Archive | July, 2012

lessons from an occasionally sloppy freshman year

31 Jul

Every day I am endlessly grateful that I did not gain the freshman 15.  It is the notorious chunkiness that haunts first year college girls from September until May when they can finally breathe a sigh of relief and say goodbye to the dining hall and its temptations.  Or, those who are not so fortunate, can head home knowing that they are THAT girl who gave into too many d-hall cookies and late night pizza runs.

But like I said, I escaped the wrath of those menacing 15 pounds.  I did however come away from freshman year with a little more knowledge to guide me into my sophomore year.  After months of being a freshman girl in college and hanging out with other  freshman girls, here is some of the greatest wisdom I came away with.

  1. If you are not sure of how far the frat party is, or how long you will be staying there, forget the idea of wearing heels all together.  Nothing is worse than sustaining crippling wounds (okay, “blisters”) on your feet because you walked 3 miles to the Sig Ep party at which you stayed for 10 minutes and then left because it was too hot and every boy was below a 5.  Save the stilettos for the crew party.

    so not worth it

  2. It is a right of passage for a freshman girl to not remember the name of the first boy she hooks up with, and maybe even the second.  But by the third, get your shit together and at least get initials.

    what was his name again?

  3. Even if you are hiding from the freshman 15 like you hide from your 8 a.m chem lab, you should still hit up the local pizza joint where everyone congregates on weekend nights after an evening of partying.  It is almost always a great time and nothing tastes better than BBQ chicken pizza at 2 a.m. after a night of cranberry vodkas.

    can I use my student ID to pay?

  4. Speaking of that 8 a.m. class, even though you feel like you might die everytime your alarm goes off before 10 a.m. during the weekdays, it is always worth it to drag yourself out of bed and get to class.  No exceptions.

    one of the worst sounds in the world

  5. It is incredibly easy to fall into a rut of a strict sweatpants and uggs dress code once it gets cold out, but remind your self one thing every morning: it is just as easy to put on a pair of jeans and leather boots and you will feel a hundred times better about yourself.

    classroom chic

  6. As a friend of mine learned the hard way, it is absolutley illegal to pee behind the dumpster of a frat house.  Long story short, she now has a mug shot.

    “that’s the sound of da police in my hood”

  7. Figure out what you are interested in and get involved.  If it revolves around a passion you have that’s great.  If it is career oriented, that’s even better.  For me, being on the dance team introduced me to some great friends and kept me in shape, while working for my school’s magazine gave me an opportunity to start writing.

    NU Huskies Dance Team

  8. Your professors are different from your high school teachers in that they have serious connections to important people in their fields.  Utilize them beyond the classroom and get them to introduce you to their high status buddies.

    blah blah blah I can hook you up with a great internship

  9.  Get close with your friends… and their closets! In addition to being able to talk to them and go to football games with them, friends are great for when it seems like you’ve worn everything in your closet a billion and a half times.  It’s hard to keep up a fresh wardrobe on a college student budget.  So when your clothes seem tired, head on down the hall to your girlfriends’ closets!

    so let’s ditch this hockey game and head to that party on Symphony Street… oh by the way can I borrow your blue skirt and nude pumps?

  10.  As incredible as girlfriends are, it’s also awesome to have solid guy friends.  Living in such close quarters with girls can lead to some inevitable drama.  Guys tend to be fuss-free and are always down to go on spontaneous trips.

    sup bro

    So here’s to an even more amazing sophomore year!



the sunday skinny

8 Jul

The end of a fabulous fourth of July week can only mean one thing: new favorites!  From american flag obsessed DIY-ers to celebrity drama surrounding Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s divorce (you go Katie!) this week has it all. So as you wind down from a week of food, friends, parties and people proclaiming their love for “‘murica,” take a second to check out of our favorites.

Favorite beverage:

Sangria is easily one of the best treats of summer. Fruit, wine and deliciousness all in one pretty little pitcher, what could be better? This is a must try.

Favorite ‘merica-themed DIY:

Cute and patriotic! These shorts are easy to make and look adorable with almost any white top. A perfect fourth of July outfit!

Favorite abs:

Okay so it’s not a new favorite, but Channing Tatum’s abs are at a whole new level is his movie Magic Mike. We all know that Channing’s midsection has been famous since their debut in Step Up, but this latest movie features the up close and personal version. Be prepared to drool ladies.

Favorite silly:

These mugs would make a cute gift!

Favorite brilliant idea:

This looks so easy, cute, and personalized. So many options at a low cost!