it was delivered but housing didn't send the email saying you can go pick it up

19. You have no control over the heat so in the winter if you close the window it's too hot but if it's open you freeze

20. But despite it all, living in a dorm is a right of passage and a time you'll never forget and a place you'll never want to leave

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5 Ways Being An Out-Of-State Student Is Actually An Advantage

When you leave behind the people who raised you, you learn how to keep yourself in control.

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Yes, you read that right. Being from one state whilst attending university in another is quite possibly the best thing to have ever happened to me. The funny thing is, however, that while I was a senior in high school and applying to colleges, I never envisioned traveling from coast to coast. I'm from the Bay Area in California, and I currently attend school in Central Jersey (which, yes, exists).

Jersey. Home of the Jersey Devil. Birthplace of Halsey. Right next to New York.

When I realized I had to move across the country, I experienced all sorts of emotions. I was sad just as much as I was excited to be away from home, finally free to live on my own and do things I imagined growing up. Though I have had my ups and downs in the past year, I wouldn't trade them for anything else. Here's why.

1. With more independence comes more maturity

Being so far from my parents meant I was allowed to do what I wanted; so I did! I've been to New York, Pennsylvania, AND Washington DC. I've learned how to take the trains to and from New Brunswick. Best of all, I learned how to perfect air travel so much that I'm now a Premier Status Member for United. Pretty cool, huh? My favorite part is the FREEDOM. You get to dictate how you want to live. Your parents aren't there to ban you from doing things. However, with this power also comes responsibility. You learn how to become a functioning adult because you have a lot at stake- which brings me into my next point.

2. You can focus more on the things that matter

When you're out of state, you're also paying twice as much as someone in state is paying. This means you have a lot at stake, especially if your parents are paying your tuition. I was someone who didn't do my best in high school, but I came to college knowing that my parents were paying good money for it. I also love studying what I love, and keeping my responsibilities and duties in check is what made my GPA pretty sexy. You learn how to prioritize your activities!

3. You're more grateful and appreciative of your family

I don't see my parents and brother as much. If I'm lucky, I get to see them every few months. This is what makes it all the more better. After you eat Busch Dining Hall food for months, you start to miss the Indian food you so effortlessly complained about at home. Busch Dining Hall's hot dogs are NOTHING compared to Amma's dosas. You also learn the importance of sibling love and bonds. I've missed my brother so much it's crazy. It's almost like "Oh my god, I actually miss this person." When you get sick it's the worst too; you miss how your mom used to take care of you because now you have to get up and do things YOURSELF. I was sick for a bit last week and I missed everything about being home. It's a blessing and a curse in disguise because it teaches you about family.

4. You learn to keep your emotions in check

When you leave behind the people who raised you, you learn how to keep yourself in control. You learn how to value relationships you make with people, but you also learn not to expect too much from anyone. In college, people can leave your life just as fast as they entered it. As a result, you learn how to balance sadness with happiness. It's OK to cry every once in a while, but you also know when you need to get help. You're the ONLY person that you can count on to keep you healthy and happy. Relationships are amazing too, but you can only be in a successful relationship when you're in the right headspace, and being on your own is a good way to cultivate that.

5. You become more outgoing

When you're on your own, there's nothing holding you back or down from doing new things. So you join more clubs, you meet more people, you talk to more people, and you SEIZE. OPPORTUNITIES. You network with others. You have the power to be as great as you want, and this is something I value so much.

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If you're a senior in high school reading this, then I advise you NOT to be afraid of making the move. It's not as scary as it seems, I promise. If you're already an out-of-state student, then I'm sure these are things you definitely agree with and/or relate to. Making the move from California to New Jersey was the best decision I made because I'm amongst some of the most open-minded, loving people I've ever met.

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