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Whether you’re in a forced triple and can literally feel your roommates inhaling on you because of how close the beds are, or your dormitory room honestly resembles the size of a shoebox, the fight of college housing is. And TBH, that listing of dorm room workouts you made the week before are moving forward is appearing fewer and less doable. But between long lectures and the aggressive amount of homework and back-to-back activities on campus, you’re in desperate need of a stress-reliever, and working out is often the best and healthiest style to channel your frustrations.

Research tells only 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week can improve mental health and attain that to-do list seem a whole lot more manageable. Plus, examines show that squeezing in some exercise between classes can actually make you smarter.

And don’t try to use that no-equipment card as an excuse( I see you, fam ). There are of exerts that utilize the weight of your own to get you sweating so profusely that your roomie might just call the paramedics to make sure you’re OK. I’m kidding, kind of, but for real, why is there no AC in your dormitory room?

Here are six equipment-free workouts that you can do in the convenience( is it comfortable though ?) of your dorm room.

1. Jump Squats

Oh yeah, you can definitely still maintain those #BootyGains, even with minimal space in your dorm.

Stand with your feet hip-width apart in a squatting position, and jump explosively as you change your weight onto the balls of your feet.

You’ll be sore AF walking to your 8 a. m. tomorrow morning. #HurtsSoGood.

2. Push-Up Jacks

The jumping jack and the push-up had a baby, and because the world is not very creative, the baby’s name is the push-up jack.

Don’t worry, you’re not babysitting. TBH, there’s scarcely room for to function in your cubicle-sized living space, let alone an infant.

Drop down to the ground for these bad sons, and combine cardio with arm strength by doing as many reps as your body will allow.

3. High Knees

For this heart-elevating cardio move, run in place, bringing your knees above hip level, and tap your knee on each step.

Keep amping up the intensity as you go, moving faster to challenge yourself. You can even pretend you’re sprinting to that calc class you’re 20 minutes late for every day.

4. Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers target your chest, shoulders, triceps, core, hip flexors, hamstrings, and quads. Did I miss a place?

It’s basically a kickass full-body workout that requires no equipment, and no extra space. Appear at you.

5. Leg Lifts

Just because you’re drowning in class doesn’t mean you should neglect your core.

Leg lifts require minimal space and will give you serious abs of steel.

Have some quality #RoomieBonding day by creating a core challenge to find who can do the most reps.

( Fair warning, you’ll probably have to fight for the rain afterwards .)

6. Supermans

Honestly, you might just wistfully think about how Superman likely didn’t have to live in a tiny dormitory room as you do these, but at least your back is likely to be sculpted AF.

Squeeze your glutes and lower back muscles as you do these for optimal engagement and correct form.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … you in your mediocre living situation.

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The ground has fallen beneath me. I am in air. I cant move. I cant exhale. You took your things. The shirts I slept in. But the latter are mine too. You were mine too .

Cordial at first. We will work on ourselves. How can we love each other without loving ourselves? I believe you will come back. I truly do.

Your friends are here. They tell you to stop. Let run. Dont call him. He doesnt care that you want to construct things work. He doesnt care you had a life growing inside of you. He doesnt care .

I call you too much. You take too long to respond to my texts. Im not used to you treating me this route. Why are you treating me this way?

I was only trying to love you.

Its been a few months, I call less. I exclaim more. I try to think about my summertime trip. I try to think of my family. I try to think of grad school. Trying doesnt run. I think of you.

July. I see you. We talk. I weep. You walk away. My last image of you is you walking away .

Im on my trip-up, so I merely exclaimed once. I meet person. He isnt you.

Type out a text, want to press send, erase it, throw my phone across the room, screaming into my pillow .

I start school. Things “re a bit” exciting. So exciting I want to share it with you. I forgot I cant call you. I nearly do.

I meet someone new. He isnt you.

I feel great. Alive. Read my favorite volume again. Go to the gym. Be with my family. Life is beautiful.

Dial your number, let it ring once, hang up, hope you call back, you dont.

I feel more energetic than ever, I workout consistently, get a 4.0, spend time with the person or persons I care most about. I feel amazing.

Its 3AM. You call. I dont answer. You text. I stare at that text for what felt like years. I dont know what to respond. So I dont .

