The Food Necessities for the Average College Student

The Food Necessities for the Average College Student

These foods are what lead to the infamous "Freshman-15."
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1. Ramen

It's less than $1. However, always remember to put water in the bowl or the pot because no one needs the fire alarm to go off at 10:00 at night.

2. Frozen pizzas

You can pretend you're so fancy when you make your delicious DiGiorno pizza.

3. Easy Mac-n-Cheese

This is honestly all my roommates survive off of. It takes less than 10 minutes. Who doesn't love mac-n-cheese?

4. Milk

It's a staple you always want in your refrigerator. However, don't forget about it, because spoiled milk smells horrible.

5. Cartons and cartons of ice cream to drown sorrows in

Sometimes you need to cry and/or vent, and the only way to fix this is by eating a million scoops of ice cream.

6. Peanut Butter and Jelly

Yes I am a college student, but peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are still my favorite. I still have the taste buds of a child. They're so fast and easy, and sometimes you have no time to make something more fancy.

7. Delivery Chinese food

Chinese food is something you should always have in your refrigerator. It makes great leftovers, too!

8. Energy drinks

For those of us who aren't the biggest fans of coffee, but who are also not morning people. Invest in getting some sort of energy drink for those mornings you dread getting out of bed.

9. Cookie dough!

Sure you can just sneak a little bit of the raw cookie dough as a midnight snack, but having cookies in your dorm makes it feel a little more like home! Plus it's fun to make cookies!

10. Fruits and vegetables you will "forget about" and not eat

When your mom and dad call and ask if you have been eating healthy, you just nod and say yes. At least you have fruits and veggies in your fridge. However, they may sit in there until the end of the semester.

11. A Brita filter

Trust me on this one. Tap water does not taste good, especially in college. It also saves you money, so you don't have to keep buying the plastic water bottles at the grocery store!

12. Protein bars

Last year and this year, these are sometimes what I survive off of. Some mornings I don't have time for breakfast, so I grab a protein bar and head to class!

13. Microwave popcorn

It is a must have for movie nights, study sessions, or nights you have to watch the new episode of American Horror Story.

14. Fruit Loops

Who doesn't love Fruit Loops? As a child, this is what I begged my mom to buy for me, but rarely ever did. In college, I can buy it for myself!

15. And last of all, and possibly the most important, COFFEE!

This is a no-brainer! When many people think of college, they think of coffee, and the necessity of it. You need it for the all-nighters, the early mornings, and as something warm to drink in the fall and winter.


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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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