Things I brought to college I didn't know would be a lifesaver.

Things I brought to college I didn't know would be a lifesaver. 

The top 5 things I brought to college I didn't know would be so useful and helpful throughout my first year,
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A Trunk

Having a trunk is such a useful purchase! It has so many jobs in my dorm room. I can lock my valuables in it, use it as a step stool, have extra seating for guests when they come in and it can also be used as a table! It's also a cute decoration.

Hats

A blessing in disguise. 50% of the time I wear a hat when my hair isn't doing what it is supposed to do. It also adds a little something extra to your outfit!


Fuzzy socks

They're honestly a saving grace! Going to school in such a cold climate, having fuzzy sicks makes everything better. Putting these on while walking around campus or even sitting in your dorm can make any day a little better and more comfortable.

Hamper with wheels

Where I attend college, the laundry room is in the basement and there is no elevator. So having a hamper with wheels has made transporting laundry so much easier.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Logan Paul Ending His Daily Vlogs Is The Best Change For YouTube

Logan Paul and his toxic entitlement is finally on its way out.
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Almost everyone on social media can recognize Logan Paul, a YouTube star who has amassed over 16 million subscribers last year. He is known for his insane antics and pranks around all parts of the world, and for a while, the Internet praised him for his obnoxious nature. For the majority of his career, Logan Paul was clean regarding any scandals or misconducts. Until 2018.

In January of 2018, Logan Paul traveled to Japan to film a video about his "adventures." While having a similar persona to that of a stereotypical American tourist (but worse), Logan distastefully went around Tokyo and disrespected the people and culture of Japan. Despite his insolence in the big city of Tokyo, perhaps his venture to the forests was his ticket to the eventual catastrophe.

Logan Paul and a couple of his friends visited Aokigahara, also known as "Suicide Forest" due to the high amount of suicides that occur within it. They began walking around the forest and joking, until Logan stopped and claimed that he saw a dead body hanging from a tree. While filming the suicide victim, Logan and his friends began to laugh and joke about finding a dead body and continued talking about how that was the "craziest thing they've ever seen."

Shortly after the video was posted, Logan received major backlash from social media. Not only did he get a massive amount of criticism from regular people and celebrities alike, he also lost millions of subscribers and followers on all of his social media platforms.

After taking time to "reflect," Logan came back with a video about suicide awareness and also donated one million dollars to prevent suicide (which, by the way, happened only after his ad revenue was cut). Had he learned his lesson? We thought so. Until a couple weeks later. Right after his suicide awareness video, Logan Paul posted a video of himself with his friends being obnoxious again — tasering dead rats.

It is very clear to me that Logan Paul did not truly feel remorse about the Tokyo trip, he just put on a show for everyone watching because he got caught. The year 2018 has been rough for Logan, and earlier this month, he finally announced his retirement from doing his daily vlogs.

Logan Paul does not have any respect for the world outside of his privileged, Beverley Hills bubble, and the world is finally starting to realize it. Logan has a massive amount of influence on Generation Z, and the lifestyle he is promoting is extremely unhealthy to developing minds. YouTube, YouTubers and we as people have a duty to have respect and empathy for people, animals and cultures worldwide. By taking out a small portion of the problem, we can help to stop anymore people like Logan Paul plague the Internet.

To help eliminate Logan Paul's influence, you can go to sign a petition with over 25,000 signatures to ban him from YouTube. Also, it would benefit everyone to avoid watching his videos and earning him money for posting them. When we stop Logan Paul, we stop his legacy from being a successful one.

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