Everything You Shouldn't Bring To College

Everything You Shouldn't Bring To College

Learn from my mistakes!
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When I first came to college, I thought I would eventually find a use for every single thing I packed. Now that I am here, I realized I was definitely wrong. The tiny closets and drawers in my dorm room are practically stuffed with clothes and shoes that I never wear. My desk is full of fancy pens that I never use and candles that I'm not even allowed to light. I thought that I would need about four bottles of shampoo, five bottles of contact solution, and six bottles of heat protectant spray. Did I not realize that I was going to Pennsylvania, not a foreign country that doesn't have stores? Here is a list of things that you just really don't need at college, please learn from my mistakes!

1. Uncomfortable, impractical heels.

You will NOT wear them unless it is for a formal event for a sorority or frat. But even then, you really only need about three pairs, and make sure they are comfortable! Nothing is worse than having to spend the night in shoes you can barely walk in. If you think you may need more heels to wear out to parties, trust me, you will probably never wear them. Instead, you will probably end up alternating between two pairs of identical black booties and choose to wear the the ones that have less frat juice on them.

2. Fancy blouses.

When I packed for school, I included about six nice blouses that I would probably wear out to dinner when I was home. I figured I may need them for parties or to go to out to eat. I was very wrong for two reasons: 1) If I wore any of these shirts out to party, I would sweat right through them (don't judge, frats feel like a sauna by the end of the night.) 2) I am way too poor to even consider going out to a nice restaurant. These blouses are now sitting in the corner of my closet, untouched and dusty.

3. An excessive amount of jeans.

Personally, I think that jeans are one of the worst inventions ever made to mankind. They are restricting, rough and all in all just so uncomfortable. But me being my extra self decided to bring about twelve pairs of jeans to school. Why? I honestly do not know. Out of these twelve pairs of jeans, I only wear my two black pairs and my two ripped up light pairs, and usually only for a few hours when I go to parties. During the day, I stick to leggings and you probably will too, because who doesn't love leggings?

4. An excessive amount of workout clothes.

Okay, I get it, some people do like to work out and will actually wear all of the workout clothes they own to the gym. I hate the gym, so I'm never there, but I still have tons of workout clothes! I refuse to bring them home because sometimes I see them in my closet and it motivates me to go to the gym, but most of the time I just put them on for class to make it look like I workout.

5. More than two winter jackets.

Because winter jackets are so big, they take up about half the closet space you are given, and one of the most precious things in college is space. I have one long jacket, and one short one, because a girl needs options. On cold winter days, you will probably just end up reaching for the warmest jacket you have anyway, so more than two options is unnecessary.

6. Shorts!

It is only short weather for about a month at school, so you really don't need to pack all of your summer shorts because you most likely won't end up wearing them.


Here are some things you should stock up on at school: sweatshirts, sweatpants, leggings, Ugg boots, Ramen, quarters (if you have to pay for your laundry), frackets (if you know, you know), extra sheets, trash bags, and some more leggings because you can never have too many leggings!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Early 2000s Fashion Is The Next 90s Style Obsession

The 2000s trends that will take over the 90s ones in the next generation!

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Teenagers today flock to places like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21, where many of the seasonal styles are trends from the 90's. These are popular because they have become huge nostalgic pieces, reminiscent of our parents days as young adults. Even kids who have no connection to the 90's participate in this recycling of fashion due to their pure fascination in the time period.

But what will be the next reclaimed era of style? The answer is easily, the early 2000's. When Brittany Spears ruled the track suit and Ashley Tisdale was never seen without a skirt layered over baggy jeans. This iconic time in style will be what our kids are asking us about in the years to come, and I can't wait!

1. Metallic everything will be the new plaid

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Jennifer Lopez's metallic get up (2000) and Garcelle Beauvais's plaid skirt (1994).

2. Houndstooth pattern will be the new shape prints

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Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl wearing the classic Houndstooth print (2007) and Emma Chamberlain wearing a Louis Vuitton dress with the 90s-esque shapes pattern on it (2019).

3. Faux sports tops will be the new skate brands

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/0e/59/2b/0e592bbed6030cb26cc04ac453225773.jpg and https://www.vogue.com/article/how-did-thrasher-tee-become-model-off-duty-staple

Miranda from Lizzie Mcguire wearing a jersey top (2001) and a model wearing the popular 90s Thrasher brand tee.

4. Low-rise pants will be the new mom jeans

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Paris Hilton wearing low rise jeans (2002) and Jennifer Aniston sporting mom jeans (1990).

5. Logo hand bags will be the new mini backpacks

https://www.glamour.com/story/louis-vuitton-discontinuing-murakami-monogram-bags and https://jennynovelloblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/cher2.jpg

Jessica Simpson with Louis Vuitton logo bag (2003) and Cher Horowitz's tiny backpack in Clueless (1995).

6. Eccentric hair accessories will be the new tiny sunglasses

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Hilary Duff, queen of hair accessories (2002) and Drew Barrymore with tiny Aaliyah sunnies in the 90's.

7. Corset tops will be the new casual lingerie

https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/eve-and-nick-carter-at-the-teen-choice-awards-2002-held-at-the-in-picture-id2260312?s=612x612 and https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/news/g4736/celebrities-in-lingerie-mtv-movie-awards/?slide=6

Eve in a corset top at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards and Catherine Zeta-Jones wearing a lingerie dress (1999).

8. Kitten heels will be the new platform shoes

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The Olsen Twins in kitten heels (2000) and The Spice Girls in platform sneakers (1997).

9. Cardigans will be the new puffer jackets

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Regina George from Mean Girls sports the popular cardigan style (2004) and Bella Hadid wearing a 90's inspired puffer jacket.

10. Designer track suits will be the new biker shorts

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Britney Spears wearing a Juicy Couture tracksuit in the early 2000s and Princess Diana sporting the biker shorts trend in the 90's.

Some may absolutely despise the early 2000s fashion. But when it makes its way back to mainstream stores and our kids are dressing in these looks, the nostalgia will be unreal!

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