What The Stickers On Your Laptop Say About You

What The Stickers On Your Laptop Say About You

Some overdo it; others leave us underwhelmed

Sometime around mid-August, the day before move-in day to be exact, I was packing up my belongings when I came to the realization that my laptop had no stickers on it. I panicked. How could this have slipped my mind? I had seen my friends preparing for months before, meticulously placing each and every colorful sticker in its rightful place on the covers of their laptops. My favorite local coffee shop chain in Milwaukee, called Colectivo, is known for their trendy, vibrant, and (most importantly) free stickers. I got in the car despite the torrential rainfall going on outside and drove to get myself some laptop décor.

Naturally, I stopped at my favorite shop first—they are sprinkled throughout the city—and fell even deeper into my state of panic when the cashier looked at me and said that they didn’t have any left. So, I drove to the next closest one and lucked out. I got three stickers. First, the classic Colectivo logo, a bright skull resembling the ‘calavera,’ similar to something you would see for a Day of the Dead celebration. Second, a teal bus with some flames on it and ‘Colectivo’ on the side. Third, a smaller sticker that is in the shape of a man boxing, which I put on the bottom of my laptop because I liked it, but I didn't want it to be the first thing that anybody saw.

I managed to find two Vineyard Vines whales, and stuck those on there, too. I even put one on sideways in an attempt to exemplify my more “creative” side. Did I mention that one has the American flag pattern on it? I think that’s super cool.

What I’m getting at, though, is that I don’t believe that the stickers on my laptop are the best representation of who I am to a passerby in the library or at Starbucks. What does someone think when they see a pink whale placed next to a skull? They most likely don’t know that the skull sticker did not come from a rebellious phase, but rather, a mature phase where I developed a taste for coffee. At face value, my stickers are a dichotomy. I guess people must think I’m somewhat confused or indecisive, when in reality, I just had to make haste with my sticker application, and used what I had available. Perhaps I look rushed.

While my stickers may seem a bit all over the place, I think I have an ideal number. I’ve got about seven on there right now. I’ve added two since moving to Saint Louis. Too often, I see people with their laptop covers plastered with their stickers. What’s the point? I can’t see anything, and frankly if you’re one of these people, I would consider starting over because it makes you look messy. Ya know? Consider a scenario like a class project. If your teacher gives you some time to work during the class period, and you pull out your adhesive monstrosity, but don’t understand why your group members run the other way, it’s probably because your laptop makes you look disorganized and unreliable.

On the other hand, we have those few meek individuals who go about their day with a single sticker from REI, Hilton Head Island, Patagonia, etc., etc., the list goes on. While there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these stickers, having only one makes you look bland and boring. Your entire being surely cannot be captured by one mere sticker. When I walk past a person with only one sticker on their laptop, I wonder why they didn’t just go for it and put on some more. Spice up your life. Make yourself seem interesting! Tell us what you are all about.

Clothes and coffee seem to have summed up my life from an early age, so I guess my Colectivo and Vineyard Vines stickers actually express who I am quite well. If either of those interests you, and you see me working on my laptop, come start up a conversation with me. Similarly, if you see someone else with stickers that interest you, go up and talk to them. Also, keep in mind how you want people to view you when you’re placing your stickers on your laptop. Laptop stickers make a statement to the world around you about who you are, your commitments, and your passions.

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.

Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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Remember To Live In The Present, There's No Reason To Be Concerned About The Past

Constantly thinking about the future will cause you to neglect the present.


Everyone pretty much does this. During a moment when you're bored and you suddenly start daydreaming about the glamorous life you'll have in maybe five to ten years is not a problem in my eyes. It's normal to think about the type of life you want in the future. However, if thinking about the future causes you to ignore and miss out on what is happening at the moment then that kind of is a problem. Even though I know that constantly thinking about or worrying about the future is not good, I still seem to do it. It's a habit that is hard for me to break.

I have read many blog posts and watched many videos about how living in the present will make you happier. I've always been the type of person to constantly think about the future; whether it's about something as important as my career or something not as important like which set of pajamas I'm going to wear to bed. I've caught myself multiple times missing out on something due to zoning out and most of the time thinking about something that doesn't matter until later to come. I'll never forget the time I went to see pop and r&b; singer, Yuna, perform during my sophomore year of college. I remember I couldn't wait for her to perform my favorite song of hers. When she finally did I unintentionally started thinking about which classes I was going to take in the spring semester! As if that even mattered at the moment! I realized that I was missing the song and brought myself back to earth before it was over.

There have also been many times where I would lose some sleep because I would think about the future, and at times the past as well.

It has never been to the point of me not being able to sleep for so many nights in a row, but I know constantly thinking about the future or past, especially if there is stress added to it, could cause sleepless nights to occur. To me living in the moment is the way to live. Thinking about the future and preparing for it is not at all a bad thing. Even bringing up the past, as long as it is positive or it will be used for teaching is okay too! I believe that it's bad when thinking about the future and past stops you from enjoying what is happening at the moment. I am definitely going to try harder to be more in the present and to enjoy the moment myself.

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