What's In A College Fridge?

The Life Of A College Fridge Is One I Wouldn't Want To Live, That's For Sure

College students are weird. What's in their fridge is weirder.


A normal college individual might have waters, maybe even a Gatorade or two in their college fridge. A slightly more normal college individual might have some other drinks in there. Now, how would you describe a college individual who stocks their fridge with a bulk bag of Jolly Ranchers?

Personally, I thought I was normal. I mean, uh... I thought this individual, who is definitely not me, was normal. Apparently not.

But let's examine what else has been in this mystery fridge.

1. A single banana

Yes, that's right. A sole banana occupied my fridge at one point in time. What can I say, I wanted potassium, and it was early in the semester, so I took a banana to go, then forgot about it for a week and I was left with a disgusting banana in my fridge that still leaves an odor to this day.

2. A gallon of chocolate milk

I have my own fridge. I had a gallon of chocolate milk in there. Connect the dots please so I don't have to...I drank a gallon of chocolate milk all by myself.

3. A baseball jersey

This is probably the weirdest one on here, so if you can get through this one without thinking I'm a sociopath, then congrats, we might be best friends.

Lemme give you the 4-1-1.

I had a baseball game early in the morning one day. I did my laundry that consisted solely of this jersey, so I really made some friends when I pulled out a single piece of clothing from the washing machine when the line was out the door. I was getting up early the next morning anyway, and all the dryers were filled up, so I figured I'd dry it in the morning since it would be early and there would be nobody using one. So I did.

But for some reason, the dryer kicked into maximum overdrive and when I got my jersey out, it was boiling. I had like 15 minutes before I needed to leave so I threw that sucker in my fridge.

4. My phone

This one might sound the weirdest, but someone out there has definitely done this, too, don't even get me started. I was on the phone with my mom for about an hour and a half, and I needed two meals to get me through that, so I dug into my fridge and as I hung up, I put my phone in the fridge and plugged my ham and swiss into my charger. Happens to the best of us.

5. A hat (AKA a makeshift ice pack)

College students are known for their improvisation skills. They can't afford a real meal, so they stockpile on ramen noodles and they have breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next month while only spending $1.12 (foreshadowing for the next point on this list).

In the same ballpark, me, a broke college student, couldn't afford to go to CVS and get an ice pack after smashing my head on a shelf in my closet, so I put a hat in my fridge and let the magic happen.

It didn't work at all, in case you were wondering, and I'm still convinced I have minor brain trauma.

6. Ramen noodles

Yup. You read that.

Let me explain with as few words as possible. Hungry and no money. Ramen.

I think I just created a new slogan for their company. If they're reading this I expect 10% royalties from next year's sales.

College students are weird. What's in their fridge is weirder. Or maybe that's just what I have in my fridge.

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Please Spare Me From The Three Months Of Summer Break When People Revert Back To High Schoolers

They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.


I know a surprising amount of people who actually couldn't wait to go home for the summer. They look forward to swapping stories with their friends at the local diner, walking around their old high school with a weird sense of superiority, and reminiscing their pre-college lives.

Me? Not so much. I don't mean to sound bitter. It's probably really comforting to return to a town where everyone knows your name, where your younger friends want you around to do their prom makeup, and where you can walk through Target without hiding in the deodorant aisle. But because I did this really annoying thing where my personality didn't really develop and my social anxiety didn't really loosen its grip on me until college, I have a very limited number of people to return to.

If you asked someone from my high school about Julia Bond, they would probably describe her as shy, studious, and uptight. I distinctly remember being afraid of people who JUULed (did you get high from it? was it illegal? could I secondhand smoke it and get lung cancer?) and crying over Algebra 1 in study hall (because nothing says fun and friendly like mascara steaks and furious scribbling in the back corner while everyone else throws paper airplanes and plays PubG Mobile).

I like to tell my college friends that if I met High School Julia, I would beat her up. I would like to think I could, even though I go to the gym now a third of the time I did then. It's not that it was High School Julia's fault that she closed herself off to everyone. She had a crippling fear of getting a B and an even worse fear of other people. But because she was so introverted and scared, College Julia has nothing to do but re-watch "The Office" for the 23rd time when she comes back.

