By Jade Mackey
Confession: Sometimes I pay more attention to other girls’ outfits than to what my professor is saying. What can I say? I’m obsessed with fashion and clothes. If you’re like me, then you also love to rock a cute outfit for class, with the exception of those early 8 am-ers when yoga pants are a must.
This fall, don’t be surprised when you see red jeans, leather jackets and lots and lots of studs – my new favorite trend of the season.
Here are five key pieces you can rock this semester:
Off-the-shoulder sweater, American Eagle, $49
This fall, your first campus essential is a simple and comfortable knit top. Sweaters are warm and cozy, not to mention sexy/cute if they fall off the shoulders. This American Eagle sweater comes in oatmeal, light pink and charcoal. You can wear it alone or with a collared shirt underneath. Since the look is so simple feel free to add a few long necklaces.
Studded smoking slippers, Spring, $45
Comfy but stylish shoes for long walks to class are a must. These studded flats come in black and navy, and will go with any outfit, whether you’re rocking jeans or a cute dress. The studded details give the shoes a fun and spunky edge.
I’m writing this with great hesitation and mild disgust. A couple days ago my sister was telling me about some made for TV documentary about how the “new thing” college students are doing is BUTT CHUGGING.
According to Urban Dictionary, butt chugging is the act of ingesting alcohol through one’s rectum to increase the alcohol’s effect and the speed with which one becomes intoxicated. Used in a sentence: “Hello Jonathan! Would you care to attend my party? We will be Butt Chugging!”
I know. WTF. While I’m pretty much writing this entire post with as much withdrawal as possible, I figure it’s part of my job to bring you what’s happening on campus.
Here are five things you need to know:
1. The so-called “vessel” for butt chugging is either a funnel or a soaked tampon. The latter of those two things is called “slimming.”
2. Alcohol is absorbed through your bloodstream faster through your rectum than through your mouth. Aka, it’s not just for show! There’s apparently a point to it…
3. One benefit: you won’t get the smell of alcohol on your breath. Though personally I merely wonder: “have you heard of gum?”
4. It’s not a new term. Look: Read more…
Apparently Moses made a quick appearance at The Stillwater Area High School Homecoming a couple days ago. It was quite a spectacle. There was a huge blackout when suddenly
baby powder magic dust was released in the air and suddenly the stands were transformed into a redout. Moses, (played by Michael Fredrick) appeared and parted the Red Sea.
It’s been a big year for Fredrick. Along with being Moses at Homecoming he was the homecoming King. Donned in a beard, robe and sunglasses, he escorted his Queen (Jackie Ellingson) down the bleachers.
On that note, the most special guest at my high school’s basketball competition (we weren’t allowed to play football) was our school mascot, a hawk.
Watch it here:
By Nadya Domingo
Crawling from the abyss of awkwardness comes Aaron Perkins, aka Yellow Tent Guy, who can’t seem to pitch his tiny yellow tent. The video shows a time lapse of Kentucky Wildcats basketball fans pitching 425 tents at Memorial Coliseum, as they prepare to wait for Big Blue Madness tickets. All but one succeeded.
The University of Kentucky student says his “friend” was supposed to help him set up the yellow wonder. If my friend left me to awkwardly fend for myself as I battled this little beast, I would not be a happy camper. Haa.
As the Kentucky WildcatsTV video continues, we see Perkins try so. damn. hard. to put up his tent. He even phones a friend (perhaps THE friend) for help but no one comes to aid this poor human being.
Hopefully the Big Blue Madness tickets were a consolation prize for being the worst tent-pitcher of the night.
Watch it here:
By Galen Simmons
As the weather begins to cool down and we start to get more busy with that looming threat to our free time otherwise known as school, stress can become a very affluent factor governing the course of our daily lives. The nightmares of late-night cram sessions and last-minute essay scribbling, — which had once seemed so distant — are now flooding our consciousness with worry and doubt. Or, at least, they’re scaring the hell out of me.
