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‘Tis the season for spooky stories, pumpkin-flavored everything, and sitting in front of the glowing screen of your TV while you stream scary movies on Netflix. It’s also time to start planning your Halloween costume! Before you start venturing into the jungle of Spirit Halloween stores and the frightening “sexified” versions of your favorite childhood characters, why not take a trip down memory lane?

In the spirit of our Costumes of Halloween Past contest, our Marketing team waxes nostalgic about some of our favorite Halloween costume photos (or the photos we could find in the tubs of our parent’s attics).

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Imagine it: you come back to your room, starved after a long day of classes. You have a new pile of homework to complete and you just want to collapse into the scratchy Twin-XL sheets of your small bed. But before you can do that, you need sustenance. A hearty meal, a dish that will really hit the spot — a steaming foam container of instant noodles.

Actually, that’s probably not the meal you’re dreaming about at the end of the day. In fact, if it’s the third week in a row of having the same “dinner” for you, it’s probably the last thing you want to see in your one clean bowl at the end of the night.

Never fear — creative, frustrated, and hungry humans just like yourself have found some pretty ingenious ways to make the hot-water-dried-noodle combo palatable again. Browse below for 10 insanely cool ways to make instant ramen even more delicious. And remember: there’s no wrong way to eat ramen!


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5 Best Apps to Boost Your GPAIt’s that time of year again — time to hang up your swimsuits and hiking boots and pack away the suitcases and video games and head back to class. But whether it’s your first year of college or you’re returning as big man/woman on campus, everyone can use a little academic help to start them (and their GPAs) off on the right foot. Besides a Dictionary app and Google Drive, here are five must-have apps you can download to prepare yourself for A+s all semester long.

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DIY Dorm Decor

Moving into a new dorm room? Bet you’re excited to make it just like the lookbook from an Urban Outfitters catalog. The only problem? The same problem that has plagued college students since the birth of Top Ramen: MONEY.

So how to get it to look the way you’ve been dreaming and madly pinning without robbing a bank? We’ve scoured the web to find you the the cheapest and easiest do-it-yourself dorm decorating ideas. Read on to earn your degree in DIY!

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Moving away to college is a scary, yet exciting time! Starting a new chapter in new surroundings allows you to come into a space with a fresh perspective that can help you flourish. Saying goodbye to your family and friends is never easy, but experiencing college in a place that’s your very own truly is a treasure. Because we know this can be a stressful time in any student’s life, (and shopping for cute dresses for a new fall wardrobe is stressful enough!) we’ve composed a list of essentials for any student about to move into a dorm room. While you may not know your roommate, location of classes, or even your major, packing for dorm life doesn’t have to be complicated!

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Shop Ruche

This week we would like to welcome guest blogger Shop Ruche! Check out their site for cute clothes and vintage-inspired outfits, accessories, shoes, and even dorm decor!

The beginning of fall means the beginning of all things back-to-school! We love the thrill of a new grade or semester and the excitement of starting a whole new chapter. Whether you’re embarking on your bittersweet last year of high school or challenging first year of grad school, we have a few must-haves for that.

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This week we would like to welcome guest blogger Combatant Gentlemen! Check them out for inexpensive suits, tuxes, dress shirts and more premium-quality clothing (without designer prices).

The start of the semester is around the corner. Between rush week, finding the best place to get your used books, and adjusting to that daily class grind again you might forget about one important thing — looking good. Instead of your usual sweats and hoodie, try mixing it up a bit. After all, you never know who’s going to be sitting next to you in your media communications class. Here are three looks that will get you all the way from your first week back through your last final in the Spring.

Campus CasualCombatant Gentlemen - Campus Casual

When you’re heading to a long day of classes, club meetings, group project meetings and possibly happy hour afterwards you want to make sure you’re comfortable. You also want to make sure dressed to go from day to night. A classic oxford button-down collared shirt and a pair of chino shorts is a winning look to keep you looking good all day long.

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