Why I'm Obsessed With Wawa

Why I'm Obsessed With Wawa

My best attempt at explaining the phenomenon that is Wawa.

When I feel sick, I get myself chicken noodle soup from Wawa.

When I didn't get into a college I really liked, my friends got me a milkshake from Wawa.

When I'm looking for something to do at 2 a.m., I go to Wawa.

When I'm at school until late, I make a Wawa run.

When I'm going on a road trip, I stop at Wawa to stock up on snacks and gas beforehand.

Sensing a theme here?

My love for Wawa is some innate part of my being I've never quite been able to explain. Before college, I never really had to. Everyone around me always loved Wawa just as much as I do. However, when I came to college I suddenly experienced a whole new breed of people - those who don't know what Wawa is!

Shocking, right?

...or maybe you fall into this category. In that case, I'm sorry and hope my harsh judgements don't offend you. Quite frankly, I simply cannot imagine a world without Wawa, and don't understand how you've been able to survive in such a dark world for so long. I know I sound super dramatic and you're probably wondering, "What's the big deal with a gas station anyway?"

This is a sentiment I have heard echoed many-a-time since I started attending Villanova. As a self-proclaimed Wawa expert and dedicated Pennsylvanian, I feel it is my duty to attempt to explain the complicated phenomenon that is Wawa.

The most important point to note is that Wawa is not just a gas station. Honestly, most people could care less about the gas station portion. In fact, some Wawa locations are just a convenience store, with no gas station aspect whatsoever. Do I still drive out of my way to get gas at Wawa instead of somewhere else? Yes. However, this is just so I have a good excuse to go inside.

So what is Wawa then, if not a gas station?

The best place on Earth, honestly.

No, it is not just like Sheetz, and even considering them equal is blasphemy. Same goes for 7-11, Sunoco, or any other gas station/convenience store hybrids you may know. They are not the same.

The best way to learn is by doing. It has become my life's mission to take all of my newfound college friends to Wawa. You haven't truly lived before you've made a midnight Wawa run, participated in Hoagiefest, or indulged in a Tastykake.

Maybe this brought some clarity to the elusive beauty that is Wawa, or maybe this made you even more confused. Somewhere along the line, I think this kind of turned into a love letter and I started pouring out all of my feelings for this wonderful establishment. But hey, that's what Wawa does to people. (Seriously, my friend's parents even met in a Wawa!)

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A Love Letter To My Happy Place, Taco Bell

A real bond between a girl and her food is everlasting.

Dear Taco Bell,

Everyone has a place that is special to their heart, that removes them from the hectic realities of everyday life and into a calmer, happier state of mind. For some people, it may be the peaceful setting of the woods, a cozy bedroom, or a park filled with childhood memories; However, Taco Bell, you are my happy place.

Even though most people wouldn’t find you very special, and frankly, a lot of people don’t even admit that they like you, you will always have a special place in my heart.

I really appreciate how you have always been there for me. You never let me down, besides the fact that you no longer have Salsa Verde sauce, but I’m not one to hold a grudge, though it does feel as if something is missing.

From a very young age, you were always the place I looked forward to going to most. Every Saturday, I tried to convince my dad and brother to visit you for lunch, and even when they didn’t want to see you, I wouldn’t betray you. While they would go to a different fast food chain, I would make them stop at you first so that I could still have a part of you with me while they ate at another restaurant. I remember when you sold kid’s meals that came with a side of chips and cheese, which was perfect to satisfy my taco-loving soul.

As the years went on, I didn’t see you as much, but I still craved all that you have to offer. After a bad day at school, there is nothing that I would have liked to do more than to cuddle up with a Loaded Potato Griller and a Baja Blast Freeze. After an all-day softball competition, the only thing that would satisfy my hunger would be a Chicken Quesarito and Cinnabon Delights. After hours of debating where we should go to dinner, my mind always wandered to a Cheesy Gordita Crunch and a Chipotle Chicken Griller. The list of occasions where I want to be with you goes on and on.