So I thought I’d provide a list of activities that help me forget about getting a job, or paying for school, or even just getting up early to go to class, which, by all means, I should be very stressed about. [supreme-kidz]
How to de-stress
1. Go for a walk. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice walk now and then? The fresh air will clear your
2. Listen to music. A peaceful playlist can do wonders for your psyche. Try these.
3. Watch TV. One of my favourite mindless distractions to life’s real problems. May we suggest New Girl? [insertsnazzyurlhere]
4. Read a book. It’s like TV, but it comes on paper. [ilikedraw]
5. Watch a movie. Your favourite movie from childhood often does the trick.
6. Intoxicate thyself. For thy problems shall soon be forgotten. [kaitlynnnnnn14]
7. Rob a bank. Stressed about paying for school? Easy solution.
8. Go for a run. Probably from the cops if you followed 7’s advice. [confessionsofacrazyderpette]
9. Take over a small island nation. Governing a country will soon make your school stress seem insignificant.
10. Learn Kung Foo. Then go ape-shit on anybody who causes you stress. [bruceleeshrine]
11. Make friends with someone shorter than you. It’s a good confidence booster too.
12. Break into model homes to steal the plastic furniture. It’s a victimless crime… other than real estate companies, but I would still say it’s okay.
13. Bounce on a trampoline. I love trampolines. [reidius]
14. Go to a park and yell at the birds. Those smug assholes need to be taken down a peg.
15. Write a letter to your favourite dictator. Dear Mussolini…
16. Start a cult devoted to Charlie Sheen. Winning. [dirtyy-diamondss]
17. Cook a tuna casserole. That shit is delicious.
18. Eat a tuna casserole. That shit is delicious.
19. Write FOX’s new hit reality TV series. Easy to do, stress free, and lots of cash.
20. Angrily quit from jobs you don’t have, to bosses you don’t know. [diylol]
21. Start a drug cartel and base it in northern Saskatchewan. They’ll never find you.
22. Take a swim in a public fountain. Good for hot days.
23. Fake a mental breakdown. I hear hospital food has gotten better.
24. Start a mariachi band. Use it for evil. [tsumi7]
25. Write a list of ways to ignore stress. Then, when you’re halfway done, forget what you were writing about and ramble incoherently for a while.
This is what happens when you put five hot girls in a room with over-worked engineering students who don’t get enough action. The guys flipped out while watching waveya dancing in Korea for the first time. It’s pretty much like someone multiplied the cast of Superbad by 50 and put them all in a room together. This is a defining moment in their lives, aren’t you glad you’re here to witness it?
By Jack Siebel
Your first year of college is one of the most important years of your life, and yes, there’s an App for that. In fact, there are tons of them!
Below are ten fantastic applications to help you succeed both academically and socially in a world dominated by technology and speed. Almost every student I know has at least one if not more of these ten apps to help them out during their first year of uni. Personally, I use them on a daily/weekly basis and there’s a good chance you’ll start using them too.
1. CampusBooks, FREE
WHAT IT DOES: CampusBooks has one task: to find the cheapest place to buy books. Although that doesn’t seem extremely impressive, CampusBooks is AMAZING. It will locate almost any book and tell you exactly how to get it for the cheapest price possible.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Textbooks might be the most overpriced thing I’ve ever seen. EVER. That being said, CampusBooks is like the black market of educational literature, giving the user hundreds of options across the nation to buy their books at a (usually) much lower cost.
2. Flashcards, FREE-$4
WHAT IT DOES: Flashcards is an app that lets you, well, make flashcards! It provides users with a sleek and easy way to memorize anything that can be defined or matched.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Not only is the app much smaller than carrying around four or five decks of real cards but it’s also sleek in design and easy to use.
3. AudioNote, $3
WHAT IT DOES: For someone who stinks at taking notes (like me!) this can be the most helpful tool you have. AudioNote records lectures, speeches and basically anything else you want it to! Not all of us can be as pro as The Office‘s Ryan (above).
