Attention (Soon-To-Be) Graduates: How to Wear a Cap & Gown

Graduation is coming up faster than you know it and despite how simple it may seem, wearing a cap and gown correctly can be confusing. Whether you’re receiving your Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree, we have your recipe for success! Watch the video or follow the steps below to look your best on graduation day.

BACHELORS

1. PRE-USE – Remove gown from plastic bag and place on a hanger to drop out any wrinkles. Use a cool iron or steamer if necessary, but DO NOT wash or dry clean
2. GOWN – Wear with zipper in front. Sleeves should fall below the elbow and above the palm of the hand, bottom should fall below the knees and above the ankles.
3. CAP – Front of cap is indicated by the crown. Crown should rest about 1 inch above eyebrows and the top of the cap should be level to the ground.
4. TASSEL – Starts on right side, moves to left after graduation

 

MASTERS

1. PRE-USE – Remove gown from plastic bag and place on a hanger to drop out any wrinkles. Use a cool iron or steamer if necessary, but DO NOT wash or dry clean.
2. GOWN – Wear with zipper in front. Hands fit through wrist openings and back of sleeves should hang down at the bottom. Sleeves should fall below the elbow and above the palm of the hand and the bottom should fall below the knees and above the ankles.
3. HOOD – Place hood over neck so it hangs down your back. Decorated portion should be displayed. Fasten cord (in front of hood) to shirt or dress to keep in place.
4. CAP – Front of cap is indicated by the crown. Crown should rest about 1 inch above eyebrows. Top of the cap should be level to the ground.
5. TASSEL – Will depend on your school’s tradition, so make sure you find out.

 

DOCTORAL

1. PRE-USE – Remove gown from plastic bag and place on a hanger to drop out any wrinkles. Use a cool iron or steamer if necessary, but DO NOT wash or dry clean.
2. GOWN – Wear with zipper in front. Will typically have bell sleeves and velvet panels. Sleeves should fall below the elbow and above the palm of the hand and the bottom should fall below the knees and above the ankles,
3. HOOD – Place hood over neck so it hangs down your back. The decorated portion should be displayed. Fasten cord (in front of hood) to shirt or dress to keep in place.
4. CAP – Front of cap is indicated by the crown. Crown should rest about 1 inch above eyebrows. Top of the cap should be level to the ground.
5. TASSEL – Will depend on your school’s tradition.

A lot more to it than you thought, huh? I hope these steps make your graduation day just a little bit less stressful. After all, it’s supposed to be a celebration! Congratulations and enjoy that very bright future that you’ve made for yourself – you earned it!!

Written by Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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How To Be A Darn Good Dorm Roommate

Living in close quarters with someone – friend or stranger – can become a toxic situation very quickly. By the end of your college career, you will have more than enough fill-in-the-blank roommate stories. Don’t let the memories of the best time of your life be clouded with negative thoughts about how your first roommate almost ruined your freshman year.

Try these 3 tricks for living harmoniously… or something like that:

1. LAY DOWN THE LAW – And yes, I do mean a roommate agreement. You don’t need to take it as far as a signed contract – but be sure to cover all the matters that are important to you and your happiness for the school year. Here’s a few that I find to be particularly significant:

  • CLEANING – Make a schedule AND keep on top of it. Choose a day of the week to wipe down the desks, take out the garbage, and get those dust bunnies out from under the bed (they aren’t as cute as they sound).
  • SHARING – Be sure to establish what’s on or off limits. If you’ve had issues sharing since Jimmy popped the eyeball out of your Furby in the 4th grade, be honest about it. But you also can’t expect to be able to borrow new roomie’s things as you please. A good, general rule of thumb here is to ask BEFORE borrowing. Sorry Suzy, you can wear my new Michael Kors leather jacket the day Ryan Gosling gets down on one knee and proposes to me (so, to be clear, we’re looking at an estimated 2-3 years here).
  • GUESTS – This is a BIG one! Set up the rules around friends hanging out during the week (compare your class/work schedules), as well as finding common ground on overnight guests. If you or your roommate has a significant other, this is particularly vital to discuss early on. Look at the situation carefully from both perspectives. It’s not uncommon or unreasonable to say couple sleepovers make you uncomfortable – just make sure you have an appropriate delivery. “IHATEYOURUGLYBOYFRIEND!” rarely ever works out nicely.
  • QUIET TIME – Go over your school and extracurricular schedules and come to an agreement about quiet time – this covers both studying and sleeping. There are few things more annoying than being woken up at 3am the morning of an exam by your roommate turning on the lights, slamming drawers, and mumbling about their missing mac and cheese. That being said, if you need to study for a rescheduled Saturday exam and your roommate has friends coming over, there’s always the library and student center if you need another quiet space to study. During finals week, re-visit the schedule and make changes as you both see fit. Remember, there’s no right or wrong answer – it’s what works for you and your roomie.

2. MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER – Whether your new roommate is a friend, acquaintance, or stranger, it’s important to set time aside for just the two of you.

  • COMMON GROUND – Get to know each other. What do you have in common? Come up with something that you both enjoy doing. This could be anything from working out, to watching The Walking Dead, to making music together. If you literally HATE everything that Brian loves, go to the dining hall and have a meal together once or twice a week. Bonding with your roommate can do wonders for your relationship, and it gives you both an open forum to discuss any issues you’ve had that week, or the opportunity to ask if it’s okay that your brother comes to stay next Friday night.

3. BE RESPECTFUL – You’d be amazed how big of a difference the “little things” make. Always keep in mind how it would feel to be in your roommate’s shoes, or how you would like to be treated if the situation were reversed.

  • BE TIDY – Being clean and being tidy are vastly different. That being said – don’t be a slob! Keep your things on your side of the room/closet and put them away when you’re finished. This will not only keep your roomie happy, it will also keep you organized. No more meltdowns because you lost your lucky headband. No sir.
  • TAKE GOOD CARE OF HIS/HER POSSESSIONS – If you borrow something of your roommate’s (after you’ve asked permission, of course), treat it as your own and be sure to promptly return it. If it’s clothing, wash it. If it’s a book, put it on his/her desk. If it’s cookies, replace them. If it’s a tissue… they probably don’t want it back. But buy a new box if you finish them off.
  • KEEP PRIVATE MATTERS PRIVATE – Undoubtedly, you will learn more information about your roommate than you ever wished to know. It is imperative that you keep these things to yourself in order to keep a healthy relationship with said roomie. Whether the matter is embarrassing, upsetting, or downright disturbing, they clearly do not want the world to know. Not everything is for you to judge or understand. If it gets back to your roommate that you spread the word about their chronic feet-sweat, the rest of the year probably isn’t going to be pretty. Not to mention, all of your dirty laundry is just minutes away from blasting off into the Twittersphere.
  • COMMUNICATE & COMPROMISE – If there’s one thing you take from this post, have it be this: When you have an issue with your roommate, go straight to him/her. As a non-confrontational person, I understand not wanting to rock the boat – but at what expense? If you have a problem with something that your roommate is doing, simply, but nicely, ask them to stop. If the situation is more complex than that, give some options that require you to meet in the middle. If she can’t sleep without the TV on, but you can’t sleep with it on – you have a number of choices. You could try ear plugs and a sleep mask, she could try sleeping with her laptop and headphones, or you could both put together a calming music playlist to fall asleep to. Or maybe you could put on the Golf Channel and bore yourself into a coma. Who knows? The real lesson here: there’s always a good compromise.

Make the most of your college experience by keeping a strong roommate relationship. Use these rules for a guideline and find what works for you and your roomie!

How do you and you roommate get along? Anything to add to the list? Let us know! Find even MORE tips here.

Written by Guest Blogger, Sandy Gomez

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College Care Packages

Whether you’re already back on campus or getting ready to head to college for the first time, sending (and receiving) care packages to friends at other schools can be a fun way to keep in touch. Not sure where to start? Here are some great snack ideas that your friends will definitely appreciate:

  • Bottled water
  • Candy bars
  • Gum
  • Canned soups
  • Cereal and oatmeal
  • Granola bars
  • Chips
  • Brownie mix
  • Rice crispy treats
  • Homemade cookies
  • Ramen noodles
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels or party mix
  • Protein bars
  • Tea or lemonade mix

For Health and Hygiene care package ideas click here!

Please let us know your favorite items you always ask for in your care package!

Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus

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Five Ways to Revamp Your Style (For Free!)

We all know that it can get expensive buying makeup, going to the salon, etc so I found this fantastic article by the ever-so-lovely Lauren Conrad about how to switch up your style… without spending a cent! You can read the full post here but I’ll give you the quick overview of everything.

1. Change the part in your hair.

You can give yourself a whole new look just by parting your hair in different ways. Play around with it and see which way you like best! (throwback to the 90′s zig-zag part, anyone?)

2. Try bold lips or a cat eye.

Tweaking things in your makeup routine can make you feel refreshed and help you break out of a routine. Try rocking a red lip or some winged-out eyeliner to instantly feel fabulous and daring.

3. DIY face masks

You may not know, but you can make face masks with things in your kitchen! There are so many different kinds that are for all skin types and skin problems. Check out this list of recipes here.

