Evaluation

Now that this assignment is coming to an end I’d like to give an evaluation of how the blog has been going. Some tools were more useful than others. There are things I could have improved on and this assignment would have most definitely been easier with more prior experience.

Using social media to promote my blog had mixed effects. The required social media Twitter did not work very well as means of promoting my blog. This is because I was brand new to Twitter and had no history with the website and no followers to broadcast to. A non-required form of social media, Instagram and Facebook yielded much higher results because I had followers and friends who visited my page regularly.  I could have improved on my frequency of posting to the blog. With more posts, I could have had more visits to the site and I perhaps could have gotten more followers on Twitter. With prior experience, my writing would have been less choppy and one-dimensional. I also would have had a bigger understanding of how hard it is to maintain a blog.

In the future, I can put the experience of having a blog to professional use when I apply for summer internships and they ask me for any “Journalism experience”, I can show them my blog and the stats on it. This will also help the interviewers see that I am proficient in professionally communicating on social media.

Exposure wise, my best week was the one of September 26. I hade 11 views and one visitor. My first post “They Don’t Understand!” got the most views with a whopping 6 views! (note the sarcasm)

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However, I think this post was the most popular because it was the most personal yet informational. I really let the readers see “me” and what I’m into. Of all of the site’s data, the most surprising thing to me was that it is harder to get views than I thought. Of all the Twitter posts I made about the blog the only people who ever clicked on them was my TA. The other views I got were from Instagram and Facebook.

Overall I think that this assignment was very enlightening. I have learned that people have to work very hard to find success in social media and blogging. The knowledge I have now makes me more excited for the future of this blog and the places it will go.

Lily

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New Beginnings.

So as I have posted to this blog I began to realize that all of my posts are made up of almost the same recurring theme. Food. At first, I felt like I had failed at my mission. My mission was to incorporate organization, fitness, and food all into the same blog. This being my first attempt at a blog I did not realize how much work handling three categories would be. In order to show you my exercises, I would have had to get up a four in the morning just to make time in my day. Also, making posts on organization would require for me to actually be organized. My room looks like a tornado blew through. In short, I failed at my original task but I also succeeded.

I succeeded in figuring out exactly what I want to write this blog about. I know,, I know, I’m a bit late in the game! This blog first started out as a class assignment and I was planning on abandoning it once the semester was over. Then I realized that  I actually enjoyed what I was doing! Cooking cheap vegan meals and showing you all how to make them yourselves made me want to do my homework.

At the end of this semester,  I am going to be having a blog rebranding. The blog will stay as “The Working College Kid” but come January this blog will be all about cheap healthy cooking! I am so excited to show you all of my recipes and ideas for working college students eating on a budget! I will be posting regularly to Twitter and Instagram with updates about the blog. Follow me to stay posted! In the meantime here are some photos of recipes I can’t wait to show you!

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Lily

The Best Movie Snack!

So…I started Glee at the beginning of this week and I’m already on season 2. I love watching movies and television. Especially on Netflix where you can binge-watch to your heart’s content! I took a poll around my apartment to see what everyone enjoys to watch and the results were:

Jovial – Quantico, The Tomorrow People, The 100

Lydia – Ballet Documentaries

Toni – The Flash, Green Arrow, Scandal

Lily – Anything and everything!

However, one issue came up. We love to watch these shows but we always want something to eat while watching our shows. We make these meals and tell ourselves that we will eat while watching tv but we are finished with our food by the time the opening theme has finished. I have a solution. A healthy, fun, and tasty vegan snack that everyone will enjoy!

What you will need:

Popcorn

  • 1 Medium Pan
  • 1 Big Bowl
  • ~2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels

Place the pan on the stove and turn it up to medium heat. Melt ~2tbsp of coconut oil in the microwave. This should only take about thirty seconds. Pour the oil (the oil should cover the bottom of the pan, if it does not, add more!) and drop three kernels into the pot. Cover the pot and wait. When one kernel pops, pour the rest of the kernels into the pot and cover. Now get ready for an arm workout! Begin shaking the pot while the kernels are popping. Don’t stop or else they’ll burn! This should only take about 2 minutes. When the pops slow down to just one or two pops at a time. Pull the pot off the heat and pour the popcorn into the bowl. Voila! Yummy popcorn ready to eat! I don’t add and seasonings but feel free to add salt and butter. I reccomend using sea salt and Earth Balance Original Butter as a vegan alternative to normal butter.

