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In college courses, you learn new confusing things, read books that aren’t quite English and actually learn useful stuff.  So the thousands of dollars you pay for them might just be worth it. But let’s get real, the part where you have to deal with others sucks. Yes, college is the time to get introduced to a new degree of people to hate.

1.  The Student Who Tries Too Hard at Comedy

The professor says a joke. Next an eager student has to respond with a comeback that reeks of try-too-hardness. We’re sure you were a hoot in high school. But this is the big leagues; leave the comedy to the professionals.

2. The Drama/Theater Major

Nothing like watching a drama major do a big song and dance throughout the entire course. Sometimes they literally break into song and dance. It’s forever traumatizing.

3. The Midterm Obsessed Student

“Will this be on the midterm?”-he asked the first day of class. And so the battle begins. The professor tries to get the students to focus more on learning, but that one GPA obsessed pupil never learns.

4. The Kanye West Student

Every course has one student that believes everything they say comes from the mouth of gods. But really they’re just narcissists who never know when to shut up.

5. The Facebook Stalker Student

If you never checked Facebook once during class, you’re either lying or too cool for the rest of us. But there is a big difference from checking it a couple of times to spending your whole course poking your friends. Is that really what you want to do with the rest of your life?

6. The Professor’s Want-to-Be Bestie

Source: Mashable

Source: Mashable

Throughout the entire schooling process, there is often a sort of suck-up student. Eventually, they evolve into that student who really wants to hang with the professor after class. We know in college that’s totally allowed, but it’s still kind of creepy. However, that one student would trade her arm to do it.

7. The Texter

Even in big lecture halls, your professor can see you text. Why be so incredibly rude? Whoever you’re texting can wait a couple minutes to get a “lol”, especially when you’re really not laughing out loud.

8. The Student Who Disrupts The Seating Flow

The first rule of college is to follow the imaginary seating chart. You sit somewhere for five weeks, you stay there the entire course. We have a system. Don’t be the jerk that messes that up. We’ll all secretly hate you.

9. The Weird One

We enjoy when the kind of odd student finds their own group of misfits, but that doesn’t make it any easier to understand them when they compare Chaucer to an alien invasion. After that comparison, even the professor will think you’re weird.

10.   The Student Who’s Always Late

This student wouldn’t be such a nuisance if they only learned how to not make so much noise when entering.  Second rule of college: if you’re more than twenty minutes late, just let it go.

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In my life, we often forget to appreciate how far we’ve come. We’re too busy trying to rush forward to the next big destination. After doing my list of 26 things to do before I turn 26, I thought of all the things I want to accomplish by the end of next year. I have been 25 for  19 days now,  and I decided to reflect on all the things I have done because they are just as important as the things I will do.

Do what makes you happy

Here are 50 things I’ve done before I turned 25:

1. Held a job for four years

2. Attended the concert of my favorite band and/or singer

3. Been called a “legend”

4. Fallen in love and got my heart broken

5. Done something illegal

6. Asked out a crush

7. Saved someone’s life

8. Lived on my own

9. Had financial independence

10. Survived a financial crisis

11. Survived a major illness

12. Lost over 40 pounds

13.  Given a speech in front of a huge crowd

14. Had a ‘perfect’ day

15. Traveled outside of Illinois

16.  Had a random adventure

17. Overcome a major fear

18. Been called “beautiful’ by a complete stranger

19. Been given flowers

20. Danced in public

21. Graduated college

22. Donated money to a cause I support

23.  Been on television

24. Wrote for a living

25.  Made a film I’m proud of

26. Proved people wrong

27.  Did something others said was impossible

28. Became friends with an enemy

29. Won a plane ticket

30. Wrote at least 5 webseries

31. Started a novel

32. Obtained grant money

33. Maintained friendships with people I’ve known for more than ten years

34. Taught myself a new skill

35.  Stood up for myself

36.  Been in a fight (with a non-family member)

37.  Owned a pet

38. Traveled on a plane

39. Escaped  a dangerous situation

40.  Had a near death experience

41. Read 0ver a hundred books

42. Learned a new language

43.  Appear in a newspaper article

44. Helped someone in need

45. Been told ‘my life has been changed for knowing you’

46. Started a blog

47.   Saw a broadway musical

48.  Had a moment of unspeakable bravery

49. Danced in the street

50.  Taken a big chance

Life is hard for everyone that’s why most people search for meaning in their lives. For many of them meaning can be found through their  social interactions. For this reason it is a fundamental life skill to know how to make someone feel important, no matter what their status may be in your life.  That’s why these easy small acts of kindness can make a big impact in someone’s life.

