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First Semester Thoughts As Told By 5 Animal GIFs

An animal for every mood.

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When you can't find the words to describe how you are feeling about something going on at school, try a GIF. For every event, there is sure to be an animal GIF that accurately pictures your thoughts as you're going through life in college.

Doing laundry

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This was me after I spent $12 and four hours doing a single load of laundry, which is a common problem in the residence halls when half the dryers don't seem to try your clothes and some of the washers leave your clothes so soaking wet you have to ring them out.

Discovering a new place to study

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My new favorite study spot at UMD is the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Library. It is quiet and has plenty of different places to study. Best of all, it is close to North Campus dorms where most freshmen live, so it is the perfect option for when I don't feel like trekking over to Mckeldin.

When someone asks if the dining hall food is good

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Not to say that it is all bad, but I would love a little more variety. And nothing beats the food from your own house and your favorite restaurants. A constant conversation between people here is how we just do not want to go to the dining hall anymore. Honestly, it is kind of a bonding point for the freshman.

Registering for classes

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How I feel when I watch classes I want to register for fill up before my eyes. Freshmen, you know the struggle of having later registration dates. You find the perfect schedule, only to have one class get filled up and throw off the entire balance of your schedule.

Enjoying a Friday night in

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Going out is fun, but sometimes a Friday night in with a movie and ice cream is exactly what you need after a long week, especially in the winter when it is super cold. There is nothing better than flopping down on my bed after getting some homework done and just taking a long break.

Animals really can understand our thoughts sometimes. Each one of these animal GIFs represents a different scenario at school, especially during the first semester. Pretty soon, it will be time for second semester, so we will see how these thoughts change!

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10 Times Disney Majorly Screwed Up When It Comes To Gender Norms

"My girl will think I have no flaws."

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When I think of gender norms I think of little girls playing with Barbies and little boys playing with trucks. I think about all of the Disney movies I watched growing up that told me how and girl and boy should act and what they should be like. I didn't like it all too much because I found I was so different, it was painful to be reminded of my imperfections.

Girls aren't always the perfect weight or have beautiful makeup or have an amazing personality. We won't always clean and cook for men or be a loving gentle wife. And we for sure don't need you to swoop in and save us, nor will we necessarily do that for you.

Likewise, men aren't heroic and strong like Hercules. They don't always have the nice hair and a chiseled face. They aren't slobs either though like the seven dwarves Snow White dealt with. And they definitely aren't princes with all the money in the world.

1. Mulan, Pt. 1

"Men want girls with good taste, calm, obedient, who work fast pace, with good breeding, and a tiny waist."

Is that really all men see in a girl? The whole song "Honor To Us All" is about making Mulan look perfect to attract a man. Another line says that attracting a man is the only way a girl can bring her family honor and having a son. Everyone says how great and progressive Mulan was, but it's still much too far from where Disney should be.

2. Mulan, Pt. 2

All this song talks about is what men find attractive in women. This mainly consists of "marveling" at her man's strength, being a good cook, and finding no faults in the guy. Women are not perfect. And seriously, Disney? "I want her paler than the moon?" I've always found that to be a bit racist...

3. Snow White

All Snow White does is clean for her seven dwarves! This movie perpetuates negative stereotypes for men and women. It portrays men as slobs who need a woman to clean up for them. And women are shown to be needed for cleaning and that's it.

4. Cinderella

Cinderella literally fell in love with a man in one night then married him. The worst part: The prince only sought her for her beauty. He was captivated by her looks and had to find the woman who looked so pretty and danced so well. Not the best message to be giving children.

5. Sleeping Beauty

Disney didn't even try with this one — they put "beauty" in the title! It's Cinderella all over again, with a man falling in love with a princess for her looks...in one day! She dances around, talking to the animals, looking pretty...Then the prince shows up, they sing a song, he leaves...Then she falls into a "deathlike sleep" and he kisses her comatose body and they live happily ever after! Something seems a bit wrong with that...How was it REALLY "true love's kiss?"

