Topic: College Life

What If Adults Read American Girl Magazine?

What If Adults Read American Girl Magazine?

When I was about ten, there was one thing that could make my day no matter what: a new issue of American Girl magazine coming in the mail. The only thing better was the summer issue: ice pop recipes, tips for making water balloons, assurance my fight with my BFF is just because people get cranky in the heat. And sure, I’m not ten anymore, but I’m still a magazine junkie, and at the moment with all the promise of summer, I’m just not interested in ten ways to get that bikini body or 40 ways to get him hot. I just want to make friendship bracelets.

So I picked up the June/July issue of AG, ignored the weird looks I got reading it on the subway (ok, I just wished there were weird looks, I still look like I’m in the target demographic for the mag), and decided to make some of the magazine’s features a little more age-appropriate. So go ahead, put down the copy of Cosmo. More »

Made in Manhattan: The New York City Bucket List

Made in Manhattan: The New York City Bucket List

Hey everyone! This is a video about me, Paige. I’m from Pennsylvania, and I go to a small-town college there (you may have seen that in my previous series, Paige Presents). This summer, I have an internship with b5media (the company that owns Crushable and its sister sites), and have moved out to New York City. Throughout the rest of the summer, I will be producing videos about making it in The Big Apple on my own. More »

Space Relations: How to Split the Household Goods

Space Relations: How to Split the Household Goods

I ended a column a few weeks back by saying, “Of course, there’s other stuff that may or may not get split, too, like groceries, furniture purchases, paint, light bulbs and various household supplies — but I’ll leave that for another week. Now isn’t a good time to expound upon my feelings on 1-ply toilet paper.” Well, today, my friends, is the day that I get you regale you with all those feelings. It’s time to talk TP! I hope you’re as excited as I am. More »

Space Relations: How to Decorate With Your Roommate

Space Relations: How to Decorate With Your Roommate

I mentioned before that my freshman roommate and I once won Best Smelling Room when we lived in the dorms — an honor that she and I did not take lightly. No, we didn’t receive any accolades or trophies, but we did eat a giant plate of nachos to celebrate. The only problem was, we’d entered our room in the Best Decorated contest and come out with the Best Smelling award. We couldn’t understand why our room didn’t win for best decoration. Was it the clash of the brown and yellow tapestry against the sky blue and white-patterned carpet we’d laid down? Or maybe the way we covered every inch of our lofted bed frames with pictures of previous spring break trips to Florida? For years, I was mystified by our loss, until one day it hit me: Our style was basically “more is more,” and it sucked. More »

Space Relations: Guest Etiquette, Or How to Have (or Be) a Proper Houseguest

Space Relations: Guest Etiquette, Or How to Have (or Be) a Proper Houseguest

The first time my college roommate and I ever had a guest stay over we were living in the dorms. Our friend was deemed a ‘guest’ because he planned in advance to come visit us, as opposed to just being some guy who lived down the hall and fell asleep on our futon at 6am. We were excited to welcome our guest and make him as comfortable as one could be in a room the size of a jail cell, making sure to provide him with a nice blanket, fresh sheets and a pillow (all above-penitentiary grade). He came up Friday afternoon and stayed until Sunday morning, and we had a great time. That is, until we quickly noticed the giant wet spot he’d left behind on the futon, blanket and sheets. When we inquired about the spot – which was soaked – he said that he’d had too much to drink and must have sweat through the night. But deep down, we knew the truth. We didn’t get close enough to smell it, but we knew. It was then that I realized that having a guest – and being a guest – in a home shared by roommates can be tricky business. If someone was capable of pissing all over my brand new futon in just two nights, imagine what else he (or she) could be capable of doing during, say, a weeklong stay. Just the idea of it turned me off to guests for a long time. More »

Space Relations: How to Have Sex Without Grossing Out Your Roommates

Space Relations: How to Have Sex Without Grossing Out Your Roommates

Once upon a time, I lost my virginity in my dorm room on a lofted bed about four inches from the ceiling. I was wearing a light pink, oversized t-shirt I’d purchased for $1 at the Salvation Army (AKA the broke college girl’s “lingerie”) and the sex was so quick that I still had half of my Wintergreen Life Saver when we were done. It was very romantic. Obviously my roommate wasn’t home at the time, but having sex in our shared room that day meant that I’d allowed myself to cross into new territory. Not only was it the first time I’d ever done the deed, but it was also the first time I’d had sex in a space that was typically occupied by someone else. Until that day, I was always nervous about her walking in on me and my boyfriend fooling around. But after that day, I wasn’t as paranoid. I figured, hey, if I can make having sex work once without “getting caught,” I’m in the clear! I always locked the door, of course, but we had never really developed a “system,” which is why she accidentally walked in on us exactly two weeks later. Lesson learned: Develop a system. Other lesson learned: Your roommate really, really doesn’t want to think about or see you having sex. More »

Space Relations: How to Share Stuff With Your Roommates Without Losing Your Mind

Space Relations: How to Share Stuff With Your Roommates Without Losing Your Mind

Sometime during my sophomore year, a terrible thing happened: I needed to use a hairbrush. I’d accidentally left mine at my boyfriend’s place, so I had no choice but to borrow my roommate’s brush off her bedroom dresser. To most female roommates, this would not be a big deal, but to her, it was a major privacy violation. I knew how she felt about people going in her room, so I quickly popped in, ran the brush through my hair once, and popped back out. I felt like I’d committed a felony, but I had no regrets. That is, until I got home and found her sitting in the living room with her brush on the coffee table. More »

College Life: A Letter To My Freshman Year Self

College Life: A Letter To My Freshman Year Self

A friend recently told me that as an incoming college freshman, she thought that “college was going to be all eating Indian food in the dorms.” What does this mean? Frankly, I’m not really sure, but it speaks to the fact that when we come into college, we don’t really have a clue what to expect. As we begin to look back, chicken tikka didn’t have much to do with our experience – but as we started to think about our one-time expectations, we recognized how off-base we had been about so many things four years ago. More »

Did Emma Watson Leave Brown University Because of Bullying?

Did Emma Watson Leave Brown University Because of Bullying?

If I had the chance to change places with Emma Watson, I might take it – she’s young, beautiful, smart, rich, and famous. But it turns out that having all of those things still doesn’t keep you from getting picked on. The New York Daily News reports that Emma quit her studies at Brown University because of teasing from classmates, who liked to yell out lines from the Harry Potter movie whenever they saw her. One popular taunt was shouting “three points for Gryffindor!” every time Emma had a right answer in class. I admit that that joke was sort of funny when I first heard it, but I can’t imagine how she put up with having people yelling stuff like that at her all the time. More »