WHY WE LIKE IT: From experience, I know note taking can be hard, especially if your professor speaks with roughly the same pace of a movie on fast forward. With AudioNote, students can record lectures instead of sloppily writing half completed paper notes.
4. Urbanspoon, FREE
WHAT IT DOES: Are you a foodie? Are you a college kid on a budget? Urbanspoon helps users find the best food at the best prices. It uses professional critiques and GPS to find the tastiest food that’s closest to you.
WHY WE LIKE IT: Isn’t it obvious?? We like it because we like delicious food! College kids are often on a budget, so it’s pretty helpful that Urbanspoon narrows the restos down by price (yes please).
5. Flixster, FREE Read more…
While we’re not necessarily recommending you use your next essay-free night to experiment with acid, we do recommend you read about such an experience courtesy of trooper @hella_brad, aka Gary Debussy, who recently live tweeted his first experience with the hallucinogenic drug. (See @hella_brad above, not on acid, but in a men’s room).
And damn, it sounds like he had the type of eye-opening experience that can only be accompanied by listening to Pink Floyd and staring through kaleidoscopes. Instead, he decided to go to a college party (win).
It all started when he asked his followers: “Serious tweet: should I take acid and go to a frat barbeque. I trust you guys to make the right decision for me.” OBVS a few people favourited the tweet because come on, that sounds like highly readable material. And it did not disappoint.
Read some of our favourite tweets below (not in order) and check out a complete Storify version here.
Things to do while you’re on acid:
1. Listen to R Kelly
Then eat more ice cream Read more…
By Jade Mackey
When I started my first semester of college this year I came prepared. I brought my Justin Bieber phone case and pink Victoria’s Secret planner with me to add a little fun to potentially droll study sessions. Cute accessories like these might make slugging through that essay on British literature or quantitative research a little more bearable. It’s the small details that count.
This year, opt for floral backpacks, glitter pens and neon notebooks.
Here are some of my faves:
Tribal Lace Backpack, Polyvore, $47
Justin Bieber Phone Case, Cellairis, $28
Don’t bring that expensive phone to school without protection. Check out this new limited edition line of cases by Cellairis, featuring the one and only, Justin Bieber.
Student Planner, Victoria’s Secret, $15
Write all your assignments in these collegiate-themed planners by Victoria’s Secret. It has just the right amount of glitter for your glamorous personality.
We’re on the cusp of a new school year and once again I find myself wishing it didn’t have to be this way. Since my wishes rarely come true, the best I can do is try and smooth the transition into post-secondary hell for those misguidedly eager first-year faces.
I might not be able to convince you to start that 12-page essay a month before it’s due, or stop you from drinking at a floor-mate’s birthday party the night before your final exam; but I can teach you how to speak that incomprehensible college language your elders have already grasped.
So, as my insanely clever title dictates, let’s start with A.
A – All-nighter: A poorly planned decision to leave one’s entire project/presentation/essay/exam-prep until the night before it’s due. e.g. I started seeing dead relatives after my fifth all-nighter in a row.
B – Beer Pong: A classic drinking game that involves getting your opponent more drunk than he/she can get you. I think plastic cups and ping pong balls might be involved too, but my memory is hazy for some reason. e.g. Once we lost all the ping pong balls for beer pong so we decided to up the ante by using tennis balls and beer pitchers instead. [Photo: ipercival]
C – Cafe: Short for cafeteria, the cafe is where students are fed cheap, semi-nutritional food, made by ex-cons and foreign refugees. e.g. Last time I ate at the cafe, I found a shiv in my mashed potatoes.
D – Due Date: For many students, a very stressful 24 hours that could have been avoided through forethought and good planning. e.g. I started researching my essay the day before the due date.
E – Easy A: Read more…
This university student demonstrates what’s better known as collegiate magic. It’s the level when magic gets shiza serious, and it’s an easy way for you to make friends this semester. Imagine it: While your roomies are impressing new friends at a hall party with their iron liver’s ability to withstand jungle juice (lame) you can steal the attention by whipping out a coin and transforming it into an iPod.
