The World Of Finstas And Sinstas

The World Of Finstas And Sinstas

We love Instagram so much that one account just isn't enough.

Urban Dictionary defines Finsta as "a fake Instagram account, so one can post ratchet pictures without persecution from sororities, jobs and society as a whole," and Sinsta as "a secret Instagram where people post scandalous pictures they wouldn't put on their normal Instagram."

It seems like people use the two terms interchangeably, though the meaning and purpose are so similar to each other. Regardless of what you choose to call them, the creation of these accounts has skyrocketed in recent months.

People still love each other's real accounts, of course, but the Finstas and Sinstas are where the real, raw stuff is posted. Embarrassing pictures of friends, long funny captions that are socially unacceptable otherwise, lower quality (aka unedited) photos, et cetera. I feel so old saying this, but my younger cousins are the ones who first introduced me to this world of Finstagram/Sinstagram. We were on vacation and told me to follow their secondary accounts, and I didn't really understand why they made the accounts since they already had real ones. But soon enough I realized what they're used for, and though I was skeptical at first, I found their secondary accounts highly entertaining. So eventually, over this past Christmas break, I decided to make one and convinced one of my friends to get on board so we could share it.

Upon returning back to school, we got compliments in person on how excited people were that we made this account. And as we got into our groove, some of our friends would even comment in person on the things we'd post. And some even called us by our username when they'd see us around campus, which was always amusing to us both.

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Once you succumb and make one, you won't regret it. They're super fun, your friends love them, and you love posting on it. Plus, some people should really make one because they're posting stuff that their followers do not want to see in their real account newsfeed. (Yes, the Finsta/Sinsta newsfeed is supposed to be different from your real account feed.)

There are those people who post things on their real accounts that simply should not be there.

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If you are just so compelled to share something against the social norms of regular Instagram, it's best to just post it on a secondary account. Whether it be scandalous pictures, party pictures, or just plain ugly (yet hilarious) pictures, your Finsta/Sinsta is the best place to put that stuff.

Secondary accounts have become so popularized that Instagram had to acknowledge it and add a feature which made switching between multiple accounts extremely easy. I know that when I made mine, I only knew of my cousins and a few other people that had them...but now, way more people have them.

All you have to do is log in to all the accounts that you want, and then to switch between them, you simply tap the top of your account name and then select from the list which one you want to be active on. Super easy and convenient! And if you're scrolling through your newsfeed and want to switch between accounts, a short cut is to hold down your profile icon in the bottom right, and the list will come up again and you just select the account you want to switch to.

And yes, this is my Finsta/Sinsta. I share it with someone else, but still...guilty.

I know that when I made mine, I only knew of my cousins and a few other people that had them...but now, way more people have them. I see a lot of people from my high school that have them and then there's people from SCU with them. It's like a second world of Instagram, really. You follow people on your real account (and they follow you back) and that's all good and normal, and then you chisel your followers down on your Finsta/Sinsta to who you want, and then they follow you back on their secondary account (and if you're lucky, maybe their real, also), so it creates another layer to Instagram that we didn't have before.

You get to make your secondary account more exclusive. On real accounts, people generally want to rack up as many followers as possible--even if that means following that person you see a lot and have mutual friends with, yet you really know nothing about each other -- because hey, at least it's a follower. However, on your Finsta/Sinsta, you choose only your closest followers to be let in on your wonderfully amusing account, because you wouldn't want just anyone seeing some of the things posted on your secondary account. You choose wisely and you choose only people who will be able to appreciate all of your shenanigan posts.

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They really are a good time. So if you don't already have one, I'd suggest you make one and discover and immerse yourself in the hilarious world of Finstagram/Sinstagram, whatever you wanna call it. Happy 'gramming!

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If I Had One Million Dollars

What would you do if you won a million dollars?

It's a snow day, and I'm incredibly bored and I have a daily writing prompt journal that I've been writing in today. One of the questions was "if you won a million dollars, what would you buy first?" So I decided to write a list of what I'd buy and in the order I'd buy them. This will come in handy later when I win a million dollars!

