Snacks We Love (but Hate at the Same Time) During College

April 24, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges, Health

We all know that when a person goes to college their daily diet changes over time. As we are told the “Freshman 15” happens to almost all students who goes to college and who lives in the dorms. There are some students who can control their desire for junk food and late night snacks, but we do not all have such a self-résistance to eat whatever we want, at any time we want. Here are some snacks we desire when we are in college, especially at the end of the semester.

Snacks we love and hate

Snacks we love and hate!

Candy: We all know candy will get any person who is tired and sleepy with a lot of energy. I know we are not kids who always get sugar high, but it still does the same effect. Candies such as sneaker bars, Kit Kat, gummy bears, chocolate, white chocolate, and most importantly, sour patch. Not everyone likes candy and they are certainly bad for your teeth and for your health, but this is one snack we, as college students, do not reject especially when we are in need of energy at the end of a long and painful semester.

Energy Drinks: I know that drinks are not snacks but are often accompany with several of snacks that help with the level of energy. With energy drinks along candy and other snacks it provides the body with such an amount of sugar that helps the college student become awake and alert during exams and classes. Some of the energy drinks are Monster, Red Bull and sodas (soft drinks) such as Coca Cola and Pepsi. Using drinks a long with other unhealthy snacks can provide a college student with an unhealthy diet, but let’s be honest, when in a state of stress and of writing final papers, eating healthy is the last thought in mind.

Chips: Oh the lovely sound of eating chips and the crunchy feeling while we eat Doritos and Lays Chips! Eating chips while doing homework or attending class is so common that it is a difficult habit to break. As college students we sometimes do not have time to get a full meal between classes and eating chips is a fast and convincement way to get the stomach filled until you have a proper meal. Who does not love chips, I can guess some people do not because of the empty calories that it has, but eating chips has become the most effective way of getting energy for classes and when doing homework.

While eating a lot of snacks is definably not healthy for the body. It is also important to know that eating snacks is a way to survive long hours of classes and hours of doing homework/group work. While some stay away from snacks that are empty calories, I also believe that these snacks helps a person who is in need for a quick energy boost before going to class or while doing a long essay and should be considered life savers for college students.

The Best of AliveCampus

April 24, 2015 in Alive Campus

AliveCampusI’ve been writing for AliveCampus since June of 2014 and have had the pleasure of reading many of the articles that the other writers have written. Since I go to a military college it is always fun to read about other experiences at civilian colleges and compare. Also, it’s somewhat living vicariously through them since military college is very strict. My four years of college is not the norm. So I would like to share five of the articles that I really liked. They range from a variety of different topics, but I really think they are honest and worth a few minutes of your time.

  1. “Is Online Dating Worth It?”

This article was fairly recent and actually perfect timing. I just gave a TED talk in my Rhetoric and Public Address class on dating and relationships for the millennial generation. Our generation is all about the now and focused on instant gratification and thus why so many people would rather have a dating app that allows them to hookup whenever rather than be in a committed relationship. However, there are a lot of people that do use dating websites and apps to meet people, but at the same time I agree with this article because the writer says that meeting people in person is just a lot more fun. Give this article a read if you are currently using a dating app.

2. “Cornell’s Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major”

This was a very enlightening article. I had no idea there was such a major at any college, especially me being from a military college. I found this article to be very honest and open-minded. As a woman at a mostly-male military college, I consider myself to be somewhat of a feminist and after reading this article I would definitely consider taking one of these classes if my college offered them! This article definitely deserves a read!

3. “Maintaining Healthy Habits in College”

This article is great at giving ideas of what to do for workouts if you don’t feel like working out at your gym. It was also interesting to learn about what the gym was like at FSU. I wish I had a nice workout facility like they do, but sadly ours is very much outdated and limited to what you can do. However, you should give this article a read if you are lacking ideas when it comes to working out.

4. “The Dark Style of the Moon”

This article was all about fashion at Emerson College. I absolutely love fashion but sadly do not get to participate in it since I wear a uniform every day. I had no idea that there were so many different styles at a civilian college. I thought it was literally just yoga pants like the beginning of the article mentions. But this article is also another good read because it opens your eyes to all the different styles that college students are wearing at various colleges.

5. “Sayonara Senior Year”

Being a senior myself, I had to read this article to see what it was about. I really liked it because it started out with an anecdote about the writers’ experience on a religious retreat that she never thought she would go on since she isn’t religious. However, she learned a few different things from going on the retreat which correlate to things people should be doing in their everyday life. I recommend you read this article to see what they are.

Cool Spots For Cool Kids

April 24, 2015 in Alive Campus

Hello Everyone! This post is for all of you interested in attending Pasadena City College. #lancerpride

So what are some benefits of going to PCC? Well, besides great extracurriculars, a ton of majors to choose from, and a program called Pathways designed to get incoming Freshmen out in two years time, there is one thing that I give PCC major cred for; LOCATION. Pasadena is filled with great shops, great hangouts, and great #foooood. Here are just a few cool spots and cool eats for you incoming cool kids. #yowelcome

1. My Absolute Favorite: I LOVEEEE Panda Express! It’s gourmet Chinese food, so what’s not to love? Chow mien, beef and broccoli, orange chicken, you name it, they have it. Here’s a #SNAPS for you; Get the kids meal. Just get it. It’s one size feeds all, meaning it will leave you satisfied, not full, not starving, but satisfied. Trying to lose weight? Meet your BFF for life. It also comes with a large chocolate chip cookie! Because you can never skip out on dessert!

2. Chik Fil’ YAY: YES. A Chik Fil’ A has just recently been opened right across the street! #yesss If you are looking for a heavy, yummy, and hearty meal, this is your new go-to. So make sure you schedule a long, afternoon break. You may just never want to leave… And you’re going to need to take time to relieve yourself of that that stomach ache.

3. Yoshi: No, not the lizard looking thing in Mario Kart, I am talking about Yoshinoya! I am absolutely in love with the chicken bowls! Another great eat at this place is the cheesecake, but hey, don’t take my word for it! This is the place to be if you are looking for great food, a getaway from the sun, and somewhere to sit. Because that’s always a plus.

4. Jack in the Crack: Let’s be real, here. No one cares about Jack in the Box all that much. Unless it’s midnight and you have the midnight munchies. BUT, as a college student, you will learn to love and cherish Jack in the Box for what it really is; Cheap food that will fulfill your young adult appetite. Two tacos for 99 cents is a GREAT deal, and the tacos aren’t so bad either. #truth


5. COOL HANGOUT ALERT!: There is a Starbucks. #gasp! Need some caffeine to get you through the day? Stop by Starbucks before you head off to your first class. And come back after. Because let’s face it, you are tired ALL. THE. TIME.

6. IN N OUT: Luckily for us Californians, we are blessed to dine at In N Out and get the notorious Double Double with Animal Fries. #calitalk It is about a 20 minute walk from campus, but hey, that’s enough time to burn that pound you were never supposed to gain in the first place.

7. Old Town Pasadena: I thought I would end with this because it is the best thing Pasadena has to offer. Old Town Pasadena. Old Town Pasadena is famous for it’s luxurious shops, such as Kate Spade #ooh and Urban Outfitters #ahh, as well as it’s DELICIOUS restaurants, like my favorite, The Cheesecake Factory. This is the ULTIMATE cool kid hangout and even better, one that never gets dull.


Until next week, Lovelies!



A Day in the Life of a College Kid

April 24, 2015 in Academics, Alive Campus, Campus Life

What's your day like?

What’s your day like?

College schedules are either the best or the worst, depending on your luck of the draw come registration time. Depending on what you prefer, your schedule could be crazy busy or low key. For me, my schedule is all about balancing everything out so that I can do everything I want to do without being completely stretched too thin. Here is my weekly schedule at school to put it into perspective:


Monday’s and Wednesday’s are conveniently my busiest days of the week. I scheduled 4 out of my 5 classes on these days so that I would be able to work at my two jobs. These days go as follows:

9:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:30 AM – Consumer marketing behavior class

11:30 AM – Poetry class

12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing class

1:30 – 3:20 PM – Graphic Design

5:00 – 10:00 PM – Work at Job 1 (retail)

On these days, I can usually never get much done because I am literally going nonstop all day with a short break before work. Sometimes it’s nice to get these days over with because I feel like I have accomplished a lot, but other times it can just be exhausting. I also usually have a lot of tests and things due on these days so they can be overwhelming. I usually eat once before all of my classes, bring a snack between social media marketing and graphic design, and the bring something to eat at work.


These are my less stressful days of the week, but I am still pretty busy. These days go as follows:

8:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:00 – 11:15 AM – Business strategy class

12:00 – 4:30 PM – Job number 2 (office)

These are definitely my homework days and “get stuff done” days. But, being in college, Thursdays are also the night to go out, so by the time I get home from work at 5, eat dinner and relax, I am already getting ready to go out for the night. So, I guess you could say that Tuesday is the most productive day for me.