Getting older, I knew that if I ate too much fast food, I’d gain weight, but that didn’t stop me from getting a job with you for my first ever part-time job. Everyone is shocked to know that I worked at Taco Bell for a whole year and am still so in love, but a real bond between a girl and her food is everlasting.

To this day, I treat myself to seeing you whenever I need a break from reality. I even went four times in two days during finals week…oops. Your food has been a comfort for me for as long as I remember, and nothing can take that away from me.

I love to bring other people, especially those who have never been blessed by the Taco Bell gods to venture out and allow their taste buds to savor the food so meaningful to me. While they may be underwhelmed, I am never disappointed.

Anyways, thank you for always being there for me, even though there were times where I chose others over you, you always let me back in. You are the one thing that has never betrayed, backstabbed, or hurt me. I’m sure I will visit you again soon! Probably within the next few days tbh...

All my love,

The Girl Who Is Too Obsessed

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8 Customers You'll Meet At Your Starbucks

"-That's like sooo basic!"

Ah. What a beautiful splendorous morning. There are many ways to start one, but my favorite one is always with a trip to my local overpriced coffee shop. As I frequented the establishment over the years, I’ve noticed that after a while, the customers become… familiar. Here is 8 types of them I’ve found.

i. The ‘healthy’ eater

She talks a lot about leading a healthy lifestyle. Does yoga thrice a week, makes a big fuss out of detoxes and eating right. She’s a sucker for an acai bowl, and a dreamer at heart. Gets a venti double chocolate frappuccino with whipped cream blended in, java chips, four pumps of caramel syrup, with a banana blended in for the sake of how bananas she is. None of my business though.

ii. The Artist

They are more of a myth than a person. There’s no reason in any season to get creative juices flowing in the air, intoxicating and stimulating imagination with sweet cocaine of coffee, their spiraling addiction coming into friction with the murmur of the moody meager morning-

I’ve never met a person who has actually written something profound in a cafe. You can’t. Whatever they’re doing, it probably is an intellectual sham, because you can’t write with someone yelling “Betsy!” every minute from behind the counter.

iii. The WiFi Thief

This person is here for the free WiFi, and nothing else. They have a beverage from elsewhere, take up the comfiest seat in the cafe and never seem to leave. Good for them?

iv. The “basic”

Ladies (and gents, although the stereotype applies generally to women for some reason) you’re NOT basic. You’re all unique gemstone-like snowflakes, who happen to share an interest in pumpkin spice lattes, certain kinds of clothing people consider UGG-ly, and seem to have your names grown at the same petri dish. Ashley is a good name though! Don't be ashamed to be basic!

v. The Cop

If you frequent the same Starbucks for long enough, you’ll notice a police officer or two (or three) pay a visit. The funny thing is even though you know they're there just for coffee a part of you hopes something exciting could happen.

vi. The Trendy Hipster

This is someone who has given up on this mortal realm. This is someone who when they speak their order, has lightning flash. They will order whatever is the most complicated and popular drink on the menu. For every new secret recipe they come up with, a million baristas die a broiling cruel and senseless death.

vii. The Intern

You will see them during afternoons or early mornings- especially if you live in the city. Their job description said they’ll accrue priceless experience working at Big Daddy Inc, but unfortunately this literally priceless experience consists of ordering 8 cups of coffee for everyone in the office. If they are ahead of you, consider yourself late to class.

viii. Your Best Friend

Okay, they’re not your best friend, but they certainly seem to know everyone on staff. The second they enter, from within the depths beyond the counter and the La Boulangerie glass case, someone greets out their name. Even some of the customers there know them. Do they come here a lot? Are they a neighboring business owner perhaps? Or, are they a mini celebrity or a mere phantom employee?

If you keep your eyes peeled, you are certain to find and stumble across someone like this at your local Starbucks!

Remember that this list, much like a pokedex, keeps on expanding on and on as the time goes by, so feel free to suggest who else should be added to it!

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