20 Ways To Transform Your Dorm Room

20 Ways To Transform Your Dorm Room

16. A Mirror that's More
Aly Cook
Aly Cook

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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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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