Reflections of a 4th Year Uni Kid

November 14, 2017

Dear Readers,

4th year of university is a beautiful combination of fear and excitement. Excitement as in you’re so close to being done with school – and the feeling of accomplishment and success is maximized each day as you get closer to graduation day… yet the fear exists as you transition into the stages of adulthood, as in the fear of “growing up”, from job hunting to moving out, to going to work religiously from Mondays to Fridays, all the while paying for your adult bills and student loans.

It’s so fascinating how much time flies within the years you spend in university. I spent 4 autumns studying the mesmerizing world of accounting. I spent four falls and four winters going to campus, studying, drinking my half steeped tea-half french vanilla from Tims, 4 falls and 4 winters worth of stressing about assignments, tests, midterms, and finals. 4 cold winters of driving 20 to 30 minutes everyday on the icy roads of Sarcee Trail and Crowchild. 4 falls and 4 winters of lectures…. note taking…. socializing…. growth… and discovering myself.

Without a doubt, I wouldn’t had wanted it any other way.

During the past 4 years, I made friends, and created enemies too. I met plenty of outstanding individuals, such as Professor Shiraz Kurji who had impacted my life beyond knowledge and pushed me towards self-discovery. I met people who inspires me everyday, and people who had inspired me at times wherein I needed it the most. In the last four fall semesters I spent in Mount Royal University, this fall semester is perhaps the best one.

This fall, with the sight of graduation day inching closer and closer, I find myself more determined to graduate. My desire to conquer everything I have not yet conquered in university is heightened. The new Riddell library is like my second home lately, and the communities around Mount Royal safeguards my car for the day. The gym is like my escape room – a place wherein I can find peace through running on the treadmill. The hallways seem so familiar, yet becoming more unfamiliar each day as newer faces comes in and out. EVERYTHING about this LAST FALL SEMESTER is a mix of joy and sad.

So far, I had learned how to budget my money, prepare my food, wake up early, be punctual, how to send a professional e-mail, file my taxes, balance a balance sheet, prepare financial statements, be a team player, how to lose and gain weight, where to park for free around campus, best times to study, and SO MUCH MORE.

But the best lesson I learned so far, is that time flies fast.

At the beginning, four years of university seemed like a stretch. 4 years seemed too long. Now, as a student in her 4th year, I’m looking back at the past years and questioning myself, “how did time fly so fast….”

For the newbies, the “first year brats”, believe me when I say, “You have so much to learn with so little time”.

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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$35 Meal Prep – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner For 3 Days!

November 6, 2017

Dear Readers,

Ohhhh university…. it’s the best 4 years of learning! For the most part, the best thing university teaches us, is how to save and spend money the best economical way. You see, with the more money you save on food at campus, gives you more money to waste on liquor, clothes, random splurges, and whatever item or activity there is to reduce your “school stress”. With the most of us, “average university kids”, struggling with money, food is truly an expense we can’t skip out on. Therefore, my university years taught me how to be a wise spender while being a healthy eater.

My lifestyle had undergone some dramatic changes since last year. For instance, I had become very strict with what I eat, especially when I’m in school. As a business student, I can’t help but notice how expensive eating on campus can be. The basic prices for lunch varies from ~$6.00 (Subway 6-inch sub or Tim’s) to ~$10.00 (Edo, Thai Express, La Prep or Mucho Burrito). Multiply that by 4, since I’m a full-time student with classes from Mondays to Thursdays… and count in the additional taxes you end up paying for your meal… eventually, the amount of money an average student spends on food adds up substantially. That rough estimate only accounts for lunch… I didn’t even bother adding the various expenses on dinner and snacks on campus!!!

…What about the nutrition from the food on campus – let’s not even touch on that.

So, for starters, here’s a super cheap and easy meal prep for breakfast, lunch, and dinner enough to last for 3 days!!! By cheap, I mean cheap!!! My grocery bill from today, only cost me $35.41 at Safeway!!! Which equals to $11.80 a day for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!

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BREAKFAST:

-Greek yogurt and frozen berries

OR

-Frozen fruit smoothie with almond milk

Normally, I workout in the mornings around 6:30 am to 9:00 am. I like to have a small bite before my workout, nothing too heavy, just lite and quick. So, what I end up doing is either: making a smoothie or yogurt!

My little trick with my yogurt is simple. First, I pack it in a small container and place the frozen berries on top. Then, I take this container with me to school and I eat it right after my workout! By that time, the berries had defrosted and you’re not biting into frozen chunks of fruit! The frozen berries also keeps your yogurt chilled, so you’re not eating warm yogurt either.

LUNCH AND DINNER

Pan-fried Chicken and Turkey Meal Prep

Ingredients:

-3 chicken breasts

-3 strips of turkey meat

-broccoli

-sweet potato/yam

-frozen corn and frozen green peas (not from today’s grocery)

-virgin olive oil

-salt

-garlic & pepper seasoning

BEGIN:

Potatoes: 

1.) Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit

2.) Peel skin of sweet potatoes and rinse in cold water

3.) Slice into thin round pieces

4.) Place flat on a baking pan, then drizzle with olive oil

5.) Season with salt and roasted garlic & peppers

6.) Bake sweet potatoes for 35 minutes

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Broccoli: 

1.)  Rinse broccoli in cold water

2.) Steam for 15 minutes

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Corn and Beans: 

1.) Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pot

2.) Add a cup of frozen corn into pot

3.) Then, add a cup of  frozen green peas

4.) Cook for 10 minutes in medium heat

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Chicken and Turkey: 

1.) Warm a drizzle of olive oil on a pan under medium heat

2.) Start frying chicken and turkey

3.) Season however you please – salt, steak seasoning, peppers etc.

4.) Constantly flip sides to ensure proper cooking

5.) Let it cook for 30 minutes under medium heat

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COMBINE

Once everything has been cooked, gather all of the vegetables and meat and place it  evenly in your containers. Like so:

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ANNNNND just like that, you’re already saving more and eating better! ANNND you are very, very, very welcome!

With love,

Mary Dezleigh Teodosio.

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