It’s so strange to look back at the summer before coming to college…my life has changed so much since. I can honestly say I did not partake in the freshman 15 and have loved living where I have constant support from friends, a gym membership, and healthy food readily available to me. It’s been a long road, but I’m sure glad I took it.
Hot weather meals anon here: I meant meals that don't require hot cooking.
Meals Without Cooking
Sandwiches: Sandwiches are super easy, super versatile, and require little to no effort to put together. You can pick up sliced deli meats and cheese for a reasonable price, chop up tomatoes, add lettuce and BOOM. I like to use salad dressing instead of mayo on my sandwiches.
Peanut butter and jelly
Tomato and cheese
Deli meat and cheese
Salad: Skip the creamy dressings whenever possible. Salads are super easy to make and are perfect for every meal. If you can’t eat all of your salad within 24 hours, remove any wet components (olives, fruit, etc) and store them in a separate container. A soggy salad is hard to eat!
Cucumber and cranberry
Tomato and mozzarella
Olive and feta
Wraps: A less (but equally versatile) sandwich alternative. No cooking, but some slight hand maneuvering involved.
Turkey, cheese, lettuce
Ham, cheese, mayo
Tomato, mozzarella, pesto
Ramen: Instead of pouring water into a pot to set on the stove, you can pour hot water into a bowl and add your ramen. Wait five minutes, and the ramen will start to soften up. Add whatever sauces you like!
Chicken: If you are a chicken-eating person but don’t want to bother cooking a whole chicken, pick up a pre-cooked chicken from your local grocery store. It’s less expensive than you would think, and worth at least two meals.
Tuna salad: I am a tuna salad fiend. This is my favorite recipe.
Overnight Oats: The taste sensation that’s sweeping the nation. Click here.
Granola: I am so addicted to Bakery on Main’s gluten-free granola. Perfect as a snack or a meal. That said, you can make your own granola for a lot cheaper.
Peanut butter: If I’m looking for a quick, no-hassle lunch I’ll slice up an apple and eat it with peanut butter. I also love peanut butter on rice cakes, toast, etc. Feel free to substitute your favorite nut butter!
Followers- please add your favorite no-cook recipes to the list!
The RA greets you on move in day with a big smile, and you see she has at least three rows of jagged teeth
Your new roommate begins putting up photos on the walls of your room. “This is my mom,” she says with a smile, pointing to one image. “It’s a pretty picture,” you say, and your roommate just replies, “This is my mom,” as the image stares at you and blinks
There is an English professor with red eyes who is notorious for never giving higher than a B on any of his papers; the last student who got a A disappeared long ago. You’ve never been good at writing papers–but when you get your first paper back, you see an A marked over it, the color of blood
You go into the chemistry building 20 minutes early to find your lab, in room 140, on time. You walk down the hall, past room 138, 139… and then 138 again, 137 again, all the rooms repeating themselves like a mirror all the way back down to Room 0. When you get to Room 0, you can hear desperate but distant screams
Everyone goes to check out the dining hall over the first few days. You pick up what you think is pasta, but when you stab your fork into it, it writhes and starts to struggle
Your first all-nighter is spent in the library frantically writing a paper due at 8 AM and chugging down energy drinks. Shadows move in the corners of the library, but you think you’re just seeing things–until one of them moves under your chair, and you feel something cold and scaly against your skin
There is a frat house down the street from your dorm. You go there for a party, but when you tell your roommate about it later, she says she’s never seen that frat. No one has ever heard of the fraternity or its members. When you look in the school directory, you find it doesn’t exist
There is always an eccentric preacher on the quad who rants about how all the students are sinners and have been damned to hell. Sometimes, you wonder why he uses the present tense
varsity soccer so he has the custom backpack that says CHOI and always wears something uni-related
like seriously….. seeing him not in a some sort of three-quarter zip or sweater with the uni’s name emblazoned on it is shocking af (taemin: go away we haven’t gotten new shipment since the last time you were here which was yesterday you already own the ENTIRE store)
he also owns uni socks which he unironically wears all the time and all the different types of shot glasses (onew’s broken at least three of them but minho just whips out extras, srsly they’re never ending)
a literal walking, talking uni advertisement (key: pls let me take you shopping for something else / minho: i have other clothes / key: WHERE)
in theory he probably should work at the bookstore but he sees how much taemin hates his job and if he can just use his discount there’s no need~
was actually scouted to be a campus tour guide (literally someone came up to him and begged him to join bc he was perfect for the job) and he is ridiculously good at it
also he could walk backwards well which is why onew did not make the cut
did so much extra research about the college so that he could be prepared for any questions and also to have fun facts on hand
which also came in handy for boring his friends to submission with very dry versions of the history of each and every building and sometimes he just does it for shits and giggles
once he came into the cafe during onew’s and jong’s shift and started reciting the history of the building they were in and the origin of the coffee bean and their faces were just pure panic bc they couldn’t even RUN AWAY and they can’t even fight their costumers even though they are being GIANT JERKS (jong: i will give you two coffees out of my own pocket for you to stop / minho: awww hyung you’re so sweet pls make them ventis)
but he’s just SO enthusiastic about his school that many incoming students could attribute their decision to come here to choi minho, master tour guide
he also volunteers at after-school programs in elementary schools and the students always scramble to him when they see him coming in
helps them with their homework and reads to them and lets the lil ones tie tufts of his hair (minho: do i look pretty?? / kid: the prettiest!!)
