I Went To College And Became Granola: Identity Crisis or Acceptance?
Start writing a post
Student Life

I Went To College And Became Granola: Identity Crisis or Acceptance?

Maybe a little of both.

96
I Went To College And Became Granola: Identity Crisis or Acceptance?

When I say this, I'm not saying that I"m turning into a Nature Valley Bar. That would be too easy and frankly, I'm not interested in cleaning up all of the crumbs.

The Urban Dictionary definition of the word "granola" is as follows:


https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Granola


If anyone knew me in high school, I was pretty *edgy* on the inside and never had any intentions of becoming a "new-age/ more civilized hippie who can usually be found journaling." However, here I am. I don't match the definition exactly. Quite frankly, I don't own Chaco's (GASP!) or Birkenstocks. It's not because I don't want to own them, but simply because I'm poor and cannot justify spending that much money on sandals- no matter how much I'd love to have some. Now, where did this granola energy start?

1. My taste in men.

Okay, I know you're thinking "How in the world is this relevant?" Well, stay with me here for a second. I have found myself over the 4 years that I've been in college extremely attracted to both Breakaway volunteers and Impact counselors (yes, please make fun of me- I'm not thrilled that it's like this either) Therefore, there's a part of me that wants to match that energy. I guess you become like what you're trying to attract.

2. My love for Jesus.

I think the majority of the granola culture is based around (a) adventure (b) loving travel and (c) being a camp counselor. I also like to throw in the final point to be (d) love for Jesus. Maybe it's a coincidence that most of the people I know who love Jesus just happen to be granola, but my love for Jesus and my need for modesty aligns with the granola fashion base.

3. Self-awareness.

Before college, I wasn't all of that self-aware. During my freshman year, I discovered that I'm an ENFJ and it slowly progressed into an ENFP. Then, during Junior year- I started to understand enneagram types. Now, it's kind of like a meme. My friends and I go "that's kind of a 9 thing of you to do". I've realized that my hippie-dippie nature stems from listening to my body and bringing that self-awareness into the light.

4. Yoga.

Yoga might fall under the "self-awareness" category of how I've gotten so granola. I think that when I asked for my very first yoga mat for Christmas two years ago, I was automatically into granola culture.

5. Writing.

I'm not trying to flex anything, but if you've seen my handwritten journal lately, it's quite aesthetically pleasing. I've found it so soothing to truly express myself through the journal that I use during my quiet time and to take sermon notes in. It's quite a "trademark" in the granola community to be carrying around a journal. As someone who identifies as a writer, that was the perfect shoe that just fit.

So, I'm a part of the granola community and I'm not mad about it. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Are New Year’s Resolutions Overrated? Why Not?

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

62
New Year’s Resolutions Overrated

Every year, the same debates spark around the idea of new year’s resolutions. Some people think it’s the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, while others point to studies that show the failure rate of these resolutions. Spoiler alert: most fail.

Keep Reading... Show less
How to Use Your Passion for Writing to Complete Academic Essays

Academic paper writing is often considered one of the most dreaded parts of college for students. Most people hate it, even if they are into writing in general. Many students feel like it puts them into a box where no creative expression is possible. Like having to use a more formal tone of voice and thinking about referencing restricts one’s flow of thought.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How Long Would It Take To Mine A Bitcoin?

No one will give you the correct answer to this question because there are a lot of details that they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

57119
Mine A Bitcoin

they need to know. But, you can roughly estimate it based on the equipment you have a few more factors. One thing that needs to be mentioned is that mining has changed a lot over the years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Cakes You Need to Try This Winter

Spending the winter trying different cakes can be a great way to combat seasonal depression. Lift the spirits of your entire family by trying these five cakes.

56607
Try This Winter

The winter can be a dull time spent indoors with very little change. But, it doesn't have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to spice up your daily routine, and dessert is one of them.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

5 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty."

119629
Career as a Defense Lawyer

Lawyers are supposed to be unbiased. Lawyers are trained to look at both sides of an issue and give equal weight to each side. It is meant to be their mantra, "My client is innocent until proven guilty." But if you're thinking about becoming a defense attorney, it's not this pretty simple. Defense lawyers argue that their clients are innocent because they don't want their actions to seem suspect in any way. They essentially say for the sake of the argument itself. If you're trying to decide whether or not becoming a defense attorney is something you would like to do, here are five reasons why it's worth considering:

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments