The Struggles Of Being A Girl
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The Struggles Of Being A Girl

Having a penis doesn't sound so bad sometimes.

Being a girl has its perks, but let's be real here, it has a ton of downsides.

Don't get me wrong, I love being a girl and getting dressed up and having it be socially expectable to order a fruity drink at the bar, but sometimes I wish I could just leave the house in basketball shorts or be able to pee anywhere I want (without getting caught obviously).

Here are some other problems I wouldn't mind not having in my life anymore:

1. Getting pissed about absolutely nothing on your period.

2. Almost peeing yourself because you can't get your romper off fast enough.

3. Being paranoid that everyone can see up your skirt (and see your ass) while walking up stairs.

4. Being pissed about chipped nail polish.

5. Having an internal conflict with yourself on whether or not you can go another day without washing your hair.

6. Or, for that matter, trying to remember when the last time was that you washed your hair.

7. Having to shave your entire body before a date.

8. Driving with the windows down in your car and ruining your hair.

9. Having to spend a shit ton of money on stupid bras (and stupid makeup and stupid tampons and stupid hair products... the list can go on and on).

10. Getting hit on by creepers. "Can I have yo number?"

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Everyone Look! A Penis Joke!


Sirius XM Radio is known for its crude, absurd brand of humor. This "comic ad" they play is on another level, though.

Nothing like a one minute long video of penis jokes to make your day!

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Stop Saying "Like"

It doesn't make you sound smart, and it's annoying.

"So this past weekend I was in Cinque Terre, and it was like the best day ever. We climbed this like really big mountain and it was like the coolest thing. The view was like gorgeous. It reminded me of how like the world is so beautiful. It was like amazing."

Something I've noticed about college students is that we say the word, "like" way too often. I've paid attention to how much we say "like" because my professor constantly nags my public speaking and presentation skills class about not using fillers in our speech. She reminds us not to say "like" and "um" in front of an audience or in an informal conversation with our friends. And she has a valid point.

Saying "like" doesn't make you sound super intelligent. It's an unnecessary word that is overused. People who don't say "like" sound like much more natural, cohesive, and confident speakers. It may not seem like a bad habit now, but when it comes to working after college and interviewing for jobs, it will be one.

Here are some tips on how to avoid saying "like" every other word.

Think before you talk.
People say "like" a lot because they aren't positive on what they're going to say. Take a moment and think about what you want to say before you start filling your sentences with "like."

If you feel like you're going to say like, take a moment and pause. It's okay to have a pause mid-sentence. If you start doing this now, you won't say "like" as often because you'll slowly break the habit.

Create a jar.
Instead of having a swear jar, have a "like" jar. It sounds silly, but it might actually help. Include your friends too so you can keep tabs on each other.

It's not a super challenging habit to break. It's a simple matter of awareness. If you can teach yourself to not say "like" when answering questions in class, telling stories to your friends and parents, or just talking out and about, chances are it will disappear from your speech. I can guarantee you that you will have more flow when you talk, and you will sound more mature.

I say "like" too, but I've really paid attention to how often I say it. I hope you do the same!

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Does Vinyl Actually Sound Better Than Digital Music?

The truth behind the hype.

In recent years, a lot of trends from back in the day have become, well, trendy again. From chokers that were all the rage in the '90s, the slang term "lit" that actually has been around since 1918, to vinyl records bursting back on the music scene.

Vinyl records were all the rage before digital music was created, and when they came back into popularity, I didn't really get the hype. I thought people my age who went out and bought turntables and spent ridiculous amounts of money on records at Urban Outfitters were just trying to be trendy.

Then, for Christmas this year, my siblings got me a turntable and a few of my favorite albums on vinyl. I put a record on, hooked up the speakers, and waited for the needle to work its magic.

"Holy shit," I thought. "I was dead wrong."

Vinyl sounded amazing, and I finally understood the hype.

I decided to do some research on whether vinyl actually sounded better than digital music, but the answer was actually more complicated than I thought.

