Eight Bad Habits of College Students

Eight Bad Habits of College Students

Kick those bad habits goodbye!
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We all have those little things we know we shouldn't do, but can't seem to quite get rid of. Lucky for those of us who have gained bad habits during our college experience, we are not alone. Check out some of the worst habits that you can develop as a collegiate and how to break them. 


1. Not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep plagues college students for a variety of reasons including noise, extracurricular activities, increased school work and roommates. It is important to get enough sleep because without it you may have bad judgement, bad moods, bad memory, bad health AND bad grades.

How to break: Create a comfortable sleep environment, exercise daily, maintain a nutritious diet, keep a regular sleep schedule--even on weekends and relax near bedtime. And yes, that means putting all electronics away.

2. Pulling all-nighters.

It starts off so innocent. Its 11 p.m. and you are still working on that paper. Or catching up on your favorite Netflix series. But when you are finally going to bed and your roommate is up to go to the gym, you have hit the point of no return. Staying up all night doesn't do your body any favors and can be difficult to break.

How to break: Schedule out every day of the week, including breaks, to avoid late-nights and set your toolbar to block certain websites so that your productivity levels are higher during the day

3. Endless snacking.

We have all done it. Studying, watching TV or just out of pure boredom we consume an abundance of calories. Snacking 'round the clock leads to more serious problems in the future.

How to break: Keep only healthy snacks within reach such as carrots, cucumber slices, yogurt, and almonds. Don't stock your desk with unhealthy foods you know you cannot resist.

4. Loading up on caffeine. 

Need a cup or two or ten to get started in the morning? Now is the time to admit the fact that you are addicted to caffeine. Many of us have brainwashed ourselves into believing that we need caffeine to wake up or to keep us going. Caffeine causes havoc on our nervous systems.

How to break: Get more sleep, switch to decaffeinated beverages, and change your morning routine to skip coffee--fill your time with another activity!

5. Skipping breakfast.

We all have been told 6578651465798453789+ times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but as college students we decide that we don't have enough time. Breakfast gives you the boost of energy that ALL college students need for the day.

How to break: Have healthy breakfast foods ready for when you are on the run. If you are in a hurry, try items such as a piece of fruit, yogurt, cereal bars and smoothies.

6. Excessive drinking.

It is no surprise that college students participate in binge drinking. Rather than having a few brews, many choose to drink excessively. The consequences of binge drinking can be deadly.

How to break: Before the night starts, give yourself a limit on how much you are going to drink or consider finding another way to unwind.

7. Procrastination.

Most college students are pros at procrastinating. It does our GPA no favor when we hold off on assignments, studying for tests and writing papers.  

How to break: Write down the tasks you need to accomplish--make a to do list and invest in a planner to keep track of daily/weekly assignments.

8. Nonactive.

One of the most common reasons people give for not exercising is that they're too busy and don't have enough time. Investing in your health now, will lead to a healthier future.

How to break: As said by the famous Woody Allen, "Half of life is showing up," so reward yourself for going. Next, make it fun and enjoy yourself at the gym. Lastly, get a buddy. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to exercising consistently.

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9 Things All Mexican Food Addicts Know All Too Well

Don't come between me and my Mexican food.
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In the city I grew up in, there is a Mexican restaurant just about every five miles. They are the after school hangouts and first date go-to's for most of the kids here, especially the high school girls.

I know the servers at my favorite one know my order almost every time I go in there (at least once a week). However, a lot of people apparently get tired of eating Mexican food about twice a week... but I sure don't. If you are a Mexican food addict like me, I am sure you know at least a few of these yourself.

1. Cheese dip tastes like heaven and you have to have it.

That amazing creamy white cheese dip put on a perfectly salted chip is enough to make your day better. Forget the actual food---we'd be content living off of cheese dip and chips for the rest of our lives. Our restaurant trip is not complete without an order of it and if you are lucky enough to get your favorite waiter, maybe even get a large bowl for the night.

SEE ALSO: An Ode To Queso, My First And True Love

2. You never have to look at the menu.



We know when we decide to go what we are having and it is probably the exact same plate we order each time. I am sure the servers laugh after I order some days because there is only three things I rotate between. My burrito is always my go-to, unless I am feeling fancy.

3. Some of the servers know who you are when you walk in the door.

Either by first name or by order they know us. You are the ones that they tell to pick your own seat and already have your drink order placed by the time you sit down.

