What Your Favorite Holiday Food Says About You, As A Person

What Your Favorite Holiday Food Says About You, As A Person

I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes.

Dress the turkey with lots of gravy, fa la la la la la la la la! It's that time of year again where we all bring our families and friends together and cook amazing food that for some reason usually isn't cooked at any other time of the year (except maybe Easter). Most people love the holidays, including the delicious meals that come with them.

I have the conversation with everyone around this time of the year about their favorite foods and dishes. Through not-so-extensive research and mere conjecture, I have figured out what people's favorite foods say about them as a person.

The Turkey Guy

Your turkey guys are the run-of-the-mill people. Not too outgoing, but not too shy. They go with the turkey because it's the most obvious choice and the easiest one. There's nothing out of the ordinary about having a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, just like there's nothing out of the ordinary about the people who claim it's their favorite.

Green Bean Casserole

These people, let me tell you... they are some of the most optimistic people in the world. To take something in a vegetable like a green bean and pull off some sorcery to make it taste amazing in casserole form is no easy task. Whoever invented the green bean casserole put firm belief in the goodness of humanity, because wow did they make vegetables taste good.

The Ham Girl

If she picks the ham, she's your creative thinker. There are so many things you can do with a ham: glazed or unglazed, cover it in brown sugar, smoke it, fry it, bake it, throw some pineapples on it if you're crazy, slice it, chunk it, dunk it, etc. Any person who can make the decision on what the hell to do with the ham has to have a fluid mind.


Here's your social butterfly. We as Americans naturally associate alcohol with a fun time, and the holidays are no exception. I'm sure we all have or know that crazy aunt who brings the wine and gets too trashed after dinner. This is what we're all here for, and your wine person will be the life of the party... until they slump over.


Most people might guess that I would say these are the ~sweet~ people. Haha, nice try! The dessert people can be the sweet people, and half of the time they are. However, the rest of the time you will be dealing with some mean-hearted people who have done bad things all year and they're only making sweets to try to make up for being cruel to you and others. I see through your disguise, dessert people. Sorry, grandma.


These potato lovers are the comedians, derived from the fact that everyone smiles when they eat potatoes. Have you ever seen someone sad after eating some mashed potatoes? These clowns make potatoes because the joy that comes from laughter parallels the joy of stuff your face with delicious carbs, obviously.

Beef Tenderloin

Here, you have your introverts and quiet types. A beef tenderloin's flavor is all based on the inside and how much red you want in it, much like the introvert's personality is magnificent internally. They'll be in your conversations, and when they contribute it's always meaningful. But, they're most likely to say nothing and observe.

Mac & Cheese

These peeps are the mom or dad of the group. Mac and cheese appeals to the kid in our hearts, and our mom and dads use that association to their advantage. When they're not mixing up the cheesy goodness, catch them taking care of someone else, being the best listeners, and cleaning up the mess.


Their intellectual capacity can't be matched. Your dressing/stuffing people know that in order to make their dish the best, it must have a precise proportion of ingredients and you need natural talent to get that flavor right. These people are probably the smartest in the room, and their attention to detail sets them apart from the crowd.


Easily the klutz. Come on fam, holidays are for turkey and ham.

Bring your best holiday dishes to the table and see if you can identify who brought what without asking anyone!

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.


It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.


Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun


To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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