What’s New in the Dining Hall

By Elena Rowe 

Dining halls are the “hub” of the college life where students can socialize, eat, and take a break during a long day of classes. While enjoying our food, we sometimes fail to realize that a lot of planning goes on behind the scenes in order for us to enjoy a meal.  

Jennifer Curtis, director of dining hall facilities, explained the process of Hood’s food preparation and the many changes that have occurred over the past few years. Curtis, who has worked at Hood for the past three and a half years, has made sure significant change has occurred.  

“For the most part, we are feeding students for four years and we are constantly trying to make [food items] different,” she said.   

With that being said, much feedback from students has allowed introduction of new food items as well as changes in how the food is served.  

Multiple changes have occurred under Curtis’ tenure. This includes the stir fry next to the grill in the regular serving line, and the introduction of the Delicious Destinations table which has been popular with students. With many students on campus, Curtis also wanted to incorporate more vegan or vegetarian dishes since some students cannot eat anything containing meat.  

A recent event that has become popular is “Dining With The Director,” a casual dinner in the seminar room where students can meet and share ideas with Curtis about improvements and potential changes to their dining hall. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 12.  

Students are encouraged to express their ideas of any future changes at the dining hall. With these ideas and new changes, Curtis hopes to make students continually healthy and happy with college dining.  

Many students from various grade levels have different opinions on the food offered at Hood. Freshmen Khyja McCray, Breanna Brown and Ermia Jeanty feel that the food was good at the beginning of the school year but feel that some food items need more seasoning and the Delicious Destinations “islands” need more options that students can enjoy. In contrast, Khyja enjoys the meals from different cultures, “especially the Korean menu”, and the staff, who she finds friendly and attentive.  

“They always remember my name,” she remarked. 

Brown and Jeanty observe the dining hall is clean, inviting, and a good opportunity to meet new people every day.  

Sophomore Mackenzie Clark feels that while the food can be tasty sometimes, she feels that following a few suggestions can make a consistently positive dining experience for students. 

“One of the suggestions I have is to have a home-cooked meals suggestion box,” she said. “Students can put suggestions of what they are used to eating at home in the box and the dining staff  make it for everyone.” 

She also feels that kitchen staff shouldn’t make the same food items for both lunch and dinner. However, she enjoys the dessert items offered.  

Sophomore Tykera Pratt feels that food is decent and believes it is the same setup from last year. Junior Dorothy San  agrees. Since she was a commuter for her first two years, she didn’t come to the dining hall. Now, as a resident, she comes more often, enjoys the food options and feels that the dining hall has ample variety.   

Senior Baridakara Nwilene enjoys the breakfast and lunch options, but also feels the dining hall needs more options for Delicious Destinations. Generally, students seem to enjoy the dining hall and its food, but feel that a greater variety of options could improve the college dining experience. 

 

Hood Blazer Down Under

By Nailah Russell  

Well folks, I’m here! I’m settled, I don’t get lost as often and I can already hear 38% percent of the words in my head in an Australian accent.  

Ok…let’s back up. It’s been a minute since you guys last heard from me and quite a bit has happened.  

My first night in Australia was…exhausting. But what else is expected after almost 20+ hours of traveling?  

When we got here, they told us to stay up at least until 8 p.m. That way, we could avoid being wide awake at 4 a.m. Unfortunately, that was still happening to some people for about a week. Sydney’s time is 14 hours ahead of EST. So adjustment was no joke!  

The program technically started on Wednesday, August 23, but that was mainly orientation. Classes didn’t actually start until Tuesday, and we got Monday off to go to our internships and figure out our schedules for the rest of the semester.  

The Saturday of that week, we went to Barangaroo Reserve to attend an Aboriginal Cultural Workshop. Here we learned extensively about Aboriginal culture and history – much of it including the trauma that the people underwent during colonization.  

For those of you know me, you probably know that I’m a huge proponent of indigenous rights. One of the reasons that I chose to study in Australia was that I was interested in learning more about Aboriginal culture, history and the progression of their human rights. So, to hear about it in such detail was incredibly humbling and a peak of my academic career.  

There is something indescribable about listening to someone else’s history and how it has impacted them in their daily lives. Australia’s history of racism is quite recent, and unfortunately Aboriginal people still face rampant discrimination. In spite of that, I’ve met so many non-indigenous individuals who are dedicated to the truth and moving the country forward to ensure equality.  