9:00 AM – Get up and get ready for class

10:30 AM – Consumer marketing behavior class

11:30 AM – Poetry class

12:30 PM – Social Media Marketing class

Friday’s are my favorite day because it means that the weekend is here and I also have 3 classes and no work. While Fridays should be my productive day, I am usually so beat from the week that I use the extra time for relaxing before the weekend takes off. Usually if I have a lot of stuff due the next week I try to get it done on Friday during the day instead of Saturday or Sunday.

So there you have it, my typical week as a college student. Depending on what year you are in school, your schedule could be very different. If you’re a freshman, you will probably have a lot more free time, but as you grow into a senior you will be getting internships and jobs that you have to fit into your schedule. Good Luck!

Free Time in College

April 20, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

It’s hard to believe that college students even get a moment to breathe, but I think it’s important to always find a way to make some time for ourselves, even if we have to force it. Unwinding at the of the day and forgetting about the 6 papers and 3 tests we have in the upcoming week is a necessity if we want to stay sane. But when we are lucky enough to find free time, we have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It’s like a foreign way of life to to have time on our hands. To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of ways in which I personally spend my free time when I have the chance to.

What is free time?

What is free time?

Exercising: Sometimes initially getting yourself to workout is difficult, but the feeling afterwards is so rewarding. It relieves so much stress and instantly puts you in a better mood, making you feel more energetic and overall happier. One of my favorite workouts is Insanity because I can do it from the comfort of my own home without having to drive anywhere. The workouts are all relatively short, yet still so intense! Going for a run outside is also a great stress reliever. You get to enjoy the outdoors while also burning calories and keeping those legs in shape.

Shopping: Shopping is a definite hobby of mine, whether it’s online or in store. It’s impossible not to take advantage of the local and affordable boutiques around the city of Tallahassee during my free time. They’re always offering the latest styles and affordable clothing for college girls on a budget. This is probably my number one stress reliever after a long week of tests and papers. Retail therapy, anyone?

Netflix: I’m sure you saw this one coming. College students are known to have a love affair with Netflix, and we’re certainly entitled to having one. There’s no better way to unwind at the end of the day than binge-watching a thousand episodes of Friends. But make sure not to overdo it, or that homework will be put off for a very long time. Hint: Avoid the phrase, “Just one more episode,” at all costs.

Go out to eat: I love going out to dinner and treating myself to a good meal, especially on weekends. Getting dinner and drinks is perfect on a Friday night either with friends or for date night, either at a local burger joint or Mexican place.

Take a nap: Let’s face it. College is absolutely exhausting. On top of classes, we have endless amounts of homework to complete. Sometimes the most tempting thing to is simply to take a nap and catch up on the sleep we’ve lost throughout the semester. Trust me, no one’s judging. Any extra amount of sleep will feel like a huge bonus to you. We frequently start to wonder to ourselves how we ever resented naptime in Kindergarten!

Homework: As someone who hates the stress of procrastinating, I’m always getting ahead on my work when I have the chance to.  All of the professors tend to make the major assignments and tests due around the same time, usually mid-semester and at the end, so it’s better to get ahead of the game rather than losing sleep for an entire week straight and drinking endless amounts of coffee. You’ll feel much more relieved when that week rolls around to know you’re not squirming to complete everything in one night.

Sporting Events: FSU football games take up most of my free time throughout the fall semester on weekends, but during the spring, baseball games are also fun to attend! Sporting events are always a great choice for taking advantage of the awesome school spirit here at FSU.

Read: Reading is so underestimated and probably one of the most relaxing things you can do, especially for us English and Writing majors. Read a good book and your mind will certainly be taken off the upcoming paper you have due on World War II.  You will gain such an emotional attachment to the fictional (or nonfictional) characters that it’ll be impossible to put it down.

Reading is so underestimated!

Reading is so underestimated!

Go to the pool/beach: I love going to the pool, sitting on a lounge chair, and reading a fashion magazine. Even though FSU is located in Florida, the beach is still about 40 minutes away, but many students will take a day trip to the beach and soak up the sun. Me? I personally prefer the pool in my apartment complex that’s 100 feet from my door, but it’s all a matter of opinion!

So, yes, us college students do have free time. It may not be as often as we like, and we may have to force it every now and then, but that’s why it’s important to take advantage whenever we can!

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