Smoothie

  • A Blender (duh)
  • Kale (I use frozen kale)
  • Frozen Bananas
  • Frozen Mixed Berries
  • Water
  • Spirulina (optional)
  • Acai Powder (optional)

Layer into the blender a handful of kale, 2-f frozen bananas, and a handful of frozen mixed berries. Then add 1 heaping spoonful of spirulina and acai powder each. Pour about 1 cup of water into the blender and blend! Add water as you go until you reach your desired consistency. Taste t and if it’s a bit too “bitter” you can add more bananas or a dash of agave nectar. Pour into a glass and you’re done!

Now you have a movie snack that will last you all throughout the show. Enjoy!

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Lily

Renee

Insomnia struck.

I woke up at midnight and laid there until 6:00 am when I finally drifted to sleep. When I opened my eyes I noticed something…. It’s a lot brighter than it usually is outside when I wake up. I’m late! My skin tingled as I untangled myself from the sheets, removed my pj’s and looked at the time. 9:00. I had class at 9:30. Taking the bus, I should have left the house already. No time to shower. I threw on clothes and ran out to catch the bus.

Little did I know that it had rained overnight. The moment I reached the bottom step my mocassins were soaked in dirty water. No time to stop. I kept going, kicking up water into my pants in the process. When I get to the bus stop I realize that I forgot to bring the camera and tripod with me to return to the school. Not wanting to miss the bus I decide to leave it.

20 minutes later….the bus still hasn’t arrived. I have missed half of my class, my feet are freezing, and I’m too paranoid that I will miss the bus so I never went back for the camera.

When the bus finally arrived it was packed. I had to stand and because of my shortness, there was nothing to hold onto. I politely asked a gentleman, “Would you mind holding onto the pole so that I can’t hold onto the rope? I can’t reach.” I got greeted with, “No, grow a few inches Freshman.” Turns out he wasn’t very “gentlemanly” after all. Also, I’m a Junior. I ended up looking like a child playing one of those dancing games at the arcade the whole ride over to the school. No one cared.

I made it to the last 10 minutes of class then realize that I forgot to complete the homework for my philosophy class. Feeling completely screwed over I headed to the class. Due to my lack of sleep the previous night, I fell asleep during class only to wake up to the sound of desks collapsing. Just to add salt to the wound, I sit in the front row. The professor no longer likes me very much.

After class, I had to skip lunch in order to grab my camera and tripod from home and return it to the school. I barely made it to my last class, Intro to Advertising. A fairly easy class. During class, I decided to check my email. There was a notice from my apartment complex….I forgot to pay my rent. Now there is a big, shiny $50 fine on my rent that I can’t afford. This day is going great.

After class, I headed straight to work where the customers were nothing but mean, horrible, and nasty to me. My manager gave me tasks to complete around the store while helping customers at the same time. To make matters worse, if I didn’t complete the tasks I wouldn’t be up for promotion. One couponer yelled at me that I scanned her coupons “wrong”and that I deserved t be fired. We went through the transaction 3 times until she saw that she was the one who messed up her math. Then she got upset and left without purchasing  a single thing.

I’m done. I’ve had it.

Then comes Renee.

She came up to buy some candy to get cash back and when I told her that I couldn’t give her cash back that day I was ready for armageddon. Instead she surprised me. She asked “Oh, that’s alright. How are you doing today.”

I said, “Tired, but I’m still breathing so I can’t complain. I feel worse for may co-worker. She’s been working 10 hours shifts  for the  pasts two weeks straight.”

She replied, “Oh my goodness! She makes my 9-5 look easy!”

She resumed walking around the store and when she came back she had some Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups and a couple of Gatorades. After she purchased them she said,

“I’ve never had to be in your position so I don’t know what it is like but it seems very hard and I am so thankful for what you do. I bought these for you and your coworker.”

I almost cried.

All it took was one person. One person to care. It didn’t matter if she knew what I was going through or if she had experienced something similar. She cared. That is something no one had done for me for the past few months now. Just as the straw was about to break my back she swooped in and lifted it off. I can keep going now.

You were perplexed by how thankful and overjoyed I was to see that you cared. You were confused when I thanked you over and over. But, you seemed to understand when I asked to take a picture with you. I said, “I want to remember this moment.” Your forehead relaxed with understanding. We were on the same page, Sometimes life sucks so much that when something good happens, you have to do all that you can to preserve that one moment.

Thank you, Renee. Thank you for caring.

– Lily

I Hate Exercise.

I love pizza.

I love cake.

I love sleeping in late.

I love looking at pictures of waffles on Instagram.

I hate having to constantly eat healthy.

I hate waking up early.

