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Eight Things I Miss About College

Posted in City X, Classes, Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Kill Jill, On Campus, Personal, Residence X, Roomie on June 21, 2009 by Jill


No Doubt Stand and Deliver

  1. My dorm roommate. She’s not going to be living on campus next year but she plans to live close by. Good. ‘Cause I have a feeling my new roommate isn’t going to just make me chocolate chip brownies whenever I’m feeling blue. Like Roomie did for me this year. (I know, right? Aww.)
  2. Classes. That’s right, I said it. I actually miss learning stuff. Go figure.
  3. My instructors. I saw those guys – the Teddy Bear and the Cactus, as I call them – every day for nearly eight months. I miss the former’s sensitive encouragement and the latter’s sarcastic humor.
  4. My classmates. Well, a couple of them. The ones I talked to regularly, anyway.
  5. My dorm family. This consists of Jenn, Roomie, Caitlin and Canning. You get comfortable with a group of people and then leave them for 4 months. It’s weird.
  6. Drinking. I know, that sounds horrible. But if anything good would happen at college (the end of exams, Christmas, birthdays, Tuesdays), we’d all got out for cuatros margaritas at our favorite downtown restaurant. I miss the laughter that goes along with drinking, not the liquor itself.
  7. City X. Gahd, I miss that town. I miss the music scene. I miss the old buildings. I miss the restaurants. I miss the one-way streets. I miss the culture. I miss the unreasonably high ratio of hipster kids to white gangsters. *le sigh*
  8. Ordering in. As you might guess, Nowhereville doesn’t have an East Side Mario’s. So, I can’t just call them up and have them bring me my favorite meal. Dammit.

(Image by Mel B.)

A Year in Review: 2008-2009

Posted in College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Roomie on May 2, 2009 by Jill

I can’t believe I’m already done my first year at College X. It seems almost strange.  It just went so fast. As a year-end wrap-up, I thought I’d discuss several areas of my life that were affected this year (because I know all of you care so much).


  • I did very well on my exams, even in Math.
  • I got 100% for my internship mark and might be up for a day internship in the fall.
  • I got along with my teachers and earned the respect (at least, I think I did…) of my peers.

Personal Development

  • I learned how to cook a few things! Go me!
  • I learned that one should wash dishes more than once a week… or get a friend to do them for you. (ahahahaha!!)
  • I learned that I don’t mind living independently and I actually could if I needed to.
  • Probably ate way too many carbs, too much junk food and far too few fruits and veggies.
  • Only went to the gym twice and I hated it. 1) My boobs caused a big oval-shaped sweat pattern on the front of my t-shirt. 2) Fit people and unfit people shouldn’t be made to work out together. 3) I was in pain for days after.
  • Except for my weakness for ordering-in, I was OK with money and even had a couple hundred left over.

Relationships: Friends

  • I made several very close friends, including Jenn, Caitlin and Jaclyn.
  • Although our relationship started off slow and even a little uneasy, I eventually became very close with my roommate, Amanda (but better known as Roomie).
  • I kept in contact with several friends from high school and hung out with a few during my internship. I did, however, lose track of a couple other close friends.

Relationships: Family

  • I called Mom regularly.
  • Didn’t really keep in touch with my cousin but we’re both busy so it’s cool.
  • Didn’t call my grandmother as much as I should. Hmmm.

Relationships: Romantic

  • Had a short-lived (but still kind of complicated) “fling” early in the year with a classmate. We dealt with the awkwardness all year and have only recently been able to become friends again
  • Went on a couple dates with a really great guy that I liked a lot… but sadly, it did not work out. We haven’t hung out since or spoken face-to-face but we’ve texted a couple times. Things seem to be OK.
  • Poop. Maybe next year will prove more fruitful in that department…

I’d love to hear how everyone else’s year went in these arenas!

