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10Mar/165

How to be “Cool” in College

Greetings, friends!

It's been a while since I last came to you. The year 2016 has been a fast paced, productive, and thus far rewarding year. The Owls' baseball season is in full swing as well as the other spring sports and the seniors (including me) count down the days until we enter the workforce and pursue the dreams that we've worked all these years to attain.

I was doing some thinking today on what makes people "cool" in college, and I had a few thoughts that I believe to be of interest to those entering college, beginning their journey, or really any life transition.

In college, you'll find yourself in a lot of social environments. Among those environments exist the leaders and supposed "cool kids" who are admired within that realm. All of these people will attempt to set the standard for "coolness."

Snoopy and Woodstock hanging out by the wall

You are as cool is Snoopy and Woodstock, believe me.

You are as cool as it gets.

At times, you may feel insignificant because you might not know much about the topic of conversation. My message is simple: You are as cool as it gets. There are things that you know a lot about and interests that you share with a lot of people. I beg of you, please never let yourself feel insignificant or as if you have to conform to someone else's standard of "cool."

Being authentic is the coolest thing you can do. 

Already feeling better? Me too. Being confident in who you are is a dying art among our generation. I challenge you to lead the charge. Be authentic, express yourself, and share your interests. You never know who you might inspire.

As always,

Love, Peace, and Chicken Grease.

-Dakota

29Oct/158

3 Elements of the Coolest Dorm Room

If you're like me, your room is a place of peace and sanctity. It's the place in which you can retreat and relax. Rejuvenate and create the space that really represents who you are. You've probably spent the last 17 to 20 years of your life creating a space in your home that is an extension of who you are--a pure representation of your personality. Odds are, there are still some childhood effects in existence that some may find embarrassing to take to school with them. Moving to college is your chance to create a new space (along with your roommate) that is authentically who you are right now! Here are some tips to making the best of your new pad!

Lighting: The lights in residence hall rooms can be industrial.

  • Bring your own lamp - having a lamp can create a warm, homey feel within your room. Having a little lower key light will allow you to relax and keep the stress level low in your new room.
  • Hang Christmas lights (LED only) - You can choose from an wide variety of colors and styles. These colors will cast a certain feel over the room. Find the color you love and give it a try!
  • Allow sunlight to flood in during the day - having thick curtains will allow you to sleep in on those weekend mornings. However, waking up in the morning and keeping your energy up throughout the day is much easier when you let the natural energy of the sun flow into your space!
LED Light strand

A strand of compliant LED Lights.

Wall Decor:

  • Posters - I would suggest getting a couple new posters of things/people/places that you love. There are many online resources to get new posters and local stores will carry them for a low price. Hang your posters with sticky tack, NOT push pins or tape (those things will damage the wall and lead to a fine).
  • Hang a sheet - hanging a colored sheet on the wall is the college equivalent to a paint job. Like your lighting decision, the color of the walls will represent the feel you want to give the room.
  • Use your own art - perhaps you have an art class your freshman year, hang the projects from classes on your walls. It will encourage you to create art that you are proud of.
Picture of John Belushi

Poster Example - Animal House, John Belushi

Entertainment: How do you prefer to entertain - Movies? Music? Games?

  • Television - coordinate with your future roomie (your Residential Life office should let your know). Who will bring the television? Will you need a DVD or Blu Ray player? Surround sound? All things to think about.
  • Speakers - this one is near and dear to my heart. I love music. Having good sound quality is key to entertaining. People love to listen to music when they hang out. Be careful with the power of the bass and volume though, you don't want you neighbors to get upset when you are pounding their wall with your subwoofers.
  • A place to sit - having plenty of comfortable places to sit is crucial to finding comfort in your room. A futon or moon chair is very modern and provides a comfortable place for you and your guests to sit down and relax.
Dorm room with bed, tv, and entertainment system.

A sample dorm room entertainment system.

dorm room specifications

                   The typical size of a dorm room at William Woods University

I hope you enjoyed this insightful post. Check out the rest of my bio!

Love, peace, and chicken grease,

-Dakota