1.Give compliments:  By complimenting someone I do not mean one of the generic variety. I mean one that is unique to that individual. For example, maybe you know someone who constantly works hard at everything they do. You can tell them how much you admire their drive and give specific examples.   If you give the right compliments at pivotal points it can spark a much needed source of joy.

2. Say thank you:  This is probably one of the simplest things someone can do, but often people forget to do it.  Using the phrase “thank you” constantly should be a habit taught at a young age because simple politeness can go along way in life. Here is an example that may make you realize the importance of this phrase: imagine you work in the service industry,  it does not matter what job (food service, customer services or a salesperson),just imagine your job is to serve others.You meet hundreds of people daily. Some treat you okay but many others are rude to you or don’t acknowledge you’re human like them. You have had a long day of rude customers and you’re really questioning why you chose this career path, then someone who genuinely seems to appreciate your help tells you thank you for all you’ve done for them. You can tell by their presence and how they say it that they mean it. A small act like that can change a terrible day to a great day.  You may doubt it, but watch how someone’s mood shifts when they get a sincere thank you.

3. Buy “just because” presents: Of course, people receive gifts on their birthday, anniversaries, and certain holidays, but the unexpected presents are appreciated the most.  Simple thought out small gifts can really show how much you care for someone. Any gift is precious but a “just because” one can really make someone’s day, week, or even month.

4.  Spend extra time with them: Most relationships dwindle or grow depending on the time invested in it. Many friendships or romantic unions fail because one or both partners won’t spend enough time developing the relationship. People generally appreciate others more if they make hanging out or talking them a top priority.  On the other hand, a relationship can be destroyed if people only spend time with one another. It is key for the growth and longevity of a relationship that the proper balance between making time with someone a priority but not your only source of daily interaction. People need to feel wanted and that’s why spending a couple hours more with someone can really have a great impact on their levels of feeling appreciated.

5. Listen to them: Many people are terrible listeners. It’s such a simple human task but so many people can not do it.  Not listening to someone usually leads to major conflicts that could be avoided by just focusing and really paying attention to what someone says. Can you image how many conflicts could be avoided if you just listened, and made sure to do or not do what someone told you? People also feel really appreciated when you can recall things they told you in the past or intentionally avoid not doing something you remember them saying they didn’t like or the opposite. Humans need to feel important and knowing we’re being listened to makes us feel important and appreciated.

There are many other things you can do to show your appreciation, but these are good places to start if you want to create more lasting meaningful relationships.

In about three weeks, I turn twenty-five. By most cultural standards I should be heading towards marriage, kids, working on my Masters or have my dream job. I wish I could say I am close to all of these things, but I am not.

Recently, I committed the # 1 sin of life: thou shall not compare thine self to others.  It’s easy to worry about things you lack and with  lists like the one linked becoming so popular it becomes hard not to change to fit a mode.  However, due to my increasing love of self-help books and generally more positive attitude, I decided to approach the next year of my life differently.

Instead of regretting what I cannot change, I decided to live the next year without limits. By living without limits, I am going to stop worrying about if I am living life by standards that are set by society and start living by my own set of new standards.

In order, to live a year of embracing the new rules, I composed a list of twenty-six things to do this year.

1. Travel more: As a  self-proclaimed bird not traveling around the world feels so caging. I may not have the money to see Europe yet, but I can occasionally buy more train tickets to see more of the Midwest and some of the East.

2. Move to California: Moving to California by December 28,2012 may seem impossible,  but this dream is just put on hold, not dead. Ticket still bought, ride coming.

3. Become more organized: After taking the Clean Sweep Assessment , I scored  low in the physical environment section. I need to de-clutter my life.

