Confessions Of A Basic White Girl

Confessions Of A Basic White Girl

With fall in full swing, it is what many call the Season of the Basic White Girl.

As the light, crisp air billows around us, the smell of a summer forgotten in the wind, we shiver with anticipation of what the new season will bring. Fall; a time for jumping into large piles of crunchy yellow and red leaves, pumpkin carving, football games, candy corn, and hayrides. At least, that’s a part of it. As soon as October hits, people break out the UGG boots, black leggings, flannel shirts, and, of course the staple of autumn, the pumpkin spice everything. This stereotype, this inaptly named pigeonhole, is a name I’m sure all of us hold near and dear to our hearts: the basic white girl.

If you like looking for fall hair colors on Pinterest and staying stocked up on pumpkin scented candles, body washes, and lotions from Bath and Body Works, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you coordinate Halloween outfits with your friends, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you wear a NFL football jersey but have never watched a game a day in your life, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you take pictures in a pumpkin patch and post them to Instagram with a nice Valencia filter, you’re probably a basic white girl. If you see the words ‘Pumpkin Spice’ in front of any foodstuff and feel a type of pleasure you have not felt since you were a six year old on Christmas morning, you’re probably a basic white girl.

This is what we, as young females, are told. That if we like to take part in these types of fall-specific activities, we are ‘basic.’ Basic: a word that has the connotations of being rudimentary, plain and simple, and uncomplicated. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting a teenage to early twenty’s girl knows for a fact that the last thing we are is uncomplicated. We are given a hard time simply because of the things we enjoy, things that make us happy. And one thing I will never understand is society’s fight to make fun of or mock something that makes someone else happy.

We – young females of all races, all shapes and sizes, all backgrounds – are called basic if we take pleasure in even one of five actions mentioned above, as if to say we are not special at all. As if we are all the same type of people who like the same things all the time. Yes, I know that is not what people – adults, young men, and other young women – necessarily mean when they hit you with the label ‘basic white girl’ but they forget one tiny detail.

They are also basic girls.

Last time I checked, Starbucks allows anyone to purchase a pumpkin spice latte, not just young females. Anyone can watch and quote the entirety of Mean Girls and Legally Blonde. Anyone can whip and nae nae - even if they really have no business doing it.Anyone can have a bonfire on a chilly, autumn night. And they do. Even boys have begun taking part in the basic white girl stereotype, though they might even go so far as to take offense to the title; the title they have so thrown on to the young female population.

No, at the end of the day, we as young ladies do not care about the stereotype. We will continue to drink our apple cider with our names spelled wrong on the side of the cups and strut in our leggings and riding boots with pride. But to say that we are all the same – not just young Caucasian females, but all young females in our generation – is somewhat of a corruption. Some of us prefer haunted houses to hayrides, and some of us are allergic to pumpkin. We are vibrant, unique young women in the best time of our lives and we should not ever be made to feel as though we are not special in our own way; as though we just fade into the background, because we don’t. We live in a time of great expression, where we are given the tools, the technology, and the opportunity to be whomever we want to be if we seize it. Because of that, the last thing we should ever do is take a second glance at the Starbucks menu when we all know what we want: a trenta mocha frappucino extra whip. That may make us the stereotype, but young women are never ‘basic.’

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10 Reasons Everything Is Better In The Summer

You know it is true.

I know we're still in the middle of winter where the days are short and dark and the nights are below freezing. While the winter is fun and exciting, especially with the ever-prevalent hope of a possible snow day, a little bit of seasonal depression might be kicking in for some of us. That is what inspired me to take a step back from the cold and reminisce about what makes the summer the most special time of the year.

1. There is no school

This means no responsibilities no waking up early, no homework, no classes and no studying. These past few summers, I've had to work, which in some way still requires getting up early and having responsibilities. But, come on, summer jobs are nothing like the real world, or the strict school calendar.

2. The days are SO much longer

I can't wait for when it isn't dark at 5:30 and the day feels like it's over even before it really begins. In the summer, getting dinner at 7 p.m. and driving to the beach to watch the sunset seems like the perfect plan. Waiting to eat dinner in the winter until 7 p.m. is the WORST because it's already been dark for close to two hours and my internal clock gets so thrown off.

3. No makeup

There's something that happens when you're tan and happy, the need for makeup goes completely out the window. Either you're going to the beach later that day, or you just don't even think of it because your skin is finally clearing up from the dryness of the dark winter days.

