- You get to use your brain again: It sounds totally lame, but we’re serious! As much as we L-O-V-E laying out by the pool, playing endless rounds of Candy Crush, and munching on whatever snack is within arm’s reach, being that lazy can only keep you sane for so long. Our brains need a little more action!
- College sports: Who’s got spirit? We sure do! There’s nothing like cheering on your team from the stands with a million (ok, give or take a few) other fans decked out in your school’s colors.
- Meaningful conversations: For some of us, home is a bubble. It’s your stereotypical suburb or melting pot of a city — but you tend to keep to yourself. But at school, you’re handed the opportunity to interact and learn from people from different backgrounds, countries, cultures, and religions. College is the perfect time to pick at someone else’s brain, consider their ideas, and discover what their completely different world has to offer.
- New classes: For upperclassmen, this semester’s schedule means you finally get to stray away from intro lectures and dive into those incredibly interesting classes you’ve been eyeing since freshmen year. For underclassmen, these classes are a chance to take a bite out of everything until you find out what truly tastes the best to your palate. Not to mention, new classes generally means…
- New professors: It’s out with the old and in with the new. This semester you won’t be dealing with that impossible intro to biology professor who made your life a living nightmare last year (fingers crossed, that is). Instead, you’ll be soaking up valuable lessons from new instructors, who have so much to offer that you better start taking notes now. And, speaking of which…
- New school supplies: There’s nothing like back-to-school shopping. Fresh pens, unused notebooks, working highlighters — it’s the best way to start the school year.
- Late night snacks: Eating alone in your room at 1 a.m. while your parents snore down the hall? Not exactly the most fun activity in the world. Stuffing your face with your friends and laughing in your dorm room after a night out? Well, that’s definitely something we can work with. At school, time doesn’t determine when we eat, and those ridiculous midnight pizza cravings are something to look back on in 20 years and laugh at: “Did we really eat three Dominos pizzas and cheesy bread?” Yes, and they were ah-mazing.
- Joining new extracurriculars: Didn’t have time last year for the newspaper? Been practicing all summer to try out for the squash team? Think you’re finally ready to test out your skills in the student government? Whatever the case, a new school year is a new start. Get involved — there’s nothing to lose, and hey, maybe you’ll discover a new interest (plus, it totally boosts your resume!).
- Catch up with your friends’ summer adventures: In middle school, the “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essays weren’t exactly very thrilling. Some kids went to camp, some learned to swim, others watched TV — we’re bored just thinking about teachers having to read through them. Fast-forward to where we are now, and we’re having some kicka** summers. You’ve got friends interning at the UN, others taking pre-med courses in India, and you’re interning at your dream magazine. There’s a lot to talk about — and flaunt — come fall semester.
- New social scene: You know the (corny) song, “Make New Friends (But Keep the Old)”? It could have definitely been written about college. You’ve got a ton of kids on campus to become friends with, and there’s always an opportunity to expand your social scene and group of friends. With new classes, routines, schedules, and activities, you’re bound to make a new bud to pass the time away with.
- Up your competitive edge: Sitting around all summer and twiddling your thumbs won’t motivate to you push yourself very far. But plunk you down in a classroom where everyone wants the same thing and has the same dream, and you’ll be busting your butt to be the best, get better grades, and score that internship you’re desperately reaching for. Nothing like feeling accomplished!
- It could be your last: For seniors, this is you final hoorah. Embrace it, cherish it and definitely, definitely don’t take it for granted. College is seriously the best bubble world you’ll ever experience.
You never know what kinds of goodies, freebies and discounts are available to you. You should always ask in stores, at sports venues, and at restaurants if they have a student discount. You’ll be delighted to know that the answer is usually, “Yes.” Most of these places don’t advertise that they even have a discount, but for asking the question, (and having the ID to back it,) often means savings for you.
- Join Amazon Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students
- Spotify offers 50% membership discount
- J. Crew 15% off
- Sam’s Club discounted membership AND $15 gift card
- Vineyard Vines 15% off
- Charlotte Russe 10% off
- ASOS 10% off
- AMC movie theaters: student discounted tickets every Thursday
- Banana Republic 15% off
- Top Shop 10% off
- The Limited 15% off
- Burger King 10% off
- Arby’s 10% off
- Buffalo Wild Wings 10% off
- Chipotle 15% off
- Radio Shack 10% off
- Amtrack 10% off
- Subway 10% off
- Ann Taylor 20% off
- McDonald’s 10% off
- Adobe up to 80% off software
- Microsoft 10% off
- Sprint Wireless 10-15% off
- Allstate up to 20% off to age 25 for full time students
- FedEx 20% off shipping and 30% off documents
- Jo-Ann Fabric 10% off
- Wall Street Journal up to 75% off
- Goodwill 10% off in-store purchase
- Oasis 20% off
- Toms Shoes FREE shipping
- Club Monaco 15-20% off
- Kate Spade 15% off
- Kroger Grocery 5% off
- Qdoba student burrito meals $5
- Greyhound Bus 20% off fares
- Modcloth 15% off
As summer winds down, it is that time of year again where you have to gather yourself after a relaxing hiatus and get back on the school grind. Sadly, this means that you’ll have to trade in your lazy days of sunbathing and pool diving for early morning classes and afternoons of homework. But believe it or not, the thought of going back to school does not have to be unpleasant. With the return of the fall season and new school year comes the revival of some of our favorite TV shows, pumpkin flavored everything, and perhaps most importantly, back-to-school fashion trends.
Throwback denim: One major trend returning this fall will be the wide legged/high waist ‘70s and ‘90s era denim paired with crop tops.
Ankle Jeans: With the unpredictable Michigan weather pulling out a pair of jeans may feel agonizing but easing into fall can be fun and cute with some cropped pants instead! Every girl needs a pair of skinny cropped jeans in their back-to-school wardrobe. Because of the slim hem, they are perfect with heels, boots, or booties.
Oversized totes: Totes are a cool and simple way to carry all of your essentials like books, keys, snacks, etc. throughout your school day.
Shimmery material: Be prepared to shine on! Luxe shimmer–a sheer, shimmery material–will be seen from accessories to ensembles.
Vibrant colors: Fall does not mean we have to wear dark hues because pastels and neons will be hanging around for the fall and winter!
Chambray statement piece: There is something blue for everyone whether it be a chambray jacket, skirt, shirt, or pair of pants.