11 Things You've Learned, Like 'Em Or Not, If You’ve Lived With A Large Group Of Girls

11 Things You've Learned, Like 'Em Or Not, If You’ve Lived With A Large Group Of Girls

It's a blessing and a curse.

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My freshman year of college, I opted to live in suite-style dorms with five other girls. With my sister and my mom, girls have always been the majority in my life, but I didn't quite realize just how chaotic and wonderful it can be to live with lots of girls.

1. There’s that one shirt everyone wore.

When you find a cute shirt that looks good on everybody, it immediately becomes a commodity and you have to schedule who's going to wear it and when. It's always cute, but has to casually make its way around the group.

2. Hair ties and bobby pins are always everywhere.

I don't know what it is, but whether they're in use or not, bobby pins and hair ties seem to just materialize on every flat surface EVERYWHERE. If you're not picky, this is a blessing. If you're like me, you're holding on tight to the two hair ties that successfully manage your hair for all they're worth.

3. You all collectively know when it's that time of the month.

At some point, you come to realize when someone is coming up on their period. You will learn quickly who to avoid, who to hide snacks from, and who to save some tissues for and when. Never lose track of time.

4. You always have a skilled set of stylists on hand.

I've never been a girl terribly interested in hair or nails or makeup. As a result, I've got like a really sad basic knowledge of how to do all of these things. However, with the talents of the other girls combined with my own, I was able to serve some LOOKS. There was always someone to give me a cute hairstyle or the perfect smokey eye or to blend my highlighter a little better so I didn't look like I was highlighting with a highlighter pen and going cosmic bowling.

5. Romantic comedies are properly appreciated.

These were absolutely a MUST. There is nothing better than getting snacks, blankets, and a ton of romantic comedies and laughing and crying the night away with your girls. Thankfully, I found girls with a shared appreciation for my love of romances.

6. We all know how to deal with bad days.

Guys (and girls), and even life in general, can often suck. And when one of your girls comes home after a particularly hard break up or argument or just a bad day, you all know exactly what to do. Someone gets a stuffed animal, someone gets some good snacks or ice cream, and someone gets some funny jokes or a good video ready to go. This video usually did the trick for us.

7. Starbucks dates are a must.

Almost all girls appreciate Starbucks. I cannot tell you how many times we all ventured over to the student union to get our fix. We all got to try each other's drinks and get recommendations and our communal Starbucks repertoire grew tons throughout the course of the year.

8. Someone's always there to help you send a tricky text.

Texting a guy is always a challenge. You have to gauge his interest with your own and come up with the perfect medium of being interested without being obnoxious. There's also plenty of people around to help you nicely curve a guy that's getting a little creepy or that you're just not interested in. A little help goes a long way.

9. We know the importance of a night in.

While going out can be fun, they also know how much fun staying in and playing 15 rounds of Cards Against Humanity can be and are more than willing to enjoy those 15 rounds with you.

10. You have automatic dates to everything.

If you wanna go see a movie, take your girls. If you want to go to a concert, take your girls. If you're going home to visit, take your girls. If you get a good group, anything and everything becomes more fun with them around.

11. Photoshoots are frequent and well done.

Girls know how to take good pictures and love to take them. Impromptu photo shoots are the best and give you plenty of Instagrammable pics to save for later on.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

Reserve time for yourself, for your sanity, your health, your mental health.

At the end of the day, grades might look nice on a piece of paper, but who you are and how you represent yourself can be even more honorable.

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Tailgating In College Can Be Scary, But These 5 Tips Will Help Anyone Stay Safe

Tailgating can be scary – and I learned that the hard way.

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Fall marks the start of football season and tailgating parties. It's one of the fun aspects of college, but it can also be dangerous, especially when there are some fierce rivalries going on.

Tailgating can be scary — and I learned that the hard way.

What started out as a fun party wound up turning into a violent brawl after two people got into an altercation. Of course, there was drinking involved, and that's ultimately what escalated the matter. Before we knew it, everyone (except me) was getting in on the fight.

Drinking and sports can be a bad combination, which is why we now host sober tailgating parties.

Staying Safe During Tailgating Parties

Whether or not there's alcohol involved, it's important to understand how to stay safe when tailgating.

1. Keep tabs on your drinking

If you're 21 or older and plan on drinking during the party, keep tabs on how many drinks you have. Limit yourself to avoid going overboard. Try drinking an equal amount of water after each drink to slow down your pace and keep yourself hydrated.

If you need to drive home, avoid drinking entirely. It's not worth the risk of endangering yourself and others just for a drink.

Remember that you don't have to drink just to fit in with everyone else. Tailgating can still be fun without alcohol and you don't have to deal with a hangover the next morning.

2. Arrange for sober rides home

If you're adamant on drinking, make sure that you have a sober ride home. Never get behind the wheel if you've been drinking. And don't let your friends get behind the wheel either.

If you're the one hosting the party, make sure that you have safe options for your guests to arrive home.

3. Keep spirits light

Try to keep the party light and fun. If arguments are getting heated – whether over sports or something else – try to diffuse the situation before it escalates.

Keep the number of people to a minimum, and make sure there's adequate separation of supporters of each team. Altercations involving two or more people can easily escalate into brawls with dozens of people. That's when things can get ugly and dangerous.

Make sure that you have an escape route in mind, so if things do get out of hand, you can get out without becoming a victim in the process.

4. Don't forget about cooking safety

What would a tailgate party be without food? If you're grilling food, make sure that you bring a fire extinguisher and everything you need to cook food safely.

If you're bringing raw or uncooked meat, make sure that you pack it in a cooler with plenty of ice to prevent food poisoning. A friend of mine didn't follow this rule and he paid the price for it.

Being sick for two days with food poisoning is no walk in the park, especially if you have a class early the next morning.

5. Clean up before driving home

When the party's over, don't just hop in your car and drive away. Clean up. Make sure that you can see properly. Get rid of the cans, bottles and plates before you head back home.

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