I hate looking at pictures like this on Instagram:

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Truth is:

My stomach will most likely never look like that. My thighs will never be that far apart. I would have to make myself sick to get this thin. One keyword that all of these pictures always seem to have is “exersice”. Exercise to become thinner, thinner, thinner. To most of these people “thinner  = happier”. This is not the case.

The word exercise as defined in the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary is :”physical activity that is done in order to become stronger and healthier.” No where in this definition does it require a person to run until they drop, never miss a day, or severely limit your calories. My body is a temple and will be treated as such. A temple is a beautiful place, held to the highest of standards.

My body is beautiful fit, not skinny.  There are different types of “fit” and different body styles. Men and Women listen carefully. Exercise does not mean “hurt yourself”. It means “get to the best you.”

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Lily

 

Time For Dessert!

Did you really think I’d leave you hanging? I sat in my room with all my stuffed animals (because those are all the friends a girl needs) and said, “Hey guys, I’m going to give them dinner without dessert! Muahahahaaaa!” Of course not!

I present to you:

The Vegan Parfait

Are you ready? Ok! Ready! Set! Go!

What Do I Need?

  • Dairy Free Whipped Cream  (or regular whipped cream if you’re not vegan)
  • Strawberries
  • Black Berries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Bananas
  • Squash or Pumpkin Seeds (You will get the seeds from the spaghetti squash I will be showing you how to make!)
  • Martini Glass (or just a normal glass, I was feeling fancy)
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Coconut Oil
  • Tin Foil
  1. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 400 F.
  2. Rinse and dry your squash seeds and place them on a baking sheet lined with tin foil.
  3. Lightly coat them with coconut oil, sugar, and cinnamon.
  4. Let the seeds bake for 20 mins, stirring at 10 mins.
  5. Slice your strawberries into thin slices.
  6. Now let’s skip to the fun part!

Assembly!

Grab your glass, fruit, cream, and a spoon!

  1. Put a small layer of cream on the bottom of the glass.
  2. Add some blueberries
  3. Another layer of cream
  4. Add some blackberries and raspberries
  5. Another layer of cream
  6. Press the strawberries against the side of the glass and fill the middle.
  7. Another Layer of cream
  8. Add some more blueberries
  9. A very thin layer of cream
  10. Slice bananas onto the top and sprinkle on the squash seeds.

Voila!

Hope you enjoy!

Lily

Sweet Potato Awesomeness!!!

I was speaking to one of my roommates the other day and the topic of Thanksgiving came up. While we were sharing our funny stories (like the on about my first thanksgiving….I’ll tell you about that later) I said that my favorite dish was the sweet potatoes. What she said next astounded me.

“The only sweet potatoes I’ve ever had were in a pie.”

Oh my. So naturally I went to the store and picked up some ingredients to show her sweet potatoes in all of their vegan glory! I present to you:

Sweet Potato Bowls

Are you ready? Good. This only takes 30 mins. to make and 2 seconds to enjoy! Ready Set Go!

What Do I Need?

  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 LARGE sweet potatoes
  • 1 bundle broccoli (I used baby broccoli)
  • 2 BIG handfuls of kale
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 – 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Tumeric

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All of these ingredients only cost me about $15 for two batches. Now each batch yields about 3 servings. A post about how I did this will be coming soon!

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drain and rinse your garbanzo bean then set them aside in a mixing bowl.
  3. Cut your sweet potatoes in half and your onion into wedges. Place them onto a baking sheet and coat everything evenly in some melted coconut oil (not swimming in oil! just a light coat). Make sure the sweet potatoes are skin side down.

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  1. Let that bake for about 10 minutes. While that is baking, chop up your broccoli or broccolini. You can throw away the stems if you wish but I keep them for added nutrients and deliciousness!
  1. After 10 minutes is up pull out the sheet to add the broccoli. Give the broccoli a light coat of coconut oil as well and a little dusting of salt and pepper. Flip the sweet potatoes.

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  1. Bake for another 10 minutes. While that is baking chop up your kale. It doesn’t really matter what size you chop it in. I just like for it to not be in huge leaf format.
  1. After 10 minutes is up add the kale. Drizzle a tiny bit more oil on there and mix the kale and the broccoli together. Add a little more salt and pepper.

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  1. Bake for 4-5 minutes.
  2. While that is baking heat a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Grab the bowl of garbanzo beans and add
    1. 1 tsp cumin
    2. 3/4 tsp chili powder
    3. 3/4 tsp garlic powder
    4. 1/4 tsp salt
    5. 1/4 tsp pepper
    6. 1/4 tsp turmeric

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  1. Mix all of that together then put it in the skillet. Saute them until the are browned and fragrant. This should take 5-10 minutes.

