Adventures in “Adulting”

Moving into your first real apartment with friends feels a lot like playing “house”.  Except for the fact that the food isn’t plastic, the dishes actually have to be washed, and no one gets to be the dog. (Which, if we’re being honest, was the best part of the game.)

I’m nineteen now, which means I have officially survived my first year of being an “adult”, but for some reason I’ve never felt more like a terribly confused, little kid. Maybe this is because the last time I attempted to vacuum resulted in a glitter explosion in the living room. Or because I recently dyed all of my white sheets blue after overlooking a sneaky navy t-shirt in the washer. And, trust me, the list goes on.

And on.

And on. 

But, surprisingly,  I’m not actually upset about this.

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Take a Peek Into My Freshman Dorm

 

Life in a freshman dorm is a wonderful thing. With people living above, below, and next door it’s like a constant party all the time. Think an episode of Friends, but college edition.

However…freshman dorms aren’t entirely too aesthetically pleasing.  With four plain cement walls and a single window (maybe two if you’re lucky), I have the slightest suspicion that the interior designers got inspiration from prison cells.

But fear not! Wall decorations and throw pillows galore are here to rescue you from the terribly bland and prison inspired theme of freshman dorms.

So let’s take a little tour through my dorm from last year to hopefully give you some ideas on how to brighten things up a bit.

Flowers (!!!): Bringing the outside inside is always a wonderful idea. Except of course if you’re bringing in wild raccoons or something…let’s keep those outside please.

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-Window stickers: Not only are these incredibly cheap, but they’re also super easy to apply and take off, so your windows will always be ready for new stickers every season. For Spring, I highly recommend pretty colored tulips…to match your real life tulips, of course.

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A Guide to Finding Your People

A bit of a lengthy post on finding “your people” to make up for the fact that I’ve been M.I.A. for the past couple weeks…

            We’re all in search of those people. The ones that you call with any sort of news because you know they’ll be excited, whether they were just told about your new job promotion or the fact that you got out of bed and brushed your teeth today. They’re the ones who pull out the chocolate, tissues, and all your favorite movies when you really just need a good cry session. They’re the ones who throw the best dance parties because you already know that your jamming playlist is literally identical. And they’re the ones who would totally help you hide that dead body.

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College Life in a Big Old City

I was never really too keen on the idea of the “typical college experience”, so when it came to picking out my future home, choosing to go to school in a city just seemed like the logical thing to do. And luckily, it has turned out to be a perfect fit. Honestly, I knew from the second that I drove into the Philly skyline and “Philadelphia Freedom” came on the radio, that it was meant to be.

Now I will totally be the first to admit that I’m lacking a bit in the department of “street smarts” and “common sense”, but hey, here I am nine months later, and I’d say I’m doing pretty darn swell. Cities can definitely be intimidating, but they can also be wonderful and magical and exciting and the perfect places to live.

So here are seven of the reasons why going to a city school is great.

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