My Typical College Grocery List 

If you don’t already know, I recently moved into an apartment for my senior year of college with three of my girl friends. Last year, I lived in a house but somehow almost never bought food. But this year I decided that I wanted to eat healthier & therefore I should go grocery shopping and eat on campus as little as possible (other than when I’m at work and get to eat for free).

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I go grocery shopping about every week and a half to two weeks. This is what my typical grocery list includes…

  • 1/2 gallon of 1% Milk
  • Dozen large brown eggs
  • Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers
    • there’s 8 so I don’t buy these every time
  • Container of Fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 pound of Deli Meat
    • I prefer Roast beef, but sometimes I get Turkey Breast
  • Loaf of Whole Grain Wheat Bread
  • Two bags of steam-in-bag vegetables
    • Green beans are my favorite, especially eating them with some red pepper flakes on top
  • 90-second white rice
    • This flavor has way less sodium than all the others and it’s nice to eat alone, with red pepper flakes, eating as a side, or with some veggies mixed in.
  • Two tomatoes
    • I use these in my sandwiches, I eat them with my eggs, too.
  • Guacamole
  • Apples or plums
  • Three granola bars

I still have a few things from when I moved on September 1st.

  • Almond Honey Bunches of Oats
  • Ramen Noodles
    • these are my backup food. For when I don’t feel good or I’m just too lazy to cook.
  • Peanut Butter
    • I prefer the natural crunchy peanut butter
  • Ketchup
    • I must be doing something wrong because I still haven’t opened my ketchup and I love ketchup
  • Salad Dressing

Because I don’t cook anything other than eggs I buy a lot of the same things. I think this works for me because I do work at the Dining Common on campus so I get to eat there but also I think I save money by keeping it simple. I normally only spend under $40 each time I go.

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My New Tattoo

I have three tattoos already and decided to get another one last week. I wanted to share my experience. I googled and Pinterest-searched “tulip tattoo” and “tulip sketch” and I pinned and saved a lot of pictures. This was my favorite.

I decided that I didn’t want the tattoo in color so I changed it to black and white in the iPhone settings. I made an appointment with a tattoo artist and emailed her the photo, I asked for it to be about 6 cm long on my inner upper arm. I basically put the shading into her hands and had faith since I stalked her on Instagram before and after scheduling with her. This is how it turned out….it looks a little pink from my skin being slightly irritated. If you wanna read about the time, pain, and price then keep on reading 🙂

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I made sure I wore a tank top under my sweatshirt so I wouldn’t need to roll up my sleeve and accidentally rub the tattoo too hard while pulling it down (I am super paranoid for like two weeks after I get a tattoo). It took her about 10-15 minutes to clean down and prepare her place, so she took me around 2 and I was out by 2:17. Alysha had me lay on my back with my left arm slightly twisted towards her. I asked her about the pain scale and she said that it wouldn’t hurt but it might be a little pinchy. I already have a tattoo to the right of my right knee, on my right ribs, and on my left shoulder, none of these hurt so I wasn’t scared. This one was a little more pinchy though because the skin was looser. So I would say 0/10 on the pain scale and a 1/10 on the annoying scale. I paid $80 for this tattoo, their minimum was $70 and then a 20% tip.

 

What I wish I had done differently

This year, I am a Senior in college and everyone is talking about graduate school. Everyone is making a list of graduate schools that they’re interested in and taking their GREs. But I am not, and why’s that?

My sophomore year of high school I transferred to a catholic high school, which was not free. My parents spent about half of my college savings on high school instead of college and that set us pretty far back. I was childish and didn’t consider the long-term affects.

When you go to college you take a variety of classes alongside your major classes. My first semester I didn’t have a job, I only had to worry about school and I did really great. The next semester, I took this one class that destroyed my GPA, I’ve been waiting three years for them to offer the class again so I can retake it for a better grade and they have decided they’re not. That bad grade is going to weigh my GPA down forever. Overall, I am a solid B+ and A- student, with an occasional C+ in a class that I should’ve put more effort into.

One of my biggest mistakes was not taking advantage of internships and research assistant opportunities. Grad schools require recommendations and I’m in my second to last semester and I’ve never met with a Communicaton Disorders professor, which is fatal. Graduate schools are looking for experience, determination, and great connections with faculty.

I wish that I had taken my classes more seriously and studied more. I wish I had cared less about trying to have a 3 or 4-day weekend and applied for a research assistant position. I wish I had met with teachers, whether it was a question about class or just something about the major or career. I think one of the smartest things you can do in college is be a TA so you can get close with your professors while also recieving credits.

For those reasons, I will not be applying to grad school right away. I am honestly devastated by how much I took college for granted and didn’t put my all into school. I’m not saying neglect the fun college experiences but don’t let FOMO ruin your academic performance.