I cry again. Why did he call? What did he want? Does he think he can have me just like that? Perhaps he can. No. He cant. He never will.

I maintain crying. I set myself back together though. Its been almost a year. I should be fine by now. I put my pieces back together.

Something is still missing. A piece. You.

Please make up your mind. Think. Do you still think of me? Is your heart still with me? Time is an enemy. Time is no good. Do not take your time. Im almost gone.

Gone .

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Going off tocollege is an amazing experience.

However, every student knows living on campus can totally wreakhavoc on your healthy habits.

Between buffet-style dining halls, late night snacking sessions and bingedrinking on the reg, there are all sorts of things that will make you pack on the pounds and gain the dreaded Freshman 15 if youre not careful.

We all did certain things during our glorious years as college student to ensure that we were following a somewhat healthy routine.

Whether it was getting your daily dose of cardio by going out in heels, toning your arms with a couple of kegs stand workouts on the weekends or cutting your calorie intake by opting for healthier drinkings like Natty Light, we made all sorts of efforts to keep ourselves in top-notch physical condition.

But literally none of those things were actually healthy. They were the lesser of two evils.

But hey, we all seemed to make it through college without destroying our bodies, so I guess we must have been doing something right.

Here are some of the healthy things we all are applied to do during our college days that definitely were NOT healthy 😛 TAGEND

You believed walking to the bar in heels counted as cardio.

You only ate healthy fast food, like burrito bowls from Chipotle.

You built healthy drinking options by opting for light brew at frat parties

or skipped out on the calorie-packed beer and only bingedon hard liquor.

You supposed keg stands sufficed as a muscle-toning arm workout.

You guessed drinking sugar-free Red Bull was better for you than guzzling down endless cups of coffee.

You thought chasing your vodka with orange juice counted as adding an extra serve of fruit to your diet.

You gotyour daily dose of vitamins by downing bottles of Vitamin Water on the reg.

You supposed the olives on your supreme pizza wholly counted as feeing your vegetables.

You starved yourself during the day so you could drink more alcohol at night.

And you took breaches from partying by remaining home from the bar one night out of the month( because one night was patently enough time to mend your liver ).

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I couldve employed a lot of assist when I turned 18 and went off to college.Ive made a lot of mistakes and memories since then, and I often think back to who I was four years ago and wonder how I attained it through everything.

There were good times, there were bad times, days that constructed me feel alive, periods that constructed me topic everything and hours that ultimately forced me to grow up.

Im thankful for these periods because theyve taught me valuable lessons, but there are days I wish I knew these lessons beforehand so I wouldnt have had to go through the ache of learning them.

Im 22 years old now and Im living a life I never couldve imagined for myself.If I could go back in time, Id tell myself these seven things 😛 TAGEND

1. Freshman year of college is going to be a nightmare.

And thats putting it mildly.

Youre going to stimulate lots of new friends and youre going to lose some. Youre going to think that taking 10 shoots of vodka to get drunk for the first time is a good idea, and youll be wrong.

Youll also be wrong about who you sleep with. As much as you want them to be right for you, nine hours out of 10, they wont be. But please, dont let them destroy you for too long because its not your fault.

Apart from that, youll dye your hair red and go running through the sprinklers at 2 am just because and itll be the most fun you ever had.

2. Some friendships wont last forever, but thats OK.

I know itll seem sad when the best friends you had in high school arent your friends anymore. If Im being honest, the loss of those friendships will still sting occasionally, but eventually youll accept the fact that things will never be the same.

Youre going to do so much growing up in the coming years, youll grow apart from people you thought would be there for you forever and you will change. Not everyone will like or want to be a part of that change, and thats OK.

The people who really matter will stay by you through thick and thin, and those are the lasting friendships you want.

3. Examining abroad will be the best period of your life.

Enjoy the baguettes and Nutella while you can, because that semester will fly by a little faster than you want it to.

Youll spend your nights in tavern after drinking inexpensive bottles of wine, and youll kiss random strangers whose speeches you wont quite understand.

Youll fall in love with the cities of Italy, spend a week with your family in Switzerland and reunite with your freshman-year roommate in Scotland.