4. Natural Teeth Whiteners

Drugstore whitening strips can do some damage to your wallet, so an at home recipe mixes baking soda and lemon juice together. It creates a paste that you brush onto teeth and let sit for a about a minute before cleaning off.

5. Fix Your Posture

Learn to stand up straight! It can really change your attitude and mood if you’re standing confidently. Perfect posture is something we should all be striving toward!

What are some of your tips to change up your style without spending cash?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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Surviving Freshman Year: Beat the Homesickness

When I left for freshman year of college, my parents were crying…hard. They cried and cried while I just waved goodbye. I was so excited to embark on this new journey that I really didn’t think that I could ever miss home. In my mind, I wondered who could possibly miss following tons of rules and having to answer to parents at all times?

Well, that wears off after a bit.

If you start feeling homesick or miss your friends (or for me, my dog!), don’t stress! There are tons of ways to beat that feeling and to continue making the most of your freshman year.

Get Out: Yes get out of bed, get out of your room, go meet people! Most dorm rooms have common areas, so go watch TV down there, play pool, or just hang out with new people! Sitting in your room sulking won’t help you feel better.

Social Network: In the world of Facebook and Twitter, you can always remain connected to the people you love. Personally, I’m a bit addicted to Facbeook, especially since it’s on my cell phone. This is a great way of keeping in touch with your friends UNLESS you spend 24/7 on it instead of making new friends. Everything in moderation.

Skype: Video chatting, enough said.

Write letters to add a personal touch!

Write Letters: I know it sounds corny but my friend and I were “pen pals” while we were both away at school. It felt awesome to get a hand written letter about her week instead of a million text messages. It was really personalized instead of generic and meaningless.

Get Involved: Find some kind of organization that interests you or that is important to your major. I joined Psych Club because I’m a psych major. It’s a great resume builder and a good resources for classwork, homework, and friends. Staying busy will help keep you focused on the future instead of all the things you miss from hom.

The overall theme here… get out of your comfort zone and make the best out of your situation! College offers so many new opportunities…you don’t want to miss out just because you’d rather gaze at a picture of your cat for hours on end.

So, the next question is…what if you’re reading this and you’re already an upperclassmen? Do you have any ideas that may help our incoming freshman? Post them in the comments below!

Written by Guest Blogger, Maria Cafferata

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Pintern Summer Challenge: The Blooming Monogram

Our first blogger to put her pins to the test is Chloe of Penn State! She went for a project that is perfect for the rapidly approaching summer season.

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The Pin: “The Blooming Monogram”

While browsing Pinterest, I came across this really cute Mother’s Day project called Blooming Monogram and I decided I would give it a try. Now, because Mother’s Day has already passed, I went in a more personal direction and decided this would be a cute personal monogram idea. So, let’s get started!

Supplies:

cardboard letters
craft glue (or a hot glue gun)
flower foam
fake flowers
scissors
sharp knife (or exacto knife)

Step One:

Carefully make an incision in the lower corner of your letter and pull back the top layer of cardboard to reveal the hollow insides. Pull it back slowly to avoid any unwanted tearing and it should look like the picture on the right! (you can clean up the edges by ripping off the extra left behind)

Step Two:

Measure and cut your flower foam to fit inside of your letter (check out my concentration face). Once you’re okay with the positioning, use your glue to secure the foam to the inside of your letter. The corners can be a little tricky, but take your time when measuring them and they’ll fit like a glove.

Step Three:

Cut your flowers down to size and start arranging them in the foam (I used daisies, but you can use whatever you want).

And then….


Voila! Your finished product. Two beautiful blooming letters that you can prop up in your bookshelf, or hang on your wall. Too cute! (Don’t mind my wonky flowers, some of the petals were bent from laying in a bag overnight) I think I did alright, what do you think?

What flowers would you use? Try it yourself and let us know!

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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We Are More Than Just a Bookstore. We Are a Support System.

We Are a Support System. Navigating college can be tough. There is so much to do and there are so many places to be. That’s why it’s nice to have one place you know you can count on – your campus bookstore.

It’s Your CHOICE On Textbooks. From rentals, to used, to new, to e-Books…there is a textbook option to fit every budget. Whether you’re looking to save big or to start the semester off fresh, there is a book for you.

Sell Back Your Books for Instant Cash Back. Finals week is the best time to sell back your books. Keep your textbooks in good shape throughout the year and you’ll be all set to sell them when you’re ready.

Need It. Find It. Do It. Done. We’ve got everything you need for the best semester yet. Find YOUR campus bookstore here.

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The IT List: Summer Essentials Part I

Beat the heat with these awesome styles for summer. Whether it’s vibrant shades that add a much-needed pop of color or trendy accessories that help you keep cool during the hot summer months, these items should definitely be on your shopping list. Keep reading for our Summer Essentials, Part I!