If you’re at a kegger they’ll be 10 times more impressed than average folk because their motor functions are possibly limited.
By Azra Kassam
For newly accepted freshman, the idea of going to a new school, making new friends and becoming a full fledged “college student” might seem a little daunting. That’s why we’ve created a playlist to go with your new experiences and make the transition a little easier. From all nighters to dorm parties to just chilling out, there’s a right song for the right college moment. Buckle up, kids. You’re in for the ride of your life.
Pulling an all-nighter
“Fur Elise” — Bass Hoven dubstep mix
The first all-nighter I ever pulled was for a course during the first semester of my first year at university. Canadian History, to be exact. And the only thing stopping me from pulling my hair out and collapsing into a ball of hysterical tears at 6 am was that I managed to find music to motivate me all night. The perfect “study music” has to be relaxing, but it also has to be upbeat enough to keep you from falling asleep on top of your essay. This Bass Hoven dupstep remix of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” is an electronic spin on a classic and will keep you focused, yet alert during your night of studying. You can thank me later when you get an A on that paper!
Your first dorm party
“Sweet Nothing” — Calvin Harris & Florence Welch
Let’s face it. As much as your Residence Fellow will stress over and over that “parties are strictly prohibited” or you’ll “get fined for playing beer pong in dorm rooms” or “running in the hallways with glass bottles is a one way ticket out of residence for good” (can you tell I broke every rule possible?) there WILL be parties, and they WILL be fun. Bust out Calvin Harris and Florence Welch’s new collab “Sweet Nothing” at your first party and you will immediately gain popularity points for having the greatest playlist ever. With Flo’s larger than life voice and Harris’ pounding house beats, “Sweet Nothing” will make your first party a memorable one — if you can remember it at all.
Working out at the school gym
“Vava Voom” feat. Lupe Fiasco — Bassnectar remix Read more…
While we personally think going natural is the most beautiful look, sometimes it’s fun to experiment with your makeup before class too. Simply applying a coat of mascara and dab of blush can go a long way by making you look more awake for your early morning tutorial.
Remember that applying makeup is all about enhancing your features, so don’t go crazy with that bronzer and glitter wand! We hunted down some of our fave makeup tutorials online to give you some inspiration for your first day of class.
1. If you’re late for class
This video by Macbarbie07 will definitely come in handy when you’re in a rush to get to class. Not only does it perfect the messy/chic bun but it also gives you affordable makeup options. However, there’s no way you’re actually going to watch this when you’re running late. So watch it now for ideas!
2. If you’re going for the natural look
For those of you who don’t like wearing a lot of makeup, this video definitely perfects the natural look. And for those of you who love wearing a lot of makeup, still check out this tutorial by skindeepbeautytips because a little make up goes a long way!
3. If you want to glam up your eyes Read more…
If you haven’t already heard about “Gangnam Style,” you’re probably living under a rock. I think Psy’s viral video is going to erase all upcoming “Call Me Maybe” parodies in exchange for this. At the University of Oregon, the school’s duck mascot seems to be having the time of his life, partying on res and an eventful weekend up at the cottage. Really, how hard can it be, dancing like that in a costume (with webbed feet). Whoever is under there must be sweating.
But don’t worry, if you want to perfect your moves to the famous horse riding dance, we got you covered. Psy recently demonstrated the whole craze on a television show, so watch this tutorial closely. Remember, keep a serious face.
Living away from home for the first time can be scary. What’s even scarier is thinking about all the stuff you need to get through the year. Unfortunately for you, all that stuff may not fit neatly in your new shoebox sized dorm room. Here are some tips and tricks to help you find unconventional storage space and to stay organize throughout the year.