Some of the best nights will be with your best friend, eating pasta and watching every rom-com imaginable. Youll come home after five months realizing that everything is the same as how you left it and because of this, youre going to dislike America for a while. Dont worry, it does get better.

4. Unrequited love is its own kind of hell.

Unfortunately, youre going to become quite the pro at liking men who dont end up liking you back. There are going to be many, many men that come and go over the next four years, so dont take anything too personally when those relationships aim. Youll eventually learn that you were seeking the wrong guys at the incorrect time.

After you graduate, youre going to meet someone on New Years Eve and hell be different than all the remainder. Hell make you believe in the sorcery of beginnings again. One very important piece of advice: Dont fall in love with him.

When you fall in love for the first time, it should be with someone whos going to fall in love with you too. You wont get what you want from him, so do your best to leave the memories of him in the past and be grateful he taught you how to open upagain.

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5. After you graduate, your world will fall apart for a little bit.

Youre going to feel lost for a while, because no matter how many times you tell people you accommodate well to change, deep down you know its a lie.

Youll be scared of what happened next, and youll have a grand idea for how you want their own lives to turn out. Please dont hold onto that notion too tightly because almost nothing will happen the route you expect it to.Having too many ideas and no actual style of turning them into a realitywill be overwhelming, and youll only disillusion yourself in the long run.

Do your best to not let your expectations for life get the better of you because youre going to make it the working day. Youll get to do the things that you want, so dont fret too much about the style things play out. Theyend up alright in the end.

6. A bad day in New York City is still better than a good day anywhere else.

Do you want the harsh truth? Moving to New York is going to be the hardest thing youll ever do, even though its also the very best decision youll ever make for yourself.

Youll question why you came, youll doubt how qualified or ready you are to be here and youll hold going back home to Texas because that would be the easy and painless option.

Staying and procuring an apartment and job will be incredibly stressful and tiresome, but I promise you youll laugh about it in six months.

Whenever youre feeling defeated, itll help to look up at the Empire State Building. One glance of that building on your commute to run every morning sets everything back into perspective, I promise.

7. Prepare yourself for a wild ride.

Youre going to do so many crazy, reckless, beautiful, impulsive, careless, stupid and messy things on your route to growing up.

Youll expend some nights exclaiming yourself to sleep, and some nights youll be too drunk to make it out of your bedroom door. The best nights, though, will be spend sitting up on the roof watching shooting stars or going out for a night on the town with your friends and being perfectly and incandescently happy.

Its not always going to be easy, but whatever happens is going to be worth it.

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The first 18 years of life are a time to take everything in. Were encouraged to figure ourselves out. Elementary school, secondary school and high school provide us with opportunities to test the waters in a variety of areas.

Senior year of high school reaches, college applications and adoptions return as well as adults start falling that topic. You know, the one no one has a real provide answers to, What do you want to do?

Sure, half the time high school students reply with uncertainty and thats OK. Theyre 17 and 18 years old, they get a little leeway.

But, in the blink of an eye your college experience is nearing its end and you have to actually answer that dreaded question. The impending doom of the real world slowly begin to creep its route up to you.

Many of us craft genuinely intricate ideas for our future. I want to work on Wall Street, or I want to be a lawyer are two incredible aspirations, and while not all will achieve these goals, many will.

Now, the question isnt about who can and who cant. The focus should be on answering a question of actual important: Will I be happy doing this?

Its so easy to convince ourselves that something is for the better. Were astounding at telling ourselves something is worth doing, even ifwe detest it. Working on Wall Street, 80 hours a week, is plainly worth it for that kind of money, right?

For some, that lifestyle is the ultimate dreaming come true. Their 20 s are for running and setting up their future, and happiness will work its route in during the process. If it appears good on a resume, sounds good to say and brings in the dough, then hell yeah, its the fucking trifecta.

But if there is any apparent truth that comes with the reality we, its that money isnt everything. Graduating college with a great degree and diving head first into the adult-world that weve feared for so long is amazing. But, do you have to come out with a job that leaves others in awe?

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Think about this situation: Every step in your life up to college is in preparation for your future. In college, you chose you wanted to be a doctor because you like science and you like helping people, so obviously you were meant to be one.

