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It’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 at college or you’re returning year 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 more apps you can download to prepare you 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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Space-Saving Ideas for Tiny Dorm Rooms

Leaving to college for the first time can have a lot of sad goodbyes. Your friends, your parents, your comfort, and…your stuff! What about your precious collection of stuff and things? How will you fit all of your things into a shared space slightly larger than a shoebox? Here are some easy and effective ways to pack as much as you can into a tiny room.

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Ever play Grand Theft Auto V and think, “Man, I wish I could have a cannon firearm that shoots cars,” or “I wish all of Los Santos was underwater“? Well, someone thought those thoughts and created mods for both of those ideas in the PC version of the game.

Making normal-ish games weird is a trend lately, but we’ve scoured the web for a handful of games that started out weird without any help from mods. This mix of creepy and fun video games is within a PG limit, because it can get scary weird (I’m looking at you, Japan). (I’m casting a pretty broad net for these weird games. If the gameplay is interesting or if the story is bizarre, it has a good shot at making the list.) So let us know which ones you tried and which ones you liked.

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