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(Jeopardy Theme Song Here) & #CollegeWisdom from the Twitterverse July 29, 2010

Filed under: College Tips,social media,Uncategorized — Keri Kae @ 6:41 pm

Okay, Monster.  I know you’ve been super busy with your fantastic end-of-summer plans like seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (twice, I believe?!) and going to Warped Tour when it stopped in Orlando, but it’s been several days and I still haven’t gotten a blog post about WizWorldHP. 
p.s. I want pictures!

While you’ve been yucking it up and having summer fun, I went on a little Twitter treasure hunt to find you some nuggets of college wisdom.  As usual, the twitterverse was happy to oblige.  Some of the tweets are helpful:

See? I'm not the only one pushing gmail....


Others….. Well, not so much:

Yeah, you won't get this advice from me.


Over the next few days and weeks, I’m going to share with you my favorite tweets.  And look for a new page where I’ll post all of the #CollegeWisdom I collect on your behalf.

Love you, Monster!


College Wisdom #2: Eat Healthfully July 20, 2010

Filed under: College Tips,health,nutrition,on-the-go,Uncategorized — Keri Kae @ 8:48 pm

Dearest Monster,  

Okay, time to get my health nerd post out of the way.  You knew this one was coming, right?   

Before you criticize me for using the word healthfully instead of healthy, read this article from the Washington Post.  Eat foods that contribute to your overall health (eat healthfully) and avidly avoid unhealthy foods (don’t eat crap).  If you aren’t careful, you could find that the stress and carelessness might lead you to eat something resembling my most infamously unhealthy breakfast…. 

A half a pint of this leftover from studying the night before:  

Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk
Ben & Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk


And one of these to counteract the sugar-crash bound to ensue:  

SugarFree Redbull
SugarFree Redbull

Of course, there’s always the ever-so tempting:  

Chicken Lo Mein
Chinese Takeout Leftovers


**Yes, I ate these things for breakfast.  

I recognize that you and I probably have very different views on what is healthful.  I tend to eat a little bit like this girl and I end up eating breakfasts that look like this–not exactly mainstream.  Still, I think we can agree that the above menu options are not okay.  It’s a slippery slope, Monster.     


University of Oregon posts these tips for heathy eating for the busy college student.  I don’t agree with many of them, but they’re a good place to start.  Here are the tips I like–with notes:  

  • “Eat a good breakfast.”  They suggest fruit, bagels or juice. 
    I disagree.  Step away from the bagel and put down the juice.  Both items rank high on the Glycemic Index (that is, they carry a high glycemic load) which means that the sugars are quickly broken down into glucose and released into the body.  Why is this a bad thing?  Insulin, the hormone that regulates glucose metabolism in the body, responds to the accelerated sugar release.  Elevated blood sugar levels over a long period of time confuses your body and it begins to struggle to produce insulin and to regulate glucose levels.  Ultimately, we both know where this ends: diabetes.  (Okay, that’s a little extreme, but you know what I mean.)  Might I suggest healthy veggies, fruits and nuts instead?
  •  “Keep healthful snacks on hand so if hunger strikes during a late night study session, you won’t be tempted by vending machine candy, chips, or ice cream.” I like that they suggest keeping vegetables on hand.  You know my feelings on pretzels (see above), but the concept is good.
  •  “Drink lots of water.” Yes.  Do it.
    I’ll add: “Choose caffeine in emergency situations.”  You don’t want to end up like me during my freshman year….


I think I like this tip best of all:
Carry a shoulder bag, not a backpack: If you were going to sneak food out of the cafeteria, bring an open shoulder bag. It’s easier to throw food and drinks into it than a zippered backpack. Just make sure there aren’t any cameras around, and you toss a jacket over the opening when you check out. (#65 of
101 Ways to Hack Your College Cafeteria)  


What is the food storage situation like in your dorm?  Do you have a mini-fridge?  A freezer, too?  A kitchen?  



College Tip#1 July 14, 2010

Filed under: College Tips — Keri Kae @ 1:20 pm

Dearest Monster,

I know you registered for classes back at orientation in June, but I thought it wise to share with you a piece of advice that mom shared with me when I was a freshman: Take at least one early class freshman year.

I can’t tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed my 8am writing-intensive class on intellectual property and public culture, but I will say that I was grateful for the built-in discipline check.  If I had it my way, I probably would have become nocturnal like my roommate who slept between the hours of 6 and 8am, 11am and 2pm, 3 and 5pm each day.  For some reason, kids going off to college like to hang out all night long–talking, drinking, working in the library (okay, yeah not really…)–and it really takes a toll on you!  Do yourself a favor and give yourself an excuse, nay, a reason to go to bed at a somewhat reasonable hour.

I love you,


p.s. — Here’s a little Wednesday fun for you from one of my favorite blogs, Hyperbole and a HalfThis is Why I’ll Never be an Adult.  Enjoy life, but don’t stay up all night!