I couldn’t really decide, and played around with alternating parts of my list with pictures of food from my winter break. But then I switched the list back to the top. Then to the bottom. Then I didn’t like that, and put it back to the top… you get the point.
Anyways, here is a quickie list that I compiled during my first semester of university that I didn’t quite know/understand beforehand.
15 Things I Learned during my 1st Semester of University
- You are stronger than you know – physically and mentally. University will challenge this and before you know it, you’ll emerge an even stronger person. 🙂
- Call your professors “Professor _____” or “Dr. _____”! I learned this one by mistake. One time, I accidentally referred to a Doctor as “Mrs. _____” and was corrected by another faculty member. It was pretty embarrassing, but I didn’t make that mistake again. On the other hand, some teachers prefer being called by their first name! Some of my teachers like it when we refer to them as “Rick” or “Michael”. Most of them, though, like to be called “Professor ______” – it’s the safest name for a student to call them!
- You’ll rely on friends much more than you did in high school, whether that’s for due dates, study help, or extra hair ties.
- Course names were initially the most confusing thing in the world. What the heck is 302? 210? All courses in universities have a “code”, usually three numbers. For example, my first-year Biology class is called Bio 130, and my Neuroscience class is Kin 155. Students refer to the classes as simply their course numbers! As in, “hey, do you remember what Bill said in 104 this morning?”
- Appreciate the little things that you have now, that you may not have later. Dishwashers, now that I think about it, are blessings. Laundry baskets that aren’t broken. Cars – and wearing a seatbelt! Having a dog. Having family around you to make you smile 24/7 (okay, maybe not 24/7). Appreciate family, car rides, towel hooks, windows that open more than four inches, and dishwashers.
- Take advantage of all the things your school offers.
- Keep your eyes open for cool opportunities. It’s so important to find something that de-stresses you. University is NOT an easy ride, and the pent-up stress can be truly overwhelming.
- Professors don’t really care about you. Well, they do, but not the way your high school teachers did. It’s a completely different world. You are responsible for yourself.
- What’s popular is not always right, and what’s right is not always popular. Totally cliche, but this applies to my life (and yours, too!) in so many ways.
- Microwaved leftovers make the absolute best lunches. Quick, effortless, and totally delicious – what more could you want?
- Textbooks are a nightmare. Those stupid things are heavy, cost a fortune, take up desk space, and are “required” for a course but used, well, once in the entire semester. Maybe twice if you’re lucky.
- It’s okay to get lost. Carry a map, explore a new place, and see where that weird new path will take you.
- Stay connected with old friends and family.
- University is not as hard as you think.
- Try as many new things as you can, even if you THINK you won’t like them. Chances are, you will, and while you’re at it, you’ll meet new people!
Whew! Enough about school. Let’s look at food! I did end up making lots of things on my cooking/baking bucket list, like cauliflower pizza, smoothies, and blondies. 🙂 Gotta take advantage of that food processor while I can!
Things I Made/Ate: Winter Holiday Edition
- Cauliflower crust pizza made with goat cheese, pesto, and cheddar // carrot cake oatmeal with crushed coconut cashews and almond butter
- Lentil loaf, spinach Greek yogurt mac and cheese, garlic green beans
- Vegan peanut butter cup pie with chocolate ganache, peanut butter tofu silk filling, and coconut graham crust
- Spelt pancakes with banana, nut butter, and peanut butter tofu cream with raspberries, crushed nuts, and honey
- Puffed tofu with cabbage, shrimp scrambled eggs, Chinese chicken salad with cucumbers and sesame dressing, maple-soy salmon, and broccoli-carrot stir-fry
- Chocolate-dipped “Rolos” made with dates and peanut butter
- Arnie // mushroom and cheddar omelet
- Green smoothie with banana, flax, chia, cinnamon, spinach, almond milk, peanut butter, topped with raspberries, hemp hearts, crushed coconut cashews
- Quinoa “sushi” with salmon, cucumbers, egg, avocado (Mom is a sushi PRO!) // curried butternut squash soup
- Flourless almond butter chocolate chip blondies made with chickpeas. I swapped PB + honey for almond butter and maple. These turned out so well, and our guests were stunned to find out that these are protein-rich, sugar-free, and totally flourless. The entire batch disappeared in less than two hours! Check out the recipe 🙂
- Enjoyed with some cool, creamy Greek yogurt and cinnamon
Did you eat anything special at home recently? Have a scrumptious rest of the week, friends! 🙂