For when you’re missing home

Whether you live in the dorms or off campus with some friends there’s a high chance that you will get home sick (at least eventually).  And I’m sure not everyone has the opportunity to drive home on a whims notice to see family.  I’m sort of trying this new thing out myself where I don’t go home and see family every other weekend, but instead once a month, which is a little harder, but it does save a lot on gas (did I mention I drive about 100 miles each way).  That being said I tend to miss my family, and being home a whole lot more then usual.

I’ve got a few suggestions, one mainly being go out and have fun with your friends or roommates, or get to know roommates a little more.  What do I mean by that?

  • Have/make dinner together
  • Go workout together, whether you are spotting each other or doing a class together
  • Go study together
  • Support each other (if on a sports team or in some type of art/music program)
  • Play games or go bowling
  • Go to a concert
  • Have a movie night
  • Go shopping together (maybe that’s just a girl thing)

What I’m trying to say is go have some fun, enjoy yourself and don’t be alone.  I’ve found that it’s better to go out and have some fun then to sit around lonely because it tends to make you miss home even more.  Being able to feel welcome in your own dorm/apartment makes it feel more like the home you left and makes the transition a little easier.  Having that comfort also makes you more open to those you live with, more willing to share your problems or feelings, and you don’t feel as secluded.    And if that still doesn’t work I would suggest getting a Skype account or some other type of video chat so that you can see faces and feel like you are back at home.

Do you have any suggestions to avoid being home sick?

 

 

 

……..And in case you were wondering, the Color Run was pretty awesome.  Here’s a before picture where with my roommate and RA where we are all nice and clean.  

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The after picture where I was covered in color in places I didn’t even realize.  It was totally worth it, and fun being out there.

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Color Run

There is a lot happening this up coming weekend including StanFest, the StanFest Carnival, and our first annual COLOR RUN!  I’ve always wanted to participate in one of these runs, and they look so fun, I just usually end up working or missing out completely because I hear about it after it happens.  This time it will be at our school this Saturday, the race starts at 9:30, and you can register now in the Warrior Activities Center, it is only $20 for Stanislaus State students and $30 for non students.  Also if you register early enough there is a chance you could get a free T-shirt.  I’m pretty excited about the shirt to be honest.

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I’ll admit, I probably won’t run most of it, I’m not the best runner, and while running 5K might be easy for some people, on a Saturday morning I’m usually pretty lazy.  It should be a lot of fun, so if you’re up Saturday morning and want something to do, either sign up and participate or come and cheer on your friends.  I’ll see you there!

Lets make a stand

For many returning students you most likely noticed the changes in main dining, the warrior grill, and Pop’s store, and let’s be honest here they aren’t all good changes.

Last year I loved the burrito bar in main dining, I would go about once a week and get a delicious tasting burrito every single time.  Since the semester has started I’ve only gone there twice, besides the fact that the burrito bar is somewhat pushed into the corner (not that us having a Vietnamese food place is a bad thing) but the burrito bar used to take up more space, and had a wider selection of food to put inside such as lettuce or jalapenos.   The other thing is the last few times I’ve gone to the burrito bar, my burrito hasn’t tasted the same, the meat has been flavorless, more like they just cooked in with no seasonings, and my tortilla has been dry, which makes the entire burrito taste well, bad.

The other changes I have noticed are the menus are a little smaller, as in they are missing items they had last year.  Both the menu in main dining and some of those in the warrior grill as well.  For example the burrito bar had nachos, tacos, and carne asada fries, there is a chance that they still have these items, but unless you ask for them specifically your choices are limited to burrito bowls, burritos, and salads.  The salad bar in main dining has become less, you pay more for the food, but get a smaller salad then you did last year, how is that fair?  The grill menu has also changed; they now offer coffee only during the hours of 9 and 11am, I’m pretty sure there are people that want coffee after 11.  Their menu has also been cut short, changed and some items replaced.  They no longer list the California grilled cheese on their menu (its avocado, basil/spinach, cheese and tomatoes), the different salads, nachos, quesadillas, and fried pickles (which were a new item last year).  The new menu mainly consists of burgers, a few different sandwiches, chicken tenders and fries.  Yes, there is a chance you can ask for all of these things if you know about them, but any new student wouldn’t know about these items and just be plain out of luck.

Their change in menu whether it cuts down on cost or not, if the quality of food isn’t as good, and if there isn’t as much of a variety then why tease us with these items and then take them away?  It is somewhat discouraging their changes making me less likely to go buy the food there.  I mean there isn’t even a soda machine in Pop’s anymore, and their selection of food items and such is very small now!! (Sorry I didn’t really go into Pop’s a lot, but I know they’ve downsized a lot).

I say lets make a stand!  I’ve talked to friends who have eaten there, and they aren’t happy with the changes to the food and the quality of the food.  To make a difference you have to be that difference!  There are comment cards in each of the dining areas to leave notice about your food experience, if you aren’t happy fill one out!  If enough of us complain they are bound to have to change things for the better, after all we as students are their main customers and if we aren’t happy with the food, then they should know about it.

There’s a chance that I eat strange things

Actually it’s not more of a chance, it is just true. My roommates have looked at me more than once in the past couple years wondering what I am eating/making.  I can’t help it sometimes.  Being in the dorms means no home cooked meals every night (well there is the Cafe), but I don’t eat there every night, so that means I have to make due with food I have.  And sometimes I experiment with food, or make things people think are strange.

There was one night my roommate saw me making macaroni and cheese (every college students favorite meal), and then watched me put Tabasco sauce inside.  Yes I said Tabasco sauce.  She gave me a strange look, like I was crazy, I’m sure most people only use Tabasco for eggs, but it was what I had at the time and I wanted to experiment some.  I like to think of it as making the Mac and cheese a little more flavorful, and spicy, which in the end is why I decided to call it Spicy Mac and Cheese.  Of course my roommate did end up testing out the theory (or whatever you may call it) the next time she made Mac and Cheese, although I think she tried it with Tapatio sauce instead, she liked it just the same.

Next up is what I call a homemade hash browns, I’m sure that I’m not the only one that calls them that, but when my roommate asked me why I was shredding a potato I told her I was making a hash brown, she may have still been confused, but seemed happy with my response. This is something kind of simple in the fact that all I did was fry a shredded potato.  Of course I added some salt and pepper to add some flavoring, and sometimes I drop an egg on top, which I like to think helps keep it together.  It all tastes the good to me, and since it is nice and easy to make, I don’t mind making it for dinner, breakfast, or even lunch (if I have time).  For me in particular I also tend to dip it in salsa brava to give it slightly more flavor, I’m sure Ketchup would work just as well to add flavor but not spice.  I enjoy it, but that may also be because I love potatoes and like looking for new ways to cook them.

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At home I’m considered the fruit monster, because usually when I come looking for something to snack on its fruit, and if its something simple like cuties or bananas I’ll just eat a million of them (mainly the cuties).  I’m just the same way at school, one of my big buys is always fruit mainly apples and bananas. Bananas are good by themselves, nice and easy to grab and go in between classes, but if there’s time I do enjoy putting peanut butter or even nutella on them, trust me its delicious!

Technically you could put peanut butter on apples too, I’m sure it’s been done.  My latest crave with apples tends to be apples and cheese.  I’m sure someone introduced me to the idea of it a while ago, but it has recently come back as one of my favorite snacks.  Cut up the apple, get some slices of cheese (I’d suggest using cheddar) put them together and you’ve got a decently healthy snack.

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I’m hoping these don’t sound completely strange, and I don’t scare anyone away.  I’d like to know if anyone else tends to experiment with food or make things that others might give you strange looks for eating?