4. Read more books:  I read everyday but mainly blogs and articles now.  That’s why this year, I’ll be participating in  the 50 book challenges

5. Start a website:  After months of planning, I’m going to create two sites this year. One  focusing on movie and book reviews, and the other a plus size fashion and body acceptance one. They will start off as blogs and then I’ll convert them  to sites after I get a steady readership. .I’ll be launching the blogs for them by the end of month.

6. Build Confidence: Lack of confidence cripples most of us and I no longer want to be a victim to the low self-esteem virus.

7. Maintain a  healthy life style: Not just more physical exercising and eating healthy, but doing mental exercises to keep a positive outlook on life.

8. Seize more opportunities: Time for more yeses and less nos.

9. Do one thing that scares me everyday:Fear is good. Fear can bring out a side of us we never knew existed and that brings power and self discovery in the best way. Everyday next year, I’m doing one thing I fear, even something as small as calling up an old friend.

10. Start a jar of good memories: See this post

11. Start a “get me out of here” jar:  See this picture. Take that money and put it into my savings account.

12. Get a job I love: I love freelance writing but if given the choice to write only for my favorite blogs, sites, production companies,  publishing companies or magazines, I’d  choose that.

13. Build my freelance business: I’ve been doing freelancing for  five months and I love it, but it’s not a business yet. I don’t make enough for it to be my sole source of income, but I want it to be.  I want to build a freelance business because even if I get that job I love I want something I can always depend on if that job fails or other life dilemmas.

14. Speaking my mind more: No more silence, time to speak.

15.  Become more social: Ever meet someone and you’re so “wow’ed” by them that you want to spend every moment with them? I have been “wow’ed” plenty of times and I want to become one of those people that can immediately win people over.

16. Revamp my social life: I go out and have fun occasionally. Key word: occasionally.  I need to make  fun and experiencing life  a weekly goal.

17. Make enough money to  become financially independence: Right now, I’m making enough to get by but I want to make enough to fully support myself, which means having money for my bills, eating healthy, gym membership, transportation money, and weekend fun money.

18. Get my  driver’s license: Living in Chicago  allows me to easily access public transportation, but when I move to California I will not have that luxury.

19.  Complete 2013 Bucket List:  See Post.

20. Join a book club: I continuously attempt at starting my own but they’ve failed so yay to joining local ones.

21. Learn a ridiculous amount of movie quotes: On my full Bucket List I have “spend a day only speaking in movie and television quotes.” I even own a movie quotes book, it’s time I start learning them.

22. Teach myself new tricks: Besides improving my language skills, I want to learn  a lot more next year like more photoshop tricks, more video editing skills, how to skate, play guitar, boxing, and different styles of dance.

23.  Convince myself that the impossible is always possible: You have to believe in something; why not the impossible?

24. Maintain a daily journal and weekly vlog: I definitely need to journal more, but also I think it would be reflexive to vlog daily to not only read how I change but see it.

25:  Volunteer:  No better time then now to do this.

26. Take more pictures: Not having a camera this year has shown me that I don’t need one but want one. I  gave my camera to my sister because I felt things like facebook and instagram took away the magic of pictures.  I still feel this is a major problem, but I also feel life needs to be documented. There are things that deserve pictures.

If I can do all of these things then the twenty-fifth year is going to be one hell of a year.

Because fall has officially begun, it’s time to change up your wardrobe. It can be difficult putting away that bikini and you may shed some tears over storing your short shorts. This can be quite a sad transition for some. But you do not have to give up all your summer clothes. Some of them you can recycle and reinvent into fun fall wear. One item that you can easily add accessories and a nice jacket and you have a fall friendly outfit is your favorite maxi dress. Maxi dresses have always been a favorite of women of many varying shapes and sizes, so almost everyone has their favorite maxi dress. If you’re like me and don’t want to wait a year to wear your maxi dress then here are some ways you can reinvent your maxi for fall.

My favorite maxi is this Ashley Stewart red one (no longer available online). I bought this dress this summer and have only worn it once so far, and cannot wait to wear a couple more times this fall. For this piece, I will have this maxi dress in mind for my  suggesting.