In technical terms, digital music such as CDs are actually better than vinyl in terms of sound quality. In an article written by Paul D. Lehman, a lecturer in music and directer of the music engineering minor program at Tufts University, there are many reasons why CDs are thought to be superior. CDs have a much larger dynamic range, as they can capture over 90 decibels, whereas vinyl can only handle 70.

Vinyl records are also extremely fragile -- any kind of surface damage caused by heat distortion or dust particles can affect the speed variation of the pitch, changing the sound, and every time a record is played, the friction strips away at the record, shortening its life. Turntables also generate a low-frequency rumble that causes distortion, so much so that in order to compensate the system often removes low-frequency sounds such as the bass drum.

In an article written by Chris Kornelis of LA Weekly, a vinyl record doesn't always reflect what was made in the studio. Bob Clearmountain, a well-known mixing engineer who has worked with The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, realized that the vinyl test pressings of the albums he worked so hard on did not sound as good as they did in the studio, a disappointing revelation.

So if vinyl does not sound as good as a CD, why do people continue to prefer it? Pete Lyman, a co-owner and chief mastering technician at Infrasonic Sound, stated that people "like the collectability factor...they're more engaged with the music that way."

Personally, I have to agree with Mr. Lyman. There is something really cool about holding a vinyl album. You get to appreciate the artwork on the cover and interior sleeve, which really tells you something about the band, as well as hold something that is a part of music history. Not to mention the nostalgia you feel when you hear the crackle and pop of the turntable needle on the record.

All in all, if you want the full experience of listening to your favorite album, I'd say go with vinyl. But if all you are looking for is a clear, true sound, go with digital. It's all pretty subjective and entirely depends on what you are listening to.

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PSA: Stop Sending Unsolicited Dick Pics

Make Sexting Great Again.

Some things in this world are always right. Cheese, dog cuddles, chocolate, morning sex, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, to name a handful. Sexting, especially with a new guy you've met on a dating app like Spotlight, is not one of them.

Don't get me wrong, I love a good ol' sext fest. But there can very much be terrible, horrible, no good, very bad sexts. I've been the recipient of many unsolicited dick pics or downright awful words that have left my vagina (and soul) dry as the Gobi Desert. It's a damn shame.

I'm sure there are some of you who read that first paragraph and disagree. You think no sexting is bad sexting. It's all hot, right?

I'm guessing you're probably a guy...and likely in a fraternity or on a sports team. Data shows that the majority of fuck boys originate in these cohorts, and, it would seem, 100 percent of the bad sexts are sent from fuck boys.

I was recently reminded of this epidemic (that kills phone batteries and libidos all at once), when, without warning, I received a Snapchat of a guy holding his dick, peeing in a sink, with the caption, "You like that?" I'm fairly certain that's sexual harassment, and no. No, I don't like that.

To bring home the fact that bad sexts are ravaging young America, I'd like to bring attention to (attempts at) sexts from that very same boy. We met my sophomore year. He was a frat boy from Azerbaijan who was funny, smoked me up, and gave me and my friends Svedka shots (take away the plastic bottle vodka and I'm charmed).

When he asked for my number, I thought, why not? I wasn't into him, but thought he'd be a friend. Little did I know I had opened the gates to Sexting Hell.

At first, I'd coyly respond and then I just stopped, but he didn't. They say seeing is believing, so I'll show you, but even I look at these screenshots and cannot believe they're real. Note: he is the red censored name, and I am the blue one.

He started out forceful. I respect the confidence, I really do. I even respect that he considers it hard work, and that he asked for an average. No one likes to be forced into a corner with an exact answer. But, I didn't even really know him and even if I did, that's not how you do it.

Then he steps back. He shows that he's considerate (of my mouth, face, and skin health). Dermatologist and dentist approved. Yet, I can't help but think his cooking question is just a bad metaphor used to talk about eating me out. PS: it's too*

I never responded, so you took it upon yourself to keep going, but you do more than that. You come out swinging. In response to your messages: 1. Black lace. 2. Ignoring your unsolicited messages isn't unfair. 3. No, I did not like it. 4. No, I will not tell you a story like your Grandma used to do.

