My Complicated Relationship With La Croix

My Complicated Relationship With La Croix

Delicious, pretentious, or just plain unnecessary?
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Our friendship started out on the wrong foot.

Mom wanted to try a carbonated beverage that wasn't soda, so she bought a case of grapefruit La Croix. I was just an innocent tween that didn't know the difference between flavored soda and "essenced sparkling water." I saw the word "grapefruit" and thought I would be enjoying a sweet, tangy drink like Fresca or Squirt.

So, I innocently selected a can from the fridge, popped the top, and took a sip. Needless to say, I was disappointed by the unsweetened, intensely carbonated liquid that left such a funny aftertaste in my mouth.

Flash forward to college. I begin to notice La Croix all around me with increasing frequency. The preppy kids at school all drink it. Youtubers post taste-test videos of the different varieties. And, one fateful day, a well-meaning professor brings a couple cases into lecture for refreshment to accompany an in-class movie.

I chose the most exotic-sounding flavor (mango) and popped the top. Immediately, a cloud of delightful, tropical mist rose from the can. I took a sip. Still not sweet, but it was as if it no longer needed to be. I kept taking sips, and when I had finished it all, I reached for another. Thus began a love affair with mango-flavored La Croix which continues to this day, and has since expanded to include flavors like the infamous "pamplemousse" that I initially found so repulsive.

Now, I am of course aware that La Croix carries a bit of a stigma in our postmodern society. Millenials have adopted the beverage as their own, and get a constant bad rap for spending the money they could be saving and investing in a house or retirement, instead wasting it on fancy sparkling water in a pretty can. It's expensive, overrated, and often a bad financial decision, I get it. For this reason, I rarely buy it (myself; thanks, Mom), and I don't like to be seen with it for fear of being labeled as immature, or worse, basic.

But despite the cultural connotation it carries, I can't stop liking it. It is just so delightfully refreshing! And such a good alternative to sugary juice and soda! So what's an average, poor college kid that doesn't want to seem too pretentious supposed to do? My solution: off-brand sparkling water. First I tried Deer Park's lemon and watermelon-lime flavored sparkling water, and before I knew it, I was drinking Kroger and Wegmans-brand sparkling water. It's the same idea, without the fancy can or painful prices. Economical. Unpretentious. Health-conscious. Delicious.

Since I've warmed to the concept of "essenced" sparkling water after sampling it a second time, I continue to enjoy a La Croix whenever I can, having proven to myself that I don't really need it. Even though I can finally appreciate its merits, I can easily do without, or substitute with an off-brand sparkling water.

Hopefully, the fact that I can enjoy a can of La Croix without becoming dependent upon its refreshing properties keeps me from being seen as a bandwagoner and a subscriber to the "hype." But even if it doesn't, I won't be ashamed the next time I reach for a can.

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8 Reasons Girls Who Love Tequila Are Better

Because if she can handle tequila, she can handle you too.
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There are all kinds of alcohol stereotypes out there but the one associated with tequila is probably the worst: tequila makes you crazy. But if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that women who drink tequila are one-of-a-kind.

Whether it's loving or fighting, you'll never find anyone who does it better than a girl who just straight up loves tequila, and here are a few reasons why that is.

1. She's independent

A girl who drinks tequila is probably the same girl who has absolutely no problem telling it like it is. She knows what she wants and goes after it.

2. She doesn't care what you or anyone else thinks

Oh, you have a problem with me taking shots and having a good time? Well, get over it! Bartender, a shot with salt and a lime please!

3. Always dancing

Tequila is an 'upper' so instead of sitting at the bar doing nothing, let's dance! Let's get moving!

4. There is never a dull moment

Speaking of dancing, a girl who drinks tequila is always down for a good time. Whether it's going on an adventure or seeing who can take the most shots, a tequila girl is always down to party.

5. While everyone else is starting to get sleepy, she has all the energy

Like I said, tequila is an 'upper' so while the other girls at the bar are starting to feel groggy and sad, she's all over the place having fun and partying on the dancefloor.

6. She's stronger than the girl crying over a vodka cranberry at the bar.

Sad over a breakup? Don't go for the vodka... Tequila will make you feel better in no time! Plus you can challenge the hot guys at the bar to a shot taking contest.

7. Tequila is healthy for you

Tequila is a probiotic, so some tequila a day keeps the doctor away. Yay for shots!

8. She can hold her own when it comes to alcohol

Any girl who can shoot some shots at the bar all day and night can handle alcohol, which means she can handle herself too. You won't have to deal with her constant breakdowns and mood swings because she will be too busy ordering more shots.

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

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We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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