From The Southern Girl Who Hates Sweet Tea

I'm The Southern Girl Who Hates Sweet Tea

Yes, you did in fact read that correctly.

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Hi, my name's Savannah, and I've never once in my life liked sweet tea.

I've tried it numerous times because people think I'll like it as I get older, but nope. I still hate it. For 20 years now I've hated it. Personally, I don't think I'll ever like it. Most wish I would.

I was born and raised in the countryside of Alabama, so when I say I'm Southern, I mean, I'm about as Southern as you can get. I've lived in the same place for my entire life. I hate sweet tea, though. I wear boots. I'm with farm animals 90% of the time. I love country music. Fall festivals are my jam. I love just about anything Southern, except sweet tea. I despise sweet tea. If you put a cup of sweet tea in front of me, it will go to waste. Don't do it.

I also don't like gravy or hush puppies. Both gross me out. I refuse to eat cobblers unless it's chocolate made by my granny. I don't like the thought of all that mushy underneath the crust. I'm not a huge fan of barbecue meat and coleslaw. I'll eat it, but it's not my first choice by any means. I hate onions more than I hate sweet tea. I almost throw up just at the smell of them. I really don't like pot pies, apple butter, or apple pie.

I say all of this to make a point. Most people tell me I'm not a true Southern. They say I should have been born in the north. I take that as an insult, not because there is anything wrong with the north, but because I love being a Southern country girl. You can see my Southern roots in almost everything else. My accent is thick. My boots are worn from wearing them all the time on farms. You can even see my Southern roots in a lot of the foods I do like.

Let me tell ya, I love some chicken and dumplings. Grits are absolutely incredible. Lemonade and root beer are two of the best beverages ever created (after coffee of course #CollegeKid). Fried chicken is my go to, and if you think that's a joke just ask my mama. Most don't like deviled eggs, but they're great in my opinion. I love mac and cheese, fried okra, and potato salad.

Southern food is some of the best around. I say that with confidence, or maybe just a biased opinion, but I'm gonna go with confidence. I love Southern food, clothing, and culture. I love everything about the South, and quite frankly it's an insult when people tell me I'm not a true Southerner.

I'm from the South. I love the South. Nothing will ever make me not love the South. I'm just not a fan of sweet tea, nor will I ever be. Sorry, not sorry.

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To The Girl Who Doesn't Party In College

They are rare, I know.
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I know what you all are thinking, she is just writing the article to brag on herself or to show the world the kind of person she is. No, I am writing this article to the girl out there who feels as if she is alone.

Not being a part of the party season is not the most popular thing to do on a college campus.

Most people spend their days thinking about what they will do at night. Life pretty much revolves around the next party. But for people like me, it isn't spent thinking about alcohol or the next party I'm going to attend. And that can get pretty lonely.

It is not like I sit and wallow in my sadness or ever feel like my friends leave me out because I don't drink. I have great friends that support every decision I make.

But, some are not that lucky.

Some girls don't have the support system like me and I am here to tell you to never compromise the person you want to be just because you don't fit in. If you don't want to party, don't give in just because your friends are pressuring you into. Not to sound cliche, but find new friends because they are not your real ones.

Choosing to stay true to you will pay off in the end, and you won't regret it. I promise.

I don't know why you choose to not attend the party scene, but I would be hindering my calling if I didn't tell you why I don't. I know this guy, and his name is Jesus. He is my best friend and the person I talk to about everything. It is because of Him that I decided to not party, to set an example for the people around me.

But, I am also not 21. So I don't think, by any means, that me having a margarita when I turn 21 is hurting my reputation or my testimony.

I firmly believe that alcohol isn't a sin when consumed in the right ways. I also don't ever see myself as a partier, 21 or not. Partying is a way of conforming and a way of becoming what this fallen world deems acceptable.

So to the girl who fails to be the typical college partier, I commend you. I look up to you. I respect you. I want you to know how rare you are. You choosing to not party and rise above the college standard is something you will never regret. I don't believe that my college years are boring because of the way I decide to live my life. I wish that I could befriend each and every girl relating to this article.

So, when those Friday nights get boring, remember that you are not alone. You are rising above the standard.

Sincerely,

The girl who doesn't party in college

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If You Truly Love French Fries, You Know Dipping Them In Ranch Is The Only Way To Go

If you dip french fries in anything else you're wrong.

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In order to truly love french fries, you need to know and live by the idea that dipping french fries in ranch is the only way to properly eat a french fry.

A true french fry connoisseur has a list of there favorite french fry places, and then they have a list of there favorite ranch places. Those combine to form the ultimate combination of french fry goodness.

Now so people may think that ketchup is the queen of french fry dipping sauces, but those people are wrong. Ketchup is basically tomatoes that were put in a blender that had some salt and pepper add to them. It is plain, basic, and bland.

Now ranch, on the other hand, is a creamy combination of fresh ground herbs, hand cracked pepper, freshly picked garlic and onion. It is slowly hand mixed to form the most delectable dipping sauce of all time.

It's layered flavors complement the saltiness of fries perfectly. When the flavors combine they form this explosion of salty, sweet, and tangy that leaves you wanting more.

The savoriness of ranch makes you want to continue to dip your fries in it. Ranch is and will always be the superior dipping sauce for fries.

The combination of ranch and french fries will never leave you lead you on, it will never miss a date, it will never ghost you, it will always be there to comfort you in your time of need.

Ketchup will show up and leave five minutes later, but ranch will stay around until every last fry is enjoyed.

Ketchup needs to be shaken and stirred to have a good time, while Ranch walks through the door ready to party.

Who needs a second string player to start when your first string is ready to go?

So move out of the way Ketchup, Ranch is here to stay.

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