By 21 youre sick of school, bust your ass to get good grades and when its finally over you realise you still have to get through med school and your residency. Is being a doctor still worth it?

Being a doctor is an amazing accomplishment, but “ve been through” years of school to ultimately be an unhappy professional worth it?

I grew up in a relatively well-off community, surrounded by an overwhelming amount of professionals and highly successful people. The obvious track to follow was one that had already been laid out.

Money served as a major influence on my interests. I had my eye set on being a business human, just like my father and his friends. So naturally, I chose my future was that of a banker. It had fund, numbers and all the other great banking stuff I was in search of.

Best of all, it sounded great. Adults loved to hear that I wanted to be in finance and working on Wall street; they loved to tell me their narratives and share insight about the world of banking.

My future was set.Or so I thought.

After enduring the experiences of transferring schools, heartbreak and depression, my outlook on life changed. For a long time, I was unhappy. I knew a decent sum of knowledge on a bunch of random things but I didnt know how to be happy.

These experiences forced me to ask myself topics. I had to sit and think about my future, wondering how I could be happy and successful. After a while, I knew I needed a change. I required a change in my thinking, my actions and my vision for the future.

I decided the summer before my junior year of college would be for me. I needed a step back from reality and the pressures of a 20 -something. I searched for an escape from my highly depressive environment.

SoI ran retail at Lululemons flagship store in NYC. I chose to spend my summertime folding and hang clothes, cleaning up customers messes and selling stretchy pants.

My summer didnt strengthen my resume in any unique style , nor did it directly set me up for a successful career post-college.

But working at Lululemon was revolutionary for me.It exposed me to a world I had never before experienced and placed me in an environment with people from all walkings of life.

After my first day of training for Lululemon, I had an epiphany.

I strolled into that store with the goal of self-improvement. I wanted to overcome the vulnerability I once felt and to alleviate stress and nervousnes. Most of all, I needed to learn how to love myself. I dreamt of happiness.

Six hours later, when I walked out of that store, my world was different.I had no desire to be a banker.For the first time in my life, I had no career plan for my future. Starting that summertime evening, I had a redefined understanding of life: Happiness, above all else, is the key to success.

While working there, my intellect was clear of pessimism, and I was less agitated and stressed by the basic downfalls of daily life. My familial relationships improved and for the first time in a long time, I felt in control of my life and well-being.

For the first 20 years of life, I was under the impression I knew who I was. I had a clear vision of myself and a plan for my future, and nothing could stray me from that path.I was convinced everything was a stepping stone in reaching success.

Sadly, I supposed success was defined by a college education, your career and the extent of your wealth. I always set my vision of a successful life before that of a happy one.

I slowly learned that if you cant smile, you cant truly be successful. The best part about this is that being happy is a option, we all have the ability to craft our own lives.

If happiness is the ultimate key to success( I believe it is) then thats what a vision of your future should reflect. If you dont truly understand who you are and you dont accept it, happiness will always be forced.

Ask yourself questions and dont be afraid to dig deeper, because only then will you truly find yourself.

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If you were ever in a sorority, you know that the sisterhood bond is timeless. Ultimately, you accepted a group of amazing women in your life that will be there for you through thick and thin. The big and little bond is a special one, though. That’s your legit partner in crime right there.

Being a big or a little leaves a special memory in your heart. It can be a bit hard to describe the friendship that transpires from the duo, but it’s strong and resilient as hell. At the end of the day, your ability to be a loyal friend is tested, and you reap the benefits of that effort being reciprocated. Whether you’re a big, a little, or both, these photos describe your sorority friendship oh-so perfectly.

1. The EverlastingFriendship Deserves To Be Written On The Walls

Who doesn’t like something inspiring AF plastered on their wall? We all require a little encouragement now and then. A heartfelt quote about you and your little or big is the perfect touch to help you leave your home with some confidence.

2. Seriously, You Can Depict Off Your Love Just About Anywhere

You can never get enough bangles that signify a dope friendship. And while it may seem indescribable at times, you conjure up the right words that describe your devotion to each other. I’m not weeping; you’re crying.

3. The Friendship Is Such A Gift, It Deserves A Beautiful Bow

Matching is just what you do with someone who has delivered a seemingly perfect friendship to you. Also, what’s wrong with sharing the same wardrobe as your bestie? It indicates unity, which you two have.

