FOMO Is Real, But It Will Be Fine

FOMO Is Real, But It Will Be Fine

The fear of missing out can be caused by many things.

FOMO -- the fear of missing out -- can be caused by many things: staying in on a Friday night to study for that midterm, not going on that weekend trip to the mountains to save money. The fear of missing a great moment or a once-in-a-lifetime experience if difficult to handle, because you know there's another option out there, something else you could be doing. Typically, this fear is caused by not doing something. My current case of FOMO, however, is because I'm about to do something.

I'm studying abroad in England this fall, and while I'm overwhelmingly excited to go, the fear of missing the fun and excitement of my home campus for a whole semester is currently on the same level as Neville Longbottom facing down Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their way to the Chamber of Secrets.

I know, I know, complaining about the chance to study abroad is like complaining about winning the lottery. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited and grateful for the chance, but I'm simultaneously nervous and feeling unprepared.

While studying at the University of East Anglia, I'll be able to travel throughout Europe and experience a myriad of cultures, all while living in a country that gets to claim Prince Harry and Julie Andrews. But while at home, I would get to lay on the floor at 2am with my best friend, eat ridiculous amounts of chips and queso, and enjoy the comfort of a campus that I call home.

I've been told that my new school is much like any other university. Along with the stressful exams and papers, there will be pub crawls, parties, and movie nights laying on the dorm room floor with pizza. But at the same time, I can't help but wonder about the roommate dance parties and pizza nights that I'll miss while I'm gone. Will there be inside jokes that I'll miss out on? Will I return to a campus of people that suddenly love pineapple on pizza?

For me, preparing to study abroad is a lot like the summer before my first year at college. I was excited, nervous, and slightly entirely unprepared. But (hopefully) also like my freshman year, I'll meet some great people to lay with me on the floor and eat queso, and I'll grow to call the University of East Anglia home. Back here in the States, I know I'll have wonderful friends and family that will keep me in the loop, and will welcome me back to our dance parties when I get home.

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The 10 Stages Of A 2:30 P.M. Kickoff, As Told By Alabama Students

But we still say Roll MF Tide!


We all have a love-hate relationship with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff at Bryant Denny Stadium, especially when it's 94 degrees.

1. Immediate sadness

What do you mean I have to wake up at 9 a.m. to get ready?

2. Bracing yourself for the worst

It's a marathon not a sprint ladies and gentleman.

3. Accepting the game is going to happen

Rain or shine we are all in that student section screaming our heads off.

4. Trying to wear the least amount clothes possible without being naked on the Quad

Is it me or does it get 10 times more hot the minute you walk on to the quad?

5. Shedding a tear when you walk out your front door once you feel the heat and humidity on your skin

Is it fall yet?

6. Drowning your sorrows inside a Red Solo cup at 11:30 a.m. at a fraternity tailgate

Maybe I'll forget about the humidity if I start frat hopping now.

7. Getting in line to go through security realizing it'll take an hour to actually get inside Bryant Denny

More security is great and all but remember the heat index in Alabama? Yeah, it's not easy being smushed like sardines before even getting into Bryant Denny.

8. Feeling the sweat roll down every part of your body

Oh yeah I am working on my tan and all but what is the point of showering before kick off?

9. Attempting to cheer on the Tide, but being whacked in the head with a shaker by the girl behind you.

Shakers are tradition, but do we have to spin it around in a full 360 every two seconds? I have a migraine from just thinking about it.

10. Leaving a quarter into the game because Alabama is kicking ass and you're about to have a heat stroke.

I'll watch the rest in air conditioning thank you very much!

We may not love the 2:30 kickoffs but Roll Tide!

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I Made Emma Chamberlain's Mediocre Vegan Cookies, And They're Pretty Incredible

Emma and her vegan cookies have made their way into my heart, and are here to stay.


One day, I went down the black hole that is 'YouTube at 3 am' and discovered my favorite social media influencer of all time: Emma Chamberlain. I started binge watching her videos every night for about a week, where I came across her "Cooking With Emma" series. I decided that I wanted to give her vegan antics a go for myself.

I've never cooked or baked anything with the intention of it being vegan, so not only is that new territory for me, but I've never even eaten a vegan cookie. The only reason I'm doing this is because Emma did, and she is aesthetic goals.

To start the journey of vegan baking, I took to Pinterest, just like Emma, and found this recipe to use. Although the video that inspired all of this used a gluten free recipe, I opted for only vegan, because I'm allergic to most of the ingredients that make things gluten-free.

In true Emma style, I used a whisk to combine the wet ingredients together, making sure to use her special technique.

Then, I did the same thing with the dry ingredients.

After that, I dumped everything together and combined all of the ingredients.

Once they were combined, I chopped up a vegan chocolate bar, because Emma and I like chocolate chunk cookies, not chocolate chip, there's a difference.

Now that everything is combined, I made balls of dough and stuck it on a pan, and baked them while I binged more Emma, because what else would I be doing in my spare time?

The recipe said to make the balls a lot smaller, but we aren't perfect, so I made them gigantic. In my head, I thought the worst thing that could happen was it turn into one big cookie, but that's a whole other video you need to watch.

I took them out of the oven, and they were brown on the top, but still a little doughy. At this point I was tired of waiting and eager to eat them, so I disappointingly set them aside to cool, which only lasted a minute or so before I snagged one up to try.

The taste was definitely one I've never associated with cookies, and came to the conclusion that if I decided to go vegan, it would be doable with these cookies and Emma Chamberlain by my side.

Emma inspired me to get out of my comfort zone, which is a reoccurring theme throughout her channel, and I'm happy to be apart of it. She taught me that even if mediocre cookies is all you have, eat them with pride because you made them yourself.

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