Dorm Life

5 YouTube Stars to Get Familiar With

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By now I’m sure you’re at least aware of the power of the vlogging world.   For those of you who might be confused vlogging, or video blogging, has become a new powerhouse in the entertainment industry. New media is taking over and the young and internet-savvy are taking full advantage and pioneering a whole new kind of celebrity. They film, edit, direct, upload, and promote their videos themselves. It really is a one-man operation and there’s a whole community of YouTube content creators who are currently killing the game. Here are a few you should get familiar with if you aren’t already.

1. Tyler Oakley

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 With over 5 million subscribers, Tyler Oakley is one of the most popular vloggers on YouTube right now. Tyler makes videos about everything from pop culture to LGBTQ issues. He recently raised over $500,000 dollars for the Trevor Project through an online fundraising campaign in March to celebrate his birthday. He encouraged his viewers to donate money to the cause instead of sending him gifts for his birthday to his P.O. box. As a result he won the Trevor Youth Innovator Award for his contributions and work with the organization.

Tyler can be found at: youtube.com/tyleroakley


2. Zoe Sugg a.k.a. Zoella

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Zoe Sugg is the most subscribed female vlogger in the U.K, with over 6 million subscribers. She is primarily known for her beauty and fashion-related videos. She’s gained so much popularity that she has been able to put out her own beauty range, Zoella Beauty. She also released her first novel, Girl Online at the end of November and had the highest first week sales of any debut author in the U.K., even beating out J.K. Rowling. Zoe is also the first digital ambassador for the mental health organization, Mind through which she raises awareness about anxiety. She has made a few videos discussing her own battles with anxiety that have proven to be very popular. Zoe is part of a group of popular vloggers in the U.K. who often appear in each other’s videos, including her boyfriend Alfie Deyes of the channel PointlessBlog. Alfie released his own book earlier this year, The Pointless Book.

Zoe can be found at: youtube.com/Zoella


 3. Troye Sivan

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Troye Sivan is a popular YouTube vlogger from Australia. In addition to making videos, he is also and actor and singer. He is the star of the South African film series, Spud and Spud 3: Learning to Fly was recently released. He also put out his first EP in August titled TRXYE, which includes the popular single, “Happy Little Pill.” Troye also made waves in August of 2013 when he uploaded his coming out video, which now has over 4 million views.

Troye can be found at: youtube.com/troyesivan18


 4. Tanya Burr

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 Tanya Burr is a popular British beauty vlogger and has over 2 million subscribers. She makes extremely popular makeup tutorials as well as other beauty, fashion, and lifestyle videos. Tanya put out her own range of beauty products last year called Tanya Burr Cosmetics and released a collection of lip-glosses and nail polishes and this year she release a new collection of lip-glosses as well as her first collection of false eyelashes. She recently announced a publishing deal with Penguin, who will be publishing her first book, Love, Tanya sometime next year.

Tanya can be found at: youtube.com/TanyaBurr


 5. Grace Helbig

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 Grace Helbig is a popular American vlogger who uploads videos 3 days a week, sometimes more. She has almost 2 million subscribers on her channel. Grace is a comedian and recently released her first book, Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up. Grace is part of group of female YouTube comedians whose viewers have named “The Holy Trinity”, which also includes Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart. They often go on comedy tours together and perform for sold-out crowds.

Grace can be found at: youtube.com/itsgrace

Getting Ready For Winter

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Assuming you are no Elsa, the cold probably bothers you. Being prepared for winter will let you stay focused on school work and building a snowman rather than how freezing cold it is outside. Here are a few tips to stay warm this winter:

1. Make sure you’ve got the gear.

Gloves, cozy socks, scarf, hat, big winter coat, long johns or leggings, and boots are all necessities this time of year.

2. Get a flu shot.

Staying healthy is important, check out your local pharmacy for possibility of free flu shots.

3. Keep lotion, tissues and tea in your dorm room.

Getting small packs of tissues for your backpack is a good idea also. Nothing’s worse than sitting in a midterm with a runny nose and no tissue.

4. Find out snow day information.

Whether it’s by following the school president on Twitter or by signing up for texting alerts, you don’t want to show up to class on a snow day!

5. Avoid fire hazards.

Don’t cover up your dorm heater and if something goes wrong, call 911. If you have other fire safety questions, contact your RA.

