The 'Wins' and 'Fails' of Bartending in College

The 'Wins' and 'Fails' of Bartending in College

It's not all peach schnapps and tequila sunrises

One thing many college students have gotten used to is juggling 12-18 credits, extra curriculars, a part time job, and even an internship. The service industry is a tricky business to get into, but so many college students love the fast cash, flexible hours, and are young and spritely enough to handle the running around. But there are pros and cons in the service industry, especially bartending.

Although bartending is usually portrayed as a glamorous and fun job, and many pay hundreds for mixology school, it does have its downsides. Here are the best and worst of bartending as a college student.

Win: Tips!

Of course, one of the most obvious pros to bartending is that you make your money through tips. Although you don't get paid a good wage, on busy nights in a high volume restaurant, tips can be pretty good. Plus who doesn't like cold hard cash?

Fail: Physically demanding, hard work

Okay so I'm not going to say that bartending is the hardest job ever or that its rocket science or anything-- but it can be pretty difficult. Not only are you up on your feet all day or night, but you are running around trying to remember the 5+ different things that have to get done RIGHT NOW. On busy nights, you can have 3-4 bartenders and 50-60 people at the bar, each one only concerned with what they want, and not keeping in mind that you're a human being with only two hands.

Win: Meeting New People

One of my favorite things about this job is the fact that when I'm not running around like a crazy person, I actually get to talk to people. I meet new people every single day, and then we also have our bar regulars that you get to catch up with once or twice a week. Plus, at the end of a long day of work, the bartender is like, everyone's favorite person.

Fail: People can be so rude.

On the flip side of the "meeting new people can be great" coin, people can be horrible. As a bartender at a restaurant, I have been vilified over things that aren't my fault at all, or simple mistakes I've made. I've had people scream in my face because their food wasn't out yet, or snap their fingers and wave me down while I'm clearly trying to help another guest. Seriously, people have made me cry when I first got into the service industry. You definitely have to have thick skin.

Win: It can be fast paced and fun.

As crazy as things get, I love my job. I love the stress and the frenzy of what I do, and it sure does make time fly by.

Fail: Sometimes, you have to get down and dirty.

Let me explain-- working in a bar in a restaurant, there is opportunity at every corner to get dirty. I've had kegs explode on me, taps spurt out beer all over me, sangria spill down my shirt, and food stain my clothes. Plus who do you think cleans the bar at the end of the night when everyone goes home? Definitely not the most glamorous part of my job.

Win: Making Instagram worthy cocktails

Nothing beats the feeling of making a drink that not only tastes good, but also LOOKS delectable, and watching a bar guest whip out their phone and take a picture for Snapchat.

Fail: Cuts and Lemon Juice

A paper cut on your hand may feel like no big deal, until you get lemon juice or vodka in it... And you just have to push through because-- those tips girl.

Win: Getting to try new things

Becoming a bartender not long after I turned 21, most of what I know about beer, liquor, and wine comes from my job. I've learned what red wines I like, how to make a damn good old fashioned, and the pros and cons of being a Cosmo girl.

Fail: Late nights and early mornings... And holidays

Luckily, working for corporate, the bar is only open until 10 on weekdays and 11 on weekends, so I'm usually out by 12:30 at the latest. The bad part is coming in at 9:30am to prep the bar for the day. And people who work at nightlife bars don't get out until after 2am.

Plus working New Year Day at 9:30 after ringing in the New Year... all night long... not the most fun.

Win: Compliments!

Behind the bar, I get compliments all the time, from my hair and makeup, to my eyes and complexion-- from men and women alike. It can be a nice confidence boost, to be honest!

Fail: Being hit on.

The downside to compliments, is sometimes people take it too far. When I get hit on, unfortunately it usually isn't the really hot guy that just sat down at the bar. I've had men old enough to be my grandfather ask to take me home, and guys give me their number who didn't know when to leave well enough alone. Luckily, I have amazing coworkers who will pretend to be my boyfriend if need be, or walk me to my car if someone is just a little too sketch.

So there you have it. Even with its ups and downs, I couldn't imagine working in any other industry to pay my way through my undergrad adventures.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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5 Brands Of 'Healthy' Ice Cream That You Need To Try ASAP

More and more ice cream brands are releasing low-calorie, high protein options - are they worth it?

Summer is just around the corner, and what is more refreshing on a hot day than ice cream?


But we know that ice cream isn't the healthiest thing for us to snack on. A DQ blizzard can set you back anywhere from 350-1500 calories, and while Blizzards are absolutely worth the calories, eating them multiple times a week can impact your weight and health.

Lucky for us ice cream lovers, the past couple of years have seen amazing changes to ice cream. Many brands are working to release recipes that are low-calorie, low-sugar, and high-protein. In other words, you won't regret eating an entire pint once a week...or twice a week...or more...

Here are five "healthy" ice cream brands that I recommend for anyone looking to make their ice cream game strong! (Get it? Protein? Strength? Okay, good.)

1. Halo Top

If you haven't heard of Halo Top, you might be living under a rock. Ranging from 280 to 360 calories per pint, this ice cream is easy to love. Bonus: each pint is packed with 20 grams of protein. Post-workout snack? I think yes.

And, for my fellow dairy sensitive peeps: Halo Top makes dairy free and vegan varieties of their delicious flavors!

2. Arctic Zero

Arctic Zero's non-dairy desserts boost an impressive 150 to 300 calories per pint and 280 to 360 calories for their new light ice cream. While the texture of their non-dairy desserts is a little different than your typical ice cream, the flavors are awesome. The chunky pints are my favorite - I could probably eat a pint of Cherry Chocolate Pint every day and never get sick of it.

As for protein, Arctic Zero has about 18 grams per pint for their non-dairy flavors and 8 grams for their light ice creams.

3. Enlightened

Enlightened slays the flavor game! Marshmallow Peanut Butter, Movie Night, French Toast, Glazed freaking delicious. Flavors range from 60 to 100 calories per serving, or 240 to 400 calories per pint. Plus, each pint packs around 24 grams of protein. Great flavors and great macros = happy ice cream lovers.

4. Breyer's Delights

At 260 to 350 calories per pint and 20 grams of protein per pint, Breyer's Delights are a delicious and smart way to binge. I think the texture and taste of this brand is one of the best in this list, and the pints are a little cheaper than some of the other low-cal ice cream pints out there.

5. Ben & Jerry's Moo-Phoria

Who doesn't love B&J? Everyone's favorite brand recently came out with Moo-Phoria Light Ice Cream, 3 flavors ranging from 140 to 160 calories per serving, or 560 to 640 calories per pint, with around 12 grams of protein per pint. While this is significantly higher than the other brands on this list, it still beats the 800 to 1,000 calories found in the original recipes.

Plus, it's Ben & Jerry's. You just can't beat those chunks and swirls. The current Moo-Phoria flavors include caramel cookie fix, P.B. Dough, and Chocolate Milk & Cookies - hopefully soon we can enjoy a pint of Half Baked or Americone Dream for less calories soon!

Whether you're looking for a new post-workout snack or just want to enjoy a lighter version of your favorite treat hopefully this list will help you while shopping! Happy ice cream eating!

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