10 Tips For Moving OUT of the Dorm

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, General, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Kill Jill, Links, On Campus, Residence X, Roomie, Tips, Web with tags , , , on April 28, 2009 by Jill

You’ve drank you last beer (or, in my case, margarita and glass of wine) and you’ve said your goodbyes. Summer is here, classes are over and it’s time to head back to wherever you call “home.” But packing up your stuff and getting it there can be a pain. Here are some tips to make the task a bit easier.

Photo by Dave Kleinschmidt

Photo by Dave Kleinschmidt

  1. If possible, move out in a couple parts. If your campus is close enough to home, pack up a couple boxes a couple months before the end of semester. (I realize this doesn’t help if you’re moving out now and could have used that advice months ago… but you should have planned ahead. I’m not always going to be here to hold your and guide the way, OK?!) …Now, where were we? Oh, yes.
  2. Consider renting a local storage unit. If you’re coming back in the fall, a storage unit can be handy for the items you won’t be using over the summer and probably don’t have room for anyway. (And yes, your little sister will mind if you store your futon in her bedroom, even if it’s “only for a couple months”.) If this seems far too expensive, try to share a space with a friend who also plans to return in the fall.
  3. Be very, very, very nice to the buff guy down the hall. Again, this advice could have been helpful months ago. But having a butt-load of friends who will help you lug your junk downstairs is often handy. (All of my friends have already flown the coop. Thankfully, I’m on the first floor and next to the entrance. Ha!)
  4. Be very, very, very nice to local-living friends, particularly ones with basements. Sometimes, you might have a couple boxes of stuff you don’t want to take home. It’s not enough to bother renting a storage space. If you have a pal who resides with their parents (suckers!), exchange some basement space for a pizza or a movie rental on you.
  5. Pack breakables carefully so they’ll make it home. I plan on using a combination of grocery bags I’ve been collecting all year and paper towel to wrap my breakables in. My plates, my glass cups, ceramic bowl and of course, my action figure collection.
  6. Beg for boxes or buy some bins? Tomorrow, after I get my hair cut, I plan on stopping at several stores and begging for small cardboard boxes that I can use for packing. I’ve never had to do this before and I’m really not looking forward it. In hindsight, I probably should have purchased some large storage bins like my clever roommate did. But smaller boxes have their advantages too- they can be squeezed into small empty spaces in a packed truck much easier than a large storage bin. But take your pick.
  7. Throw out as much as possible. Just like when you thought twice about bringing particular items with you when you moved into the dorm, consider what you want to take out of it.
  8. Don’t invite the whole family. If a family member is coming to pick you and your stuff up from college, make sure only 1 or 2 people come. You’ll likely need the space.
  9. Rent a moving van. Sometimes, the deed must done. I’m no expert on this, so check out this article at eHow.
  10. And remember… Lift with your legs, not your back. (Click here for more info on lifting heavy stuff safely.)

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15 Things To Do When You’re Alone In A Dorm

Posted in Articles, City X, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X, Roomie, Tips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by Jill

It’s Spring Break for me and my fellow students at College X. So, I’ve had the dorm to myself since Roomie left on Friday. It’s been weird, not having her around… or anyone for that matter. The one only left in City X is Jaclyn and I’ve been hanging out with her quite a bit.


But I’ve also been taking advantage of the free time and space. Including some (and I mean some!) of the things on this list. I present to you Kill Jill’s List of 15 Things To Do When You’re Alone In A Dorm. (I do recommend you make sure the door is locked when you do these things though. Because you never know.)

