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Top Snacks For College Students

Snacks are an essential component of the college experience. Whether you have a stash of  Oreos and popcorn or yogurt and almonds in your dorm, I can almost guarantee every college student has their favorite snacks on hand right now. I asked UT students to share their top snacks, and I got a multitude of responses. So, if you’re looking to add some variety to your snack collection, then this is a great place to start!

I was not surprised to discover Oreos, chips, gummy candy and goldfish were popular answers among the students I spoke to. All of these snacks have a wide range of flavors to choose from, which makes them appealing to a larger audience. In addition, these are the types of snacks that never get old because the second you get tired of one flavor, you can switch to the next one.

On the more nutritious side, many students said they keep a healthy supply of Greek yogurt, trail mix and granola bars. Greek yogurt can be more of a hassle to carry around, but trail mix and granola bars are great to take with you on the go. 

Again, depending on your preferences, you can choose different toppings for your yogurt, switch out raisins for m&ms in your trail mix or go for a fruit-filled granola bar instead of your usual chocolate chip and peanut butter combo.

There were definitely some outliers in the responses that are worth an honorable mention. Some people specifically mentioned lucky charms, peanut m&ms, Milano cookies and dried mango slices.

I can’t end the article without sharing some of my own picks for snacks. Of course, I always keep cashews, brookside chocolates and white cheddar popcorn. I’m definitely excited to use my research to diversify my snack selection the next time I’m at Target, though!

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5 Markets in ATX to Check Out

Austin is a great place for a lot of activities such as kayaking, going to concerts, or checking out the nightlife. The next Austin staple you need to try is going to a market! Spring has sprung, and these nice warm temperatures won’t last for long until we cross over into the territory of unbearable heat. So soak up the sunshine and check out these upcoming markets in the area for trinkets, vintage fashion and more!

East Side Pop Up

Photo courtesy of @eastsidepopup on Instagram; Designed by @strangebirdtx on Instagram

Next Market – 4/23, 11-4 4/24, 12-5

Where: Long Play Lounge East (Saturday)

1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Central Machine Works (Sunday)

4824 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This handcrafted pop-up puts on almost weekly markets year-round. Each market takes place at a different location around Austin and includes a different lineup of sellers and small businesses. You can find treasures such as pottery, original artwork, embroidered goods, and so much more! Keep up with their Instagram to find out where they’ll be next!

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar 

Next Market – 4/29, 10-8

Where: 6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

Blue Genie only opens up for in-person markets a few times a year, so take advantage while you can! Their May Market will run on weekends from April 29th to May 30th. This is a great place for a Mother’s Day gift or an end-of-semester treat to yourself! Check out their Instagram for what businesses and products they will be showcasing!

The Front Market

Photo from Instagram @thefront.market

Next Market – 4/23 11-5

Where: Distribution Hall

1500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78702

This market exclusively showcases women and LGBTQ+-owned small businesses from Texas. Their Spring Showcase market will be on April 23 and 24. It features more than 150 vendors, food, DJs and more! Some vendors will only be there on either day, so attend both Saturday and Sunday if you can to support all the artists. Check out their Instagram for a full vendor lineup and sneak peeks at some of the products for sale!

Soco Makers Market

Next Market – Friday-Sunday, 10-6

Where: 1511 South Congress Ave.

This street market happens every weekend on the corner of Elizabeth and Monroe. The vendors regularly stay the same, with a few surprises here and there. Shop everything from engraved jewelry to crystals and CBD products. It’s a great place to kill time if you’re waiting for a table at any Soco restaurant!

Original Austin Flea

Photo courtesy of @originalaustinflea on Instagram

Next Market – 4/23, 12-6

Where: Zilker Brewing

1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

This market also includes all the Austin essentials, from hand-poured candles to upcycled goods. OAF is a weekly market that takes up residence in a different outdoor venue each weekend. Subscribe to their newsletter to see where they’ll be next!

In Austin, there is always a market going on. So next time you’re searching for weekend plans or a fun date idea, grab something to drink and head over to a market for some shopping and fun!

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How to Budget Your Dine-In Dollars

At this point in the semester, most of my friends are either dangerously close to running out of dine-in dollars or have more money than they know what to do with. I’m somewhere in the middle with around $150 dine-in dollars out of $300. 

Even though I drink copious amounts of coffee and have trouble resisting the urge to grab peanut M&M’s every time I pass Kins Market, I limit myself to a weekly budget.

Here are my tips for creating and sticking to a budget so you can ration your dine-in dollars to last all semester.

First things first: determine where you typically spend all of your money. For example, I spend most of my dine-in dollars at the different Starbucks locations around campus. 