Part of me is jealous of the people who came into their own before college. I see pictures of the same big friend groups I envied from a distance in high school, all their smiling faces at each other's college football games and pool parties and beach trips, and it makes me sad that I missed out on so many friendships because I was too scared to put myself out there. That part of me really, really wishes I had done things differently.

But a bigger, more confident part of me is really glad I had that experience. Foremost, everything I've gone through has shaped me. I mean, I hid in the freaking bathroom during lunch for the first two weeks of my freshman year of high school. I never got up to sharpen my pencil because I was scared people would talk about me. I couldn't even eat in front of people because I was so overwhelmingly self-conscious. I remember getting so sick at cross country practice because I ran four or five miles on an empty stomach.

Now, I look back and cringe at the ridiculousness because I've grown so much since then. Sure, I still have my quirks and I'm sure a year from now I'll write an article about what a weirdo Freshman Julia was. But I can tell who had the same experience as me. I can tell who was lonely in high school because they talk to the kids on my floor that study by themselves. I can tell who was afraid of speaking up because they listen so well. I can tell who was without a friend group because they stand by me when others don't. I can tell who hated high school, because it's obvious that they've never been as happy as they are now.

My dislike for high school, while inconvenient for this summer, might be one of the best things to happen to me. I learned how to overcome my fears, how to be independent, and how to make myself happy. I never belonged in high school, and that's why I will never take for granted where I belong here at Rutgers.

So maybe I don't have any prom pictures with a bunch of colorful dresses in a row, and maybe I didn't go to as many football games as I should have. Maybe I would've liked pep rallies, and maybe I missed out on senior week at the beach. But if I had experienced high school differently, I wouldn't be who I am today.

I wouldn't pinch myself daily because I still can't believe how lucky I am to have the friends that I do.

I wouldn't smile so hard every time I come back from class and hear my floormates calling me from the lounge.

I wouldn't well up when my roommate leaves Famous Amos cookies on my desk before a midterm, or know how to help the girl having a panic attack next to me before a final, or hear my mom tell my dad she's never seen me this happy before.

If I had loved high school, I wouldn't realize how amazing I have it in college. So amazing, in fact, that I never want to go home.

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Stand-Up Comedy Can Make The Most Stressful Days Way Easier

If you're stressed to the max, I highly recommend giving stand-up comedy specials a try!


Have you ever been laying in bed after a long and stressful day, scrolling through Netflix, trying to find something to watch? You can't make a decision on something, so you decide to try something new. Now, this could be a big mistake or you could find something amazing. This happened to me a few weeks ago and somehow I ended up in the stand-up comedy section. I have seen a couple of clips of Gabriel Iglesias, or "Fluffy," on YouTube in the past, but I've never watched a stand-up comedy special on Netflix before. It never was appealing to me and I don't know many people that watch stand-up.

After deciding to watch Gabriel Iglesias' new Netflix special, I was intrigued. Then, my friend told me that I had to watch Bert Kreischer's new Netflix special. He promised that I would find it funny and that he was really good. He added that Bert does all of his performances shirtless and it makes it that much funnier. So, I watched it and I've been hooked to stand-up ever since. Now, I've become a fan of the many classic stand-up comedians that many people know and love like Kevin Hart, Ellen Degeneres, and Iliza Shlesinger as well. It quickly became something I couldn't get enough of, especially after a stressful day. I figured out that even after the most trying day and even when I was extremely stressed or drowning in homework, I forgot about all of that. I got an hour to myself to just take a breath, have a good laugh, and forget about all of my problems.

A lot of times, I use the hour to eat some food while I watch the special or just lay in bed for a little while and enjoy forgetting about all of the things I could be doing. I've also learned some things. Like the fact that Ellen got her start by doing stand-up, or that Fluffy is coming to Columbus this summer to do a show. I also learned that even though these people are celebrities and have thousands of followers and fans, they're very relatable and more like me than I realized. We sometimes forget that they are people too.

I highly recommend taking an hour out of your day to see if stand-up comedy could be a stress reliever for you. This is definitely a topic that many people don't think of when it comes to relieving stress or getting into a better mood. I'm glad I stumbled across this new found stress reliever to be able to try something different and new and to enjoy a good laugh while doing so. If you're down in the dumps or having a hard day, try watching stand-up. I promise it'll make your day better.

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