  1. Dance. Oh, I never thought dancing could be so much fun.
  2. Use your hair brush as a microphone and pretend you’re Debbie Harry from Blondie (or whoever it is you kids are listening to nowadays).
  3. Walk around in your pajamas all day.
  4. Walk around in your underwear.
  5. Walk around in your birthday suit.
  6. Eat peanut butter from the jar.
  7. Go pee with the bathroom door open. (But only if you have a bathroom in your dorm, not a shared one with everyone on your floor. Naturally.)
  8. Stay up until 3 AM.
  9. Play music until 3 AM (unless your dormitory has rules on quiet hours).
  10. Look up porn star actors on IMDB. This is actually a fun activity I discovered this evening. (I recommend checking out Wesley Pipes and Deep Threat. Their credentials are both impressive and hilarious.)
  11. Try on outfits you don’t usually wear and model them with pieces that you wouldn’t usually match together. Who knows! You might find yourself a new look! And even if you don’t, you can always find fashionable wholesale clothing online, so check out some websites for future purposes.
  12. Read. When I’m reading, I get distracted really easily so being alone is great for reading.
  13. Drink from the container. I do this all the time so Roomie is used to it. Oh well.
  14. Watch movies your roommate doesn’t like. Watch them loud, watch them proud. Rewind them and watch parts you like over and over. Quote any lines you know. Throw popcorn at the TV.
  15. Clean up your mess. Jeeze, man. There’s popcorn all over the place and juice on the floor from when you drank out of the container. Your roommate likely had a rough couple of days without the sight of your lovely face. Make sure the dorm isn’t a huge mess when they get back, huh?

*sigh of relief*

Posted in City X, Classes, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X, Roomie, Work on March 14, 2009 by Jill

♫ The JamThat’s Entertainment

Phew! Classes are done and I’m off for a week before I start my 4-week internship at a daily newspaper in the small town I attended high school in. I’m not excited about the internship either. I’m actually dreading it, to be honest.

Photo by maveric2003.

Photo by maveric2003.

But I’ll worry about that next Monday when I start. For now, I get to bask in the glory that is a week of nothing but late nights, waking up at noon, a dorm all to myself (as Roomie has gone back home for the week) and goofing off with Jaclyn. I expect there to be some drinking in there as well. I also have to do a butt-load of writing, cleaning and packing to do this week as well.

Anyway! I’m proud to announce that I passed both of my exams, Law and Politics. *bows in response to wild applause* Thank you, thank you so much. I got a 77% on Politics and 81% on Law. (Shocking, I know.) I’m so glad they’re done. I’m also hoping I won’t be assigned to do a court story or anything to do with politics because after I finished that exam, it completely left my head. Seriously. I don’t think I could remember any of it if I tried.

I know I’ve been slacking off a lot lately. I’m not stupid. I’ve been able to keep doing my Kill Jill’s Awesome Thing Of The Week but that takes about 5 minutes in total to prepare. But give me a little credit- I go to school 9-4(ish), then I work on any blog assignments I have from the half dozen websites I’m writing for now and then I hang out with my friends. I didn’t get to have much of a social life in high school because I lived way out in the boondocks so I’m making up for lost time.

But I have all week to myself (practically) so I’ll try to post a couple entries in there. I’m not sure how much take-home work I’ll be doing during my internship. Maybe none at all, who knows. But I’ll do what I can during that time. And then I’m back in City X for about a week. And then I’m back to the boondocks and back to the convenience store I worked at last summer.

Is it too early to start counting down the days to September?

Lent (And What It Means To Me)

Posted in Blog News, In The News, Kill Jill, Personal, Roomie on February 26, 2009 by Jill

Florence and The MachineKiss With A Fist

It’s days like these that I’m thankful to be agnostic. (Not sure what that means? That’s why God invented Wikipedia, my friend.) (Screw it. Just click here.) I wasn’t always a heathen though. I went to Sunday school when I was a little kid (mostly because my mom was a Sunday school teacher) and I was once a Christian. But as I matured, I developed an uncertainty about organized religion. So, I settled on agnosticm, rather than full-on atheism.

That’s not to say that I’m anti-religion. On the contrary, I find religious customs interesting. I find the differences between different areas of Christianity especially interesting. I totally respect religious people and their dedication to something they have a true and honest spiritual connection with.