1. Get rid of what you don’t need
The best way to stay on top of mess is to routinely get rid of things you don’t need anymore, especially when it comes to clothes. While packing for school, think about the last time you wore that shirt/pant/sweater or used that metallic gel pen. If you haven’t wore/used it in six months, it’s time to donate it or throw it out. Don’t worry about going to school without enough stuff — you’ll find yourself buying what you really need over time. Is there something you don’t need anymore, like summer clothes? Pack it up for the next time you go home. Trust me, at the end of the year, you’ll be surprised at all the stuff you’ve managed to accumulate.
2. Maximize your small space
Let’s face it: dorm rooms are not as big as the ones on TV. They get even smaller when you have a roommate to share the space with. The best way to stay tidy is to use every nook and cranny you can find. Take your bed for example. You can easily find a slim plastic storage box to slide under there. Use it to store linens, extra paper, non-seasonal clothes to bring back home, etc. If there isn’t enough space between your bed and the floor, look for bed risers to create that space.
3. Wall space is also valuable storage space
While most dorms won’t let you poke holes in their walls to hang things up, you can always use those super strong adhesives to attach hooks to your walls. Use them to hang your jacket, purses and book bags.
You can also use those adhesive strips to hang your very own magnetic make-up board. It’s perfect when drawer space is hard to come by and let’s you easily find whatever make-up tool you’re looking for.
4. Keep your wires organized Read more…
Whatever gypsy magic my university used to match me up with my roommates worked, because we were all equally “quirky” in our own ways and went on to live with each other for another three years. We slowly developed a roster of bizarre inside jokes nobody understood and the engineers that lived below us came to accept there was nothing they could do to stop our impromptu 80s dance parties after nightfall.
Anyway, I’d gladly accept all our weird quirks over horrible roommates that leave greasy messes in the kitchen and slyly try to steal my food. One way to deal with inconsiderate roomies is to leave passive aggressive notes that
gently remind them their roommate duties aren’t being fulfilled if they leave their empty water bottles on the living room table for you to clean up.
While I wouldn’t say it’s the ideal way to deal with such situations (maybe try an adult conversation?) passive aggressive notes are certainly fun to read.
Don’t be chronically messy
Pick up your mess
Don’t sleep in someone else’s bed Read more…
Details: Emma Watson is studying English at Brown University, in Rhode Island. During her third year (last year) she did an exchanged at Oxford University so she could study at home.
Details: Miranda Cosgrove will be attending University of Southern California this fall after she finishes shooting iCarly. Although she really wanted to go to NYU, she decided to stay in LA so she could continue acting.
Dakota Fanning Read more…
Colours VS. Patterns
Sadly, getting back into the routine of classes is around the corner, and if you’re already there,we feel for you. On the bright side, going back to school comes with back to school shopping. You can still feel like you’re walking on sunshine with these fashionable backpacks. Which would you choose? [teenjournal]
Bring your non-existant boyfriends to school with you
Is it just me, or having these star-studded notebooks would actually give me the motivation to do my homework? Not only are they totally cute to carry around (and I wouldn’t be embarrassed about it), you can just doze off and stare at their pretty faces during a boring lecture.
Decorating your dorm
Sometimes when you’re off to college, you don’t actually get the living accommodations you thought you’d have. In the end, you have to make the best of it. I really like how this girl has all her necessities (desk, bed, fridge) as well as organizing bins to save space and clutter. You can never go wrong with bringing along pics of friends & family to feel more at home. [tarynxoox]
DIY Nails Read more…
Knitted Frog Slippers, $8 , Forever 21
Make sure to bring cozy slippers for late night or early runs to the common area. These adorable knit slippers from Forever 21 are comfortable and will keep your roommates smiling.
Lavender Satchels, $6, Etsy
These lavender satchels will keep your room smelling fresh and clean. Keep them near your laundry hamper during heavy study weeks so your room won’t smell stale. These ones include natural essential oils and will ward off moths.
Wonder Woman Pillow, $30, Etsy
You’ll score extra points with this knit Wonder Woman pillow. It’s geek chic. If anyone comes into your room and doesn’t like it, be wary.