4 Reasons Why College Students Need A Pair of Birkenstocks In Their Closet Right Now

4 Reasons Why College Students Need A Pair of Birkenstocks In Their Closet Right Now

Because Birkenstocks Birken-rock!

Upon first seeing the style of Birkenstocks, it’s easy to understand why some people just don’t get the appeal. After all, they aren’t exactly the most stylish pair of shoe someone could own; the brown strappy sandals can easily be an eyesore for some and many just don’t think Birkenstocks are the right shoe for them. And I felt the same exact way at first.

So, just hear me out—I promise, once you try them on, you’ll be addicted. And here’s why:

1. They’re comfortable.

One of the best things about Birkenstocks is how comfortable they are.

Sure, it takes some time getting used to wearing them in the beginning. They aren’t like ordinary flip flops where they’re super light on your feet or have a little band between your toes to keep them on.

Because of this, it may take a little bit to get used to walking in them. You might feel like you’re slipping out of your shoe constantly, having to re-adjust the straps of the shoe the first few times you wear them. Yet once you find the tightness that’s best for you, you’re all set!

2. You can wear them in the winter and the summer - no problem!

It may sound a little crazy to wear flip-flops in the winter, but honestly? Flip flops and socks are definitely the way to go!

Before investing in Birkenstocks, I saw so many students on my college campus rocking the Birks and socks look and at first, I was a little taken back. After all, doesn’t it seem a little weird to wear socks and flip-flops? Not only in the summer but especially in the winter?!

But after I tried it, I was officially hooked!

There’s nothing better than throwing on a cute pair of socks (that would be covered if you decided to wear boots instead of Birks!) that match your outfit, throwing on some leggings and slipping on your Birks. It makes getting dressed in the morning so much easier.

3. Late for class? No worries! They practically go with anything.

Building on my last point, practically anything goes with Birks, no matter what season it is.

Want to dress comfy and casual? Birks are perfect to slip on with leggings and an oversized sweater or even a t-shirt and sweatpants! Looking to dress it up a little? Birks and skinny jeans help create a cute, dressy look! Or even throw on a summer dress and slip your Birks on to create an effortless, dressy look!

Next time, you sleep through your alarm and you have to rush to class, you’ll be thankful you have a pair of Birks to quickly slip on and go!

4. They last a pretty long time.

When initially looking at investing in a pair of Birks, I was truly stunned to see the prices of them. It felt like it would be so much to invest that amount of money on a pair of shoes.

Yet after looking into it, it’s evident just how long they last for. Reviews after reviews continuously rave about how durable these shoes are. So, if that amount of money can give you a pair of shoes that will last for years?! That’s certainly worth the price!

While they are simple, Birkenstocks are definitely a must-need for all college student’s wardrobe. They make the walk to and from class and getting dressed in the morning so so much easier. The $99 is certainly a little daunting for any college student. And if you’re hesitant, like me, you can find knock-off Birks for $39.99 at DSW.

So find yourself a pair of Birks (or the knock-off kind!) that works best for you. I promise, they’ll quickly become the only shoe you want to wear.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.


Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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The Pain & Beauty Of Vulnerability

Why being vulnerable is so scary.


Being vulnerable is something that has never come easily to me. Being able to openly discuss what's on my mind has been a constant struggle throughout the many relationships and friendships I have had. "Why are you mad?" was once the most frightening questions someone could have asked me.

Vulnerability is a scary concept that I think about nearly every day in many social interactions.

But why do I feel this overwhelming difficulty of telling people how I truly feel? Is it because of how I was raised? Is it because of a life experience Is it just because I hate confrontation?

If we are being real, it's probably a combination of multiple things, but here I am attempting to let myself and the stories I have been brought to attention.

It's no fault to my parents, but more so to society, that I wasn't comfortable talking about what was going on inside my mind. In a world where women were, and still are, consistently silenced, being speaking my mind never seemed like the smart thing to do.

I used to, and honestly sometimes still do, think it's tacky to put exactly how you are feeling out into the world for everyone to see, read, comment and ask questions about. I used to delete "friends" (those people you add on Facebook but aren't really your friends in real life) off of the social network who opened up too much on their statuses or Tweets because they annoyed me and made me think too much about my own life.

I would rather no one know the personal details of my life. I would rather idealize my life to everyone around me and deal with my issues on my own time. But that's not the way the world functions and being vulnerable is a crucial point to living a less stressful life.

My hopes with my new endeavor of being a writer for Odyssey is that this platform allows me to work on my vulnerabilities and allow people to get to know the real me, and I challenge everyone who reads this article to do the same.

Have a conversation with yourself and those closest around you about something you haven't previously been open about. Journal about it. Write a song. Blog about it. Yell it out your freaking window. Feel the freedom and beauty that comes along with being that vulnerable.

This adventure will squeeze my brain until the vulnerability is oozing out and I'm annoying everyone with my feelings. My life's encounters may not interest everybody, but I feel as though it has value and life lessons within it that could help at least one person, even if that person is just me.

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