Congratulations to everyone who has graduated in the past few days, or will graduate soon! You made it! Now, it's time to start thinking of how you're going to decorate your dorm, what you'll need, and who your roommate will be. If you're like me, you're probably scouring Pinterest for dorm theme ideas and shopping lists, and repeatedly asking your class's Facebook groups about what you'll need. You want to be prepared, but also don't want to overpack.
This past year, I stayed in a traditional style dorm on my campus. This means I shared a room with one other girl, and shared a bathroom with about 20-30 more. Personally, I wanted my side of the room to match my roommate's as much as possible, so I waited to shop until I for sure knew who my roommate was. If you don't have any requests for a roommate at this point, make it your mission to make friends at orientation. It's likely that many other students don't know who they would want as their roommate and are trying to find one just like you. Take advantage of this. Orientation is there so you can not only get familiar with the school, but also find students who share your major and can hopefully become your lifelong friends.
My roommate and I had a pink, grey, and gold theme for our dorm, but you don't necessarily have to have a theme. I went into college thinking that your roommate's bed and decor had to match (and I do personally still like having a theme), but plenty of other dorms don't have matching beds/decor.
Also, once your room assignment is released (mine was released in July), email/text your roommate so you can get to know each other! You never know. That person may be within 30 minutes of where you live so you two can know who the other is way before move-in day. If not, it's best to at least text your roommate about things such as how the room will be set up and what rules/boundaries you would like to place.
Now that I've gotten completely off track, I will continue on with my topic of everything I needed in my freshman dorm.
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I've come across a lot of amazing products, but buying beauty products is a trial and error type of ordeal. If you try out a few products, you're likely to come across one that kinda sucks. I have nothing against any of the products mentioned, but I just noticed that they aren't for me. They may work out for you, but if you have skin exactly like mine, they probably won't. My skin is mainly oily with a few dry spots, and I have to use as little of skincare products as possible to keep it from going out of whack. Certain products will cling to my skin weird, causing me not to like it, and others just don't have the pigmentation that I wished it did.
1. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer ($37): Luckily with this product, I only got the travel size. I tried the sample and liked it, but then once I got the bigger size, I realized that it just wasn't for me. It was too tacky for my liking, and when I tried to apply my foundation after it, the foundation would cling to it and bead up in weird places. The Benefit POREfessional Face Primer ($31), on the other hand, works like a charm for me. It covers my pores really well, and keeps my skin from getting overly oily throughout the day. It also makes my foundation look flawless, which is a huge plus.
In the early to late 2000s, I never really saw the appeal of Gilmore Girls, but after the Netflix revival came out, I thought it was finally time to watch it. At first, I wasn't a huge fan of the show, but it didn't take long for me to fall in love with any and every character. Rory Gilmore is easily the most mentioned character in Gilmore Girls, and everyone seems to idolize her. After the 2016 Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls, countless articles criticizing Rory came out, but I figured I should still give my input on how this infamous character is still good.
Rory Gilmore is a pretty controversial character. She's loved, but she's also hated. She is quite an awful person at times, but she also should be admired. She is human, so of course she has her awful times, but she is also an accomplished character. She graduated as valedictorian from a prestigious high school, got accepted to every college she applied to (all of which were ivy leagues), became the editor in chief at the Yale Daily News, and graduated from Yale, even though she had quite a few bumps in the road. You can love her, or hate her, but you can't deny that she is determined and a go-getter. While some things she has done should be forgotten, Rory Gilmore does leave the audience with some life lessons that are crucial for a successful life.
Summer is coming and seniors all over the states are about to graduate. You have prom, graduation, goodbyes, and college coming up. It is likely you've already chosen the school you'll be attending in the Fall since May 1st has passed (if you haven't, that's completely okay - I changed my decision in July). Now, you're thinking of dorms, the new friends you'll meet, orientation, whether or not you're going to rush, what you're going to major in, and what your classes will be like. It's exciting, but it's also exhausting and overwhelming. This survival guide is compiled with all of my tips and pieces of advice that I wish I would've known my Freshman year.