9 Ways Being a Morning Person in College is the Best

9 Ways Being A Morning Person In College Is The Best

You'll find that it's nice to enjoy the whole day instead of part of it.

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Being a morning person in college sounds like hell on earth, am I right? At first, it was. I was never a morning person in high school and in my freshman year of college, I wasn't. My latest classes would be at 11 am, which was hell for me to get up at 9:30 in the morning and I would oversleep A LOT. My sophomore year of college, I got a puppy, which meant I had to be on a mom schedule. Puppies are a lot of work. They need to be fed at a certain time in the morning so that they will have digested their food by lunchtime, and can have another meal, they will get up at 6 am sometimes so you must be ready too. There's much more with it, but I wanted to be the best dog mom I could be, so I made the transition. I learned so much from getting up early in the morning that I've grown to love it. I made a list of things that I've learned to truly love about mornings.

1. More time with my dog

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  • In the morning, I take my dog out, feed her, and after breakfast, she and I take a long walk through our neighborhood that we live in and it's my favorite part of my morning. The birds are chirping, it's cooler, and it gives Lucy the exercise she will need before our evening walks.

2. More time to do homework

I've noticed that I don't have to stay up late at night to get all my homework done if I just do it in the mornings. It's much easier, and it doesn't hurt me if I have to drink my coffee with my homework because I'm getting caffeinated for the rest of the day. Doing homework in the morning gives me a motivated start and I don't feel so stressed throughout the day to get things done.

3. It's quiet

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I'm one of those people who loves when it's quiet. I love being awake before everyone else because the stillness of my house and neighborhood just puts me in a great mood. The quietness gives me that time to myself that I need so that I can be social later in the day.

4. You have more time in your day

I don't know about you, but I'm one of those people that feels guilty if I wake up past noon because I feel as if I've wasted my day. Not judging those who do sleep in until noon, because I wish I could, but my conscious is too uptight and won't let me be okay with it. I've found that it's better to take the day, and I get so much done on my off days, and if I don't have anything to do, I have more time to binge Cheers (my current fav on Netflix).

5. More nap opportunities

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I'm a nap kind of person. If I've gotten up early and have been extremely productive, I gift myself with a nap. So, if you get up early, just remember that you have more time to nap later, which is great motivation to get things done.

6. You have a reason to get a proper breakfast

I love brunch, who doesn't love brunch? It's two of the best meals in a day. However, getting three meals a day is better for you than getting two meals a day. As much as I love brunch, I'd rather have breakfast at 8am and then lunch around noon. Helps with calorie counting, nutrition, and your metabolism.

7. You can go to the gym

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Now that I've been transitioning to be a morning person, I took the opportunity to go to the gym first thing in the morning. I've found that it's great motivation, you feel great afterward, and it helps wake you up for your day!

8. You're tired around 10pm

I know right? You can actually be tired at a great time at night? You can actually get decent hours of sleep? It's amazing.

9. You'll feel great

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Being awake at 7:30 or 8 am has been a pain sometimes, but I feel better overall when I've gotten things done and I still have a chunk of morning left before I need to go to work.

I've been transitioning to a morning person for about a year now, and my job also helps with that. I take the morning shifts at work, which is hell sometimes because I usually have to be at work at 6 AM, but once I'm off work at 2 PM or 3 PM, I have the rest of my day to hang out with friends, do homework or even NAP. I absolutely love it and will keep this up for as long as I can.

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.
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Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.


6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!


7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.


9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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