4. Your Bond Is So Dope, You Need The Greats To Spell It Out

It’s time to get creative. Oftentimes, you need a little bit of inspiration. And in the end, everyone should get the idea of what you’re trying to say. RIP Biggie.

5. It’s Severely A Head-To-Toe Experience

Cozy socks and reppin’ my big or little? I guess dreams truly do come true. But seriously, the list of ways to show some love for your unbreakable relationship is endless.

6. There Are A Million Ways To Wear Your Proud Title

Can someone say bling? You don’t even need anything too flashy, because your big or little is already a gem. The necklace is only an added bonus.

7. There’s Always Plenty To Cheers To

If you both are 21 and up, any beverage between the two of you is one for celebrating. No need to ever crave for a champagne partner ever again. Besides, ladies with class use a flask anyways, right?

8. Gratitude Doesn’t Even Begin To Describe It

No matter what turbulence each of your lives have, you will always have each other. What more could you ask for? Nothing, because she always has you covered.

9. You Two Are A Seemingly Perfect Match

Your big or little is your perfect match. No matter how different the two of you may be, the love for your friendship will always be a great big commonality. Partners in crime, remember?

All in all, friendship is the reinforcing taken into account in sisterhood. Having a big and little bond is eternally. You wouldn’t have it any other way.

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When I got into my dream school as a transfer cinema student almost one year ago, I thought to myself, This is it. This is what Ive been waiting for my entire life for.

I had spent a year finishing my portfolio pieces. I took solo trip-ups that expense more than I likely should have afforded myself to scope out the university, and my hard work paid off.

Two days before Christmas, I received the letter of my admission and scholarship while I was halfway across the country visiting family. My daddy and I screamed and cried on the phone. This was it. I had gotten into my dream college.

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I had two weeks to overhaul my life. I took out a significant loan, trenched my small upstate New York apartment for a small Philadelphia dorm room and left my cat with a friend. I was ready.

I arrived on campus and instantly felt a sense of home in a huge new city I had never felt before.

The classes and profs were amazing, and I had never fulfilled so many students who were like me hands on, with fresh the vision and a modern outlook on both classical and new artistic mediums.

In my classes, I was pushed further than I expected and excelled spectacularly. I even get hired in the student life office, regardless of the fact that I was brand new. This was my place, and these people were my people.

I couldnt have asked for anything better, and I was so excited to have everything going perfectly.

Of course, our worst moments always happen to arrive when we least expect it.

Despite being a poor student, my financial aid and scholarship didnt help me cover the full tuition for the year. Desperate, I turned to more private loans, which apparently couldnt save me either.

I cried for days while trying to strategize with their own families over what to do. I researched every possible route to get money, but couldnt manage to find a solution. It was time to face my ultimate fear.

A few days later, I withdrew from the university. My family helped me move most of my stuff, however, I was running a summertime program and couldnt leave for a week or so.

I had to live in an empty dormitory room until it aimed. I helped my friends move into their new dorms, and then packed what little I had left into my knapsack and hopped on a bus back home.

I wept more in that empty room than I have in many years. In the span of seven months, I had savor victory and utter defeat. I had induced friendships of a lifetime, developed professional connections and constructed a community for myself.

Three months later, I sit in an apartment in my hometown with a sense of sorrow instilled within. Ive experienced my share of romantic heartbreak, but nothing can compare to the feeling that comes with having to leave your dream behind.

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Of course, I have other options. There are so many state schools that can give me an amazing education, and I am so grateful to have possibility when so many in this world do not.

For the moment, I am enjoying my new roommate and a full-time chore in daycare until I figure out my next steps toward a new dream.

If theres anything I could advise anyone in mourn of a lost dream, it would be to take a few deep breaths and appreciate the small things around you.

Im only in my early2 0s and am already realise its OKto fail, and this sets me years ahead of my peers.

Every day I go to work, I am helping 4-year-olds learn to write their name and how to cut with scissors. I am sharing some of the first vacations with them that they will actually recollect 15 years down the line.

Im not analyse at a prestigious university, and Im not even in school full-time.

This is enough. And the working day, this will all be seen as a minor speed bump.

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