And this, I believe, is when he takes my lack of responses as a sign to go forth sexting with even more vigor rather than backing away. You decide your next move is to begin responding for me. To maintain the conversation? Because of this, I believe I can sue you for libel. And for the PTSD induced anytime I hear Russian poetry. Oh, and it's one. The daily recommended dose for One-A-Day Vitamins is one.

There you have it, folks. Sexts can be bad (even in a nonsexual way). I understand these are extreme, but I've still seen my share of cringe-worthy attempts at virtual seduction. Please, don't be that person.

If you're unsure if you are being sensual or are just having your messages screen shotted for an entire sorority to laugh at, you should go through this checklist, and if you answer yes to any of these questions, stop what you're doing immediately, read some inspirational memes, and take a good long look at yourself in the mirror.

If you answer yes to more than one of these, you may be beyond saving.

1. Are you assuming that your sexts will seduce the person without actually knowing them well enough to say for sure?
That's lofty of you.

2. Are you sending these messages without pretext or solicitation?
Don't assume the other person wants to talk to you sexually.

3. Are you sending an unsolicited dick pic?
This is actually the leading cause of ghosting and screenshots. Also, boys, newsflash: almost every girl I've ever met does not find a penis visually appealing. I've encountered some, but very, very few. So, even if it's consensually foreshadowed, I really doubt she wants a dick pic.

4. Have you sent multiple sexts and they haven't responded?
Spoiler alert: the person's phone didn't die or get lost.

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So You Want To Apply To The Disney College Program

Because working at the Happiest Place on Earth doesn't sound too bad.

The Disney Parks are basically the ideal place to be. Not only is it super fun, but it can lead to a career if you want it to. Luckily for college students, the Disney Parks offer an internship exclusive to college students. Here's some do's and don'ts to the Disney College Program (DCP) in application order.

Before starting your application process in the DCP, hit up an advisor on your campus.
The program is open to everyone, but Disney might not be the right fit for you.

Do research what are the deadlines for the semester you plan on being at a Disney Park.
The DCP opens applications for the Fall Semester typically during February to March and opens for the Spring Semester typically during August to October.

Send your application based on what semester fits you best.
Unlike attending school and being able to leave campus to visit family, you are stuck in California or Florida. You get days off but not enough days to visit friends and family. Are you planning a family trip during Thanksgiving break? Don't pick the fall semester because you will most likely be working during Thanksgiving break.

Send your application as early as possible.
Early applications will give you a better advantage to get early acceptance.

Include everything.
Making sure to include every single experience regardless of how useless it seems allows the recruiter to create an idea of what you are capable of.

Don't forget references.
They want actual stories behind what you are providing.

If your resume is accepted, your next step is a questionnaire. Read the questions closely. The questionnaire often attempts to keep you on your toes, ensuring you aren't just clicking "highly agree" over and over again.

Don't push the questionnaire to a later time. The questionnaire is only available for three days after receiving an e-mail. To ensure you don't miss your three-day window, make sure your email notifications are on.

You will receive a notification immediately if your questionnaire was successful, leading you to the final step, the phone interview.

Don't watch any YouTube videos of phone interviews.
If you do, you will come off as dishonest in your interview because of how scripted you can sound.

Schedule your phone interview during a day off.
When you set your DCP Interview, you want to ensure that you will be in a quiet place without any sort of distractions. This is oddly one of the most important things to do when it comes to your phone interview. Many people who are not accepted are the ones who forget about their interview.

Take notes during the phone call.
Just taking note of the recruiter's name and thanking them by their name can impact their opinion.

Research requirements for roles.
Some requirements might seem small to some but could make or break the job for you. For an example, if you are working as florist, you are required to drive and make deliveries by yourself. If you are uncomfortable with driving alone, maybe this job isn't the right fit. There are similar "buts" to each role that you can be assigned so keep this in mind.

When your phone interview is over, you will hear from the DCP in two to three weeks.

When you are accepted to the program, congrats! If you don't get in, no sweat, you can apply each semester. Roughly one in four students will get accepted to the Orlando DCP and even less get accepted to the Anaheim DCP.