A Love Letter To Nike Shorts, From The College Girl Who Hates Wearing Real Pants

A Love Letter To Nike Shorts, From The College Girl Who Hates Wearing Real Pants

College is all about firsts. Find someone (or something) to support you through the whole thing.


Dear Nike Shorts,

I never really knew how to appreciate your beauty and wonder until the past summer.

Before that, you were the bottoms I grabbed when I wanted to throw something over my dance clothes or bikini. Or maybe when I decided to work out once a month, I would throw on a pair with a sports bra and call it a day. But now, Nike shorts, I owe you my struggling college freshman life.

You have brought me so much happiness in college.

I've had so many firsts with you: first day of college, first college party, first college community service plunge, first college crying session, first college stress vomit session (it happens), first college hurricane evacuation. They were all done in you, my beloved Nike shorts.

We have met in the store several times before college, but I want to recount on our most recent shopping interaction.

I had to go to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy an industrial sports bra for a dance fundraiser I was in. I had to search up and down for one, and then I spotted you. Two beautiful pairs of black and white Nike shorts. The first pair had white stars all over them, and my inner Rachel Berry was screaming. I said to myself "Nike shorts, I want to be your star."

The second pair had the signature "Just Do It" Nike slogan all over them in signature novel font. My inner literary nerd was screaming. I grabbed you as fast as I could, as if someone was going to swipe you out from underneath me. I ran to the register and swiped my debit card like lightening, not even caring about the fact that my banker father was going to yell at me for spending $120 at a sporting goods store when I, in fact, play ZERO sports.

It soon became an obsession.

I went through every possible way to get you. I went to every single thrift store on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and bought them out of every single extra large pair I could find. I asked my friends and family for any hand-me-downs shorts they possibly had. I raided the athletic clothes section at work and used my 50% off employee discount as much as I possibly could. By the end of summer, I had copious amounts of Nike shorts ranging from off-brand or on brand, black and white or bright colorful patterns, sports teams or schools that I didn't even go to. Nike shorts, you were my summer love.

Nike has been put in the controversy spotlight as of late. But this love letter isn't about that.

This is about how meeting you, the love of my life, changed me for the better. When I feel like I have absolutely no one in life, I have you, Nike shorts. When my anxiety and body issues get the best of me, I have you to tell me how beautiful I am, Nike shorts. You are my constant support system.

Thank you. I love you.


Payton Grace Mullinax (a.k.a. the girl who never wears real pants anymore)

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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