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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

I’m new to Her Campus at VCU, so I want to introduce myself. My name is Julia and I am an Aquarius. By that, I mean I am an Aquarius sun, Leo moon and Taurus rising. And by that, I mean I am essentially emotionless but also so emotional. 

That’s kind of how my first interaction with the app “Co-Star” went. They asked me what my name was, as most apps do, and I said, “Julia.” That seemed normal to me. It then asked me when my birthday was, to which I replied, “Feb. 7.” It then proceeded to tell me everything I’ve ever not known but also always known about myself. Things that were so broad yet felt so specific. I was immediately hooked. If you aren’t familiar with the app “CoStar,” then reading this article might be dangerous for you. Once you start “Co-Star,” she’s hard to quit. Every time I meet people who are actually very knowledgeable about astrology, they tell me to delete the app immediately. Either that or they laugh and say something about their old “Co-Star days.” It seems crazy, but it’s true. Once an app tells you what the sun and stars want you to do, you’d be surprised what you might consider doing. 

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Around month two of the pandemic, I made the decision to download “Co-Star.” Daily it gave me messages like “keep it going” or “ fight for what you believe in!” I thought it was sweet because it gave me a little boost every day. Around month 4 of the pandemic, boredom struck severely and I downloaded Tinder. To which “Co-Star” responded, “ Temporary love can’t fix permanent pain.” I woke up to that exact message on my Lock Screen. So, I deleted Tinder. Then “Co-Star” told me to “Go for it bitch!” So I re-downloaded Tinder, again!

It’s no secret that “CoStar” messages get weirder and weirder the longer you have it. I don’t understand, however, why I care so much about what this app says! “Co-Star” is like your drunk alter ego on New Year’s Eve: it either really wants you to get a tattoo or really wants you to break up with your boyfriend. Two things I have actually done because “Co-Star” mentioned that I should do it.

Month six of the pandemic, “Co-Star” told me, “Get a tattoo today!” I laughed when I first saw it. At second glance, though, I thought, this is an amazing idea. After I saw that message, I checked my bank account, went on Google, found a picture, drove to a tattoo shop and now it’s on my body forever. Why? Because “Co-Star” made me do it. To be fair, it didn’t “make me.” You don’t become bewitched by the “Ella Enchanted” obedience spell the second you download “Co-Star.” Also, it’s not all bad. It might be my favorite tattoo I have. 

There are a couple of things you can take away from this article. One being that I should not have this app because I clearly lack impulse control. If you too lack impulse control, maybe don’t. The second being that this app has some explaining to do. Who writes these bazaar things, and what about our birth chart means that it applied to us? What about my birthday means that I should get a tattoo on this random Saturday in August? The last is that maybe we all need something in our life that tells us the right thing to do every day. That right thing to do being, “Get a tattoo today!” 

Mary McLean (née Moody) is an avid writer and is the former Editor in Chief of Her Campus at VCU. She wrote diligently for Her Campus at VCU for two years and was the Editor in Chief for three years. You can find her work here! She double majored in Political Science and History at Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated in 2022. She loves her son, Peter, and her cat Sully. You can find her looking at memes all night and chugging Monster in the morning with her husband!