1. Pay off my debt.

I'd pay off my car, my credit card debt, and all of my school debt. Yes, I want to help others, but I need to make sure all my stuff is taken care of before I help them!

2. Pay off my parent's debt.

My parents have done so much for me in my life time so theres no question about paying off all their debt and making sure they're set.

3. Pay off my sister's debt.

I'd pay off her car and make sure I set money aside for her to finish college!

4. Buy my dream car.

That all white, 4 door, hard top, Jeep Wrangler is calling my name and I deserve it.

5. Buy my Dad his dream car/truck.

My dad has had a lot of different pick up trucks in my life time (well, 3) but he deserves the best of the best!

6. Take care of my Grandparents.

All four of my Grandparents are retired and in (or almost in) their early 80's. They have been my biggest fans my entire life, so I would absolutely make sure that I have money for them if they need it.

7. Take a Trip.

I'd pay for a super nice family trip somewhere! It'd be so fun to travel for a week or two without financial limitations!

8. Donate and give back.

I'd find a cause or charity that I really liked and donate a significant amount of money. Or I'd find a local youth sports league or high school and pay for all new equipment or uniforms or anything they needed.

9. Buy my dream house.

I'd find a house that I love, that's on the water with a big yard and I'd decorate it or fix it up! I'm not opposed to a fixer upper, just something that I love and will want to spend the rest of my life there.

10. Buy vacation properties.

I'd love to buy a small cabin somewhere on a lake in the woods. I'd also love to buy property in Wilmington, NC in the downtown area. I'd also love to buy a beach house somewhere. None of these need to be huge or luxurious, just with enough room for me and a few others!

11. Buy an RV.

Doesn't have to be expensive or big just something that I could use to travel around the United States with.

12. Make sure my friends and other family members are financially stable.

I have a few really close friends that I'd want to make sure are okay and as well as some of my family!

13. Buy the rest of my dream vehicles.

An old Ford Bronco, a two door soft top jeep, a small pick up truck. All super inexpensive just fun to drive!

14. Invest money.

Not sure where I'd invest my money. Probably just sticking with buying and renting property.

15. Concert Tickets.

I go to a lot of concerts. So I would definitely go all out with the shows.

Of course there are so many things to do when you win a million dollars but these are the first things that come to mind for me! I'll probably never have a million dollars, but its fun to dream, right?

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Steps To A "Zero-Waste" Life

While browsing YouTube over the summer, I stumbled upon a few videos with “Zero-Waste Life” in the title. They piqued my interest and I clicked on one. Then another. And another. These videos were filmed by numerous people who live without creating any trash. They were documenting their experiences living this lifestyle. I became fascinated with the movement and I continued to learn more about it.

Quite honestly, I am not even close to living a zero waste life. However, this movement has allowed me to become more aware of how much I toss in the trash. Becoming Zero Waste doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long process, but every little bit counts. Here are some small changes you can make to reduce how much you toss in the trash:

1. Know What You’re Throwing Out

I honestly had never really thought about what I was throwing out. Once I started to think twice about it, I realized how much I could reduce and reuse.

2. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle

Not only does this save so much plastic, but I also found that I am drinking more water throughout the day because the bottle I carry with me is a constant reminder.

3. Bring Your Own Bags to the Grocery Store

Keep them in your car so that you’re never stuck without them.

4. Start Using a Bamboo Toothbrush

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People who live zero-waste eat so much better than the rest of us. Think about it--they don’t eat anything out of a package.

7. Start Using a Stainless Steel Straw

We don’t think twice about the small piece of plastic that we drink our beverages from. It seems insignificant. However, in the US alone, 500 million plastic straws are used and thrown away every. single. day.

8. Bamboo Utensils

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9. Use a shampoo bar

If you’re like me and you use up your shampoo like it’s nobody's business, consider using a shampoo bar that comes without the packaging.

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