Add a nice blouse over it

If you want to give your maxi dress a more sophisticated look, you can add a blouse and leave it unbuttoned. You could also add a belt to make the unbutton blouse fit better. To really change things up you can add a fun thin  blouse or a see through design that really adds an extra layer of originality. Something like this Forever 21’s Dance Love Sing Live Burnout Top $14.80

Your maxi will still be able to shine through your shirt, but you’ll be creating a completely original outfit.

Add a cardigan and a belt

Cardigans are big Fall “Must Haves,” so you probably already have a ton in your closet to choose from, but I think the thing that will really make the cardigan work with the maxi dress is adding a small or large belt along with the cardigan. Here are two of my favorite Ashley Stewart belts.

Both belts could go with almost any maxi dress or cardigan, which I think belts like these are probably your best choices.

There are a lot of cardigans that work with my red maxi, including some fun print ones and some more solid color ones. Two of my favorite cardigans that compliment my dress well is the Ashley Stewart Zebra Burnout Cardigan $39.50

And the Torrid White Open Front Cardigan $34,50

Both cardigans are versatile, and even after you stop wearing your maxi you can wear these cardigans with whatever you want.

Add a blazer

The best way to turn a casual dress to a business outfit is to nice a blazer.  You can use this trick with maxi dresses as well. The blazer I am obsessed with is the Ashley Stewart’s Leather Lapel Blazer $49.50. This blazer will look good with anything but it really makes your maxi dress standout.

Add a denim jacket

The best  way to make a maxi dress turn from a summer outfit to a fall one is to add a great denim jacket. There are hundreds of hot denim jackets you can buy to help make your maxi dress last you all fall. Stores like Old Navy and Ebay are bound to have some really unique and cheap ones.

This Old Navy’s Denim Jacket $39.94 would look great with any maxi dress.

There are multiple ways you can keep wearing that maxi you love and these are just a few ideas.  Finding new ways to wear your summer maxi could become your favorite fall activity. The changing season does not mean you have to give up everything you love. So keep your maxi dress hanging outside your closet all fall, you never know when a new idea will hit you.

Fall is finally approaching so that means warm apple cider, new leaves, and nice breezy weather. It also means it’s time to put your sundresses, bikinis,  and sandals away for a more practical wardrobe. But don’t grunt in frustration,  practical does not mean you have to trade your bright and sunny clothes for dull and dingy ones. In fact, there are so many stores stocked full of Fall “Must Haves” that you’ll have abundance of choices of clothes to add to your closet. There are tons of cozy sweaters, fashionable sweater dresses, nice jackets, and loads of denim competing for a space in your closet. So it can be a difficult and stressful period just picking what to buy to be the best fashionista you can be, but fret no more, because I’m going to tell you about one of fall’s biggest trends. This might make the clothes choosing process easier. So let’s begin our fashionable journey!

A big must for Fall  2012 is raspberry colored clothes. Different stores have different names for the color, but my favorite name for it is raspberry. Raspberry color is a blend of pink and purple, usually with a darker tint on the purple. This is one of my favorite Fall 2012 fashion trends because it’s such an unusual color, and it looks good with a variety of different colors. This color mainly works with yellows, light blues, grays and can even pair with some uncommon bright colors, like orange and lime green.

Grays and blacks are always in style for fall so this makes adding a bright color like raspberry even more exciting, because it will really brighten up your basic blacks and grays. I’ve seen hundreds and hundreds of raspberry colored clothes and many are just gorgeous, but I have a few favorites. I’ll share my five favorite raspberry colored clothes and budget friendly alternatives. Because we all know plus size clothes can get expensive, but if you know where to look, and how to budget, you can look great for less.

My Top Five Favorite Fall Raspberry Plus Size Clothes

#5. Torrid’s Raspberry Ankle Zip Stiletto Jeans $64.50

Colored denim pants have been a popular trend for awhile-everyone from your mom to your boyfriend is wear skinny colored jeans- so you need to have some in your closet. These Torrid pants are great because they’re not quite skinny jeans so they have a little more possibilities. They are also colored bright enough that they’ll get you noticed and complimented, but not blindingly bright that you cannot blend in with a crowd.  They’ll go great with a cute black top.

