Reasons Why #WTW Continues To Make FSU The Best School In The Country

Reasons Why #WTW Continues To Make FSU The Best School In The Country

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The Florida State University is the greatest university in the nation.

Obviously, there's no argument here at all, but for conversational purposes, what makes this university great? Is it the incredible football team? Is it the school spirit or the beautiful campus? Or is it all of the traditions we have?

Well it's a combination of all of these magical things. One extraordinary piece of this university that makes it what it is today is White Trash Wednesday's at The Strip. Some call this weekly summer festivity a tradition, others call it a way of life. Regardless of what you call it, WTW's are a part of the Nole experience.

Now that the summer is coming to a close, let's reflect on the reasons why this weekly event is held so close to our hearts.


1. Jorts.

Maybe staring at all those bright and shiny thighs will blind me from all these bad decisions I'm going to make.

2. Freshmen watching.

I know it's rude to stare, but I can't stop. One just asked me where the bathroom is. Another asked me which bar is the one with the pool tables. And another just asked what a screwdriver was.

3. Cutting Gator shirts (or any shirts for that matter).

Having an excuse to shred some ugly orange and blue is a thrill of its own. I don't feel as guilty when I spill my McDonald's on the shirt at the end of the night either.

4. Ken's.

Something just feels so right about being in Ken's surrounded by Bud Light shirts and Camo.

5. Partial proceeds to charities.

Some would think that blessing the world with weekly festivities was enough. But us Seminoles, we're known to go over the top and do the most. We're givers, it's what we do.

6. Summers only.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." WTW is exclusively for Tallahassee Summers (Besides the select nights in the year). White trash is a rare event, and that's what makes it important.

7. X-Mas in July.

Please, someone tell me, does anyone hate Christmas? Absolutely not. Having an excuse to whip out my red disco shorts or ugly Christmas sweater is a beautiful thing.

8. Effortless attire.

Alright, so if I go out five nights a week, I only have to really think about picking out an outfit for four. Sounds like a great deal to me.

9. Does UF have WTW?

No, they don't.

10. Great deals.

With cheap drinks and cover, I'm able to put my money towards more important things (like buying more bud light shirts to cut from Walmart).

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11 Pasta Recipes For EVERY Broke College Student

Here's how college students can save time and money on food (maybe not carbs, though).
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As a college student that loves pasta, I’ve learned some creative things to do with it on a restricted budget and with limited resources.

The average price of name brand pasta is anywhere from $0.10 an ounce to $0.25 an ounce. Be sure to look for sales and coupons as this could potentially lead to free pasta.

Pasta may also be cooked in a microwave, making it an easy way to save money and time!

Here are the top 11 pasta recipes that I've created.

Note: Many of these recipes are for an individual serving, but you can easily multiply them for occasions when you need to cook for more than yourself.

1. Five-Minute Sauce

This is one of my favorites due to how simple it is and how it isn't just for pasta!

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounces) can tomato sauce

1 (6 ounces) can tomato paste

¼ tsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. onion powder

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a pan and cook until sauce comes to a boil. Remove from heat and then store in a resealable container until ready to use. You could also freeze the sauce in ice cube trays, pop out cubes and place in a plastic bag to continue freezing.

Bonus: For pizza, use about five cubes per large pizza and microwave before spreading.

2. Cheesy Mug Mac

Homemade mac-and-cheese always tastes better than the stuff from a box!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (1 ounce) pasta

3/4 cup (6 ounces) water, cold

4 tbsp. milk

1/4 tsp. cornstarch

4 tsp. cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

Instructions:

Add the macaroni and water to a large microwavable mug or bowl – you'll need a large mug as the water will boil up. Microwave for roughly three and a half minutes (timing is based on a 1200W microwave). The pasta should be fully cooked.

Pour out the remaining water. Stir in the milk, cornstarch and shredded cheese and microwave for 60 seconds to create your sauce. Stir well, season with salt and pepper and enjoy.

Notes: Cooking time will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the width and depth of the mug. Always keep a close eye on your mug while in the microwave so it doesn’t overflow or overcook.

3. Microwave Spaghetti

This is a great way to use the five-minute sauce from number one!

Ingredients:

1/4 lb. lean ground beef, cooked

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic flakes

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp. Kosher salt

1/8 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. sugar

Premade five-minute sauce

1/4 cup parmesan

Parsley to taste

2 ounces pasta, cooked

Instructions:

Layer ingredients into a microwavable mug and repeat until the mug is full. Cook on high in a microwave until the cheese is melted.

4. Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Who doesn't love Alfredo? It's basically mac-and-cheese for adults!

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 small can chicken, cooked, do not drain

1/8 tsp. Kosher salt

Black pepper to taste

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp. garlic flakes

2 ounces fettuccini, partially cooked

1/2 cup parmesan

2 ounces cream cheese

Parsley for garnish

Instructions:

Coat mug with olive oil, mix rest of olive oil with rest of ingredients and put into microwave mug. Heat until cheese is melted. Stir and heat until fettuccini is completely done.

5. Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo chicken + pasta = the perfect combination when you can't decide what to eat.

Ingredients:

1 small can chicken

1/2 c. penne pasta

1/8 c. buffalo wing sauce

1/4 c. chunky blue cheese dressing

Parsley or chives, chopped for garnish

Instructions:

Cook the pasta according to package directions or in a microwave, then drain. While the pasta is cooking, cook the chicken in buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese dressing. Add pasta, mix well, garnish and serve.

6. Mason Jar Pasta

This is an adorable and easy way to take your lunch with you or give a gift to someone! Feel free to try different recipes in the jars.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar dressing

6 grape tomatoes

1/2 cup mozzarella

2 ounces whole grain pasta, cooked

2 cup baby spinach

1 quart-size mason jar

Instructions:

Place ingredients into the mason jar starting with dressing, then tomatoes, mozzarella, pasta and spinach. Place the lid on the jar and close tight. Shake the jar to mix the ingredients and pour into a bowl to eat. This will last 5-7 days in the fridge!

7. Parmesan Prosciutto Pasta

Take a trip to Italy the cheap way with this easy Parmesan Prosciutto Pasta!

Ingredients:

2 ounces cooked elbow pasta

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus more for serving

1 ounces prosciutto

1 cup arugula

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Layer all ingredients in a microwave-safe mug and then cook until the cheese is melted using two-minute intervals. Top with parmesan and enjoy!

8. Italian Bacon Pasta

Bacon, pasta and cheese? Yes, please!

Ingredients:

2 ounces pasta, cooked

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. oil

12 sliced cherry tomatoes

Salt and black pepper to taste

2 slices of bacon, cooked

2 tbsp. feta cheese

2 tbsp. cream cheese

Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together then place in a microwavable mug. Heat until the cheese is melted, stirring every minute to prevent scorching.

9. Eggs And Bacon Noodles

Who says you can't have pasta for breakfast?

Ingredients:

1 pack instant ramen, seasoning packet discarded

1 tsp. olive oil

2 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2" pieces

1 tsp. garlic

1 egg

1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Instructions:

Boil noodles according to package instructions. Save 1/4 cup of cooking water to loosen sauce later if needed. Drain noodles and toss with olive oil so they don't stick. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook bacon pieces until brown and crisp.

Add the noodles to the skillet and toss with the bacon until the noodles are coated in the bacon fat. Turn off the heat. Beat eggs with fork and mix them into the pasta with parmesan cheese.

10. Veggie LoMein

Who needs takeout when you can make your own?

Ingredients:

2 ounces angel hair pasta

4 ounces fresh or frozen stir-fry vegetables

1/2 tsp. sesame oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 tbsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. lime or lemon juice

1/8 tsp. sriracha sauce (optional)

Instructions:

Microwave the pasta in a microwave-safe bowl and set aside. In a microwave-safe dish, cook the vegetables until thawed or warmed using two-minute intervals. In a bowl, combine your sesame oil, soy sauce, lemon or lime juice, sriracha sauce (if desired) and sugar.

Add more sugar if you like your sauce sweeter, taste sauce and go from there. Add the pasta to the vegetables then pour your sauce over the top. Toss to coat and microwave again for about two minutes.

11. Creamy Asparagus Pasta

This is a great way to use asparagus! Even if it's not your favorite vegetable, the cream makes it amazing!

Ingredients:

½ tsp. olive oil

2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin ribbons

2 tbsp. onion flakes

2 tsp. garlic powder

½ lb. asparagus, cut on a bias into 1 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 ounces grated parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. chives

2 ounces rigatoni, cooked

Instructions:

Cook the prosciutto in olive oil until crisp, add onion, garlic and asparagus. Toss and stir frequently until asparagus just starts to turn tender. Add cream and parmesan and cook until cream thickens, stirring often.

