A Pledge For Adulthood

A Pledge For Adulthood

A few things that millennials seem to have forgotten.

I came across an article in the Los Angeles Times, written by Chris Erskine, that talked about the "Millennial Pledge," (http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-erskine-20151010...) which I firmly believe every millennial should take before they take anymore steps into the life of adulthood, myself included. Instead of working to better our character and do things with our lives to improve the world we live in, we get caught up in wanting the latest and greatest products, and our egocentrism often gets in the way of trying to better ourselves as human beings. Erskine really puts things into perspective in this pledge, and here are some of the pledges that he suggests every reader puts into their life.

1. "I am entitled to nothing."

Something that I feel many people believe they are nowadays. However, that's not the case. You don't deserve something just because you think you do. Earn it if you want it.

2. "Just once, I will try driving without texting."

I know you've heard this before, but that "LOL" can wait for 15 minutes until you reach your destination. You don't need to risk your life and/or other people's lives for something as insignificant as a text message.

3. "Just once, I will try eating without texting."

I bet you can't even remember the last time you sat down and had a coffee with someone just to talk. Not talking over your laptops while you're studying at the 24-hr Starbucks. I'm talking about actually sitting down with your coffee, with your friend sitting across from you, and engaging in a real conversation. Try it. You'd be amazed at what you can find out about each other!

4. "I will learn to laugh at everything, especially myself."

I promise, this makes life so much easier...

5. " Each year, I will pen at least one thank-you note, using what's left of my cursive writing skills."

Did you know they stopped teaching kids how to write in cursive in school? There is nothing more personal than a hand-written letter, and a hand-written letter in cursive is going above and beyond. If you want to make someone's day, write them a letter, even if it's not the most convenient thing to do, or the fastest. However, it is the most meaningful.

6. "When I don't get my way, I will learn to roll with it."

7. "I promise not to misuse the word "literally." As in "I am literally dying of hunger," o,r "You are literally being so rude.""

I'm guilty of doing this, and I'm ashamed to admit it. It's a bad habit that I'm literally trying to quit... see, there I go again. All joking aside, this doesn't make you sound intelligent, and we all know that you're not speaking figuratively.

8. "If I can't afford car insurance, I won't spend $20 a day on coffee."

Oh look, here's another thing I'm guilty of doing, and I bet all of my fellow college students are guilty of, too! I know your 8 a.m. class is telling you otherwise, but do you really need that Venti, Quad-shot, Soy, Chai Tea Latté that's going to cost you $8.00?

9. "I won't give only gift cards for Christmas."

With the holidays coming up, this is something to keep in mind while you're frantically trying to get all of your Christmas shopping done. The only thing that giftcards say is, "Hey, I was too lazy to find something that you might actually like, so here you go, find it yourself." Put some effort into people's gifts this year.

10. "I will save 10% of everything I earn."

You won't even notice that it's gone from your paycheck, but in a few years you'll see it all start to add up.

11. "I promise not to text anything of life-changing significance: a marriage proposal, a divorce decree, a positive result."

... and I repeat, do not break up with someone over a text... ever.

12. "I will always remember Aristotle's quote: "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.""

If you want to read the rest of the Millennial Pledge, click here and take your first few steps into the life of an adult. Happy reading!

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5 Decadent Brands Of Chocolatey Goodness

Marisa is my name, eating chocolate is my game.

As you may have noticed, winter has settled in and is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Between the biting wind chill and the snow/rain that melts then freezes in an endless cycle, Kansas has an interesting staple on the "winter weather" label.

During these times, I like to ignore the cold world outside and stay inside under a mountain of blankets. Unfortunately, there are times where I have to brave the elements. For these times, I like to prepare as much as possible by beefing up my winter blubber, as I like to call it.

Much like a bear does before it hibernates, I eat an enormous amount of food and rely on the extra fat to keep me warm during times I have to breath frigid, cold, fresh air. While it's not a perfect (or really any) science by any means, it does give me more excuses to eat my favorite food: chocolate.

So for those wanting to follow my winter methods, or are just curious about chocolate in general, here are some of my favorite chocolates and the brands that make them possible.

1. Nestlé - Crunch

Highly underrated, the Crunch bar that Nestlé makes has always been one of my favorites. Unlike a Hershey's Bar, which is easy to split and break, Crunch is just one solid bar, so there is less opportunity for sharing with snack vultures. Made with rice crispies and Nestlé's delicious chocolate, its best attribute is its simplicity.

2. Mars - 3 Musketeers and Dove (various)

I'm a pretty big fan of nougat, especially when the nougat is a good balance between fluffy and sturdy and chocolate-covered. Enter the 3 Musketeers, which is comprised of three ingredients: chocolate, the previously mentioned nougat, and pure love. I've been known to eat the chocolate off the bar and then eat the nougat, which makes the chocolate experience much more fun.

