A key quality that allows a college female to be identified as a SWUG is being single. February 14th is a day dedicated to those who are #blessed with being in a relationship with another human, and it’s just around the corner.

As a Brown University SWUG, Valentine’s Day is usually an excuse to stuff my face with overpriced chocolate from the Thayer Street CVS, and to wait for my non-single friends to return with leftovers from their free romantic dinners on Federal Hill. However, this Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, which offers a number of opportunities for all the Brown SWUGs like me. And forces you to wear something other than your pajamas all day.

Why is a SWUG on V-Day different from all the other single ladies? We SWUGs are incredibly seasoned in the art of single’s activities: white wine, Netflix, and finishing a Ben & Jerry’s pint in record time. Therefore, we need to broaden our horizons, expand our palettes, and put our dear friend Netflix away for just one evening. It’s a Saturday night, girls. Get off the couch, put on your slutty favorite top, and give Cupid the finger on your way into the bar.

Calling all SWUGs of Brown: Put down the pint of Half Baked, take that tequila shot, and most importantly: treat yo self.

If you’re a SWUG and in dire need of plans for this Saturday, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Get a slice of chicken-bacon-ranch from Antonio’s for dinner
  2. Get a group of SWUG friends and head to Providence Place to see Fifty Shades of Grey
  3. Indulge in a glass (or four) of a pricier wine than you’d usually drink
  4. Finish that bottle of wine, Über to Euphoria and start (or continue) to senior scramble

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Guest Post: SWUG LYFE

This is a slightly modified version of a post that originally appeared on Brown’s only female comedy website, The RIB.  To view more of its fantastically hilarious content, please check out its website


An article published by NY magazine recently reported a surge in a self-proclaimed SWUG (“senior washed up girl”) culture at our fellow (although obviously inferior in both style and worldly intellect) Ivy in New Haven. After reading through some poorly composed comments, undoubtedly written by men, I stumbled upon this fact: the popularized term, SWUG was coined by none other than a Brown female around 2005. On pondering this fact, I have realized that the probable reasoning behind this is not only that Brown women are the most creative of all, but also have unfortunately shared this cursed identity in full force for too long. What defines the original SWUG–the Brown SWUG? Don’t worry: I will use my personal experience to fill you in.

You start off senior year with these grand ideas—I’m going to go out every night, spend every sunny day on the Main Green, never miss a Wednesday night Whiskey, cook fancy dinners with extravagant drinks from Ina Garten’s recipe collection, and, most importantly, pursue every attractive underclassman that I want…because face it, I’m a senior and the shit. Not to say I haven’t enjoyed myself thus far, but I certainly fell short of my initial goals; I’m sure many of my classmates would agree that they feel the same way. Thus, we have fallen into the SWUG lyfe. Continue Reading