As a matter of fact, Australian citizens are gearing up to vote for marriage equality. “Vote YES” ads and rainbow flags decorate the city. It really is amazing to observe a country’s social change as a visitor.  

Talking to the citizens is especially interesting because I’ve found so many people that are passionate about progressive social change.  

Mindsets like these have been especially apparent at my internship site.  

I intern at a nonprofit called Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). The function of the organization commissions lawyers to represent and provide legal advice to refugees and people seeking asylum.  

They also file complaints to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) because, unfortunately, Australia has appalling immigration policies.  

When refugees attempt to come here from countries in the South Pacific by boat, they are captured and detained in offshore prisons with countless human rights violations. Being able to work at such an organization is a great opportunity to make positive change.  

Most of my tasks consist of calling clients and answering phones, (which was daunting at first) and handling files. Though, recently, I’ve been working on some neat tasks.  

Currently, I’m doing research to substantiate client claims. Another lawyer had me help him go through the legal statement on one of the refugees and piece together his story to go before Australian Immigration.   

I’m hoping to help them in the near future put together complaints for the UNHCR.  

All of the people at RACS have been incredibly helpful and kind, and I absolutely love hearing their passion to improve conditions for refugees and other people meeting extraordinary disadvantage.  

Not only is everyone wonderful, but I’m noticing that the general culture is big on fraternity and -as the Aussies say- mateship. I think I know my coworkers better than most of the other Americans on my program. I’m really happy that I’m getting to make these international connections and friendships. Otherwise, why go abroad?  

These friends even checked up on me after my Saturday trip to the Blue Mountains, asking me if I got back safely and how I enjoyed the journey. It was a great feeling.  

But now I bet you’re also curious as to how the trip went…It was awesome! We first stopped at Featherdale Wildlife Park where got to meet koalas, cuddly wallabies, friendly wombats, and snuggly kangaroos – I even got to feed a kangaroo that nuzzled my hand every time he chewed (I’m not fangirling at all). 

Then, we topped off the trip at the Blue Mountains, which I was super hyped for. We trailed down into one of the many rainforest pockets of the mountain range, hiked up intense stairs that were practically at 90 degree angles, and listened to the Aboriginal “Three Sisters” dreamtime/creation story.  

We also learned some neat survival skills. Given the vastness of the range and the density of the forest, getting lost is easy! So, we gave our best “CooWEE!” calls, bouncing our voices off the mountains and stretching our calls for help for miles. A handy skill that also doubles as a dope party trick. 

So far, I’m having an absolutely wonderful time here, and I have multiple Hood College offices to thank. But it has come to my attention that more students can make sure they get in on an experience like this because we now have a new study abroad coordinator. Congrats and welcome to our new Hood member! And good luck to our ambitious students who can now make sure they have an ultimate adventure.  

Back to School Tips (for Every Stage)

By Tia Saluzzo

 

As the school year starts up again and we take on exciting new classes, challenging projects, and thrilling experiences, it is important to think about ways to make the most out of the next four months in order to fully rock the next semester. Whether you are a Freshman just starting out or a Senior going into your final year here at our beautiful Alma Matter, we all desire the same thing: to be someone that matters in the world. College is our opportunity to do great things – to learn valuable skills both inside and outside of the classroom in order to become prepared for a life outside of these grounds. This idea is both exciting yet intimidating at the same time, but fear not! No one is alone – and it is with this in mind that the following back to school tips have been created in hopes of providing an important stepping stone that may be need to start off on the right foot of achieving this goal of success.

For Freshmen:

1. Go to as many orientations and events as you can – Most Freshmen are experiencing the same thing: a new environment unknown to them, new people from all kinds of different backgrounds, and all without the comfort of their homes and families to get them by. Attending events is one way to meet new people and make friends that will allow your transition from high school to college become more manageable and enjoyable.
2. Find your classrooms before the classes start – With a school as small as Hood, it is easy to quickly learn your way around; however, there will always be an adjustment period. Finding your classrooms the day before (or even an hour before) the actual class begins is a good way to make sure you are on time and aren’t fumbling around at the last minute causing you to miss important information.

3. Communicate with your roommate – If there is a problem, address it immediately. Roommates last for the entire school year; that’s a long time to be angry or annoyed with someone. Clear communication from the beginning is the most important part of dorm life, but you should always remember to be respectful if you wish to gain that in return.

