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After a very exciting semester abroad in the summer, I was dreading this semester home. I knew that no matter what I did it would never compare to the rush of hiking ancient ruins or spending the wee hours of the night at a salsa club. I had had SUCH an amazing semester living in South America that I was worried that anything else would be a let down.

But instead, I learned that not every minute of your life has to be jam-packed with surfing lessons. Once in awhile, it’s okay to be still: something I’ve never been very good at, but I’m learning.

I’ve enjoyed being with my friends for my last year of college and even having the knowledge of all the ins and outs of school. Life is a lot less stressful when you know where every classroom and paper drop box is located on campus.

And surprisingly, I’ve enjoyed getting to know my boyfriend just a little bit better every night on Skype. It’s hard being a bazillion miles away from each other, but much easier when we can see each other’s face at a touch of a button.

All and all I really can’t complain.

Well, there is one thing. The missing of freshman year. Now that I only have a few more months, it seems to have hit me like a brick wall.

I miss late-night dinners at Crimson that seemed to carry on for hours. I miss hauling my laundry down five flights of stairs. I miss my sweaty palms at the sight of Dottie and even miss attempting to unlock my mailbox forty-seven times even though I know there’s nothing inside.

Most of all, I miss knowing that I had four more years with some of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know.

College seems to be all about waiting until graduation. Until you’re a Senior. Then it’s all about savoring every last minute you have with the people you have left.

Have a great break and I will see you all next semester. Happy travels, my friends.

How was your Fall semester? What did you realize about yourself?

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Hello friends! I hope you all are getting excited for the holiday season and the last few weeks of the semester. As finals are approaching, I know stress levels are high and bank accounts are low. But what better way to raise spirits than to decorate your room with chic and cheap holiday cheer?

Now, know that there are some rules you have to abide by when hanging decorations (no live trees, doors must remain 70% free of decorations, etc.), but even when following restrictions, there are still great ways to spice up your space.

1. What a Merry Mantle! 

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I thought this was a super cute idea to hang on either the outside of your door or even on a spare wall inside your room. An even better idea is to use homemade stockings instead of paper ones. Put small trinkets inside for your roommate and sparkle it up; Santa will be sure not to miss this room!

2. Christmas Curtains

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Okay these ribbon-hung ornaments are super darling as curtains. Not only will all the colors surely sparkle throughout the room, but they are really easy too. Simply hang them from a curtain rod and make sure to stagger the ribbons’ colors and length. Best of all, you can get all the materials needed for this nifty idea for fewer than ten dollars!

3. Decorate your faux Christmas Tree!

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Just because you can’t have a REAL tree, doesn’t mean you can’t have a CUTE tree! There are lots of ways to recreate an evergreen in your room this year. Add a touch of Thyme Frasier Fir scent diffuser and you won’t even know the difference. Plus, no needles to clean up!

4. Pop of Holiday color

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One way to make sure your room doesn’t look like an elf’s purse exploded is to use a theme when decorating. Still go to the dollar store when buying decorations, but stick with one motif while shopping. Whether that’s a pattern like plaid, or a color like red, making sure they all coordinate is a sure way to stay chic.

5. Bling it out

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Nothing says style like silver & gold on Christmas. Grab a few cans of spray paint and you can make any cheap find a high-cost (looking) item. From desk accessories to picture frames, you can jazz it all up. The best part is you can use these items all year round! It’s festive, it’s cheap, and it’s high-fashion, baby.

Don’t let skimpy bank accounts get you down this holiday season. Let your creativity fly and decorate away!

Do you have decorations up in your dorm room? How are you decorating this year?

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We have all seen the plethora of tents spread evenly across the green in front of the Rondileau Campus Center last week, and I am at least hoping you majestic readers have heard what they were doing there.

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The BSU Social Justice League, in combination with the Community Service Center and the Student Government Association hosted their annual Tent City project to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in the United States of America.

The Social Justice League’s webpage describe their Task Force to End Homelessness as such:

The central goal of this task force is to shed a regional spotlight on the issue of homelessness. We will use our expertise in teaching, research, and student engagement to benefit homeless people and service providers throughout southeastern Massachusetts. We will also work with local government and business leaders to develop and support policies that can end homelessness permanently. By involving our students in this most pressing and poignant issue, we will also develop a new group of scholars interested in pursuing housing and equality for all citizens.”

In my opinion, this explanation of the task force’s objectives and methods is an excellent source for those interested in getting involved with their organization, but I wanted to get a more personal touch on this very polarizing issue.

I interviewed several students sitting in the RCC, right next to the BSU Tent City project, asking about their opinions on the homeless problem in the United States. Students interviewed wished to remain anonymous.

What’s your opinion on the homelessness problem in America?

1 – “Honestly, people need to help themselves. It’s not my problem.”

2 – “It’s tragic.”

3 – “I really don’t know anything about it.”

All of these opinions tied in well with my interview with Jess, a Freshman and member of the Social Justice League.

What is Tent City? What is it to you?

“We need to bring awareness to the stereotypes set against the homeless. People think they are alcoholics or drug addicts, and not that some aren’t, but often these are just people that have fallen on hard times.

And so many people think they are just lazy, that they should ‘help themselves,’ but these are people that need help.

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We are trying to raise money for Our Neighbors of Fall River. I remember one story: there are families, entire families,  living in motels because their apartment was foreclosed upon. Their landlord was using their rent money for personal things instead of paying the building’s various debts. And so, because this man decided not to do something, now families are out on the street. It isn’t their fault, but now people are just expecting them to restart their entire life because of something that wasn’t their fault.”

What is the most difficult part of the experience?

“My parents took me camping a lot as a kid, so I’m used to sleeping outside.

The issues are the same: it’s absolutely freezing, and windy, and dark.

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But the biggest thing is the fear. You don’t know if someone’s going to come and slash your tent or take your stuff. Tent City has been happening for a few years, and we are on a safe campus, so I can only imagine the actual fears people might be facing when they’re living on the street.”

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Anything else to add?

“Forty percent of the homeless population are families. This is an incredibly important issue, and I hope the symbolic work we’ve done this week will reflect that.”

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There you have it folks. It was quite a week, so what have we learned?

At least from my perspective, a lot.

I hope you all feel the same.

What is your opinion on the issue of homelessness? Did you learn anything last week?

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