Why Girls Love The Dad Bod

Why Girls Love The Dad Bod

If your man can rock the dad bod, he's a keeper.

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In case you haven't noticed lately, girls are all about that dad bod.

Girls have been dealing with body image issues since the beginning of time until recent (for those of you who consider yourselves to be "Thick thin") I hadn't heard about this body type until my roommate mentioned it. She used to be crazy over guys she claimed had the dad bod.

After observing the guys she found attractive, I came to understand this body type well and was able to identify it. The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." It's not an overweight guy, but it isn't one with washboard abs, either.

The dad bod is a new trend and fraternity boys everywhere seem to be rejoicing. Turns out skipping the gym for a few brews last Thursday after class turned out to be in their favor. While we all love a sculpted guy, there is just something about the dad bod that makes boys seem more human, natural, and attractive. Here are a few reasons that girls are crazy about the dad bod.

It doesn't intimidate us.
Few things are worse than taking a picture in a bathing suit, one being taking a picture in a bathing suit with a guy who is crazy fit. We don't want a guy that makes us feel insecure about our body. We are insecure enough as it is. We don't need a perfectly sculpted guy standing next to us to make us feel worse.

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We like being the pretty one.
We love people saying "they look cute together." But we still like being the center of attention. We want to look skinny and the bigger the guy, the smaller we feel and the better we look next to you in a picture.

Better cuddling.
No one wants to cuddle with a rock. Or Edward Cullen. The end.

Good eats.
The dad bod says he doesn't meal prep every Sunday night so if you want to go to Taco Tuesday or $4 pitcher Wednesday, he'd be totally down. He's not scared of a cheat meal because he eats just about anything and everything.

You know what you're getting.
Girls tend to picture their future together with their guys early on. Therefore, if he already has the dad bod going on, we can get used to it before we date him, marry him, have three kids. We know what we are getting into when he's got the same exact body type at the age of 22 that he's going to have at 45.


So there you go. A simple break down of why girls everywhere are going nuts over this body type on males. We like it. We love it. We want some more of it. So here's to you dad bods, keep it up. Men, confidently strut that gut on the beach because while you stare at us in our bikinis we will be staring just as hard.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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Amidst The College Cheating Scandal, Feel Bad For The Students Instead Of Getting Mad At Their Parents

We don't have to stay angry.

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We've all heard the breaking news: children of celebrities and uber-rich parents are cutting the line to get into elite colleges and universities. This has come in forms of payments to admissions officers and coaches, fake student-athlete profiles, falsified or inflated scores on the ACT/SAT, and more. Whether you're a senior in high school trying to get into college, already in college and worked incredibly hard to get there, or a parent of either type of student who is watching or has watched your child struggle for admission, you're probably outraged by this. Originally, when I first heard the news, I, too, was outraged. I thought to myself, "all that time and work I devoted to challenging classes in high school, extra summer courses, and the SAT, all while some kids get to just walk into these schools without lifting a finger?" Okay, yes. But, my perspective has changed, and it is much more productive than my original thoughts.

I hate to pull the "look where they are now" card, but, it is most appropriate for this case. Not only are the parents involved in this scandal facing huge fines and jail time, but they're also taking hard hits to their reputation and career. The same goes for their children. Some of the kids are also famous for who knows what, but are already facing backlash in the media for this kind of scamming. That will be difficult for them to recover from as well. Additionally, judging by the reactions to the fraud on and around college campuses, it is not crazy to think that most of them will not return to their schools. That concept might offer a slight sense of justice restoration.

Furthermore, let's assess what the actions taken really say about the students and their families. In my opinion, the parents who did this behind their child's back are more despicable than the ones who had the whole family in on the job. Imagine how deceived the students feel if they didn't know this was happening until about two weeks ago when the rest of America found out. For the parents who did this on their own, what does that say about the faith they have in their child? Something that I found particularly striking was that one father in the case was quoted explaining that, after all the money and scamming, he hoped his child would be inspired to make use of his life. I'm sorry, but isn't that a sick thing to say about your own child? I don't know about you, but I'll take a family who supports me and believes in me over a purchased spot in college any day.

Quite honestly, I feel bad for these students. Regardless of the name-brand school or the fame and fortune, I feel bad that they don't know what it's like earning something such as a college acceptance on their own. I know that I speak for many college students when I say that getting accepted to colleges on my own merit and work ethic was the most gratifying feeling of my life thus far. Spin this concept any way you want, but that feeling is truly priceless, and those students missed out on it.

I agree with the news reports when they express that the true victims are the deserving students who worked hard and got their spots taken by these people. Every hard-working student has a right to be angry. But, anger over the case will not solve much. The ideal outcome that can come from this is wide recognition that the college admissions process is practically built to collapse on itself; if that weren't the case, then something like this could not have happened so many times over again. There are a plethora of issues concerning who is/is not getting accepted to certain schools and how or why this is happening. Too many good students are getting shut out of schools they belong at because of back-door entrances and cheating. Let us be productive about the issue at hand rather than ruminating in each other's anger and use this case as an aid to bring about fairness to college admissions.

If there is any piece of advice I can offer to the hard workers who feel robbed, I'll tell you what I told myself: continue focusing on your work and your passions. Simple, perhaps even trite, but nonetheless true. Whether it is immediately obvious or not, an unbreakable work ethic will always prevail in the long run, especially over a checkbook.

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