4. Get organized – Getting organized (and staying organized) is an incredibly important part of the college experience. Each student has responsibilities, whether it be homework, going to class, sports, clubs, or a job, and it is very difficult to juggle everything without some kind of organization. Create a schedule that works and hone in on some time management skills in order to avoid extra stress.

For Sophomores:

1. Meet with your advisor to map out a plan – Be sure to use your advisors to help plan out your college future. Discuss the classes that are required
for the core classes, your major classes, and any minor classes and come up with a schedule for each semester and keep note of which classes you need to take in order to graduate on time.

2. Declare your major – By this time you might have an idea of what you are interested in studying full time. If you don’t of course no one will rush you, but keep your head up and maybe even play around with your schedule a bit. Also, look into some classes you may be interested in taking. Talk to the professors! A major deserves a lot of time and energy dedicated to it and its classes so before you declare a major make sure it is something you are passionate in and have no qualms about.
3. Don’t be sad if you drift away from friends – Once you declare a major, you will be spending a lot of time with other people of that same major. They share the same classes (most of them multiple classes in the same semester) so it is inevitable that you would begin to grow closer to these individuals and would perhaps begin to stray away from your hall mates. It happens, and it is just a part of the college experience.

4. Get your core requirements out of the way – Odds are that there is at least one subject that is unbearable to each student. However, more than likely, this subject is part of the core requirements that each student is required to take. Take your least favorite subject early to get it out of the way.
For Juniors:

1. Get your resume in order – Junior year is the prime time to start looking for internships and getting advice on how to begin your job search. However, in order to do this you must have an up-to-date resume. You should always have an updated version of your resume ready at a moment’s notice.

2. Get an internship – Internships are a crucial part of resume building and the experience they bring simply cannot be taught in a classroom.
3. Know the resources offered to you –In the Career Center students can find internships, learn how to interview and create a resume. The office also assists with where to begin searching for jobs.
CAAR, the center for academic achievement and retention, is also another beneficial resource given to students.

4. Save your money – It doesn’t have to be all of it, but it would be a smart idea to begin to put some aside for after college in case you haven’t already. You will thank yourself when the time comes.

For Seniors:

1. Attend all the job fairs you can – Job fairs are an easy way to network. Dress professionally and

bring copies of resumes – you never know what this opportunity may bring.

2. Don’t slack off – Senioritis is a real thing. After four years and with the end so near it is normal to lose focus and motivation for school work; it is understandable. But, you must push forward. Now is not the time to slack. Now is the time to work harder and make a name for yourself – to do something that you will be proud of after graduation and in years to come.

3. Search and apply for jobs – This is the hard part. The search for a future career can be tedious and overwhelming but it is a necessary stress. Take it slow. Do simple searches and expand from there – don’t get discouraged and don’t ignore any job listing with potential. Keep your options open.

4. Relax – Despite everything, the most important thing to do during Senior year is relax. Take a deep breath. You’re fine. It is not necessary to have everything figured out or planned yet; life is a surprise. Don’t slack off, of course, but don’t spend all your time working. Now is the time to make memories and enjoy the time you have left here of your home for the last four years. Enjoy it.

With these tips and the strength and dedication that each Hood College student is capable of, each student can pull through the stress and have an awesome and successful semester.

The Perfect End of Summer Playlist

by Nailah Russell

 

