An Apartment Living PSA, Cockroach Sightings Included

An Apartment Living PSA, Cockroach Sightings Included

Dealing with the American Cockroach with your roommates.


20 minutes before I wrote this article I just encountered face-to-face in our apartment, for the fourth time this summer, a cockroach. Specifically, the American Cockroach: found in the apartments of Atlanta, also known as my current home over the summer. The following article is a tribute to our struggles this summer with sharing our beloved apartment with this particular species of cockroach.

To any Emory upperclassmen reading this, please for your sake and everyone else's sake, invest in "Raid" Roach Spray. It will turn into your favorite item in your cleaning supply cabinet and is worth every penny. That magic bottle turned a terrifying task into one that you can handle with just a little screaming, heavy breathing, and some background motivation from all your fellow roommates.

Apartment living in Atlanta is a wonderful experience. Don't get me wrong: now that the summer is coming to an end, I am beginning to appreciate and fall in love with all the little quirks of our little two-bedroom home: the lack of door locks that allow us to always barge in on our suitemates to hang out, the miniscule trash can that magically seems to fill up ten minutes after we just took out the trash, the lack of three-prong electrical outlets that make you wonder how you are supposed to charge anything outside from the single outlet in the living room, and of course my wonderful roommates who I couldn't have possibly survived this summer without.

Shreya, thank you for being my lovely - always singing with me - always-down-to-dance - food-sharing - bickering Indian aunty - who I've had the fortune to spend all summer with and so glad we got so close these past few months. Love you.

Jojo, thank you for being absolutely flawless with a heart of gold. For always keeping it real and for all the evening kitchen-table talks with your fantastic mellow music that we both love. Can't wait to catch up with you during our breaks in Philly <3

Christy, thanks for being the hype-woman (tbt karaoke) and enlightening us with all of your stories and mom advice. You always find us a way to make us laugh no matter what mood we're in and I hope we stay in touch next year <3

Out of all the things that have bonded the four of us this summer, the most recent one that comes to mind and the topic of this article is, of course, our close encounters with the cockroach. I have to say I am proud of how far we have come in our cockroach-killing skills: a necessary skill to survive apartment living in Atlanta and one that will definitely be going on all of our resumes after this summer. We started out the summer one night on cockroach-watch duty, sitting in our lounge chairs at night waiting for the cockroach to come out from under the oven. If that wasn't the most depressing thing we've done I don't know what is.

Our next encounter was with this monstrosity of a creature on the top of the wall in our living room, bothering us the day before I had my midterm for a summer class. But, rather than spend the night on cockroach-watch duty, this time we teamed up and took at least thirty minutes to kill that cockroach, using up a third of our bottle of cockroach spray and learning in the process that the cockroaches FLY. The third time we didn't mess around, and the cockroach was killed in under ten minutes, and twenty minutes ago, we hit our roommate world record of five minutes.

  1. Get a step-stool if you need it because more than often these cockroaches creep up on the tops of your walls near the ceiling.
  2. Get your handy-dandy cockroach spray that should be stocked in every college apartment.
  3. Don't be afraid to get close to the target.
  4. Spray like there's no tomorrow.

If you find yourself still reading this article, congratulations you have made it to the end of Apartment Living PSA: Dealing with the American Cockroach with your Roommates!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Get The Most Out of Your Trip To The Thrift Store

Tips from a self-proclaimed thrifting expert.


If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Sorting through racks of clothes, filling my basket up with dozens of different pieces, and walking away with a couple of different things is always so satisfying. Some people go for the vintage items, but I'm there to find the best over-sized t-shirt around and maybe yet another pair of shoes to add to the dozens I already own. Every time I go, there is a different selection of clothes for me too look at, so I end up going there all the time to see what's new! The bonus of thrifting? You can get a bunch of new styles without spending a bunch of money. To make the most out of your own trips to the thrift store, here are six rules you should follow.

Try on EVERYTHING that catches your eye


We've all had those moments where we see a shirt we like at the mall, but then decide it might not fit, or it's not in our usual comfort zone, or it's too expensive, so we skip right over it. Not the case at thrift stores. If you like it and you think it might fit, try it out. I've gone into thrift stores and tried on fifteen or twenty things, some of which are just t-shirts but others that are interesting tops that I normally would never pick up. Sometimes those different clothes end up being my favorite, and since the prices are low it's the perfect way to test out a different style without dropping a lot of money on a shirt you might not wear more than once.

Bring a friend


If you're going to a big store like Savers, there can be an overwhelming amount of racks to go through. With a friend, you can look for each other and end up with outfits you like that you might've not seen by yourself. Last time I went, my friends found a ton of UMD gear for me to try on! Going with a friend means double the finds.

Scope out different locations


College gear is all over the place at thrift stores. Have you seen the price of a sweatshirt at your college bookstore? Check for something similar at the thrift store before you snag that $50 crewneck. If you're going to an instate school, there is a solid chance your local thrift stores will have gear for your school so you can show your spirit without breaking the bank. Some of my favorite college t-shirts are from thrift stores and they were under $5 each. For out of state schools, hit up the thrift stores in the towns close to it.

Read the label

Where else are you going to get an authentic Longchamp purse and a Southern Marsh fuzzy pullover for $3 each? Expensive brand names at ridiculously low prices are one of the hidden gems of thrift stores. They are rare finds but totally make going to the store with it. Make sure to check the shoes, too!

Look for deals

Many of the major chain thrift stores offer 50% off at the end of the month for one day only, if you're a rewards member. The rewards programs are usually free and sometimes include early access to sales or bonus coupons after shopping a certain number of times or spending enough money.

Give back


Got clothing in great condition that doesn't fit anymore or isn't your style? Donate it and make room for your new clothes while doing something good at the same time! If you aren't bringing it to the thrift store, look into non-profits or organizations around you that will take what you don't wear anymore. Many places will take books, shoes, and furniture, so bring those on your next trip, too. Donating is a win for people and the planet!

Whether you hit up the thrift store all the time or you're just starting out, thrifting is the way to go if you want to revamp your wardrobe without spending a ton of money!

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