I Went Through My Elle Woods Transformation

I Went Through My Elle Woods Transformation

What, like it's hard?

For any of you who don't know who Elle Woods is, or what her transformation was, here's the gist:

"Legally Blonde" is a ground-breaking movie set in the early 2000s about a sorority girl named Elle Woods (played by the beautiful pixie queen Reese Witherspoon) who gets dumped by her boyfriend because he is going to Harvard to become a lawyer, and he doesn't think she is good enough to take their relationship to the next level. Elle decides to also go to law school to show her ex that she is totally good enough, but instead she ends up finding herself, becoming a really successful law student, realizing her ex is a total bozo and falling in love with a way nicer and more successful lawyer man. The end: everyone lives happily ever after!

Her transformation from a teary-eyed girl trying to impress her ex to a hot-shot, Ivy league lawyer is iconic. Every person should have a chance to experience their own Elle Woods-like transformation. And this year I had mine.

I'll set the scene for you: it's the first month of my sophomore year, and I am laying on my sorority sister's apartment floor with puffy eyes and a half-eaten plate of chicken nuggets my big bought me to cheer me up. I just cried and dumped my unfiltered emotions of my unrequited love to a group of 50 plus people before my cousin had to lend me her sunglasses and Uber my overly-emotional self to the safety of my big's arms. I was way past cry-in-bed-and-throw-chocolates-at-the-TV-scene bad; I had hit College Girl Rock Bottom.

Then we fast-forward to now: I am social chair of my sorority, I have an awesome job (and I'm pretty good at it), I have the best group of friends and I can hold a plank for a minute-and-a-half. I'm not a Harvard law student, and I did not win the murder trial of the year, but I think I'm doing pretty good for a twenty-year-old Communications undergrad.

My transformation was nowhere near as glamorous as "Legally Blonde." It included a lot more meltdowns, whether in public or private. I spent a good amount of hours laying on my bedroom floor, giving myself pep talks to do my homework or go to the gym or to even socialize instead of just laying on my floor listening to my "Sad, Emo Songs" playlist. A lot of unfortunate things did happen, and I personally made a lot of mistakes, but I made it. I am independent, I am successful, I am capable and I am happy.

(I haven't snagged myself a successful lawyer man yet, but I'm only twenty so cut me some slack.)

"Legally Blonde" may have just been a (fabulous) movie, but it doesn't mean we can't strive to live up to its example. My Elle Woods transformation was one of the hardest and best things that have ever happened, and I would ten-out-of-ten recommend everyone go through their own personal "Legally Blonde" experience.

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I'd Rather Be Single Than Settle – Here Is Why Being Picky Is Okay

They're on their best behavior when you're dating.

Dating nowadays described in one word: annoying.

What's even more annoying? when people tell you that you're being too "picky" when it comes to dating. Yes, from an outside perspective sometimes that's exactly what it looks like; however, when looking at it from my perspective it all makes sense.

I've heard it all:

"He was cute, why didn't you like him?"

"You didn't even give him a chance!"

"You pay too much attention to the little things!"

What people don't understand is that it's OKAY to be picky when it comes to guys. For some reason, girls in college freak out and think they're supposed to have a boyfriend by now, be engaged by the time they graduate, etc. It's all a little ridiculous.

However, I refuse to put myself on a time table such as this due to the fact that these girls who feel this way are left with no choice but to overlook the things in guys that they shouldn't be overlooking, they're settling and this is something that I refuse to do.

So this leaves the big question: What am I waiting for?

Well, I'm waiting for a guy who...

1. Wants to know my friends.

Blessed doesn't even begin to describe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I want a guy who can hang out with my friends. If a guy makes an effort to impress your friends then that says a lot about him and how he feels about you. This not only shows that he cares about you but he cares about the people in your life as well.

Someone should be happy to see you happy and your friends contribute to that happiness, therefore, they should be nothing more than supportive and caring towards you and your friendships.

2. Actually, cares to get to know me.

Although this is a very broad statement, this is the most important one. A guy should want to know all about you. He should want to know your favorite movie, favorite ice cream flavor, favorite Netflix series, etc. Often, (the guys I get stuck on dates with) love to talk about themselves: they would rather tell you about what workout they did yesterday, what their job is, and what they like to do rather than get to know you.

This is something easy to spot on the first date, so although they may be "cute," you should probably drop them if you leave your date and can recite everything about their life since the day they were born, yet they didn't catch what your last name was.

3. How they talk about other women.

It does not matter who they're talking about, if they call their ex-girlfriend crazy we all know she probably isn't and if she is it's probably their fault.

If they talk bad about their mom, let's be honest, if they're disrespecting their mother they're not going to respect you either. If they mention a girl's physical appearances when describing them. For example, "yeah, I think our waitress is that blonde chick with the big boobs"

Well if that doesn't hint they're a complete f* boy then I don't know what else to tell you. And most importantly calling other women "bitches" that's just disrespectful.

Needless to say, if his conversations are similar to ones you'd hear in a frat house, ditch him.

4. Phone etiquette.

If he can't put his phone down long enough to take you to dinner then he doesn't deserve for you to be sitting across from him.

If a guy is serious about you he's going to give you his undivided attention and he's going to do whatever it takes to impress you and checking Snapchat on a date is not impressive. Also, notice if his phone is facedown, then there's most likely a reason for it.

He doesn't trust who or what could pop up on there and he clearly doesn't want you seeing. Although I'm not particularly interested in what's popping up on their phones, putting them face down says more about the guy than you think it does.

To reiterate, it's okay to be picky ladies, you're young, there's no rush.

Remember these tips next time you're on a date or seeing someone, and keep in mind: they're on their best behavior when you're dating. Then ask yourself, what will they be like when they're comfortable? Years down the road? Is this what I really want? If you ask yourself these questions you might be down the same road I have stumbled upon, being too picky.. and that's better than settling.

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Poetry On The Odyssey: It's a Girl

An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.


They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch


What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

She mourns that little girl

Hoping that one day

She'll be strong

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