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15 #Relatable Things that Need to Be in Your Roommate Contract

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By Veronica U.-K.

Let’s face it, when you get the roommate contract handed out by your overly friendly RA, you just want to get the paperwork filled out and done with. But there’s more you need to establish besides when it’s lights out, or when music can be played.

To prevent an all out explosion, here are a few addendums to add to the contract to hopefully make the year as tension-free as possible to color all the grey areas.

Dear [insert roommate’s name],

1. Know that I will try to limit the number of times I accidentally lock myself out of the room (and have to text you, while you’re in class) to three times a semester.

2. Acknowledge that this is a shared space. I will try to keep my mess on my side of the room, but if it spills over across the imaginary divide, I will clean it. (Both to avoid dirty looks from your friends, and paying a fee for the stain on the tiled floor.)

3. When you ask for my opinion, know that I will always be honest, even if it’s not what you wanted to hear. It is only my opinion, after all.

4. If you have a special someone coming over, I will let you know ahead of time so I can make plans to have evacuated the area. Thus preventing any unwanted intrusions and awkward conversations.

5. If a RA unexpectedly comes to visit, I promise to take down our illegal lights, hide the candles, the wine bottles, and the m–I think you mean the tea mix?

6. I will warn you, if possible, if there will be a human of the opposite sex in the room, when you return from your shower.

7. I promise to let you study your way, whether it be taping flashcards all around the room or watching the TV while studying, as long as it doesn’t interfere with my own.

8. Recognize your group of friends may be different from mine an that’s ok, even if they don’t get long, we still do.

9. If I start talking in my sleep and we have an actual conversation, you can’t hold me to anything said.

10. Stumbling in at 2am is perfectly acceptable, as long as you’re quiet and alone.

11. In the morning, if my alarm goes off before you, I will hit it at a maximum of twice, as to not wait you. Also, I will not make it an obnoxious blaring alarm.

12. If I order food with other people and you walk in, feel free to grab a little plate. I mean we always split the cost anyways, I got you.

13. Please invite your friends anytime you want to, just please not the one who always eats my food without asking. If he is there, just smack him.

14. If I’m sick, please leave me to die, but do make sure I don’t actually die.

15. If after one too many, I will hold your hair back, bring you water, and rub your back. (That is if you do the same for me.)

Signed, [your name]

What else would you add to the list? Comment below!

10 Cheap Ways to Eat Healthy in College that Can Be #Relatable

By Veronica U.-K.

I’m a college student i.e. my diet consist of Ramen, overpriced, fatty food from the dining hall, and large amounts of Chinese food ordered at 2am.

Let’s try this: I’m a college student i.e. I have no money, but I still eat healthy and the “freshman 15” is a myth.

Sound better? I thought so. After having survived my first year in college, I realized how easy it is to overindulge in high-cholestrol yummies. So I did what I did for my honors essays, and Googled the topic to get some background, before making this list.

I found that the main key to eating healthy is simply a commitment to it, of course, we all need a nudge in the right direction now and then right? So here are ten nudges for you:

1. Keep the mini fridge stocked with healthy food.

Seems pretty obvious, right? Well, the hard part is keeping it stocked. So sneak fruit from the dining hall. I mean you are paying for the food. Keep in mind that grocery shopping is an option. Apps such as Cellfire, Saving Star, and Coupons.com all offer coupons–because every little bit helps!

2. Be careful, when buying the cheap & “healthier” snacks.

Certain companies, like Nabisco, have created snacks with only 100 calories.They are much healthier than their hydrogenated oil-infused counterparts, and are clearly labeled making portioning out much easier. However, remain conscientious of the fact that this doesn’t mean you can eat three bags a day!

3. Make a list, before you go shopping.

This will not only help with knowing what to by, but also help you strategize in what you buy. Use apps like Grocery IQ to keep your budget and waistline in check.

4. Avoid “doing lunch.”

Chances are you have been invited to “do lunch” with a friend. Though this is always fun, put a limit on this. When we are with people we are comfortable with and as we get talking, well you know how it goes…one appetizer, then another drink, then dessert…It all adds up. Don’t even be in this situation too often. Your waistline and wallet will thank you.

5. Be a Designated Driver.

While in college, I found that as my friends were heating up mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, I always wanted something too. Don’t do it! It’s ok to be that one person not eating, just like it is ok to not be the one person drinking. Eat responsibly.

6. Eat throughout the day.

Instead of eating three large meals, eat about six small “meals” throughout the day. Whether it’s an apple during class or a baggie of grapes, while on the way to the library, In an interview with Daily Mail, nutrients stated, “Grazing was the way our body was designed to eat. Large meals burden the digestive system, often causing bloating and lowered energy while the body struggles to digest them.”

7. Drink a lot of water!

Do we even have to discuss this? Keep a bottle with you always, so you can easily refill it throughout the day.

Your body needs at least eight glasses a day, and, if you exercise vigorously, you may need more. To remind yourself, carry a water bottle along to class and keep it handy during late night study sessions.

8. Make paninis with an iron.

Just butter the outsides of the sandwich, wrap it in foil, put it on a textbook and iron each side for 2-3  minutes. Not only will your sandwich go from boring to Pinteresty, but at least you’ll be getting you money’s worth of that iron!