6. Hercules

Disney doesn't just perpetuate negative female gender norms, but men have had their fair share of unfair treatment as well. Take a look at Hercules: he's strong, fast, handsome, and — most importantly — a hero! This movie encourages the idea that men have to hunks in order to find a decent wife. We'll go into Megara next...

7. Megara

Disney did better with Megara in terms of personality and characterization but still lacked in the realism department. She's a twig! Not to mention the fact that she bottles up all her emotions and claims to not need anyone. That's not a healthy way to live.

8. Ursula, the Beast, and the Evil Queen

I bet you didn't see this combo coming! What could these possibly have in common, you ask? Appearance and personality. They are all — at least initially — portrayed as villainous, untamed, and mean. Ursula is absolutely shown to be overweight. The beast is, well, a beast; he's untamed and wild. The Evil Queen: "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" She's obsessed with being beautiful and is portrayed as being ugly and therefore inferior and jealous.

9. Ariel

I don't agree when people say Ariel gave up her tail and voice for a man: she was wanting to explore the land BEFORE seeing the prince. She had been curious for a long time as we see in "Part of Your World." However, the fact that the prince fell in love with her despite the fact that he knew nothing of her thoughts or opinion is a bit disconcerting.

10.  Beauty and the Beast

The Beast isn't exactly caring at first, but he changes, right? Right?! Yeah, he does and that's great, but he was very abusive at first and in real life, abusers don't typically change quite so fast. Old habits die hard. Who's to say he won't get abusive or aggressive later? He'd been living as a beast for so long, how do we know his personality is truly changed for good?

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You Know You're From Trumbull, CT When...

The best memories are made in this boring, little, Connecticut town.

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1. The majority of places you will consider to eat at are in Fairfield or Westport... Colony, Shake Shack, Country Cow, Playa Bowls, BarTaco

2. But if you find yourself too lazy to get on 95 for food, Panchero's is the go-to... never Chipotle. If it is past midnight, the choice always comes down to the McDonalds in Monroe, where you are almost guaranteed to see a group of people you know, or Merritt Canteen.

3. Once you got your license, your Friday night plans consisted of picking up friends, driving up and down Main Street, and, somehow, always finding yourself at the THS parking lot seeing who's car is there because there is nothing better to do.

4. In the Fall, you couldn't wait for Friday so that after school you and half of your grade could walk to Plasko's Farm for ice cream and apple cider donuts... and hope you could get them before the owners would yell at you to leave. (This one only applies to Hillcrest Middle School kids, AKA the inferior middle school in town).

5. You couldn't wait to be a senior so you could officially lead the BLACK HOLE at football games... if you were even willing to go in the cold.

6. You looked forward to the annual Senior Scav, the last week of summer before your senior year where a list of tasks is passed down by the recently graduated class... the official kickoff to senior year.

7. You pass by Country Club Rd. and get flashbacks from the worst Cross Country practices ever. Driving up Daniels Farm Rd. in the Fall and Spring, you are conditioned to yell "hi" out the window to your friends at practice.

8. You knew someone who worked at Gene's gas station... and found yourself spending more time there on the weekends than you would like to admit.

9. You are convinced Melon-heads are real after frequenting Velvet St. to see the abandoned insane asylum with your friends, IF you didn't want to drive all the way up to Fairfield Hills in Newtown.

10. You have had/have been to at least one middle school birthday party at the Trumbull Marriott.

11. You know that the 25mph speed limit on Whitney Ave. is way too slow... and can't help but hit a little air going down the huge hill at the top.

12. The guy at Towne likely knows your name.

13. You never find yourself turning right out of THS... that side of town is irrelevant for those who do not live there.

14. You know to avoid the Merrit Parkway from 4:00-7:00pm at all costs.

15. You know more than you would like to about people you aren't even friends with... in a town so small, things get around very quick.

16. Going shopping really means going to Target, or any store in the mall, for the millionth time that week.

17. The marching band was the best in the state and you would see them practicing, literally, every time you drove by THS.

19. Depending on the side of town you lived, you spent a lot of time at Five Pennies Park or Indian Ledge Park.

20. You would say you couldn't wait to leave, but when you got to college, you find yourself excited to come back to your hometown so you can reminisce on old traditions and make new memories.

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