5 Strategies to Keep Your Dorm Room Clean!

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Keeping your room clean will help you stay focused. It will also help you be more organized and keep your brain from feeling cluttered.

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1. Make your bed in the morning- it takes 2 minutes and makes your room look a lot neater!

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2. Fold your laundry right away! Making sure you have time to fold and put away your laundry once its done is important for making sure your room isn’t filling up with dirty laundry and your dresser isn’t exploding.

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3. Take out your trash once a week- or as soon as it gets full, whichever comes first. This will not only keep your room neat, but nice smelling too!

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4. Do your dishes immediately after you’re done eating in the dorm. Then put them away. This will also keep your dorm from smelling. (In this vein, also clean out your fridge once a week.)

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5. IF you need motivation- Invite members of the opposite gender to come hang out. Nothing will motivate you to make sure your room is neat than a guy/girl coming over!

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The Dreaded Freshman 15

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It’s about time for midterms so if you’re in your first year, by now you might be noticing some changes. New classes, new friends, new school, new… pant size? If you’re having to dance a little more to get into your skinny jeans, you’re not alone. You may be experiencing a very common problem: the Freshman 15.

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There are many reasons why this is such a common occurrence but one of the biggest reasons is the dining hall. You suddenly have unrestricted access to buffets full of food. At home, your parents and tight schedule might have kept you a bit more reigned in as far as your eating habits were concerned. But now, there’s no one there to swap out your cupcake for an apple. That’s up to you now.

To overcome this problem, try to remember what your eating habits were at home and revert back to those. Also, try keeping a log of everything you eat each day. At the end of the day you can look back through your food log and realize how much your eating habits have changed and adjust accordingly.

Another reason many new students experience the freshman 15 is stress. With all the new things introduced into your life so suddenly, many students begin to eat for comfort. More difficult course work also results in less time to prepare healthy home-cooked meals and often lead to ordering take-out food instead. This is especially true when you live in a dorm with no access to a kitchen. This one is a bit trickier to overcome, but in time you will adjust to your new surroundings and things will get much easier.

Another way to combat the freshman 15 is to take full advantage of your college’s rec center. Basically every college in America has some sort of rec center and the cost to use them is usually included in your bill so you might as well get your money’s worth! Combine regular gym time with healthy eating habits and you’ll see that freshman 15 disappear in no time!

How do you combat the freshman 15?

Getting Sick Without Mommy

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Taking care of yourself is one of the many things you’ll need to worry about when you leave for college. Making sure you have all the necessary tips for prevention during the cold and flu season as well as habits for optimal health can keep you looking and feeling wonderful throughout the school year.

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How to prevent illness:

  • Wash your hands regularly- This is common knowledge as the first way to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose and eyes- germs are easily spread through contact with
  • Tissues, Tissues, Tissues- use them to open doors in the bathroom to keep hands clean as well as wiping your mouth (as opposed to using your hand, gross!) and catching a sneeze.
  • Have Vitamin C handy- Luckily, you can get your daily dose of Vitamin C through orange juice, oranges, and lozenges. Halls makes tasty Vitamin C drops that not only boosts the immune system but also sooths sore throats.
  • Hand Sanitizer- some areas at your college will have stations with free standing hand sanitizer machines. If you are unable to get to a bathroom to wash your hand, the next best thing is your own personal hand sanitizer. It will kill most of the germs on contact.

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If you unfortunately come down with the common cold, fever, or the dreaded flu, there are certain steps that you can take to get better quickly.

  • Drink plenty of fluids- liquids will help replace some of the fluids lost due to a fever or other ailment.
  • Sleep and rest as much as possible- the body needs time to recuperate and while you sleep, your body works to heal itself.
  • Take over the counter pain relievers- this can include Tylenol or Advil. It’s helpful for reducing fever, pain and body aches.
  • Eat and drink healthy- you can help your body recover by boosting the immune system to fight the infection. Tea, especially green tea, with organic local honey (for nutritional benefits) will sooth your throat and help heal the body.

It’s important to note that not all infections can be treated in this manner. Only illnesses that are bacterial need antibiotics prescribed for your doctor. Unfortunately for viral infections, you will need time for your body to fight them naturally.