5 Reasons Why College Kids Love Trader Joe's

5 Reasons Why College Kids Love Trader Joe's

Who knew the happiest place on earth could be a grocery store?
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Trader Joe's. The grocery store of all grocery stores. A place where dreams come true. Well, maybe only if your dreams include groceries at a fair price. Here are 5 reasons why college kids are obsessed with Trader Joe's.

1. Almost everything is organic.

Eating organic is all the rage recently, and for good reason. How are we going to be the future leaders of America without a healthy diet?

2. It's actually affordable.

Ain't nobody got time (or money) for expensive food, especially if you're a college student. Healthy foods can be extremely overpriced (I'm looking at you, Whole Foods), but Trader Joe's seems to understand the struggle.

3. FREE SAMPLES.

Not only is there usually someone serving up free samples, but you can also sample anything you want to try before buying it. As long as they don't have to cook it, of course.

4. They cater to almost any dietary need.

Gluten free, dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc. No matter what you eat, you can find what you need at Trader Joe's.

5. Cheap Wine.

Enough said.

Trader Joe's just gets us, so it's no wonder they're such a hit. If your city is missing out on all that Trader Joe's has to offer, here's a link to an online form to bring Trader Joe's to you. You're welcome.

And Trader Joe's, if you're reading this, feel free to sponsor me.


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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge-drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100% real" and that incoming freshmen should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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The Ultimate Disney College Program Bucket List

*Quits college for a semester to work for Walt Disney*

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Less than two months and I'll officially be a Walt Disney World Cast Member!! I'm so excited but super nervous to live alone on the other side of the country. So to keep my mind off of everything I'm going to be missing at home, I came up with a short and to-able Disney College Program bucket list. It's everything I want to do during my program, but it's things that regular people can do on their Disney trip too, so I'm sharing it.

1. Four parks in one day.

Challenge accepted.

2. Take a picture with the Mickey Balloons.

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3. Meet as many characters as you can.

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4. Get as many autographs as you can.

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5. Stay in the parks from open to close.

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6. Visit the parks alone.

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As scary as it may seem, I'm going to try to enjoy the parks alone.

7. Obviously get a picture in front of the castle.

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8. See as many shows/parades as possible.

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Okay so maybe you aren't going to Paris but Disney World in Florida has this too lol.

9. FIREWORKS!!

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10. Character breakfast.

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What better way to start your day than with the most important meal with your favorite characters. But obviously look happier than this little girl.

11. Eat around the world.

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Maybe you'll have a Lady and the Tramp moment.

12. Eat at every restaurant.

Dinner and a show anyone? But maybe not every restaurant, considering Be Our Guest is just one that has like a 4+ month reservation.

13. Ride every ride, no matter what.

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14. Take a picture on Main Street when it's empty.

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15. Find as many hidden mickeys as you can.

16. Take a picture with all the cool walls as backgrounds.

Basic but necessary.

17. Resort hopping!

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Bonus: Find/meet as many celebrities as you can.

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