Free T-Shirts Are Addictive For College Students

Free T-Shirts Are Addictive For College Students

And I'm not sure there is a cure.
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Before I came to college, I remember someone telling me not to bring any T-shirts. I admit, I brought a couple, but I finally understand why I shouldn't have. Free T-shirts will hit you in the face (literally, at football games) once you arrive at college.

Within the first week, I gained at least eight free T-shirts, which I took as quite the accomplishment. I felt like I figured out some secret way to gain new apparel. Soon enough, every event promised free T-shirts, and I was the first in line to retrieve one. I would come back to my dorm and boast about the shirts I had acquired, as if my entire wardrobe is defined purely by T-shirts.

Some came from clubs I joined – or better yet, clubs I didn't join. Some came from random events like freshmen orientation, conferences, or hackathons. Some seemed like they just appeared out of nowhere. Some were even duplicates, which I cannot justify even if I tried. Some weren't the right size because even if it wasn't going to fit, it was still a free shirt.

However, after three months of college, I realized that free T-shirts are more of an addiction than anything. My drawer of short-sleeve shirts is overflowing to the point that I started packing away unworn shirts in a duffel bag to bring home. Yet, I find enjoyment in gaining another shirt, because I add it to my collection and tell my friends about my prowess in obtaining free clothing.

Others might think my collection of 24 free shirts is a little overboard, but at least I'll always have something to wear.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.
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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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14 Things All 'School Bus Riders' Can Relate To, Even Years Later

Things you know if you rode the yellow bumpy bus.

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I started riding the bus when I was in Kindergarten and stopped when I got my license. I spent a lot of time on the bus doing homework, chatting with friends, and sleeping. Sometimes the bus was my favorite part of the day and other times, I couldn't wait to get off. Here are a few things you know to be true if you rode the bus:

1. There was some sort of hierarchy of seating.

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2. The feeling of missing the bus.

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3. Keeping snacks from lunch to eat on your way home.

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4. Having bus buddies.

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5. Hot days with no air conditioning.

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6. Making playlists for the bus.

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7. Back seats were the bumpiest.

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8. Dealing with a mean substitute driver.

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9. Bus evacuation drills.

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10. Trying to do homework on the bus and not being able to write neatly because it's so bumpy.

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11. Hitting your head on the window when the ride gets bumpy.

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12. Falling asleep on the ride home.

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13. Trying to fit 3 people in a seat.

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14. School might be 15 minutes away, but riding the bus makes it 30 minutes or more.

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