The Perfect Messy Bun
It seems ironic to use the words perfect and messy in the same sentence, but I’m about to. The perfect messy bun is both practical and easy, as well as a hairstyle that is always in style (and can be worn with just about anything!).  I’m a fashion girl, to say the very least, so when I repeatedly hit the snooze button until I only have 15 minutes to get ready for class, I care more about when I’m wearing than how I do my hair. This isn’t to say that whichever way I roll out of bed and my hair lands I keep it that way, but that’s where the perfect messy bun comes in.  How I perfected the messy bun: Step 1: Start by moistening my hair a little with salt spray, but water works just as well. This is because I find that when your hair is slightly wet it is easier to work with.   Step 2: After your hair is dampened, gather your hair into a pony tail at whatever height you want, but don’t tie it just yet. First, twist the hair in the pony all the way up. Once twisted, wrap the pony into itself to form the shape of the bun.  Step 3: Wrap your pony tail holder around the bun that you have created and tada! you have the perfect messy bun!  Need something to visual? Check this out:

- Lindsay Sperin is a junior at the University of Delaware where she is studying marketing and journalism
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was a Freshman in College

I won’t pretend I’m a wise college graduate, or even a senior, but I’m still alarmed by how quickly time passes. Here are some pieces of advice that I wish someone told me when I first started college:

  • Make friends – even after you have friends.  It’s easy to get comfortable with the people you met freshman year and forget that there’s an entire campus full of students out there.  Just because you already have best friends doesn’t mean you can’t meet someone new.
  • As stressed as you may feel at times, keep things in perspective. If we’re being totally honest with ourselves, life will never be as free of responsibility as it is in this moment.
  • No one will ever dislike you for being friendly. Plain and simple. 
  • It’s never too late – to join something. Join a club, try out for a team, investigate what Greek life is all about, or take that obscure class that has always caught your eye. 
  • It’s okay to not know what you want to major in your first year. I wouldn’t recommend changing your major six times because you may not graduate on time, but take diverse courses that will expose you to new interests. 
  • You will never look back on your life in twenty years and remember that night you stayed in. Nine times out of ten, leaving the couch makes for a better story.
  • There are a handful of things in life that you can only do during these four years – do them now.  Don’t waste time doing things that are acceptable for people of all ages.
  • Always try to be as present as you possibly can be. You’re not here long, so put down your phone and listen to the people around you.

- Anna Goodell is a junior at Syracuse University where she studies advertising.