How to be a good writer: Tips from a bad one

As a writer, I have learned the harsh reality that not everyone will love what I write. On a daily basis, I struggle with knowing that what I create will be continuously up for critique, constructive criticism, and relentless editing. This is the burden all writers will inevitably face one day. I like to over-use the word ‘as’, and ‘-ing’, and ‘and’. I enjoy seeing … Continue reading How to be a good writer: Tips from a bad one

Nexplanon, I won’t miss you

I have it all. I really do, and I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better. I’m lucky enough to attend a university that is happy to have me. Since my freshman year, I have only been doing what I love, which is writing and reading and meeting brand new people and trying brand new things. I have an incredible job as a … Continue reading Nexplanon, I won’t miss you

Pen, Conquerer of Anxiety

Right in this very moment, I smell like a week-old plate of french fries. Which is interesting, because I’ve been on a strict no-diabetes-in-a-red-box-of-sin diet. Deeper than that, stronger than this stench sticking to me like a second-skin, I am thumbing through my journal. It’s a leather-bound notebook, designed by Patricia Nash and gifted to me by my dear friend. Through out the day, it … Continue reading Pen, Conquerer of Anxiety

school heckin’ sucks

There are moments where I absolutely hate the thought of waking up and going to school. Sometimes, I stare at my ceiling for minutes, praying for another two hours of sleep to magically appear on my phone’s digital clock. As a college student, I am always running out of time. There is never enough time to go home for the weekend, to see everyone, to … Continue reading school heckin’ sucks

Ramen, my dearest

As a vegetarian who pushes aside all morals in the face of shrimp and salmon, I have found difficulty in eating at college. I have the incredible privilege to live in a dorm, which is the direct consequence of working as a college RA. Unfortunately, with that comes the meal plan, which I eat away with gallons of carbs coming in all forms. My favorite … Continue reading Ramen, my dearest

Snow Day Necessities

As my university lays plastered with a thin blanket of snow, I’m beginning to see a trend in my clothes as I march into the freezing weather. For the most part, college students walk through sleet, snow and rain to fearlessly fight for their grades. I never thought of the cold before coming to college. During winter, I would run the quick twenty yardsfrom car … Continue reading Snow Day Necessities

Smoothie, sweet, Smoothie

As I descend into Finals, I’m beginning to realize I’m losing a bet with myself. Or, I’m very nearly just about on the brink of losing. I decided after October not to drink coffee, and further than that, caffeinated drinks. That means all sodas were gone, which isn’t hard considering I seldom drank pop. But, even my most beloved tea. As a teenager in high … Continue reading Smoothie, sweet, Smoothie

Unique and Local Dates For College Kids

jesseeeIt’s difficult to balance both school and relationships. College has constant deadlines, never-ending assignments and countless other stressful commitments. Relationships, though, are a completely different ballpark.

For me, my free-time is nearly synonymous with self-care.

Self-care is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.

I live a stressful life, as do most students my age. I’m thinking about money, and I’m balancing work and school and a social life, and I’m in love.

For me, when my boyfriend comes to see me, we have a few dates that are reasonably priced, fun and most importantly, a form of self-care.

Ramen Mom-and-Pop Shop!

Go to any ramen restaurant.

It can be a mom-and-pop shop on a local strip, or a ramen line, like my personal favorite, Jinya Ramen Bar. For my boyfriend and I, we like to explore new restaurants and discover new flavors together.

Ramen also works as an option for vegan or vegetarians. My boyfriend loves meat, but, as a vegetarian, it’s hard to find a good in-between for both of us. Luckily, ramen provides both good taste and a range of food for dietary needs.

Ramen restaurants also make for picture-perfect moments. Something about seeing my significant other slurp up a never-ending stream of noodles makes me pull out my phone’s camera and snap countless pictures of him, only to post them onto my Instagram account.

Ice Cream Shops!

My boyfriend and I are biiiiig ice-cream people. It’s nearly a problem with how often we find ourselves sitting underneath the fluorescent lights of Braum’s while eating sundaes or chocolate raspberry ganache ice cream.

Instead of the ice cream chain Braum’s, I like to Continue reading “Unique and Local Dates For College Kids”

Freshman Needs For College

Sending your student to the great unknown of college leads to frantic purchases and buyer’s remorse. As a first-generation college student, I wasn’t sure of what to expect my first two semesters at the University of Oklahoma. I overpacked, bought too much ramen, and found myself making useful purchases further into the semester as I began to get the hang of college life. For me, … Continue reading Freshman Needs For College

A College Girl’s Winter Must-Haves

As Winter begins to come toward Oklahoma at an ever rapid-pace, I feel it would be helpful to give fellow college students tips for the chilly season. Buy leggings, buy so many leggings This could be obvious, but it’s important enough to repeat for those in the back. For girls in college, leggings are already a must-have, but, unfortunately, as the weather becomes colder, midterms, … Continue reading A College Girl’s Winter Must-Haves