Orange Orange Orange! Orange is the HOT color this summer. Add this neon hue into your summer style by incorporating small pops of color in order to make a BIG statement.

Matte Lipstick

Pretty pinks, bold reds, and exotic oranges are just some of the colors that you can wear with matte lipsticks. Unlike sticky lip-gloss, matte lipsticks provide bold or subtle colors that stay on longer and without the mess.

The “Short-Suit”

This trend is one that’s a bit more daring. From the innovative take on the “Pant-Suit” comes a fun, trendy, and stylish new outfit that is perfect for almost any occasion. The short-suit can be styled for a business casual look to a day out in the city. Coming in many different patterns and materials, this trend is definitely one to try this summer.

Check out this article for more ideas about how to wear the “short-suit”!

The Floppy Hat

Nothing says summer vacation quite like wearing a big floppy hat by the pool.  The classic piece can be worn with a bathing suit, a sundress, or a t-shirt and shorts! It is an essential that is both cute to wear and useful! These hats come in many different colors, styles, and sizes so you are sure to find one that fits you. The floppy hat is a classy summer essential that can spruce up any outfit!

Which of these will be you trying out this summer? Don’t forget to check back this week for Summer Essentials: Part II!

Written by Guest Blogger, Sydney Sheehan

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Greek Gear

Whether you plan on rushing this term or are rounding the corner into your last semester of Greek Life, do it in style. Finding good, lettered items can be hard – finding affordable lettered pieces can be nearly impossible. That’s why we’re all about Greek Gear.  They let you customize and practically design your own Greek stuff, so you can be sure you get what you want. So whether you plan to lavish your Little with tons of new Delta Zeta clothes and accessories or give your soon-to-be-graduating Big-Big a Sigma Pi parting gift, Greek Gear is something you’ll want to check out.

We spent hours poring over the website and finally devised a list of our favorite items. You know we can’t resist sharing these lists with you, so keep reading to find out what made the cut!

Preppy Pieces: Some say it never left, some say it’s back…whichever way you look at, Preppy Chic is IN. Sisters will love this Ribbed Sport Sorority Collared shirt while brothers will look clean cut in this Classic Oxford. Customize it for your organization!

Bags & Accessories: If you’re looking for more subtle way to show your support for your Fraternity/Sorority, accessories are the way to go. We love the subdued statement these Oval Sorority Earrings make. Jewelry not your thing? This Vintage Coin Purse, available in tan or pink, is the perfect spot to keep keys & IDs (don’t want to forget those!). Or, carry all of your books and school supplies in a customizable Sorority Growth Tote Bag. For the record – we want all three.

Jerseylicious: Want something besides the standard lettered T-shirt? Make yourself really stand out with something unique. We’re obsessed with this Sorority Football Jersey Tee. Customize it just the way you want and turn heads at any event (Bonus Points for matching nail polish!).

For the Dorm: We think you should bring your Greek pride right into your dorm room! We LOVE these cozy Greek Sweatshirt Blankets and the silky smooth Damask Sorority Pillows, perfect for relaxing after a long day at a Philanthropy Event! And as total coffee-lovers, we’re all about the Ceramic Coffee Cups.

What do you think of our Favorites? Comment below with your own top picks!

Do any of these items catch your eye? Be sure to check out www.greekgear.com or the Student Offers page on your Campus Bookstore website.

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The IT List: New Year’s Eve Style

Finding the right New Year’s Eve outfit is as important to many people as watching the ball drop in Times Square. We know you’ll be filtering tons of Instagram photos and uploading tons of pictures to Facebook – so make sure you do it in style! We’ve got outfit ideas for whatever is you’ll be doing at the stroke of midnight.

PARTY WITH FRIENDS

You’re ringing in 2013 with 50 of your closest friends! We decided to go bold as a way of welcoming in the new year. A sparkly, champagne-colored dress paired with both a fuschia necklace AND pumps is fun and bright without looking tacky.

FAMILY GATHERING

Sky-high heels and a glittery dress might not be ideal for spending the last few minutes of 2012 with Grandma. Instead, try a sparkling sweater with skinny jeans and a plain tank. Black boots will keep you comfortable while statement earrings will add a little flash. Hellooooo 2013!

STAYING IN

Whether crowds aren’t your thing or you just want to relax while you count down to midnight, you can still look festive on a new year’s eve staying in. Pair comfortable leggings with a cushy pair of black loafers. On top, throw on a draped metallic sweater for a look that’s super comfortable, but still has a New Year’s flare.

Which ensemble will you be sporting this New Year’s Eve? Post a comment below and we’ll share it with our readers!

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