Dove is probably my second favorite kind of chocolate. I am no trained chocolate connoisseur by any means, but I've found that Dove chocolate is smoother and sweeter than other chocolates of similar size and price. Its only downfall is that it's semi-limited in its selection in comparison to some other brands. On the bright side, there are inspirational messages on the inside of Dove singles, which makes opening one like opening a fortune cookie (only better, because it's chocolate).

3. Hershey - Mounds and Kit Kat

While the classic Hershey Bar is a staple I won't turn down, I'll have to say that Mounds and Kit-Kat are my two favorite Hershey candy bars. Mounds are the lesser-known cousin of Hershey's Almond Joy. As I'm not a big fan of almonds and a huge fan of dark chocolate, Mounds gets my vote with its dark chocolate-covered coconut goodness.

Kit Kat was, and still is, my favorite candy bar to get at a sporting event. Fun fact: it's sold by Nestlé everywhere in the world BESIDES the U.S., where it's sold by Hershey. It's chocolate-covered wafer bar is split into four sections, and if you don't separate the sections before eating it, I might have to classify you as a serial killer.

4. Cadbury - Cadbury Dairy Milk

No, it's not just milk. It's a chocolate bar made exclusively out of, you guessed it, dairy milk chocolate. This makes it so deliciously smooth, I almost cried the first time I tried it. While there no dark chocolate option (which would defeat the brand name, I know), I still enjoy the original and the caramel-filled options of this chocolate line. Also, the branding reminds me of Willy Wonka, which is very fun to look at while I'm shamelessly stuffing my face.

5. Ghirardelli - Intense Dark Chocolate

This is my favorite of the list. American-born with Italian roots, Ghirardelli is based out of San Francisco and has been alive and well since 1849. While I will never turn away any type of Ghirardelli chocolate, its Intense Dark collection takes the cake. Ranging from normal dark chocolate all the way up to 82% Cacao Dark Chocolate, it's not for a weak chocolate soul. Also, the Intense Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt is to die for, no joke. I also heard somewhere that dark chocolate is good for you, so I have no qualms about eating much more than the average person...

While these are some of my favorites, this only scraps the delicious surface of this wonderful chocolate world. Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I have some Dove around here somewhere...

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Pez: A Delicious Yet Underrated Candy

Nothing comes close to the feeling of enjoying a scrumptious Pez brick.

If you ask someone what their favorite candy is, many people will likely give you a standard answer of skittles or m&m’s, or maybe starburst. But not me. I prefer a different candy, and it comes inside a small package and is shaped like a small rectangle. Some people may have forgotten that this candy even exists, but I never will. I am, of course, talking about Pez, the world’s most underrated candy.

Pez comes in the form of small, delicious blocks most appropriately enjoyed when first placed into a Pez dispenser. However, I believe that a dispenser is not completely necessary in order to enjoy the wonders of this delightful candy.

Some people I know have criticized Pez, saying it has no taste, or putting the pieces into the dispenser is too much work, or even that it tastes more like soap than candy. This breaks my heart every time that I hear it. Pez is delicious and needs to be treated as such.

There is simply nothing more satisfying than loading your favorite Pez dispenser with a fresh pack of the delicious candy bricks, then relaxing as you treat yourself to the deliciously chalky taste of the candy one piece at a time, proving that some things in life really are worth it.

Some may argue it seems pointless to have to place the candy into the dispenser just to take it back out again and eat it right away, but a true Pez lover understands the magical connection between Pez and Pez dispenser.

Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the things that don’t really matter in this life, like skittles or starbursts. That’s why once in a while you have to just stop, take a step back and appreciate the world around you, which can, of course, be accomplished by simply having some Pez.

Pez appears to have been forgotten by this generation, and it is a true travesty to think that future generations may not know the wonders of this magnificent candy. Pez also gets a bad rap sometimes because of the stigma associated with the weirdos who collect Pez dispensers.

If someone asks you if you want to see their Pez dispenser collection, you should probably say no because you may get murdered if you say yes, but just know that these people do not reflect what Pez is or what it stands for.

With some candies, only certain flavors are actually good, but this is not the case with Pez because all the flavors are delicious. This may be partially true because many of the flavors taste more or less the same, but this does not matter.

As a global society, we are facing many challenges right now that need to be addressed, but this issue needs to be pushed to the forefront immediately. We need to reintroduce Pez back into the cultural consciousness so that our children will know the wonders it beholds.

I’m talking Pez on display in every single candy store window, maybe a children’s TV show about Pez, Pez memorabilia like toys or video games or t-shirts. If we work together, we can bring Pez back and finally give it the treatment it deserves. The flame of Pez is still burning, and we must ensure that it never gets extinguished.

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