My Catholic friends tell me Lent began today. Three of my closest friends (including Roomie and Jaclyn) had ashes on their forehead today. Roomie and our friend Caitlin are fasting today, too. Roomie has decided to give up texting for Lent while Jaclyn is giving up fast food. Even though I’m not Catholic or religious, I’ve decided to take part in Lent as well and avoid any and all tobacco products. (I’ve never smoked a day in my life, so it shouldn’t be a difficult thing to stay away from.)

Speaking of texting, I’m getting a cell phone tomorrow- and a Nintendo DS! Go me! 😀 (My bank account isn’t going to thank me after this week.)

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In other news, Arrested Development fans are giddy these days as awkwardly adorable Michael Cera has signed on to do the upcoming AR movie, based on the cult sitcom. The show ran for three seasons and won truckloads of awards and featured some of the greatest comedians of our time- but nobody watched it. (I admit, I didn’t watch the show until it was over. And now I own season 1 on DVD and make references to it regularly.) The film is currently expected to be released sometime in 2010.

Kill Jill’s Birthday Bash Bonanza!

Posted in City X, Classes, Kill Jill, Personal, Residence X, Roomie, Tra La La on January 31, 2009 by Jill

Holy crap on a cracker! It’s the last day of January! Yikes! I have only six more weeks of school before Spring Break. And then from there, I head straight to my on-the-job training. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, I pretty much already know where I’ll be going for it- the office of a daily newspaper located in the town I went to high school in. I know the area, I still have a few friends there and my brother lives there. I’m not staying with him (for various reasons I’d rather not list here) but I’ve reserved a room at a bed & breakfast practically on the same street as the news office. And the price is pretty reasonable.

Photo by alist.

Photo by alist.

But I’m a little freaked out how quickly the school year is winding down. Like, it’s a bit surreal. I have my Math exam sometime in February and that terrifies me. It’s not that the Math itself is difficult… it’s just that I’m pretty much “special” when it comes to numbers. I’m good with words, not numbers. But the Math we’re learning to do is mostly deal with statistics, percentages, populations, etc.- i.e. stuff we’d have to know on the job.

I also have exams in Politics (ew.) and Law (which seems like really heavy stuff to me) but those aren’t until mid-March. The Politics exam shouldn’t be too bad, it’s mostly history anyway, which I’ve always kind of enjoyed. And Instructor B has made the history actually interesting, which is entirely shocking. But the Law exam sounds like a toughie. Oy.

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So, last night was the beginning of my five-day Birthday Bash Bonanza. My actual birthday isn’t until Tuesday but what birthday-type fun can a college girl have on a Tuesday?! Honestly!

Jenn, Jaclyn and I went to Boston Pizza for drinks. I’d never been there before so Jaclyn just ordered me an apple martini and I got giggly from just that one drink. It was actually kind of pathetic on my part. :\ Then the waitress gave me a brownie and ice cream thing for free, since it was my birthday (not really my birthday but she didn’t know that). That was pretty tasty.

Photo by jk5854.

Photo by jk5854.

Then we dropped Jenn off at Residence X and Jaclyn and I headed to a bar on the other side of town. Neither of us had ever been to this place, mostly because we’d heard it was very sketchy. “It feels like a fight could break out any minute.” is the phrase Jaclyn‘s older brother used. Well, it wasn’t too bad, really. There were some shifty characters inside but a bunch of people we know were there already and we’re friends with the band that was headlining and they always play really fun music.

So, I went to sleep around 3 AM and woke up around 11 this morning. Good times.

As for tonight’s agenda, we’re (Jenn, Roomie and Canning) going to my favorite Italian-American cuisine restaurant for supper and then we’re off to a dinner & drinking place downtown- “the best margaritas in town” (and meeting Jaclyn there). Should be a blasty-blast. The plan, my friends tell me, is to get me very, very drunk and roll me back to Residence X.

Well. We’ll see. 😉