Vacation is over, but the sounds of summer linger in the high-riding bass, romantic choruses, sun-soaked guitar harmonies, and laid-back flows of the songs in this playlist.
Here’s a list of music spanning the genres of Rap/Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Electronica, and more. It’s filled with infectious beats that never get old and prove to be the perfect soundtrack for cruising, chilling, and partying.
16) “Now or Never” by HALSEY
The strength of music nowadays doesn’t just rely on the singer anymore. It’s almost all about production – how much the beat bumps and how much it makes you wanna turn the volume up to max when the chorus hits. Whoever produced this song, knew exactly what they were doing.
15) “New Scream” by Turnover
I don’t know a college student who doesn’t relate to this song. Not only are the lyrics about the times we all wish he had zero responsibilities, but its youthful and warm melody just makes you want to drive down an open road with all of your windows down….avoiding all of your responsibilities.
14) “III. Telegraph Ave.” (“Oakland” by Lloyd) by Childish Gambino
13) “You Got It” by Bryson Tiller
12) “Despacito” feat. Daddy Yankee by Luis Fonsi
All I’m gonna say is that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are all you need to make you wanna get up dance to this song, even when it’s not playing because it’s THAT catchy.
11) “LUV” by Tory Lanez
10) “LOYALTY” feat. Rihanna by Kendrick Lamar
9) “So Many Details” by Toro y Moi
8) “Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont
7) “Pop Thieves” by Childish Gambino
Pop Thieves is practically made to listen to in the summer time. It’s off Gambino’s 2014 album Kauai, but its beachy feel makes it a timeless jam for every summer.
6) “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
5) “Wild Thoughts” feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller by DJ Khaled
4) “Unforgettable” feat. Swae Lee by French Montana
3) “HUMBLE” by Kendrick Lamar
2) “LOVE” feat. Zacari by Kendrick Lamar
1) “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Other than this song being perfect because it’s actually about summer, when is a better time to appreciate a good throwback than summer? Summertime is one of those jams that can give you nostalgia about BBQs you’ve never been to, that one uncle in a polo everyone has, and fashions your cousins wore when they were young and free in the 90s. As the Fresh Prince puts it, this is the perfect song to play when you need a break from the heat of all that hardcore dancing. It’s a joint so cool, air conditioning is practically unnecessary.

And there you have it! 16 songs with the soul of summer.
Whether you have last minute bashes, ocean-bound adventures, road trips, pool days, or plans to hit the mountains of Frederick, you’ll want to make sure to give these songs a play or seventeen on your loudest bass woofer sound system.
These are the tunes guaranteed to make the best season last forever.

 

 

 

Spring Break Woes

Spring break is here and for many seniors, this is our last spring break of our undergraduate career, and for many we don’t really have a break at all.

 

During this time, instead of vacationing and celebrating during Spring break, many seniors, like myself, go on interviews, look at potential graduate schools, and apply for post-graduation jobs.

 

My spring break started off to a fast start. Right after my night class on the Thursday before our week-long hiatus, I rushed home, packed and had to get ready for an 8 a.m. flight the next day. I traveled to Minneapolis, MN to tour the University of Minnesota School of Law. I was very excited and optimistic about Minneapolis. I arrived at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and was about to go through security when I realized that I forgot my driver’s license. Fortunately, I was finally able to board the plane, but I had to go through a longer vetting process.

 

“Welcome to Minneapolis, it is currently 8 degrees and we will be descending shortly,” the pilot announced. “Enjoy your weekend!” This weather was not ideal, certainly not like the warmth of Miami. However, like anyone who has ever traveled to a new place that could potentially be their new home, I got off the plane and was super excited to explore. I hurried to my hotel, put my luggage down, and went out to see the sights.

 

During my break, I also applied for jobs. I think finding a job after graduation is often portrayed as being easy. However, that is simply not the case. Searching for a job is overwhelming and it is nerve-wracking waiting for replies to the many cover letters and resumes sent out. I, like many other seniors, are stressing as I try to figure out my post-graduation plans and finish up my school work.

 

Panic! At The Disco “Death of a Bachelor” concert review

A sold out Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was filled with fans screaming back lyrics to the Grammy nominated Panic! At The Disco on February 25th.
The national tour is celebrating the success of the band’s latest album Death of a Bachelor which features hit songs like “Victorious,” “Death of a Bachelor,” and “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” The 5th album was released in 2016.
There were people of all ages enjoying the show, from children as young as 12, to people my age, to people in their thirties. A diverse crowd had gathered there to enjoy a night of music in one space.
It is amazing how much music can bring people together. Panic! At the Disco has lasted over generations which is uncommon for other bands in the music industry.
As soon as lead singer Brendan Urie hit the stage, the already loud Wells Fargo Center somehow became louder with the singing and screaming of lyrics.
When Urie is on stage singing and dancing, he is unpredictable and exciting. His spontaneity makes him a crowd pleaser, one that is hard not to dance and sing along with.
Though the Philadelphia and Washington DC dates have come and gone, there may very well be another album or another tour. Another performance by them will be an exciting event that few will want to miss.

