13 Character Day Ideas For Spirit Week

13 Super Cute Dress Up Day Ideas For Your Spirit Week

For when school has ripped your creativity away.

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It's football season, and with football comes dress up days. Throwback to high school when you had the best time of your life dressing up for football games. I mean, you've probably seen all of these at least twice in your school hallways...

1. Winnie The Pooh 

This is a great idea if you want to dress up with a couple of your friends! It's a pretty simple idea. Go to your local clothing store and pick up colored t-shirts (like the colors in the picture).

2. Monsters Inc.

All you have to do for this idea is print out a face and spots to tack onto the shirts (or you could color them on).

3. Napolean Dynamite 

This one is for the more dedicated spirit goers, but still pretty cool. #voteforpedro

I think the two in the middle are actually twins, ya'll.

5. Eleven (Stranger Things)

Eggo's are always the answer.

6. Darla (Finding Nemo)

Super easy! Find a plaid skirt and a purple sweater, and BAM!

7. Rosie The Riveter (WW2)

You already have this costume in you closet, people.

8. Arthur

It's literally a yellow sweater, round glasses, and some cut out ears...no excuses, people.

This is definitely for the more creative people out there. However, if it's done well it'll be super cute!

10. SIMS

Probably the easiest one of them all. You can wear normal clothes, just print out a sims logo piece and attach it to a headband.

11. Bring It On

If you're a cheerleader, you'll understand (lol).

12. Riverdale Cheerleaders

Bet you didn't think of this...BUT ACTUAL GOALS.

13. Spongebob & Doodlebob

THIS IS SO CUTE. Literally all you need for Doodlebob is a white tee and a sharpie...

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Dear High School Seniors, Here's What I Wish I Knew The Summer Before College

I wish I knew to cherish the summer before freshman year of college, rather than letting it rush by.

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Dear High School Seniors,

This is the last month of high school. Graduation is fast approaching. Prom is right around the corner. College is this daunting, yet exciting, adventure that is going to be here before you know it. And, you may be scared. You may be so excited. Yet, no one can really ever prepare you for exactly what will happen. But, being a (now) college sophomore, here's things that I wish I knew before move-in day.

1. Be nice to your parents on move-in day.

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Personally, move-in day was so chaotic. Everyone is trying to talk to you and help you, but you just feel overwhelmed. So, when it's time to move in and put things away, your family really just wants to help. So, instead of yelling at them or getting easily frustrated, be kind to them. Give each person a job and let them stick to it. I know you probably don't know where you want to put anything, but in reality, you'll probably rearrange everything next month anyway. Just spend time with your family and enjoy it because you probably won't see them for a few more months.

2. You can stay close with your friends from home.

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I decided to go to college out of state, whereas most of my friends from high school stayed closer to home. So, the summer before, I had the mindset that this would be our LAST summer together. That's just not true. Sure, college is crazy and you won't get to see your old friends every day, but as long as you put in the effort to continue the friendship, they'll be there. Basically, if you care enough to stay friends with them, you will. If you don't, you won't.

3. Save up as much money as possible over summer.

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You may not think it, but college life is expensive, even without paying off your debt. With groceries, going out, coffee dates, and spontaneous road trips, money starts to add up. So, save up at least $2000 before college. You'll thank yourself later for it. You won't have to worry as much and can still enjoy all the fun parts of college. I mean, it is all about making memories and you can't do that if you can't afford it.

4. It's not as hard as you think (most of the time).

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In high school, teachers give out this idea that college is going to be a million times harder, more professional, and more serious. In reality, most of the time, teachers are pretty laid back and as long as you turn in your assignments, you'll be fine. The only thing that can make college difficult is managing your time. No one there is going to hold your hand or make your schedule for you. So, you have to prioritize the important things and learn how to manage school, friends, a job, and a social life. Oh, and watch out for finals. Those sneak up on you too.

5. Don't let the summer slip away because you are looking forward to college.

Being a freshman, it's easy to start getting really excited about college. And you should be! But, don't regret your last summer before college because you are so antsy to get there. Spend time with your family and friends, more than you ever have before. Go to all your favorite places in your town. Adventure. Have fun. Save money. Make memories. College will come, faster than you know it, so don't take today for granted.

Being a senior in high school, you probably have the biggest case of senioritis. You want to get away from high school and the idea of being a "child," just to finally have the freedom and responsibility you have always wanted. But, before you get there, please remember these 5 things. Not saying I have any regrets, but I really wish someone would've told me these things before I left home and was on my own.

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

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I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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