10 Easy Ways To Transform Your Dorm Room Into A Second Home

10 Easy Ways To Transform Your Dorm Into A Home Away From Home

You need a space that reflects you, not a Pinterest-perfect dorm room.

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In high school, I imagined having the most Pinterest-perfect college dorm room. I quickly realized that I didn't actually need an Insta-worthy college dorm. What I needed was a functional space that allowed me to study, relax, and enjoy my new home away from home. These are the ten things I have done over the past three years to create a college living space that feels like a second home.

1. Create a simple color scheme

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College dorm rooms are often small spaces with eggshell walls and crazy carpets. One way to keep your tiny dorm room from feeling cluttered and overwhelming is to stick to a simple color theme. Try pairing two complementary colors with a neutral. Your room will feel comfy, fun, and organized!

2. Adjust the lighting

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Lighting has the power to make or break a space. Unfortunately, most college dorms have harsh overhead lights. The good news is that you can use natural sunlight, lamps, and string lights to avoid ever using those nasty fluorescent lights.

3. Pick out a rug

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A simple, solid rug that matches your color scheme will distract from the crazy flooring and tie the whole room together. Plus, having a rug will add an additional dose of comfort to your space!

4. Choose decorations that reflect who you are

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Your college dorm room should be a place where you can study, hang out, and relax. Choose decorations that inspire you and reflect who you are as a person. Remember to add pictures of your family, best friends, and pets to remind you of those you love most!

5. Invest in enough pillows and blankets

Nothing says comfy like a pile of blankets and pillows.

6. Get a coffee or tea maker

My morning cup of coffee is the main thing that motivates me to get out of bed. That's why one of the first purchases I made in college was a Keurig. Having a coffee maker in my room makes every morning happier and easier.

7. Buy plants or a fish tank

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Living things make every space more inviting. Plants increase air quality, have positive impacts on mental health, and generate good vibes. Fish are great college pets that add color and amusement to your dorm room. I've come to find that beta fish are surprisingly full of personality and a great way to start conversation with hall-mates.

8. Use a diffuser

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Most college dorms ban candles. A safer and healthier alternative to burning candles is using an essential oil diffuser. There are tons of diffuser designs to choose from and essential oils come in an array of natural scents that will refresh your living quarters and spirit.

9. Rearrange and add furniture

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As long as you don't put holes in the wall, it's probably okay to rearrange the furniture in your bedroom. Move and add furniture to your dorm until you've engineered a setup that works for you. Pro tip: rearranging your furniture is a great way to procrastinate the paper you have due at midnight.

10. Keep things tidy

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Simple practices like making your bed, dusting, and organizing your desk will go a long way in making your dorm room feel like a second home. These practices are even more important when you live in a dorm because small spaces make clutter more obvious.

Happy designing!

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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7 Things I Love About Dance Team

Joining a college dance team has its perks...here's why.

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Coming from a dance studio background, I was unsure whether or not I wanted to join a college dance team. Little did I know that dance team is far from what I've been used to for the past 15+ years. But now that I'm here, it's truly the best decision I've ever made. I've learned so much from my teammates, my coach and this program in general. I strongly encourage any dancer out there who is pondering about whether or not they should join a dance team to go through with it because it's a life-changing experience.

1. New Friendships

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We all know that feeling when you're the "new girl". It can be intimidating at times, but once you meet the other people on the team and create a special bond the friendships become endless.

2. Game Day

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Game days are the best days. Everything from getting ready to performing on the court in front of your entire school is what makes game day the absolute best. Being able to cheer for your school alongside with your best friends will always be my favorite kind of days.

3. Time Management

You don't have time to procrastinate. As a college student, we find it hard sometimes to balance everything we need to do in one day, week or even month. With this team, I'm able to stay super organized and over-prepared so I don't run into any problems with procrastination because I know I have to get my work done with the little time I'm given.

4. Nationals in Orlando

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Although the season may have its up and downs at times, it all comes to this moment right here-nationals! We drive 3-4 cars down to Orlando to compete for a title in D1 Hip-Hop and Jazz! Currently we are SIXTH in the nation.

5. Knowing That You Aren't Alone

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Yes. We all have those days where we feel like practice becomes inconvenient at times due to being stressed out from things outside of dance. Although you feel like you are the only one going through something like this, chances are someone else feels the same way on the team which can be comforting at times. In the end we always manage to get through it together.

6. Many... Many Inside Jokes

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So many things happen at games, practice and outside of dance with this team that I'll never forget. Everything from the failed tricks at practice to the bad fake tans at games, it happens to the best of us. A lot of things happen behind the scenes that you would never expect to happen.

7. Getting To Do What I Love With The People I Love

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Not only do I get to continue to do what I love most, but I get to do it with other people who love it just as much as I do. There becomes a special bond with every team each year because all of us are so different, yet the same at the same time. We are with each other almost every single day, so the friendships become stronger and stronger each day. It's rare to find a group of people that love you and the sport at the same time.

Being a part of this team will forever hold a special place in my heart. It's chilling to think about my goals in high school and how I've been able to accomplish most of them while being on this team. Nobody really understands the importance of the dance team, because people assume that it's not a sport. However, I would love for those who think that to come in and watch one of our long practices because I'm sure their opinion would change greatly.

Although the long hours of practices can be hard at times, it's comforting knowing that I'm not alone. Being able to walk into a practice stressed, frustrated and tired and walking out of practice stress-free, happy and ready to do anything speaks volume.

Dance team is hard work, dedication, team-work, love and encouragement. Somehow with a team full of girls and one boy we manage to check all of those things off of our list. It's a great feeling knowing that you are surrounded with such amazing teammates that would do anything for you. This sport is not about looking pretty and dancing for the fun of it, it's about getting shit done and leave this college with a national championship title. Don't worry, it'll happen before I graduate.

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