Juuling Could Be The New Caffeine For College Students

Juuling Could Be The New Caffeine For College Students

Is this the newest most addictive substances in college campuses?

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Caffeine has been one of the most popular and addictive substances on college campuses for decades. I, myself began drinking coffee my sophomore year of high school and it became a daily thing after that. Of course, the stress I had back in high school doesn't compare to the stress and academics students take in college. Starbucks and a local coffee shop by my home was the first thing I would visit every morning. One becomes so dependent on it that you don't realize when it becomes an addiction. Who doesn't love the taste of it? Plus it is the first thing you taste in the morning and keeps you going for a whole day until you get to conquer the next.

One of my peers in high school who's still my peer down here at Arizona State University began her caffeine addiction since her freshman year of high school. Monica Lomeli, a sophomore at Arizona State University confesses that she now relies on energy drinks as well. She also reports that, "I get really bad headaches if I skip either my energy drink or my coffee in the morning." Erika Fonseca, a freshman at South Mountain Community College reports that, "I can't really start my day without drinking my dose of caffeine." She claims she barely became dependent on caffeine barely this year.

Juuls are what's popping in both high school and mainly college campuses. I have not met a peer or a classmate down here at Arizona State University that does not own a Juul device. Of course, it is "safer" than smoking actual cigarettes but the Juul still contains nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical, but so far there are no studies that Juuling causes cancer. You have to be 18 years old or older to purchase either a Juul device or Juul pods at any stores. These are mostly sold in gas stations and convenience stores just like actual cigarettes.

After interviewing a group of random girls at a party, they confessed to their Juuling addiction and how they hit it "every second [they] can." Taryn, Kassandra, Tabatha, and Mallory have reported that they cannot go a day or maybe an hour without taking a hit of their Juul device. "I recognize that I have an addiction now, but it is safer and healthier than smoking actual cigarettes," Mallory reported. At any non-academically event and even around campus students usually can be spotted Juuling. Kassandra told me, "The Juuling addiction is quite expensive, but it definitely worth it to get me going through the week." Taryn said, "I like the buzz, and it's kind of cool."

Both caffeine and Juuls are what's currently trending in this generation just like it was smoking cigarettes back in the 60-80s until studies were found that they caused cancer. There is no commercial ads on TV anymore to advertise the Juul, but there are social media that spreads and begins most of our generation's trends. We are about to enter the roaring 20s and Gatsby and Daisy will be spotted at the party Juuling.

As a college student myself, I was not so concerned about these substances around campus until I took my earphones out and began to observe my fellow surroundings. I am a millennial myself and so are the people around me and it seems like a normal thing to do. I mean everyone is doing it so how can it be harmful? But will the Juul and caffeine kill us in a decade?

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Dear Mom and Dad, You Don't Understand What College Is Actually Like In The 21st Century

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that.
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College is not what you think it is. I am not sitting in a classroom for six hours listening to a professor speak about Shakespeare and the WW2.

I am not given homework assignments every night and told to hand them in next class.

I do not know my daily grade for each of the five classes I am taking, and I don't know if my professor even knows my name.

College today is a ton different than how it was 20+ years ago.

I go to class for about maybe three hours a day. Most of my time working on "college" is spent outside of the classroom. I am the one responsible for remembering my homework and when my ten-page essay is due.

I can skip class. I can leave early, and I can show up late. But, ya see, I am not doing that. I am a responsible person, even if you do not think I am.

I do get up every morning and drive myself to class. I do care about my assignments, grades, my degree, and my career.

I spend a lot of time on campus having conversations with my friends and relaxing outside.

I am sick of older generations thinking that us millennials are lazy, unmotivated, and ungrateful. While I am sure there are some who take things for granted, most of us paying to get a degree actually do give a s**t about our work ethic.

Dear mom and dad, I do care about my future and I am more than just a millennial looking to just get by.

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An Open Letter To The Friends That I No Longer Need

Thanks for the memories but it's time to move on.

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Out growing friends, even your best friends, is just apart of life. Think back to all the people we've called friends and best friends over the years, how many are left? Only a handful, and that's okay. You're supposed to grow and changed, and as you grow and change you let go of people that you thought were going to be around forever. Some friendships ended on bad terms, but most people you just out grow and lose touch with, as life gets busier. You obviously still want them to succeed in life, but you just don't feel like they have a part of your life anymore. I for one am no different.

To the friends I no longer need,

I knew it was coming, whether you did or not. Honestly, it was weighing heavy on my mind before I made the decision to distance myself from you, or just cut you off completely. It wasn't out of jealously, spite, pettiness or anything like that. To put in simple terms, our energies no longer matched.

If you don't understand how our energies don't match anymore, let me explain.

I've been around negativity far too long, to let it linger into my almost mid twenties. I'm just about 23 years old, I don't want to listen to the he said, she said drama. I don't want to listen to the excuses of why you feel stuck in your life, when you make little to no effort to do anything about it. I don't want to deal with the mind games of relationships. I don't want the bad decisions around me anymore. I don't want trash talking other people because you don't agree with how they live their live around me, because honestly it's childish. And I certainly do not want to deal with people who are overly attached and dependent on their significant other around me. Not that I'm the bitter friend but because if I want to spend time with you, they don't always have to be there, and because if you aren't with them, then you are completely miserable.

I'm focused on finishing my degrees, yes degrees. I'm focused on my writing. I'm focused on work. I'm focused on trying to do the Disney College Program again. I'm focused on looking at grad schools. I'm focused on all aspects of my health.

Quite honestly, I just don't have time for people who are stuck in their high school childish ways.

See the thing is, if you aren't interested in growing up and maturing than I don't need you around me. I don't need somebody, or a bunch of people around me to bring me down and distract me. I don't need to take a huge step forward then get sucked into your negative energy and end up taking 10 steps back.

A huge part of it is wanting to be more private in my life. I don't need a bunch of people or even just one person to let other people no everything I'm up to. If I mention it, then I want people to know. But even with that, I don't mention things in great detail. (Don't use my articles to say that I go into detail about my life, because none of my articles even begin to scratch the surface of whatever I was writing about.)

And just because I don't want you around me or around me as much, does not mean that I'm wishing bad things on you. I still want to see you succeed and I still want you to do what make you happy. But in this moment in time, I don't see our friendship going anywhere. The only thing I see it doing is hold me back from my future. Which is something I will never be willing to compromise.

And if that makes me an awful person, than so be it.

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