11 Ways To Feel More Irish This St. Patrick's Day

11 Ways To Feel More Irish This St. Patrick's Day

Pull out those green pants, green socks and your favorite green sweater because it's time to celebrate the Irish.

It's that time of year again!

The following 11 methods will help you get in touch with your Irish roots this St. Patrick's Day.

1. Wear green!

No matter if you're Irish or not, green is the color to wear on St. Paddy's Day. So, pull out those green pants, green socks and your favorite green sweater because it's time to celebrate the Irish.

2. Listen to "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys.

No matter where you go, you will probably hear the song on St. Patrick's Day. The instruments used in the beat really make you feel Irish and want to do a jig, even if you don't know how.

3. Go get a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's.

St. Patrick's Day, shamrocks, green and ice cream? What a great combo. The green minty ice cream treat from Mickey D's will make you feel super festive. It's limited edition, so grab it while you can.

4. Listen to Ed Sheeran's "Galway Girl."

If you don't know, Galway is a city in Ireland that is not only popular at Fairfield, but also at other colleges for their study abroad program. Celebrate Ireland by singing about one of its cities on the River Corrib.

5. Eat corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

In Ireland, bacon or lamb is eaten, not corned beef. The salty meat is an American Irish tradition, usually eaten for dinner every St. Patrick's Day in America. I'm not a huge fan of corned beef and cabbage, but I'm told that it's good if you put mustard on it.

6. Go to a St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Parades are such a fun way to celebrate holidays. The St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City is popular, featuring bands, some floats and Irish step dancers, of course.

7. Have a pint of Guinness, or any beer if you're legal, of course.

If there's one stereotype out there about the Irish, it's that they love their beer. Guinness is a beer produced in Dublin, Ireland, and is known as an Irish beer, but any beer will do. Cheers!

8. Listen to Niall Horan on repeat .

Former member of One Direction Niall Horan is from Mullingar, in County Westmeath in Ireland. The thick Irish accent, adorable smile and (in my opinion) beautiful singing voice, make Niall Horan a hometown Irish hero, who recently released his first solo album since One Direction. It may be pop music, but him singing it adds a little Irish flare.

9. Make a traditional Irish snack or baked good.

Baking is a great way to celebrate a holiday, so why not try baking something new? Irish soda bread is found at bakeries in Ireland and is easy to make at home, and is just an example of a classic Irish baked good. If you aren't feeling adventurous, sugar cookies in the shape of a shamrock is fine, too.

10. Find a four leaf clover and keep it.

A traditional symbol of luck for the Irish, four leaf clovers are hard to find. In Irish folklore and tradition, the four clovers represent hope, faith, love and luck. The chances of finding one are 1/10, so you better start looking, and if you are one of the lucky ones, keep it.

11. Eat a bowl of those limited edition St. Patrick's Day Lucky Charms.

Yes, you read that right, limited edition Lucky Charms. In the dining hall at Fairfield, you will find green Lucky Charms in the cereal section. I'm not sure where they get those, or if the cereal in the box is really green, but the limited edition cereal with its Irish leprechaun mascot features marshmallows in the shape of four leaf clovers and pots of gold. It is guaranteed to add a little Irish flare to your St. Paddy's Day.

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A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.

We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

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7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

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11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

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15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

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16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

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17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.


Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.


If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.


Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.


Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

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