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  1. Now everything should be out of the oven and done sauteing. Here comes the fun part – assembly!
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes into bite-sized cubes.

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  1. Put kale and broccoli at the bottom of your bowl.
  2. Add sweet potatoes
  3. Then spoon some garbanzo beans on top!
  4. Voila!

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This recipe yields about 3 servings and is great for meal prep!

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Don’t forget to clean up!

Hope you enjoy!

Lily

 

Maurleiforcier!!!!

For a few weeks now I have been keeping an eye on a certain blogger. She has been providing inspiration to me as I have been preparing for these upcoming posts and I would like to share her with you! Her name is Maurlei Forcier and she is a vegan college student. Her blog is about how to be a vegan college student without having to cry over the grocery receipts! Instead of having to spend a whole paycheck on two-weeks worth of meals she helps you change your perspective on food and helps you save money!

In one of her posts’ Forcier gives us a list of cheap vegan foods affordable to almost anyone. These foods can be made into amazing dishes and work well for meal planning. Which is a must for all vegans, especially the busy college students. You can take a look at her grocery list here: https://maurleiforcier.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/broke-and-vegan-college-grocery-list/

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Maurlei Forcier

With dishes as beautiful as this and affordable too, she makes it hard to say no to veganism! Not only does she have recipes but she also reviews podcasts and gives infographic data on veganism! Her blog is fun and interesting to read and I hope you’ll give it a try!

 

They Don’t Understand!

Have you ever had to leave class early to attend work? Then you have to go to work angry at everyone because you missed important things in class? Me too.

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Managers set times and expect us to be at work regardless of when we have class or prior obligations. Work is your life and if it’s not you get stuck with the work no one wants to do. But not anymore! Here is my fool-proof way of getting your managers to understand your need to be in classes.

  1. Organizing your schedule is something you need to have done before you go out applying for jobs.
    • You MUST Know
      • Your school schedule
      • Your team schedule if you are in any athletics
      • Your religious obligations
      • Events you are planning on attending throughout the semester
    • Knowing these things will help you make an informed decision on what hours you can work. The person interviewing you will feel better about giving you a position if you know for sure when you are available and if you can show up when they need you.
  2. Show your drive and passion.
    • When your manager or future manager asks you about your major, don’t just tell the “Journalism”, elaborate.
      • Tell them why you and/or how you got into your major
      • Tell them about the classes you are in and what classes you are most excited about taking.
      • Tell them what you are planning on doing with your major. What you want to be when you “grow up”.
      • DON’T – Tell them all of this at once. (They don’t care that much, haha)
  3. Do Your Best Work!
    • When you show up for work whether it is your first or last day you MUST deliver your best work.
      • When the manager asks you to straighten up don’t just nudge things into looking straight. Make sure everything is where it belongs and looks professional.
      • There is ALWAYS something for you to do. When you haven’t been assigned a job or task, take it upon yourself to find something to do. There is always something that needs tending.
      •  Recap what you are told to do. Whenever your manager or shift supervisor asks you to do something repeat it and acknowledge them by saying “Got it” or “Yes Ma’am/Sir”.

Following these three steps will help you prolong your longevity in your job and will make your manager[s] more understanding of your situation. When you have to ask for the schedule to be changed because of your classes or prior obligations your manager will be more willing to make the change because you are organized, show your drive, and do your best work. Follow these three steps and organizing school and work will be a breeze!

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-Lily

Welcome!

“Hey, you wanna hang out?”

“Sure, when?”

“Tomorrow after classes. Let’s say five.”

“Oh… I can’t. I have to work. I can hang out the next day though!”

” I have work that day…”

“Well, I guess I’ll just see you around then.”

“Yup. Bye.”

Calling all Working College Kids! Have you ever had this experience? Can’t hang out with friends, workout, get school work done, etc. because of a job? Me too. As a working college student, I struggle with organization, fitness, and scheduling. I always wished that there was a website or something that could help me figure everything out. So I made one myself!

My name is Liliana Roman and I attend Texas State University. I am a Journalism Major with the mind of an Actress. Somehow in my crazy life of attending class, going to work, auditioning, and spending time with family and friends I manage to get it all done. My goal is to show you how I got it done and help you along your journey through college.

I plan to encompass organization, fitness, and cheap healthy eating in this blog.  As we all know college isn’t the cheapest thing in the world and I aim to make that easier on you. In the soon future, this blog will be accompanied by a YouTube channel with How-To’s , Vlogs, and advice. I can’t wait to start this journey with you and hope you find something helpful along the way!

Lily