It’s that time of year again: HALLOWEEN! If you’re anything like the typical college then I’m sure you’re on the lookout for fun and unique costumes on a budget. This year, we got our creative juices flowing and came up with 151 homemade costume ideas that you can easily throw together for the big Halloween party. We’ve provided directions for each idea, but strongly encourage you to think out of the box and use your own creativity to make these the best costumes ever!
Take a tall laundry basket and cut a hole in the bottom that you can fit your body through. Tie two pieces of string to the top of the basket to hold it up. Fill the basket with laundry. Do not insert detergent.
Find a referee shirt, create one by applying black stripes to a white shirt, or vice-versa. Make sure you have a whistle around your neck. Final touch: paint your face like a clown. Touchdown!
Wear a spiffy suit with a shiny tie, find an awfully unrealistic toupee like wig, and be a complete jerk to strangers. Talk as loud as you can with a deep voice. You will be surprised how much you look and sound like Donald Trump.
This costume is a great arts and crafts project! You will need a lot of colorful foam (found at most arts and crafts stores) and a hot glue gun. Start by cutting out a large red foam circle. Then, cut strips of different colored foam and glue them on top of the circle. When you are done gluing the foam strips, cut arm holes on each side of the circle. Place your arm through the holes and wrap yourself up like a taco!
Entering housing as an individual is a tough thing to do. It builds anxiety as you wait to see who you will be paired up with. Will you have one roommate, or will you have 2 roommates? Will you have to share rooms, will you have bunk beds? Will you have to share a shower with the whole floor, or just with your roommates? These are the things incoming students, or even transfer students think about as they get ready for a semester at their new school. For some schools, you are given your assignment early in the summer along with who your roommates will be as well. I know for returning students in my college, housing assignments along with who you are paired up with are not given out until the middle of August. This brings major anxiety to individual students. It just simply does not give much time for roommates to communicate on what is needed for the dorm, who will bring what accessories, and not enough time to even get to know each other.
I heard a statistic once that 75 percent of first year roommates that were randomly paired up end up staying together. That truly is an amazing statistic to know that for the most part these schools are essentially doing the right thing when pairing roommates together. I know in my case as a transfer I was put together with two random roommates who had many similarities but they are not my roommates for the upcoming year. I did not have any problems living with them and that is a great thing.
Colleges pair people up by using surveys. In these surveys they ask questions about all types of things including, sleep schedule, favorite music genre, interest in sports, if you smoke, activities, hobbies, etc. A few of these things can easily be used to pair people together and create an instant connection. So, certainly do not fill in information that you think is “cool”. Do not fill information that is incorrect because then you will be paired incorrectly.
All the built up anxiety going into your freshman year, or just simply as an individual will hopefully lead up to roommates that you will enjoy and won’t have a problem with. I sure know I had anxiety to find out who I would be rooming with. I knew I would immediately Facebook them, message them, and see who was bringing what. It’s an interesting thing the housing selection process and apparently it’s decently accurate. As I said before, I won’t be rooming with the roommates that I was randomly selected with for this most recent year and it certainly isn’t because we didn’t connect, I just found kids that I consider my best friends now and I couldn’t turn down rooming with them.
Don’t panic individuals! The statistics prove that MOST of you should be fine. Those of you that do not like your roommates, well, you must have bad luck. There is always next year. Good Luck!
Freaking out about moving into the dorms this fall, or know someone who is? I know when I was moving into the dorms I was a mess. When I was making a list of everything I needed I kept leaving things off. It’s really hard to think of all the stuff you are going to need. Thankfully, this checklist has all the essentials on it and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you have everything. Makes everything so much easier! Take it with you when you go dorm shopping, share it with your friends, or just share it in general! It will come in handy when you get that feeling that you’re forgetting something. You can also download and print the PDF version of our Dorm Essentials Checklist here.
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Yo-ho-ho and a Bottle of Rum: International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming.
Welcome aboard matey. Grab your Parrot, your peg leg, and your treasure chest, International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is September 19th. You’re asking yourself how this came about. Was it two drunk friends on Halloween taking their costumes too far? Of course not–drunks never remember their escapades.
It was actually a game of Racquetball. Cap’n Slappy (Mark Summers) fell hard while diving for the ball and shrieked out an “Aaarrr!!.” Ol’ Chumbucket (John Baur) began to joke about how it sounded pirate-like and the two joked further about how funny it would be if everyone in the world talked like a pirate. Seven years later, in 2002, the pair sent a letter outlining the idea of talk like a pirate day to humor columnist Dave Berry, who embraced the concept and promoted it. Media coverage of Berry’s column detailing ITLAPD gained international exposure, prompting people from China to Pakistan to blurt out questions like “Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why me Roger is so jolly?” Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket have since begun selling books, t-shirts, videos, etc. They have developed a loyal following with their online newsletter “The Poopdeck” and Cap’n Slappy has over 1800 followers on Twitter.
Since 2002, ITLAPD has evolved into a fairly well known part of pop culture. Tom Smith recorded the official anthem of the holiday “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Even Google got involved in this, releasing a pirate version of their site in 2008. Facebook also joined in on the festivities, creating an official pirate language if a user wishes to change their default language settings. Remember on September 19th, we are all pirates. Act accordingly and remember there is no such thing as taking it too far. Just remember Pirate Steve from the movie Dodgeball. This is a way of life.
And if this is seeming a little new to you, we’ve got some great news. Here are a few tips on how you can celebrate this day and parrrrrty like the pirates of the open seas.
Dress Like a Pirate. Find some scallywags and dress up to go on the account. Ye better be ready to stake yer buried treasure!
Talk Like a Pirate. Learn the ways of the waters here. If ye arrrren’t acquanted with the shoutin’ this can help ye out.
Post Like a Pirate. In yer Facebook, ye can go under your Account Settings and change yer language to English (Pirate). That will start yer mornin’ full of adventure with yer landlubbers.
Google Like a Pirate. Go to the Google settings and click the Pirate link under Languages. This way you’ll be quickly findin’ that bottle o’ rum ye left buried many years ago.
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