The great winter… that didn’t happen

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Winter is coming. Winter is here. Winter is… over? At least, that’s what it feels like.
During the time of year when students are normally bundling up, dreading the cold and reining in the snow days, the 2017 winter months have seen a change of pace. Short sleeves and summer dresses have replaced wools coats and scarves, and what should be the coldest time of the year has been feeling like the warmest.
While the possibility of a few snow days is still there, the traditional coldest months of the year are quickly slipping away from us. It’s looking like we might not have a winter this year.
“This is a really warm year, and we’ve had a number of really warm years and warm winters in the last decade, like record breaking kind of things,” Professor Eric Annis said, an associate professor of biology who teaches multiple undergrad and grad classes related to Ecology and climate change.
“I don’t know off the top of my head how many of the warmest winters of record we’ve had over the last decade, but it’s a lot. And that’s on record since maybe the 1850s,” Annis said.
According to Annis, the main difference between climate and weather is that weather happens on a short-term scale, whereas climate deals with things on a decadal scale. He said that one of the most immediate impacts this weather could have would be a negative harvest for places which are blooming now, but could very well die if a hard frost comes in the next few months.
“It has problems, even if it’s very comfortable for a lot of people,” he said.
Many students seem to agree that while enjoyable, the warm weather of the last few months is worrisome.
“I definitely do not like this warm weather,” Kaylene Wright, a senior said. “Because however nice warm weather is, I am not satisfied with the winter yet. I really want there to be snow.”
Additionally, Wright believed this weather could have a negative impact on the world at large. “Obviously I’m not an environmental scientist, but this does seem to go with the trend that we keep having hottest years on record,” she stated.
Molly Masterson, also a senior, agreed with Wright, saying “It is absolutely horrible and you should all be terrified, because the world is actually going to end. I’m not kidding. Everyone is like, ‘yay we can wear shorts.’ No. You’re going to be on fire in a year.”
However, not all students are adverse to the recent warmer weather. “I really like it, cause it’s warm and I hate the cold,” Beth Montague, a junior, said. While Montague has been taking advantage of the high temperatures, she does acknowledge the threats this weather poses.
“I know it’s terrible for the environment,” she said, “and that global warming is terrible and we’re all probably going to die. But I like it while we have it.”
Students are not the only ones enjoying the warm weather. Although President Chapdelaine is worried about the weather, she also has found things to like.
“It’s great, because as the president, calling snow days is the absolute worst part of the job,” she said. “It’s a really hard call to make and it seems like you can never get it right. Somebody is going to be upset. So as a president, I’m loving it.”
Despite her enthusiasm for not calling snow days, she does agree that the weather has negative implications. “On a personal note, I really miss winter,” Chapdelaine said. “I think there is ample evidence that we have climate change going on, and I worry. We should all do what we can to support our environment. Try to do our part.”
Chapdelaine also joked, “I do think that the weather has been so warm, we should probably have had an anti-snow day,” she said. “But I figure I’d get in trouble for that too, if I just said, on account of beautiful weather in February, let’s just cancel class!”
According to Annis, it is important for individuals to get involved and find out what they can do, because we do have an impact.
“One of the most important parts of climate change, which is driven by human impact and human factors, is the amount of CO2 and methane that we emit on a per-capita basis,” Annis said. “So, how much does each person on a daily basis release into the environment?”
Annis stressed the importance of becoming educated on the subject, and encourages everyone to look into the Union of Concerned Scientists, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He believed that citizens must understand the issue so that they can vote against it.
“Vote for candidates that understand there is a problem and that we need to fix it,” he said.
He believes that misinformation poses a large threat to the world regarding climate.
“Most of the controversy that people talk about in the media is fabricated,” Annis said. “You’ve got a very strong opposition that has been mounted to the science behind it, but there’s really no controversy within the scientific community that this is happening. It’s very quick and very easy to just say bad things about the science without any foundation. And we need to do something about it.”

