I Am A College Student And No, I Don't Drink Coffee

I Am A College Student And No, I Don't Drink Coffee

The only time you will catch me with a Starbucks cup is with hot chocolate in it.
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If you were to ask a college student the one thing they could not live without, the majority of people would give the answer you would expect a college student to give: Coffee. Cappuccino, Latte, Flat white, Caffe macchiato, espresso, you name it. Whether it's iced or hot, you better believe college students will be drinking something caffeinated. However, I am not like most students. I do not drink coffee.

I know I am in the unpopular opinion but I find coffee disgusting.

I love the smell but I hate the taste. I have tried different types of coffee but either the taste is too bitter or it is too sweet. Either way, both leave a disgusting aftertaste in my mouth after it is all said and done. As I have gone through college for about a year and a half, I find more and more people questioning how it is possible. It is possible. I do it every day.

When I tell people that I don't drink coffee, people don't understand. How do I stay awake? Do you go to bed at like 9 P.M. on weekdays? I stay awake like any other human being. However, I do not rely on caffeine to get me through my day and I am not saying college students rely on caffeine to them through the day. All I am saying I find my own ways to get through the day. And no, I go to bed as late as normal college students. Maybe even later. This semester has tested my ability to stay up and get up in the morning with very little sleep. It may be more of struggle without coffee, but I am functioning as any student would.

I think people have a hard time believing that I don't drink coffee because society seems to run on coffee. I go to Target, Forever 21, or Francesca's and see shirts that have something to do with coffee. You know the ones I'm talking about. The sweatshirts that say "Ok, but first coffee". The person I am wants to conform and drink coffee like everyone else. But there are perks to not drinking coffee.

I don't have to constantly keep putting money into my accounts for my coffee runs. I know Dunkin has their happy hour special which is great for us penny-pinching people, but I'll stick to my hot, green tea or hot chocolate I can make in my microwave. I will also never know what it is like to feel jittery or anxious because of coffee. I am already a naturally shaky person who doesn't need a drink to increase my shakiness.

Many my fellow classmates talk about how much they need coffee or the latest Starbucks or Dunkin run. The only time you will see me with a Starbucks cup in hand is when there is hot chocolate in it. Props to the non-coffee drinkers for being able to make it through a week of exams, projects, and possible jobs and internships without drinking the most convenient, caffeinated drink in our society. You may be in the minority but you are not alone. So to my fellow college students who can't stand the taste of coffee, I raise my cup to you (full of hot tea most likely).

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Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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