5 Perks of Working at Morris Library During the Summer

5 Perks of Working at Morris Library During the Summer

Besides, of course, being in the air conditioning.


Morris Library is an ideal study spot during the school year, but I would argue it is even cooler working there. I would love to tell you that I'm having a boring little summer working in a cute little library. But that isn't the case.

There is a lot happening at Morris. For instance:

1. I get to work in an office.

A lot of college students I know get really excited about working in an office. It makes them feel grown up and important. I'm happy to report that I get to feel the same way! I answer phones (and get to say "Office of the Vice Provost of Libraries and Museums"- super official!) shred papers, file documents, and help students and staff who come into the office.

2. I work in a library, so of course, there are lots of books.

I've started memorizing where the shelves are that house my favorite authors, and on breaks, I walk laps between the shelves. Every day is like a scavenger hunt. As well, any time the office gets a bit slow or I want something to read, I have thousands of options right in the same building.

3. Bleecker Street is delish.

My lunch break is a great time to enjoy some quiet in the library, but, like anything, it all comes to a screeching halt if I forget to prepare, in this case by packing a lunch. The summer semester means the dining hall plan isn't available to me without taking classes. Luckily, Bleecker Street has awesome food. Whether I want a panini, a salad, a cup of soup, or just a snack, I can get it at the cafe, and the staff is always super nice.

4. I like all my co-workers.

I know that everyone says they like their co-workers, but I have to be honest. The employees all over Morris are super nice. Everyone has a smile on their face when they walk through, and since my office hosts a lot of meetings, I get to see a lot of people come through on a daily basis. At least once a day, I hear multiple people laughing loudly. People are cracking jokes and showing pictures of their families on their phone. People are interested in how my weekend went and how my studying is going (when it's the actual school year). I heard there is even an employee game night (I might need to investigate and see if I can bring some games from club to it).

5. There are lots of students around, even if they are working.

Even with the summer holiday, there are lots of students working in Morris in various departments. It's always fun seeing other students doing important work. There are normally a few students on every level of the library, so no matter what errands I run, I'm bound to run into someone who looks familiar or has a friendly smile and a Blue Hens t-shirt.

In my department, both students are named Abigail, and that's always entertaining to figure out which one of us they mean.

It also helps that in the year I have been working at my job I have met one of my best friends. Abby is always so happy to come into work, and she is doing so much cool stuff. She always wants to talk about what's been going on, and I couldn't imagine the office without her.

Some people aren't thrilled by the work they do, especially because it takes time out of their summer vacation. I couldn't have more pride for my job. It's perfect for an enthusiastic bookworm like me, with the quiet and professional atmosphere to make me feel like I am doing something significant.

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Abigail Hunter

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.

We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

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11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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19 Date Party Dresses From Amazon You'll Actually Want To Wear

A woman can never have enough dresses.


Dresses are (usually) a girl's best friend. It gives us the chance to get dolled up, without needing an excuse to get dolled up. Dresses you can wear for almost any occasion. Whether it's brunch, on a date, to a party, it doesn't even matter what time of year it is. If a woman can find a dress that will match the event needed for, she will. Amazon has the BEST selection of dresses I've ever seen. These are 19 dresses, that you'll totally need for your next outing.

1. The perfect long sleeve dress - with pockets!

This dress is perfect for any fall/winter events. Date or party out on the town, this is the ultimate dress to have. Plus it has pockets!!

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2. The, absolutely needed, little black dress

Everyone needs AT LEAST one little black dress in their closet. It's girl code!

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3. The sleeveless/or sleeves dress

Another great dress for any occasion, and another with pockets! (Because let's be real if a dress has pockets, it's a keeper).

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4. The off-the-shoulder dress

This beauty is perfect for that date you've been waiting for, going out dancing, or even your work's Christmas party. An over the shoulder dress is both sexy and sophisticated.

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5. The plunge v-neck

This v-neck dress is perfect for that party on campus or for going to the club with the girls.

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6. The floral spaghetti strap

This floral spaghetti strap is to die for. I've had this dress in my cart forever and still can't wait to buy it. It's perfect for the beach, brunch, a date, practically any occasion!

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7. The classy cocktail dress

This classy bod-con dress is the perfect dress for that staff party you have to attend. It's mature and sophisticated, while still looking fashionable.

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8. The skater dress

Every girl should own at least one skater dress. It's perfect for a first date, or going out on the town. It can be used for casual or for an event.

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9. The casual long sleeve t-shirt dress

This t-shirt dress is the best casual wear you can find. It's perfect for any regular day activities. Especially if you're looking for a cute dress for those fall pictures you want to take while apple or pumpkin picking.

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10. The body-con t-shirt dress

This body-con t-shirt dress is another perfect for any casual event. But this one can also be used for going on a date with that cute boy from Tinder.

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11. The long floral

This long floral v-neck is the cutest, sophisticated dress there is. Matching great with a pair of wedges or flats, this dress is perfect for date night, brunch or going out on the town.

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12. The elegant deep-v

This elegant deep-v dress is the perfect fit for that club you've been wanting to go to. It's a show stopper.

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13. A cocktail cami dress

The cocktail cami dress is another casual/date night/party dress. It's perfect for any occasion and can be paired with any accessories.

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14. The round neck mini dress

This round neck printed mini dress is one you'll want to add to your cart right away. The patterns are super cute and it's less than $20!

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15. The long sleeve floral skater dress

We've had floral dresses and we've had skater dresses, but this long sleeve floral skater dress takes the cake.

16. The plus size, queen dress

This plus size floral dress is not a want but a need. This dress accents every beautiful curve and you'll have everyone turning heads as you walk by!

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17. The plus size, ruched black dress

Another beautiful black dress! There isn't anywhere you can't wear this dress!

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18. The strappy cold shoulder

This cold shoulder dress is another perfect for the fall/winter season. The long sleeves will keep you warm, while the open shoulders still show just the right amount of skin.

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19. The slit long floral

The slit, long, floral dress is ultimate for your closet. Perfect for any occasion where you just want to look extra cute.

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