Best friends and Hood SGA exec members

IMG_3582[1]When I was approached to interview this edition’s Hood leaders, I knew immediately that interviewing them separately was no way to go about it. Frankly, it would just be wrong to try and separate them.
Ellie Blaser and Katie Mann are a dynamic duo. Chances are, you’ve seen them together around campus acting in a way more contemporary young women should.
Ellie and Katie are two of the most loyal and supportive friends I have ever met. They build each other up in a way that impresses. The two challenge one another to be better and it shows.
In our 40-minute interview, it was obvious; these two care about each other in a way most friends never will. They genuinely desire the best for one another; no cat-like backstabbing here.
While both are seniors and share similar answers to many candid questions, they are far from the same person. When asked what color they’d be if they were crayons, both agreed they’d be pink. Ellie pointed out immediately that pink wasn’t her favorite color; it’s actually green. Katie playfully joked she’d be a “hotter pink.” However, in the end, they both agreed they’d be slightly different hues of bubblegum pink.
If given the option of only one food to eat forever, they both agreed sandwiches were the way to go. They talked of an agreeable capacity for variety (neither are fans of monotony) and declared a burger is technically a sandwich.
It is obvious these girls are going places. While their lives may lead them in different directions, it is safe to say they are both better people thanks to their fateful friendship born of a breakfast themed group costume. Ask them, and they’ll gladly share the story. Be warned: you’ll wish your bestie was a bit more like them.
Both girls graduate in May 2017. If you don’t already know them, here’s your chance for a little inside info.
Ellie Blaser, the SGA traditions chair, is a communications major with a minor in literature. She can be described as the keeper of all things traditionally known to Hood. From dinks, to class banners, to convocation and graduation, Ellie is the voice for keeping the old and ushering in some new. She also serves as the entertainment and lifestyle editor for “The Blue and Grey.”
Katie Mann, the SGA house forum chair, is a business administration major. Summarily, her duty is to report the concerns of each residence hall’s house council. She is the collective voice of all Hood housing. In her Sophomore year, she began as the vice president of her hall and has since worked her way up to this leadership role.
Both see their roles as integral building blocks for their impressive resumes. They are born leaders and while they aren’t primarily looking to get into local or federal government positions; their brief insight on policy and procedure is sure to benefit them in their professional lives.

Spotlight Review

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) and The Blue and Grey will be showing “Spotlight,” the recipient of the Academy’s Best Picture Award for 2015, on Dec. 9 at 9pm in Hodson Auditorium.

 

“Spotlight” focuses on the 2002 Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal revealed by the investigative team, Spotlight, at the Boston Globe. It takes the best aspects of news room drama and investigative suspense to create a plot that pulls in the viewer.

 

Tom McCarthy, the director, had a daunting task in taking a newspaper project that spanned over many months and turning it into a 129 minute film without losing any of the important details. He chooses to focus solely on the process from conception to publication, and trusts that most viewers would be familiar with the aftermath of the revelations.

 

“Spotlight” provides a thrilling look into the stresses and hurdles of investigative journalism, whether it is dealing with legal difficulties, the occurrence of a national disaster, or the moral pressure that comes with challenging an institution held dear by many.

 

The movie deals with many sensitive details, primarily sexual abuse, but McCarthy addresses these conversations in a tactful way. The details make the viewers uncomfortable, as they should, without driving them away.

 

“Spotlight” proves that sometimes the best stories are those that are true.

Final Foods: Stress Eating Like a Pro

Fall semester finals are nestled between two of the most food filled holidays of the year.  There are so many carbs, so much sugar, and stress…oh so much stress.   We’ve got projects and research and papers; presentations and multiple choice tests galore (in my head I was singing like The Little Mermaid).

 

We’ve also got munchies, yeah we’ve got munchies.  But who cares, we want more!  Sorry, I’m feeling really Disney today.

 

As we sit and study our last minute course materials we not only stuff our brains with information, we’re stuffing our faces with chips, and fruit snacks, and Big Macs.  Yup, Big Macs.

 

After polling a random selection of 8 Hood College students about their stress cravings, ok fine I polled my Video Media Production II class, the results were: McDonalds (one specified the need for a Big Mac, the other simply needing something from the chain), Panera Bread’s Mac & Cheese, bread chips (like pita or croutons, I’m confused), ice ream by the carton, bacon (mmm meat candy), cookies, and pretzels.

 

With snack needs so varied, it is obvious we all handle our stress differently.  Some like sweet, some like salty.  Did you notice no one said baby carrots and hummus? Yeah, me too.  Why do we reach for the junk food when we’re running last minute cram-fest gauntlet?

 

It could be ease of access, it could be comforting, and it could just be as random as something smelling good on campus.  Some pieces would suggest in this spot right here that maybe you grab a salad.  I’m not going to do that.

 

You know what you want and you know what you need.  Lettuce isn’t going to produce those good mood inducing hormones like a sliver of gourmet chocolate does.  Eat healthy when the stress has passed.

 

For the time being; get some rest, eat what makes you happy, and ace those finals!