The Universal Process of Moving Out

7 Thoughts We All Have While Packing

Everyone has to do it eventually, but we all dread it nevertheless.


The spring season often involves a lot of moving around, whether that's out of a college dorm for the summer or out of your actual house for a fresh change. The warm weather brings a lot of for-sale signs and tag sales that can be both exciting and extremely exhausting.

No matter where you're moving out of and where you're going next, the process is virtually the same for all of us. You might be joyous about a new change or dreading the impending move, but we all have to complete the chore of buying boxes, sorting through our stuff, and figuring out what to bring and what to keep.

1. When You First Start The Process

Getting a fresh start can be invigorating, and sometimes the idea of packing up everything and finally organizing can be fun. You're ready to begin the next journey, and that starts with cleaning up and packing. It may take some mental preparation, but you know you can do it and you're even a little happy about it.

2. When You Put Away More Than Two Things In a Box

Packing is truly hard work, and putting a single object away can feel like you've just finished a marathon. You're panting, you're sweaty, you're ready to take a break after putting away a single plate.

3. When You Start Finding A Lot of Random Trash

Personally, I know that every time I moved out of a place, I found so many unnecessary things: old homework, random food wrappers, opened mail envelopes, all just laying underneath a pile of miscellaneous objects. I don't necessarily think I'm a hoarder, but it definitely made me realize how lazy I have been over the years. Instead of just throwing out a candy wrapper, I would stick it in a drawer or on my desk for "later." I just didn't think "later" meant four years later.

4. Having to Decide What to Keep and What to Give Up

It can be difficult to discern what clothes still have some life in them and which shirts are just too stained. Or, we find that dress we promised we were going to wear eventually, but we never have. It's hard to give stuff up, but you also don't want to pack up everything if you're not going to use it.

5. When You Realize You Have Way More Than You Thought You Did

For me, I always think I will need just a couple of boxes and the whole process will take twenty minutes. However, I quickly realize that I'm not just packing clothes and shampoo, I'm actually packing up everything. I end up needed twice the amount of containers I thought I did, and whenever I finally close up a specific box, I discover at least five things that I should have put in it.

6. When You Can't Live a Normal Life Because Your Stuff is Packed

Especially when you're towards the end of the packing process, it's hard to really do anything because you don't have any of your stuff. Your kitchen utensils, your bedding, your everything is gone. This probably means a few nights of sitting on the living room floor eating take-out food (which, in reality, sounds kind of ideal after weeks of tiresome packing).

7. When You Finally Finish Everything

The satisfaction after you pack all of your stuff is a feeling like no other. You're finally ready to say goodbye to one chapter of your life. It may be a little scary, but at least you won't have to buy so much packing tape for a little while.

Moving is tiring, but it can also be a great way to start new and grow as a person. Whether you're at the beginning or the end of your packing journey, I wish you luck in choosing between whether you should give up that 6-year old dress or the jeans you've never worn. If it were me, I'd keep both.

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.


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