Living in a dorm is an important milestone of college life, but it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing experience. Case in point: one of my friend’s freshman year dorm room had a giant drain in the middle of the floor, like an easy-to-hose-out dog kennel for humans. Charming, right? Last year, my coworkers compiled this great list of dorm decorating tips, and this year I wanted to go a bit more in-depth, focusing on a few ways you can make your dorm look a little more home-y, and a little less dorm-y. Click on the gallery to check out 5 easy upgrades!
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Your college roommate can be your best friend or your most terrible, smelly nightmare. Colleges are supposed to hook you up with roommates you’ll at least be able to marginally get along with, but often it doesn’t exactly work out that way. I’m not sure exactly what I filled out on my freshman roommate form, but the person I ended up couldn’t have been further from me: A science major into sports. I went to bed early, she stayed up late (and often passed out in her soccer gear.) We made it through the year, but not without some fighting and some tears — and some visits from her very eccentric boyfriend from home.
I’m sure I was no peach to live with, either. She probably hated my band posters and weird art projects, and that I was constantly listening to mopey emo music. Could our dismal freshman roommate experience have been avoided? Possibly. Had we had a more comprehensive roommate questionnaire, perhaps there would have been a shocking red flag, warning our dorm room administrators that the two of us were a terrible match.
I mean, do college roommate questionnaires ask about the things you actually want to know about the person you’re going to spend the next nine months with? If they did, we think the form would look something like this (all based on our personal roommate experience)… Keep reading »
It’s practically the first day of school––do you have your backpack game on lockdown? I know you’d like to think that you can somehow manage getting to and from class with nothing more than your purse, but trust us, you’re gonna want a backpack (your back will thank you for it). We’re particularly fond of canvas packs because they’re rugged and easy to care for. We’ve picked out sixteen of our faves to get you and all the stuff you schlep around all day ready for the next semester. Keep reading »
I got my undergrad degree attended the UC at Santa Cruz, a university I can confidently describe as a “hippie school.” Debate was encouraged, classes could at times be bizarre, and the atmosphere smelled of patchouli and burning sage. Others colleges that fall under the hippie school umbrella? Kenyon College in Ohio, Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, Reed College in Oregon, and Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Want to know if your university also qualifies? Put these 14 signs in your pipe and smoke ‘em… Keep reading »
It’s a couple weeks into your European History class, and suddenly you find yourself touching up your lip gloss before taking your seat and getting all hot and bothered by the mere mention of Protestant Reformation. Hey, we’ve all been there. Here’s our breakdown of the factors that contribute to a major crush on your professor, culled from our extensive experience with the subject. Sigh. There’s just something universally irresistible about a learned man in tweed.
So you’ve bought the sheets, the desk lamp, the shoe racks, the posters that will fall off after two months, the hangers, the towels, the laptop and the notebooks. You pillaged the shit out of your local bedding supply co. and you’re feeling like a champ … or in a cloudy haze of coupons and shopping carts. Same thing. The problem is, there will alwayssss be something you forgot. And you definitely want to get that stuff while your parents’ credit card is just an arm’s length away. Here are some things you would have forgotten if it weren’t for me saving the day…
There’s nothing worse than arriving to college on your very first day and realizing that your roommate is a mutant of a creature, with a painfully annoying laugh and an extreme hoarding problem.
But have no fear. There’s a silver lining: everybody — even celebrities— have their quirky habits … and some would make heinous roommates.
To kick-off Schooled Week on The Frisky, we’re pitting celebrities against each other in the ultimate face-off: “Which Celeb Would Be The Worst Roommate Ever?”
American student Gabrielle Turnquest was recently called to the Bar of England and Wales after passing her Bar exams. This is a great achievement for anyone, but Turnquest happens to be a little more impressive than the average person to pass the Bar exams. She just happens to be 18 years old, making her the youngest person to be called to the Bar of England and Wales in its 600-year existence. Keep reading »
Oh, dress codes. Women have been banned from wearing sleeveless dresses at a school in Madhya Pradesh, India, because administrators say doing so isn’t dressing in a “decent manner.” In order to enforce the new rule, the college director stands outside the premises every morning to make sure the students are wearing “decent” attire.
Why are they suddenly enforcing this rule? That’s not exactly clear; perhaps the recent spate of high-profile rapes and gang rapes in India has lead to increased policing of the way women dress in the name of “protecting” them. Anyway, prior to the official enforcement, female students who wore sleeveless dresses had to write essays on Indian culture as punishment — potentially the catalyst for the college-wide ban. Keep reading »
During the launch of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, spoke with Malaysian Prime Minister about the role of women in education. After the the PM noted that 68 percent of college graduates in Malaysia are now women, Johnson just had to add that “they’ve got to find men to marry.” What Johnson therefore implied with his comment is that women aspire to nothing more than marriage, even with their degrees. Keep reading »