9. Don’t Eat within 3 hours of sleepy time.

In an interview with Time, Tracy Lockwood, a registered dietitian at F-Factor Nutrition believes, “Eating too close to bedtime increases your blood sugar and insulin, which causes you to have a hard time falling asleep. Therefore, your last meal should be the lightest of the day and should be eaten at least three hours before you go to sleep.”

10. Prep your food ahead of time.

On Sundays, I normally head back to my room and make up snacks I find online that are super quick and convenient for on-the-go. That way you can’t have the argument of being too tired or not having time to eat healthy. Here are some ideas that are all super easy to prep and all fit in the fridge:

-bagging nuts and berries

-veggies and humus in a jar

-make some rice (good for wrapping in nori (seaweed), or with kale, tomatoes and a bit of a balsamic dressing.

-make some beans (perfect to go with the rice in a little burrito–all you need is a tortilla).

Happy Eating!

10 #Relateable Problems All Asians Deal With

By Veronica U.-K.

Regardless of the country, for some reason we all get wrapped together like a big tomago roll…ugh now I’m hungry.

1. Taking a picture and people say then need to retake it, because your eyes were closed… komedi_1435020574747_456

2. There’s the assumption that you are good at math.

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3. Being told you look “exotic,” like that’s sexy.

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4. If you don’t receive the highest grade in the class…your family: …

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5. Being asked to translate an Asian language.

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6. Playing an instrument…whether its the violin or piano…it’s a stereotype.

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7. Being asked your ethnicity with the question, “What are you?” I’m actually a turtle thank you very much.

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8. Having super strict parents.

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9. Not being able to go one low-carb diet, because everything contain rice.

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10. The assumption you are related to the other Asian next to you…or even worse…are dating that stranger.

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10 Performer Problems that are Too #Relatable

As a performer, whether acting, dancing, singing, or (and) playing an instrument, these are all expectations we’d love to have happen & everyone else assumes does–because we are that awesome.

1. Not So Easy Outfit Changes

Quick changes don’t just happen. Performers just don’t want you to think about the poking, falling, and hitting, that ocurrs backstage.

If only… change+clothes

2. Being Able to Just Perfectly Burst Into Song

This is not Glee. This is life. We can’t have a song to lip sync with all the time, so our pitch is always perfect. When I say I sing and someone says, “OMG sing something”, like no I’m not a circus animal.

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Entirely…

3. Being the Youngest

There will always be people who have so much more experience than you. Therefore… dance

4. Tuning

Musicians know this all too well, especially when the weather is bad…yes, string players I am speaking to you…

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5. Still Forgetting Lines a Week Before the Show

Like really?

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6. Trying to Not Get Food on Your Costume 

Because the costume director and dressers are always watching…

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7. Not Paying Attention in Rehearsal So

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8. Wanting to Eat But You’re at the Perfect Weight

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9. People Ask How You are During Hell Week Making You Be Like

Zero sleep. Zero patience.

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10. Strike

Oh but then it’s all over…

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The 5 Myths of Introversion

By Veronica U.-K.

The term social introvert is one of the funniest oxymorons I think I’ve heard. I mean the only type of introvert is obviously antisocial and has severe anxiety if someone even looks at them. Naturally, extroverts are the only social creatures. Duh.

People make assumptions about what it means to be an introvert, so today I’m disproving some myths of introversion.

MYTH #1: INTROVERTS ARE ARROGANT

Actually we are just socially cautious. Many times, we can come across as a bit cold, or even aloof, but in reality we are preoccupied processing the situation and information (often overanalyzing). Additionally, we prefer to keep to ourselves, when we are surrounded by people we don’t know well. We don’t think we are better than everyone else, although we may come across as snobbish. I mean you don’t walk up to a random person and tell them the last 500 years of your family history, right?

MYTH #2: INTROVERTS ARE RUDE

We can be blunt, seem impatient, and possibly bored, but that is simply because small talk bores us. We prefer intimate conversations. Also, we may become mentally drained, if we are surrounded by too may people for long periods of time. This may cause people to perceive us as being rude, as well as avoidant, especially when we decline invites to parties or any gathering. This is simply a characteristic of our temperament.

MYTH #3: INTROVERTS HAVE NOTHING TO SAY

Very often, we have a lot to say, but we just don’t feel the need to say it. Perhaps it is the phrasing f the statement in on mind (we don’t want to come off as too aggressive or rude). Perhaps it is the other parties involved and we have an idea of how they will respond, and don’t want to start some fight. Not saying something does;t mean you have nothing to say. It means you can gage when it is appropriate.

MYTH #4 INTROVERTS DON’T KNOW HOW TO HAVE FUN

Trust us, if we really wanted to we would have fun. Having fun doesn’t always have to include being social. Sometimes we just like to be alone and listen to music or even read a book.

MYTH #5: INTROVERTS HAVE SECRETS THAT’S WHY THEY ARE SO QUIET

Ummm….everyone has secrets. Being an introvert means we simply do not feel the need to publicly announce everything we do or believe. Just because I don’t put ever update my relationship status, doesn’t mean that I don’t have any. Just because I don’t post about saving an endangered species, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. Sometimes publicity is just asking for attention, which none of us want from 500 people at once.

So there you go! Introverts, I hope I helped you consider why extroverts may give you problems, regarding your behavior. Embrace who you are and take the positives.

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