How to create the perfect dorm room on a budget

How to create the perfect dorm room on a budget

College is expensive, there is no sugarcoating it.


College is expensive, there is no sugarcoating it. You have to get so many new things before you start in the fall, such as cute dorm decorations, new bedding, clothes, textbooks, school supplies and more. While that sounds overwhelming it can be done without breaking your budget. First, you need to know where to shop, here are some stores that you need to make your new best friend while your college shopping:

1. Bed Bath and Beyond

Bed Bath and Beyond has amazing back to school deals, but on top of that, they have special offers for college students. You can sign up for their College Savings Pass, which gets you 20% off your entire purchase as well as free shipping on all online purchases. All you have to do is go on to their website and sign up for this coupon using your school email. After that, you will receive an email containing a barcode that you have the cashier scan every time you shop and a code for online purchases. Another good thing Bed Bath and Beyond does is you can shop in-store or online and have them send whatever you buy down to the closest Bed Bath and Beyond to your school, this comes in handy especially if you are traveling from far away to get to your new school. Also, use all of those paper coupons that your mom gets sent in the mail frequently, they work with the College Savings Pass!

2. Target

Target has great every day low prices, and they have lots of cute room decor. You can find pretty string lights, wall decor, adorable throw pillows, fuzzy blankets and school supplies all in one place. Target offers on its app, Cartwheel offers which are coupons that you can use in store, these offers are constantly changing but you can almost always find that applies to what you are looking to buy. Also, check out Target's weekly circular to find out what is on sale that week and when to get the best deals when college shopping.

3. Marshalls

Marshalls is a fantastic store you can find name brand items for amazingly low prices. I got a 25 pack of really nice felt hangers for only six dollars. Marshalls is one of those stores where you are surprised to find so many great things due to their wide variety of products. At Marshalls, I found so many great things for less, such as tiny decorative plants, cute mugs, awesome planners, great room organizers I got one for my jewelry and I absolutely love it! They also have a great selection of throw pillows and bedding accessories.

4. Five Below

Five Below is an underrated store when some of my friends took me there for the first time I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality of their products as well as the large selection of products that they offer. The beauty of this store is everything is five dollars or less, which for me is an amazing price range. There I got a couple fuzzy blankets that I have been using all the time, I also found a great set of mini drawers to help organize my makeup and school supplies for the desk in my dorm room. I also got a couple reusable water bottles there, as well as some beauty products like face masks for when I get stressed and those awesome Turbie Twisty Hair Towels for post-shower. If you have a Five Below near you I seriously consider checking it out for your college essentials you will be surprised at what you might find.

5. Amazon

Everyone loves Amazon, they have everything. Amazon was my go to when I was looking for some specific, for example, I wanted a tapestry in my room. It had to be a certain size, so it wouldn't be too big and I also wanted to pay under 20 dollars for it. I found a great one to hang up in my dorm room as well as one for the living room in my suite. Amazon also has this great thing that they do called Prime Day which is offered to Amazon Prime members and it has some of the best deals of the year.

These stores helped me create my perfect dorm room while staying in my budget, its all about knowing where to shop, knowing when sales are happening and using tons of coupons.

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R. Kelly Faces New Accusations And Hopefully This Means The End Of His Reign Of Terror

"Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.


R. Kelly is one of the most prominent R&B; artists of the '80s and '90s. However, his business as an artist is not the main reason his name is now resurfacing. Due to the attention brought on by a documentary, "Surviving R. Kelly", many started realizing what others tried to mention years ago.

In the documentary, the stories of numerous women who all have had contact with him talked in great detail about the terrors they encountered and horrors they still face. Included in those who took part in the documentary are Sparkle, Wendy Williams, Tarana Burke, and 50 others. Many talked about his obsession with pedophilia while mentioning his and predatory behavior toward women and abuse (physically, verbally, and sexually).

As of February 22, 2019, Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

These charges are criminal, felonies, and were filled through Cook County in Illinois. "Surviving R. Kelly" shed light to what was in the shadows for too long and now consequences have just been dealt.

In the past, R. Kelly and his team have been able to slip through the grasps of justice. He was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges and numerous other incidents throughout the years. This time around, the R&B; artist is being investigated by three different federal law enforcement agencies surrounding evidence, testimonies, and statements made by those involved in the filming of Surviving R. Kelly.

A 45-minute tape including an underage 14-year-old girl and R. Kelly has been presented to prosecutors leading to the filing of charges. To note, this video is separate from the videos in which previously were used in cases on different charges. Along with this new video, two additional accusers have stepped forward to detail their encounters with the artist. These two women are a former protege and mother of a daughter who is presently involved with him.

Former protege, Lizzette Martinez went on to say when she was 17-years-old and forced into sexual acts numerous times with Kelly. Eventually becoming pregnant with R. Kelly`s child, Lizzette Martinez felt pressured by him to have an abortion; she ultimately miscarried later on. The other accuser, Michelle, explained her daughter`s ("N's") relationship with him. Michelle said that communication between her daughter and her is limited because R. Kelly`s enforced restrictions. R. Kelly and his team have denied all allegations multiple times as he is a "God-fearing man". While some still question the authenticity of these charges, others question if R. Kelly will actually face the consequences of his actions.

With these new charges and "Surviving R. Kelly" documentary, there is an important factor society must understand before his case continues and similar ones are filled. Between lust, fame, money, power, and more, there are hundreds of reasons why R. Kelly did not face convictions others would have easily. Yes, he is profitable, rich, and all of those hundred reasons but they are not suitable reasons that can come close in justifying these allegations.

AND EVEN MORE IMPORTANT there is NO reason for ANYONE to commit such crimes.

There is also no justifiable reason for anyone to commit such crimes and be able to get away with their actions time and time again. Over the course of his career, there have always been allegations and until the documentary, no one listened. It is time to give survivors the time and our ears for their story to be told and listened to.

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Lost Within Your Thoughts

A poem I was inspired to write after reading Turtles All the Way Down By John Green.


winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve, either around a central point on a flat plane or about an axis so as to form a cone.
if we are not our thoughts,
then what are we?
are we our physical features and
are we just the individualised microscopic
cells, that crash together so we can function?
maybe we are not so concrete,
maybe we are more abstract.
are we the love?
the anger?
the despair?
are we our actions?
our words?
our impulses?
our movements?
our work?
if not,
if we are none of this then,
do we truly exist?
if there is nothing to make us,
then how do we differentiate?
why are we not swallowed up by infinite similarity?
how do we become ourselves?
if we can't find the way to express?
maybe i am just too in my head,
my thoughts feel like scribbles
and my emotions have run dry-
words no longer escape my lips,
because i no longer have anything to say.
instead i draw spirals with words,
and live inside a continuous cycle.

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