4. Your boyfriend/ girlfriend puts you on Mexican restaurant restriction on date night.


You drag them there so much, they get tired of eating there. So much so, they flat out say no when you ask to go there on date night. I mean, how does someone get tired of Mexican food to begin with though?

SEE ALSO: The Perfect Skin Color For A Mexican?

5. You can hum some of the songs that come on.

We may not know what they are saying in the song, but we know the song---trust us. We are in there so much we remember them. Don't ask any questions when we start humming.

6. You "have" a parking spot.

Do not park in my parking spot that is not actually my parking spot, but is my parking spot. Got it? Just do not do it. That starts my meal bad when you take my normal spot.

7. You used to hangout there all the time after school.

It was the hangout spot. Forget the nasty school lunch--- everyone goes to eat Mexican after school. It's the cool thing to do and it started your addiction.

8. You always want to introduce new people to your favorite restaurant.

Oh, you aced that exam? Let's go eat at this amazing Mexican restaurant I love! We always want to find people to go there to eat with so we always introduce new people to it.

9. People always pick on you about your addiction.


Yes, I love Mexican food. Go ahead and tag me in all the memes on Facebook about tacos. As long as I have my Mexican food, I am fine with that.

All in all, we LOVE our Mexican food and our go-to restaurants--- so here is your warning. Don't come between me and my Mexican food.

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7 Southern Food Staples To Savor This Holiday Season

Fried chicken? Yes. Mashed potatoes? Yes. Peach cobbler? Heck to the yes.

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Someone told me the other day they had never had banana pudding. Recovering from a mini heart attack, I realized not everyone on Alabama's campus is necessarily from the South. Culturing other students about traditional Southern foods, I made a list of seven go-to dishes to enjoy with friends and family over the holiday break. These beloved classics have been passed down for generations and will satisfy any craving for comfort food. Get ready to crack open the recipe books. I hope you have an empty stomach.

Chicken 'n Dumplings

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Old fashioned chicken and dumplings is my one of my favorite meals during the fall and winter months. Simmer chicken, onion, carrots, and celery over the stove and bring to a boil. Use flour, baking powder, and salt for the dumpling mixture then add chicken broth to make a biscuit dough. Cut the dough into one-inch pieces and drop them into the soup and cook until even. This recipe will not disappoint.

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Topped with brown sugar, marshmallows, and chopped pecans, you can't go wrong with traditional sweet potato casserole. Mash the sweet potatoes and other ingredients in a large mixing bowl until even, then fold a cup of pecans. Place the potato mixture into a baking dish coated in cooking spray. Top layers with marshmallows and enjoy!

Classic Cornbread

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Cornbread is a must to any family dinner in the South. Put a cast-iron skillet into the oven and heat to 450 degrees. Stir cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add in wet ingredients for a thick buttermilk mixture. Pour the mixture into the hot skillet and bake until edges are brown.

Baked Potato Soup

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Everyone loves a good soup recipe to keep warm from the cold weather. Some soups can take hours to make and have tons of ingredients, but baked potato soup can be quickly put together in a matter of minutes. Simply put, combine flour and milk and cook over medium heat until thickened. Add potatoes, bacon, onions, cheese, and sour cream to the mixture and stir until the soup is thoroughly heated.

Breakfast Biscuits and Gravy

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Sunday morning breakfast calls for two items on the menu: buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy. You can't go wrong with this Southern staple as a family favorite. Under one exception, NEVER use grocery store biscuit dough or cheap sausage. Gravy recipes take a while to master, so make sure you practice the recipe so the consistency is just right.

Southern Pecan Pie

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When it comes down to making the Thanksgiving menu, no Southern momma will skip on the pie. We love desserts in the South, and you better believe there will be pecan pie on the table. Just make sure to get a piece before it's all gone! The dense combination of butter, sugar, corn syrup, and eggs calls for a sugary custard topped with roasted pecans. Mmmm... I wish I could have some now.

Grandma's Chocolate Chip Cookies

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OK, OK. Maybe you don't have to be a Southerner to enjoy a classic chocolate chip cookie, but it's no doubt that Grandma's are the best. Whether it's Christmas Eve or a lazy Saturday in July, chocolate chip cookies are a favorite among all. Bake some sweet treats with friends or family and cuddle up for a movie night-in this holiday season.

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