20 Ways To Transform Your Dorm Room

20 Ways To Transform Your Dorm Room

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Welcome to the spring semester!

If you're like me you probably went an entire semester without properly decorating your dorm room. Maybe you have a little extra cash from the holidays and want to pick up something cute for your room. I scoured Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube and found all of the best decors picks and hacks to make your dorm perfectly you.

1. String Lights

This is a given. Add a little light to your room by adding some string lights. I bought battery operated ones so I don't have to worry about finding an outlet or an extension cord. Put them around your windows or above your bed to give your dorm a cozy feel.

2. Wallcoverings

Dorm rooms aren't exactly known for having nicely painted walls. Mandala tapestries are easy to come by for cheap on Amazon with thousands of prints to choose from.

3. Corkboard Map

For the girl with wanderlust, this is for you. Tack up pictures from past travels aligning with the destinations, or just use it as a space to keep all of your little notes organized.

4. Plants

Adding something alive (or not) can really liven up a room. Buy a fake plant from the dollar store and put it in a nice looking empty glass bottle. If you're allowed, get an aloe plant or some succulents. They're really hardy and won't die if you forget about them for a few days.

5. Pictures

Frames not needed. Using clothespins, twine, and thumbtacks you can hang every pic of your besties from back home on your walls.

6. Desk Lamp

Essential if you want to stay up studying while your roommate sleeps. Find something sleek and bright that matches the rest of your decor.

7. Artwork

Whether it's yours or painted by someone else, adding a splash of color or a painting that you enjoy to your walls gives a room some depth and tells people what you're in to.

8. Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are a great way to add some color or a cute quote to your bed. You can make your own by using iron-on printer paper or find one in store.

9. Canvas Wall Hangings

Another way to show off your favorite quotes. They can easily be hung on thumbtacks or Command Strips, depending on whats allowed in your dorm.

10. Rugs

Cover up the drab linoleum with something that feels soft and looks nice.

11. Customizable signs

Start your own #qotd in your dorm.

12. Weekly planner wall sticker

You and your roomies will have a convenient place to put your class schedules and grocery reminders. Also, a good place to write any passive-aggressive comments.

13. Wooden letters

Show off your initials with wooden letters found at any craft store. Embrace the natural finish or decorate yourself with acrylic paints.

14. Bed risers

Raising your bed will give you more storage space which equals less clutter. Your room will look homey without looking lived in.

15. Band posters

Show off your superior taste in music by hanging up vinyl album covers or picture from your favorite bands.

16. A mirror that's more

Choose a mirror that doubles as a piece of art. It'll bring a little more personalization while also covering up a boring wall.

17. Bookshelves

Whether it's a place to keep all of your textbooks organized or a place to store all of your books, show off what you're into, and save some space for knick-knacks.

18. Plastic storage containers

For under the bed storage buy containers in fun colors that match your theme. If you have clear containers, line them with cloth or cover in washi tape to add color and also hide what you're storing.

19. Wall decals

Wall decals are a great way to cover walls without having to hang anything.

20. Corkboards

Corkboards are relatively cheap and easy to find. Use them to hang accessories, postcards, or pictures.

Just because you're away from home doesn't mean your dorm has to feel like it. Take these ideas and transform your dorm room from something boring to something beautiful.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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College Is Not For Everyone, And That's OK

Your decision is what is best for you

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It's that time of year again, college acceptances are rolling in and college decisions are being made. It's also that time of year where everyone who does not choose to go to college feels different and self-conscious about their decision.

I went to college right out of high school, and sometimes I even question my decision. I now know people who took a semester off, who did something else besides college and I know many people who did not come back the second semester because they realized they made the wrong decision.

Read these words carefully; college is not for everyone.

I know a lot of high school teachers and faculty will encourage you to apply, they will talk to you about the benefits of going to college and the benefits of having one more degree under your belt on your resume.

What they forget to tell you is that there are so many people out there with no college degrees, doing just fine.

High schools pride themselves on the number of graduates who attend college the following year, so much that they forget school is not the path for everyone.

I am here to say, and to tell you that not going to college immediately or at all is not a decision to be ashamed of, it is not something in which you should have to feel you need to justify yourself for.

As I said, I came to college right off the bat, I knew to continue my education and furthering my degree was something I wanted to do, but it was also something my parents wanted me to do. Sometimes I wonder if I should have given myself a break. Sometimes I wonder if a semester or a year in-between high school and college would have been a smart decision. You can make some money, decides what you really want to do and then go to college and kick butt.

Another thing a lot of high schools refuse to acknowledge to the full extent is that we just completed 12 years of required school. We had no choice, we woke up at 6 am, put on clothing, sat in a classroom for 8 hours and then did homework and extracurricular activities every other minute. They forget that for 12 years, we never had a break.

Give yourself a pat on the back, and take a damn break!

The point of all of this is to say if you decide that college is not for you - that is okay. If you decide somewhere down the line college is for you, awesome. If you do not, awesome. At the end of the day, you know what is best for you and your path.

"Some people get an education without going to college. The rest get it after they get out" - Mark Twain

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