I could easily see myself grabbing a coffee before classes in the morning and another one to keep me motivated during my afternoon study sessions. However, I try to limit myself to three coffees a week. That puts me at 15 dine-in dollars a week. With about 15 weeks of classes in the semester, I spend about $225 on coffee each semester. 

That leaves me with $75  of non-coffee money. I can use this to grab an energy drink from Kins Market or fries and lemonade from the Union Chick-Fil-A on my way to class. I can also usually sneak in an extra coffee every other week and the occasional chocolate croissant.

This budgeting tactic can apply to any amount of dine-in dollars you have left. So Whether you have $50  or $450, figure out one place where you do/can spend most of your money and budget it out every week. This’s the easiest way to both save your money if you’re running low or use it up if you’ve got cash to spend!

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The Ballroom at Spider House

Almost every day, I pass by The Ballroom at Spider House on 29th St. Under the light bulb-rimmed sign that reads “BALLROOM” are the words “Bar and Cafe; Come on in.” I was intrigued by the seeming randomness of the building, so I googled it a few times, but I still couldn’t really tell what this place was. Could you sit and do homework there? Is it more of a bar or a coffee shop? At what point in the day does it switch from a coffee shop to a bar? So, finally, my friends and I decided to venture in. 

As we walked into the bar area, sunlight flooded through the front door, lighting up a usually dimly lit room. Seeing a bar in broad daylight doesn’t seem right, but the atmosphere was pleasant nonetheless. We ordered our drinks and sat in the Ballroom to get some homework done. I definitely recommend the dirty horchata with cold brew if that’s your cup of coffee. If not, they have all the usual coffee drinks. My friends enjoyed their cold brew, both plain and with oat milk. The coffee and alcohol prices are reasonable, and I feel that it’s worth noting that when they said my coffee was five dollars, they charged me five dollars flat. That was just a nice bonus.  

The Ballroom is, first and foremost, not a study space. Most of the tables inside are small hightops meant for the night scene the area usually accommodates. There is a nice patio with picnic tables and Wi-Fi access, but it has no coverage. Instead, it’s an event venue meant to host comedians and bands. Inside  you’ll find a stage with a movie screen where they play cult classics all day and three arcade games in one of the room’s corners. Lights strung across the ceiling reflect off a spinning disco ball in the center, softly lighting up the room. This is a space meant to be seen at night, but you can absolutely enjoy it at any time. 

The Ballroom used to connect to Spider House Cafe, which opened in 1995. And sadly, it closed in March 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. The cafe used to be a funky place to enjoy coffee, food trucks, and a nice patio, but now lives on through The Ballroom. You can still enjoy Arlo’s, a food truck on The Ballroom’s patio that serves plant-based burgers and tacos if you need some food with your coffee. For more information about upcoming events at The Ballroom, visit their website here.

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Riverside Students Create Coalition

Housing in Austin is expensive. Many students can’t afford to live in West Campus, where the rent median is at $1,295, according to Zumper. For this reason, many students decide to live in the Riverside area where rent is lower. 

I live in Riverside and my rent includes parking, and utilities such as Wi-Fi/cable, trash, and furniture. But, of course, I have to give up the convenience of living within walking distance of campus.

However, with the wide gap in rent, I don’t have much of a choice. Like many other college students, I don’t have a car and rely on public transportation. Luckily, the UT Shuttle service is available for students in Riverside and other areas. UT Shuttles are free to students with their student IDs but are the same price as Metro Buses to anyone who isn’t eligible. The commute from my apartment to campus ranges from ~15 to ~30 minutes and depends on traffic.

However, this semester, the UT Shuttle experienced significantly lower bus frequencies. As a result, students, including myself, waited for upwards of an hour for a ride. As a result of the wait, there were a lot of passengers. 

There were many times I felt unsafe in the full bus amidst a pandemic.

I, as well as other students, couldn’t avoid it, though. Many professors are enforcing attendance policies this semester. Capital Metro told students to take Metro buses, which typically increases the commute time. 

The street that I live in houses many families and other non-students. I often see older people taking the UT Shuttle to the end of the street to cut down minutes from their walk to the Metro bus stop. People in this community, not just students, rely on these buses to provide accessibility.

Students speculated many reasons for the shuttle issues, including a shortage of bus drivers or that lack of UT funding, and a more recent rumor is that there was actually a shortage of buses. These rumors were spread by word-of-mouth, and some people called Capital Metro directly but almost always got the same answer: there’s a driver shortage.

In true Longhorn fashion, students are now working together to bring their grievances to attention. 

So far, students have formed a coalition to talk about their shared experiences and plan a course of action.

As students move forward with the coalition, the group is calling for other students, especially those who live in West Campus, to advocate for expanded bus services and increase equity for off-campus students in Riverside.

Riverside Justice at UT Austin has an Instagram page (@riseriverside) where anyone can learn more about the issues Riverside students are trying to overcome.

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