4. Bathing suit and shorts—NO COAT

Not being able to walk outside without bundling up in a coat, hat, gloves, scarf, two pairs of pants, and snow boots is getting a little old. In just a few months, we'll be sweating in just shorts and a tank top, and I cannot wait.

5. Better vibes

For whatever reason, everyone is genuinely more kind and happy in the summer.

6. Bonfires with best friends

This is something my friend group executes perfectly and it is the best because I grew up around fires every Sunday in the summer and a week-long vacation where every night was closed around a bonfire.

7. Driving with all the windows down

Coming home from the beach or work with all the windows down, but the AC still blaring— I don't really know what it is but it's amazing.

8. Laying on top of the covers

Even though you're only wearing an oversized T-shirt and the AC is on, for whatever reason, there's just no way u can stay under the covers. You'll probably wake up in an hour sweating profusely but, still, there is something amazing about this.

9. Vacations

Whether it's a mid-day road trip with no destination or week-long trips to the beach, everything is just so much more fun and enjoyable.

10. Staying up and waking up late

In the wise words of Luke Bryan, "Sunrise, sunburn, sunset. Repeat."

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12 Reasons To Be Excited For Spring This Year

It's been a long winter, we deserve this.

It seems as though the weather (especially in the midwest) seems to be incredibly unpredictable around this time year. We are in a very weird transition between the back end of winter, and the early months of spring. Yet, before we know it, we will be in the months of April and May all within the blink of an eye.

Students, in particular, anticipate the arrival summer all year. This anticipation usually distracts people as they move into the spring months, and always causes people to ignore all the awesome things about spring. While we're waiting, perhaps we should take more time to appreciate all the good that comes with spring.

1. It is a new beginning

Spring is the renaissance month of the four. It is a chance to be reborn again and prepare for the rest of the year with a clear mind. Many people are doing the annual "spring cleaning" and getting a fresh start.

2. The sun is out longer

The winter solstice is the promise of longer days in contrast to the shorter days of winter. Longer days turn into long nights and allow for both outdoor and outdoor activities to be extended into the day. Plus, it doesn't always feel like it's as late as it should be.

3. The sun is hotter

While the weather is still sometimes cold throughout spring, you can still feel how hot the sun is in your head and your face. Even when the weather is still fluctuating, the sun is the one thing that feels good.

4. Everything is colorful

The presence of the sun means that everything starts to gain its color back. The dry, yellow grass of winter turns into a vibrant green. The disappearance of constant gloomy clouds turns into the beautiful blue sky. Everything from nature, to animals, and even people seem to have a brighter shade of happiness to it.

5. The weather is just right

While it may fluctuate, at least it's not winter. Most of the time it isn't cold enough to wear a winter jacket, but not hot enough to just go into a t-shirt. A sweatshirt and jeans are the best bet every day and it brings a stable amount of comfortability.

6. Everything is in bloom

Because the weather is just right, life starts to bloom everywhere. Flowers of all kinds litter fields and gardens. Flower buds cover the tree branches and eventually turn into vibrantly colored leaves. Life is happening everywhere.

7. Even the rain is beautiful

They say, "April showers bring May flowers". Something about the rain in spring is soothing though. It serves as a reminder that the gray blanket of winter is being washed away, and we are getting a cleansing for the upcoming season.

8. It's always a long winter

Winters in the midwest seem last forever. They are always very cold, unforgiving, and relentless. The drag of winter leads to the onset of seasonal depression and eventually becomes a nuisance altogether. Entering spring means the end of a long internal and external battle against the weather.

9. Everyone is coming out of hibernation

Birds, animals and even people are starting to wake up again and become more active after the long winter. Everything feels new and fresh and opportunity is everywhere.

10. It is almost the end of the school year

Spring break is the most fun time of year. Letting loose for a week with friends and family after making it through winter serves as the best reward. After spring break though, there is only a couple of weeks until finals and then we're out of school for the summer.

11. Driving with the windows down

Once the weather gets warmer, it finally becomes bearable to drive with the windows down without experiencing harsh cold. Driving with the windows down is the epitome of summer nostalgia and serves a reminder that summer is near.

12. We are that much closer to summer

Literally one season away.

Although the arrival of summer is the most anticipated of the year, spring is the beautiful pathway to that season. We get to watch summer bloom into warmth, beauty, and relaxation; and that just builds up our anticipation that much more. The seasons always go too fast, and they always have something to offer. Perhaps we should slow down and appreciate them in the moment before they change again.

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