Alternative-Forever 21’s Lustrous Colored Skinny Jeans $24.80

There are a couple stores that also carry jeans similar to Torrid’s pair, including Ashley Stewart and Fashion Bug. The great thing about Forever 21’s pair is that they’re pretty close in color to Torrid’s jeans.  They’re  also designed really similar and about $40 dollars less than Torrid’s pants. If you don’t mind spending over $60 dollars on jeans, get Torrid’s pants. Torrid clothes tend to last longer than Forever 21’s clothes, and they’re true to size. You also probably won’t have to worry about seeing a bunch of other people wearing the exact same pants as you.

But whichever jeans you choose, raspberry colored denim pants are a must for your fall wardrobe.

#4.Raspberry And White Striped Blazer $58.50

The color is a little brighter than the normal raspberry colored clothes. Because of this it looks more red on this picture, and that makes it even more versatile. Red can pair with almost any color, so this blazer will too. What I love about this blazer is it’s fun enough that you can pair it with a nice bright dress or skinny jeans, but it’s not too bright that you couldn’t wear it to work or a job interview. It’s a great piece to add to your closet, you’ll find there are a billion options for this cute blazer.
It’s difficult to find a good blazer for under $40 dollars. If you’re an ebay expert, or go thrift store shopping a lot, then you can find a nice raspberry colored blazer for under $40 dollars. If  you cannot find one  for under $40, and want to save a couple dollars by not buy the Torrid one, then H&M + has a nice bright raspberry colored blazer. Like the Torrid one, you can wear this blazer to work or on a fun night out.  The only problem with this blazer is it may be a little too bright for some really conservative office spaces.
I personally would chose the Torrid one, but that’s just because I like stripes and prints clothing more than just bright colors, but the H&M+ one looks a little more figure flattering.  Both will get your friends and colleagues talking about how great you look so both are good options. And blazers never go out of style.
There are so many amazing homecoming dresses out there,  but if you want to keep with fall’s hottest color then this Deb’s dress should be on the top of your list. It’s fancy enough where you’ll really make a statement at homecoming, or any other eloquent attire event, but it’s simple enough where you can wear it just for a fun night out with friends. You could also pair it with some leggings and a nice jean jacket and turn it into a casual day dress.
If you do not wear dresses too often and you don’t plan on attending any events where you need a nice dress, but still like the style of the dress, then you can turn the sophisticated look of the Deb’s dress into a more casual everyday look by getting Torrid’s Cami. You can easily wear this cami with a nice pair of jeans and feel just as good as you would if you were wearing the Deb dress. Both items are equally appealing to me, so it would depends on my needs-whether I needed something nice, but casual, or more of a show stopper dress. I also personally don’t buy strapless tops or dresses, so I’m more likely to buy the cami, but I would consider the dress if I felt more comfortable in strapless attire.
Both are fun, flirty, and could look fabulous on you.
I love this dress, because it’s simple but has so many possibilities. You can wear it with a nice leather jacket, boots, belt or just by itself with some nice jewelry.  It’s also probably a really flattering dress to whatever your figure.
I could not find an alternative to this dress, because of it’s unique design and color. It’s also really cheap for a dress, so if you’re loving the dress then you should probably buy it. I doubt you’ll find one just as unique and cool and this inexpensive. Say yes to the dress.
I definitely love a great leather or pleather jacket in the fall. I also love colored leather jackets even more.  The minute I laid my eyes on this jacket-which also comes in blue-I was in love. This jacket is over my budget so I cannot order it, but I would if I could. Not only is the jacket perfect for early fall, but it’s just the right blend of cool and practical. You can wear it to class, work, or hanging out with friends. It works in almost any situation. And it will stand out but also make all your angles look heavenly.
If you’re really into the idea of a pink leather jacket, then, you may want to consider checking ebay for slightly used ones. I found this great one for only $35 or so dollars. Ebay is a good source for unique things, like pink or Raspberry colored leather jackets, but one problem with ebay is you may not find one in your size.  So if you’re willing to spend for the City Chic jacket, I say go for it.
I hope this helped make picking through all the raspberry colored goodies easier. There  are literally hundreds of choices for you this fall, so choose what you find most appealing. Then wear it, love it, and embrace your inner fashion goddess.