The College Uniform

The College Uniform

It's a battle of sweats versus jeans.
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When the college norm becomes oversized sweatshirts with the school's name emblazoned on the chest, sagging sweatpants, and worn out sneakers, dressing up - or even just shoving on a pair of jeans, becomes quite a challenge for people. The students that come in looking like they spent more than three minutes picking out their clothes become the target of incredulous stares; many gawk at the effort they spend on looking nice, when in reality, they could have just grabbed the clothes on top of some piles. Those who stare in awe might even find it themselves to scoff a little bit.

What right do they have to be looking nice for school?

Well...they have every right to be dressed up. If comfort for one means sweatpants and loungewear, could translate as jeans and tucked-in cable knit sweaters for another, then what can you do? If wearing clothes that feel and remind you the warmth of a bed make you happy - then wear them. If not; if wearing pajama-like garments make you feel uncomfortable, then wear what makes you feel at ease. There should be no ostracizing made between those who prefer dressing up or down because chances are, what you see others wear ever day, is probably their style preference.

Anyway, let us say an unknown student sporadically comes up to you, telling you that your look is too much - then what would you do next? Would you change for them? Would you change yourself because of a stranger's opinion? The answer should be no. As long as you feel good and aren't harming anyone, then why should you grab those joggers in lieu of your typical black jeans? Why should you throw your beloved Adidas sweats aside for a skirt?

Just think about it. If you look at them, appalled at the effort (or lack of one) that they put in their outfit, then they are probably glancing back at you too - envying the comfort of your sweats. It can also work vice versa. Humans, at a fault, tend to ridicule or shun things or people they envy. In regards to style, then they most likely are just yearning to emulate your bravado in wearing something so comforting or done up to something so routine and plain like school.

Besides, life is too short to spend seconds ruminating over your classmate's apparel. Yes, the exuberance from that freshmen is a bit too blinding in that yellow button down, and yes, that junior is recovering from last night's party - but the point is, our clothes tell our stories. They are an extension of the person. Style is an art of expression. So maybe look away from that erratic freshman and maybe give that junior a bit of space, but don't ever put yourself on a high horse and look down on others for wearing the clothes that they want to wear.

Cover Image Credit: Washington College

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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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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Makeup Changed My Life, It's My Ultimate Stress-Reliever

Makeup is my stress-reliever, and no one can change that.

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My journey started in 2015. I had just gotten out of a relationship, and I was heartbroken. I felt incompetent to most girls. At the time, I thought a new makeover wouldn't help me at all, but my mother had other ideas. She thought it was a brilliant idea for me to use makeup. I never used makeup before, and I was kind of scared of using it too. Makeup was sort of like a taboo really. In 2015, everyone in my high school thought that if a girl wore makeup at school, it was because they wanted to impress someone, which automatically made it look like she was trying hard. I did not want to look like "that" girl. I tried to explain that to my mom, but she insisted not to worry about it.

My mom brought me to Sephora for the first time, and I was in awe. There were so many things to choose from. It was overwhelming, to say the least. My first ever foundation was the SmashBox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation. In all honesty, it wasn't the best foundation, but I was in love with it at the time. I only bought the essentials that day. Throughout the entire day, I was really contemplating whether this was still the right idea. I was at my lowest point, and I wanted to change that. In my mind, I didn't know if it was going to change anything, but it was a worth a shot. This day marked the day that I would become a better person.

I should've bought more if I knew I was going to end up wearing makeup almost every day. It was a growing obsession. I started to watch YouTube Videos on how to take care of my skin and what products would help my skin. I started to create different looks with all the eyeshadow palettes I had and started to buy more. No one could stop me from doing it. Things were looking bright, and I couldn't be any happier. But there was a downside to all of this.

I started to get side comment from girls in the bathroom saying things like makeup made my face worse or it wasn't going to change a thing. I ignored them, but it did make me want to quit. I really started to believe what they said, but my friend motivated me to continue. That same day, she went to buy her first foundation and eyeshadow palette. She said I was the reason why she bought that. She saw a big impact makeup had on me, and she wanted to feel the same thing.

Makeup really brought out a new side of me. Over time, I improved my skills and began to use them on other people. It's a great experience to get someone to see their true beauty and to see another side of them they've never seen before. That's what makes me feel accomplished. My self-esteem increased drastically, and I eventually did become more myself again. Makeup shouldn't hide our insecurities, but rather enhance our beauty. Makeup shows my creative side in ways that I didn't know I could showcase. Makeup is my outlet for stress and imagination. My journey as a makeup artist is just beginning, and there's no stopping.

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