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11 Things People From Massachusetts Don't Do.

I recently quit my job working the front desk at the Boston Park Plaza hotel; the second biggest hotel in Boston. As someone who hates waking up before 10 am everyday, I generally worked the night shift-- meaning there was rarely a concierge on duty for the second half of my shift...so I was forced to learn a bit about my city. Over my time there I met thousands of tourists, many of which asked similar questions and were surprised…

Drunk Text Confessional

Freshman year of college I was using an older phone in between destroyed iPhones. Blackout one night I told the guy I was seeing that I never wanted to talk to him again, that he was a d-bag and should go fuck himself essentially. The next day I woke up and saw none of these text messages as I had cleared my inbox in order to make room for more texts (this was in 1895 of course.) I only became…

Post Study Abroad Depression.

Imagine the opportunity to drop everything you're currently doing to explore the most beautiful and interesting parts of the world. Like many other college students who have studied abroad, it was my reality. Everyone has heard of the term "post study abroad depression", but until you've experienced it for yourself, the concept is fairly difficult to grasp. It hurts knowing how happy you can be, how beautiful the world is, how much more you have to explore. It sucks going…

No reason to stay is enough reason to go.

Stop searching for reasons to stay, and go. Stop making excuses as to why you can't, and do. Sure most of us weren't born with the means to jump on a plane and see the world in one fell swoop, but the worst thing you can be is content. Too often do we find ourselves so overcome with routine that we neglect to realize we have the option to explore. Your soul mate may be at a cafe in Brussels,…

18 Rules of Friendship.

Even the most basic of bitches know to tell their friend they shouldn't wear a denim skirt in public, not to bang their friend's ex, and to <3 their bestie's Instagram post right away, but realistically that isn’t what makes a best friend. In order to avoid being the #friendeveryonesecretlyhates my friends and I have come up with a list that should guide you in the right direction. 1.) "Take one for the team". If your friend asks you to talk to…

YOUR ADHD BFF: HOW TO FOCUS DURING FINALS

Like many of you I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed with ADHD prior to my arrival at college. There are a number of benefits to my condition, including a massive supply of adderall each month that would go for about $300 on the black market (or the freshman dorm halls.) However, despite my pharmaceutical advantages-- I still find myself perusing Buzzfeed, Facebook, etc when I should be doing more important things, such as anything else in the world. Here…

How to know you were a scene queen in 2007

In 2007 the scene-scene was all the rage, how HXC were you? [caption id="attachment_3707" align="aligncenter" width="332"] My sister Taylor in her glory days[/caption] Lets set the mood: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCyGvGEtOwc] 1.) You've made out with a boy with a lip-ring, and it was awesome. 2.) You were all about plastic jewelry, over-sized plastic pearls were all the rage. 3.) You either had gauged ears or wanted them. 4.) You thought Hot Topic was the gateway to Hell-- until it was the…

Why YOU need to go to Indonesia!

I know as a study abroad student I'm pretty much obligated to write about what I experience abroad. However, I realized early on that nobody cared what I did they just want inspiration for what they will someday do. I spent 2 weeks in Indonesia in December..... and this is why you should do the same. 1.) Eat like a king/queen for next to nothing. A gourmet dinner + a beer or a glass of wine in Bali will cost you…

Out with the Skeleton.

[caption id="attachment_3261" align="alignnone" width="504"] Photography used with permission by Allison Gray of Go Gray Productions[/caption]   Everyday I workout next to the same woman, on the same elliptical. Over the semester I have watched her shrink. She started off the semester stick thin, perhaps the type to model. Now she is little more than a skeleton. There is neither an excess of muscle nor visible fat on her body. Everyday when I visit the gym, no matter what time of…