I start off most mornings by skimming through my FB news feed. I like to get caught up on the major events that occurred in the cyber world for the 7 (sometimes 8 if it’s a good night) hours that I was getting my beauty rest. It’s generally just a cluster of irrelevant sorority squat style pictures and “single-girl-swag” type statuses that I, and most other social media lovers, continue to go through every morning for some unknown reason. I suppose it’s because we hold on to that tiny bit of hope each morning that it’ll be a good day and we might stumble upon one or two posts that makes you smile or laugh.
The posts that typically stand out the most on the news feed tend to be articles; most of these articles are from Onward state or Elite Daily. Both of these sites are reporting what I, as a college aged female student, consider to be relevant news. They talk about Zedd at the BJC and “The 25 GIFS That Perfectly Describe Penn State.” Entertaining and simple news that doesn’t require a lot of effort to follow along, that’s all I expect from social media in the mornings. Which is why it’s the first thing on my to do list, my go-to source for daily information. I like to start off soft and easy and work my way up to the harder news, like CNN or The New York Times.
After my morning scroll on the book, I grab a copy of the Collegian on my way to class. I rarely ever read it cover to cover but it’s nice to have something to glance at when I have those awkward 30 min breaks between my classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In large lecture halls like 100 Thomas, It’s hard to stay focused on what the professor keeps blabbing on about when your laptop is staring you in the face, screaming for you to spend all your summer work money on Nasty Gal or read through the shenanigans on the Listserv. The Listserv is how my sorority communicates information to all members; it’s how we all get our important information for the week like who’s going to be sober sister (gag), who’s on suite duty, how to block our football tickets together, what internships are available and where all of our socials for the weekend are going to be held.
After class, I’m usually stuck doing reading and other miscellaneous assignments for my classes. I like to end my day by relaxing in our brand new suite in Haller Hall, baking some Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookies and watching the news. Anything direly important from the day typically gets recapped in the nightly news and in more detail than the first report, which is the biggest reason why I like to wait till the end of the day to catch up on my world news.
That’s about all there is to my recipe for media dieting; simple yet effective like all good things in life.