Season with salt and pepper and then add rigatoni. Garnish with lemon juice, chives and the remaining parmesan cheese.

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9 Ways To Make A Difference When It Comes To Causes You're Passionate About

There are plenty of ways to make a difference.

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There are a lot of causes to support. You may want to support The Trevor Project, or you may want to save rhinos. Everyone has their own passions, and there are a lot of causes that you can make a difference by supporting.

When you're trying to make a difference, there are a few ways that you can approach this.

Start By Donating

Causes will require donations. Money is used for everything, from website hosting to educating the public on a certain cause. Average donation amounts are $128, but this figure is skewed by major donors.

Even $10 can make a huge difference.

Donate what you can when you can — every last penny counts for many of these causes.

Consider Volunteering

Being a volunteer for a cause that you're passionate about is one of the most fulfilling, honorable steps that you can take. Many of these causes and projects would never be able to exist without the dedication of volunteers.

These are the individuals that keep these causes up and running.

An easy way to do this is to:

  • Visit the cause's official site
  • Find the "Get Involved" or "Volunteer" page
  • Apply to be a volunteer

If you can't find any information on volunteering, you'll want to call the organization's official number or write them an email to find out how to become a volunteer.

Go To Official Events In Your City

If your city is hosting one of the cause's official events, you'll want to become a part of it. Invite all of your friends and family. Social media can help with getting word out about an event, and it's a great way for a cause to go viral.

You don't need to be spammy with your promotion of the event.

You can simply write a fast post asking friends and family to join you. You'll be surprised by how easy it will be to get others interested in a cause that you're passionate about.

Find Out How To Host An Official Event

Hosting an official event is also an option if none are being held in your area. You'll want to inquire about the requirements to host an event, if the cause will allow you to host the event in the first place.

A lot of causes are very strict on who they allow to host events.

There may be requirements that you don't meet when trying to host an event. If this is the case, what you can do is petition the cause to host an event in your area. Volunteers that have been working with the cause may have an easier time hosting the event than someone who has just gotten involved with the cause.

A lot of meeting halls or even the local library may allow you to host the event for free.

Nonprofit causes will find that a lot of businesses will offer special discounts or offers for a nonprofit.

Create A Support Website

If you're really passionate about a cause, start a new website or community to spread the word about it. Make sure that you make it clear that you're not the official site for the cause. But that doesn't mean that you can't:

  • Promote the cause
  • Lead those interested in the cause to the official website

It will cost you $10 for a domain name (or cheaper) and just a few dollars a month for VPS hosting.

Note: Make sure that you're not infringing on trademarks or copyrights when registering the domain name or creating a logo.

Spread The Word Through Merchandise

Merchandise is one of the main ways that organizations get the word out about their causes. This is why a lot of causes will provide donors with apparel. The t-shirts and other gear that are given out will allow you to spread the word about the cause you're interested in.

This means when you're going to a concert, wear the apparel.

If you plan on going to a major event, wear the cause's shirt. Why? Your contribution to getting the word out is going to help the cause raise more money. Others that see your shirt may become curious about the cause and research it or donate, too.

Talk About the Cause On Social Media

Use your social media account to spread the word about the cause. A lot of causes that fail only fail because there isn't enough traction. Even some of the world's best causes had a rough beginning, so it may be your Tweet or Facebook post that makes a difference.

Followers and friends need to be educated, but you don't want to spam them.

Don't take rejection of the cause or non-responses about the cause to heart. Instead, try to educate your followers as best as you can, but also respect that they may not agree or be as passionate about a cause as you are.

Share Latest Developments

Latest developments are going to need to be on your radar. If this is a cause you're passionate about, you'll need to know what's happening with it. Spend the time to sign up for the cause's newsletter, read their blog posts and know all of the new developments that are occurring.

Malaria, for example, is a cause that many people are passionate about. And, looking at the latest news and developments, it seems human and cattle decoys are being used to "trick" mosquitoes, and it's actually quite effective.

These developments are huge, so learn about them and share them with the world.

Follow, Comments And Share Official Accounts

Official social media accounts and profiles exist. These are the accounts and profiles that you'll want to follow and become engaged with. Comment on their posts, share their posts and accounts.

It's often these small actions that lead to big changes for the cause.

So, the next time you're passionate about a cause, it's time to step up your game and help the cause spread and grow. Your actions will make a big difference.

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