he’s so sweet with them and they always want to climb up on his shoulders and he lets them and holds their arms out like an airplane (and so that they won’t fall) and zooms around the room
avid college sports fan
no matter what the game, you can probably hear minho cheering loudly from the bleachers
someone got this great snapshot of him with football stripes on his cheeks and yelling which was blown up to larger-than-life proportions and lives in the welcome center
arguably his proudest achievement (”look mom i made it”)
srsly the school should honestly give him free tuition for all the endorsement he does as the uni’s poster boy
when studying he’s usually locked up with onew in the library but he’s also known to always keep his notes on him so he could study during breaks at soccer practice
he always has bananas on him that he’ll totally just give to anyone who asks but it’s a lot of bananas
also never skips breakfast no matter what so he’s seen a lot sprinting to class with a piece of toast in his mouth like an anime character
I'm currently a high school senior getting ready for college. My concern is that I will be attending college in the deep south (for privacy reasons I prefer not to disclose the exact college) and I want to know more about how I can handle my safety and health care as a gender nonconforming college student.
Your college environment will have a profound effect on your quality of life, and your relationship with college administration becomes really important in terms of ensuring your health and safety. If it were me, and I plan to be out as a gender-nonconforming student at college, I would be as proactive as possible in terms of alerting administrators and asking direct questions about what they plan to do to ensure your well-being. Issues like making sure their health services can handle your trans-related care, their discrimination policies include you, etc., become really important especially if you’ll be living in an area that has a risk of being hostile to trans and gender nonconforming people.
It’s important to create support networks wherever you are, but it sounds especially true in your situation. First, I’d have someone (not you, as to not potentially out yourself) contact the college and find out what a trans student can do to feel safe and protected while matriculating. Second, I’d identify potential allies on campus … some schools have “networks of support” and lists of administrators, staff and faculty that are designated as allies on campus. Third, I’d find a student-led LGBTQ community that can support you and maybe even work together to affect change.
As far as health care, I’d look into your school’s offered health plan (if there is one!) and contact the insurance carrier offered to see what their health care plans are like. If they deny certain gender identity-related care, I’d contact some kind of local legal professional, or even a national org like Lambda Legal to find out your options.
I think many college students face discrimination regardless of location. I would suggest familiarizing yourself with Title IX as it offers you civil rights protections you can use to advocate for yourself. Also find fellow LGBTQ students in college and make friends, it’s a lot easier to fight for your rights when you have friends. I am guessing your school has an LGBTQ group, even if its small.
I went to high school in Texas where many of my teachers and fellow students were conservative, so I definitely understand where you’re coming from. At the time, I was presenting in a very androgynous manner which made matters difficult for me. The first step I would recommend you take is to search the internet for any LGBTQ support groups, either on campus or in the area. You might be surprised at what you find. If none of these exist, you may want to look into reaching out to you school’s Student Affairs or Wellness offices. Also, I would suggest talking to your professors privately outside of classroom hours to let them know about the pronouns you identify with. This can prevent a potentially triggering incident from happening during class.