The 8 Best Parts of Coming Home for Winter Break

Winter Break is so close, and we’re all anxious with anticipation to escape the confines of our campus. Fed up with final papers, presentations and exams, we Gators are just about ready for this semester to come to a close. Here are just a couple of things we’re most looking forward to about being home this holiday season.

1. Food that doesn’t require multi-step microwave instructions

After weeks of food that’s frozen, dehydrated, canned and every form of preserved, nothing tastes as good as a home-cooked meal. Even meals that you might’ve groaned and complained about as a kid evoke a certain nostalgia and appreciation as a college student returning home. Make sure to enjoy every meal because it’ll be back to microwavable insta-meals in what’ll feel like the blink of an eye.

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This post was a top chapter article on Her Campus, on Dec. 18, 2014!


The 15 Stages of Grocery Shopping in College

Imagine this: You’re studying away in your dorm when you suddenly get a hankering for some study snacks. You open your pantry door to the shocking realization that the seemingly endless stock of goodies your parents bought you in the beginning of the semester has suddenly vanished. What’s a collegiette to do?

The only solution is to go grocery shopping, which can be an expensive and long process without your parents there to make the decisions for you. Whether you’re shopping for the first time on your own or are a seasoned Publix-goer, here are a few thoughts that go through all collegiettes’ heads while grocery shopping in college.

You walk into the grocery store determined to make healthy and frugal decisions.

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Popular Health Foods: Buy or Skip?

It feels like there’s a new diet fad to try out or a new health food to taste test every week. Here’s a breakdown of the most recent crazes and whether or not they’re worth your time and money.

1. Kale
Kale has exploded on the health food market in recent months with endless recipes and possibilities from kale chips to juice and everything in between. Touted as a “super food,” kale purportedly has high calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and beta carotene content.

Verdict: Buy. Kale, as a leafy green veggie, definitely has tons of nutritional benefits and is easily incorporated into your diet in smoothies, salads and snacks. That being said, don’t go overboard with it like Jake Gyllenhaal. An all-kale diet sounds both unhealthy and miserable.

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Why You Don’t Need to be on a Gluten-free Diet

It seems like almost overnight, gluten-free products have flooded our grocery store shelves. From beer to makeup, chances are you can find a gluten-free substitute if you’re looking for one. But what is gluten, and is it really as harmful as so many people and food companies claim? Before you shell out the cash for the often over-priced gluten-free products on the market, here are the facts:

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5 Snacks to Keep in Your Dorm at All Times

Put down the Ben & Jerry’s, collegiettes™! Late-night studying can make you crave all things sugary, salty, and greasy. Keep these healthy alternatives on hand in case of emergency, and you’ll never be study-hungry again!

1. Frozen Bananas

Cheap, sweet, creamy, and convenient. Bananas are a fantastic alternative to ice cream. Cut up a couple, and throw them in your freezer. You’ll have a perfect snack that’ll save you a ton of calories (and guilt) the next morning. Eat with a bit of peanut butter or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

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This post was a top chapter article on Her Campus, on Jan. 15, 2014!

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How to Have Movie Night in Your Dorm

It can be difficult to get comfortable with a group of friends in a cramped dorm room when you’re looking for a chill night in, especially during finals. Here are some of the best gadgets, snacks, and tools to have on hand for the best dorm movie night experience:

1. Viewing
The pocket projector is a great investment if you’re a movie night junkie. Instead of everyone trying to huddle around a laptop, a pocket projector allows the bare cinderblock walls to transform into large-scale theater screen for much more comfortable viewing. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, connect your laptop to a TV using an HMDI cable. Use the TV in your dorm’s common room if you have one, and invite other people on your floor to make it an event for all of you to enjoy together.

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Thankfulness and other seasonally relevant topics

We celebrate “Thanksgiving” with a night of gluttony and 4500 calories. Here’s to taking out a few minutes, prior food-coma, to focus on what really matters tonight: what I’m thankful for.

  1. For Jennifer Lawrence, being a flawless human being in every single way.
  2. For the smell that bread makes as it rises.
  3. For warm clothes.
  4. For whatever divine power that intervened that other night I went to buy an ice cream sandwich from a vending machine, and it gave me THREE sandwiches for the price of one, thereby reinstating my faith in a higher being. (Like, lol wut)
  5. For David Tennant agreeing to be part of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary, making it well worth all of the hype and anticipation.
  6. For colors.
  7. For Orlando Bloom in the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
  8. For Anderson Cooper and his giggle.
  9. For every single mentor, teacher, professor I’ve ever had, from pre-K, to today, that has known when to boost my self-esteem, and when to deflate my over-inflated ego.
  10. For books.


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