Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My Long-Term, On-Again-Off-Again Boyfriend

"Pizza: The long-term, on-again-off-again boyfriend who is objectively bad for you but with whom you have face-melting sex. Even though you almost always regret it right after, something about him tells you that you're going to end up together, if only because, when you want him, nothing else will do."

I found this gem about pizza on Thought Catalog and it couldn't be more true. Even BuzzFeed agreed and told me that my soul mate was pizza.

For me, late nights at college equal two things: pizza and coffee. While I've been home, my mom's extra-organic-no-junk kitchen has had me craving. So last weekend, my family and I made homemade pizza! And the bonus? It was healthier than my late night lover.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

It's officially summer break for me!! I realize that I haven't posted in quite a while. Since last spring? I think so. But I've had a lot to keep me busy, namely this thing called college. I can't believe how fast freshman year flew by. From an exhuasting, but fun-filled orientation week to the extra biology class I took in May Term, my first year was an adventure. It was the first time I'd been far away from home for such a long period of time with nobody that I knew from before. But I survived!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

It's that time of year. College decisions are being released, and I don't know about most of you, but I can't help but feel discouraged sometimes. I remember when I was a plucky freshman, motivated and fearless. Where did that Aditi go? I don't know. Part of me feels that she slowly disintegrated as high school got harder and harder. Some of these college decisions seem to squash that Aditi completely out of existence.

I'm one of those people that gets sick easily when I'm feeling especially blue. It's a terrible combination. On Thursday night, after getting another rejection, I came down with a fever. I spent my Friday eating Cream of Mushroom soup and watching Finding Nemo. It was definitely well-timed, because it reminded me: 

Maybe it's childish, but remembering this made me feel slightly better.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Literally The Best Thing Ever: The Biological Clock

Scientists may have discovered the "grandfather biological clock", an enzyme present in most of earth's life-forms that appears to keep us running on an internal 24-hour metabolic cycle, regardless of whether we ever see the sun.

How ridiculously mind blowing is that?

Monday, December 31, 2012

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

College Apps? Check.

I finished my college apps. I FINISHED MY COLLEGE APPS.

Sorry, it just feels amazing to say that. Now that I'm done, I realize that they aren't even that bad. It's just that they push you to get your shit together. And your future depends on them. But remember this, the college that you go to doesn't determine your success; you do. (I hope I remember this when I'm getting my rejection letters in April).

Here are some things I learned along the way:

1. Be organized. Seriously. I quickly learned that in order to be successful, I had to keep a list of all my colleges and their requirements and deadlines. Trust me, it helped a lot.

2. Be Prepared. Do yourself a HUGE favor and finalize your list of colleges and research their requirements/deadlines before you start senior year. The summer is perfect for casual work, because let's be honest: there will be moments over the summer you're bored out of your mind and need something to do. Make use of that!

3. Don't Stress Out. Easier said than done, I know. But I also know that when I'm stressing out, I can't think clearly. Thinking clearly is vital to doing a good job. Something to help with this: SUBMIT APPS BEFORE THEIR DEADLINES. In case something goes wrong, you won't be reduced to a pile of stress and tears because there's time to hopefully get it fixed.

4. Ask for help! Don't be afraid to approach friends, teachers, counselors! They love helping you and want you to succeed in life. Also, don't put off asking for help until it's too late. If that does happen, better late than never!

5. Celebrate. Every time I finished an app, I found that it was really helpful to reward myself and relax. It kept my motivation going. Just don't go overboard.

Now that I'm done with apps, I have 2 days left to my winter break. I think I might marathon Parks and Recreation...

or do my homework.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


“Sorry you didn't get a cookie earlier! You can have one when we go back to class,” my friend told me. It was the day after the election and my friend had brought treats to celebrate.

“Don’t worry about it. I can’t eat them anyway, remember?” I replied easily.

I smiled inwardly. Three years ago, the same question would have gotten a different response. The voice replying would have betrayed reluctance and craving. Now, it was automatic.

During my freshman year, after attending a seminar on lacto-vegetarianism, I switched diets. It wasn't that hard to make the decision after listening to the compelling arguments from the seminar. The fact that my parents would try with me, made it considerably easier as well.

The hard part was actually following through. Lacto-vegetarianism involves a diet free of meat, eggs, and gelatin but allows dairy products. Giving up meat wasn't that difficult since my mom didn't like cooking meat anyway. Eggs and gelatin, however, were a completely different story. When I decided to become a lacto-vegetarian, I didn't think about the fact that almost every commonly sold baked treat in America contains eggs. Facing this fact made me question whether or not I could handle my decision.

I started to avoid places more likely to test my resolve, especially the grocery store. It was no longer the place where my sister and I loved going, simply to eat the free kids’ cookies. It was no longer the place where I could nag my mom to buy a box of chocolate sprinkle cupcakes. Instead, every time I walked through an aisle, I could feel food mocking me. The grocery store was suddenly a foreign territory.  

However, resistance became easier over time as I became diligent about reminding myself why I became a lacto-vegetarian in the first place. I started to gain the strength to decline whenever I was offered something delicious and sure to contain eggs. I no longer felt my heart break every time one of my friends bought a brownie after lunch. Soon, it was becoming more and more natural not to eat dessert. The next time my mom asked if I wanted to go grocery shopping with her, I thought I couldn't be more ready.

As soon as we entered the store, I knew I was wrong. Right inside the doors, a showcase of cookies had been set up. They were the frosted kind with sprinkles. My favorite. I imagined the doughy feeling between my teeth and smooth frosting on my tongue. My mouth watered. I ran out of the store and back to the car to forget I ever knew what cookies tasted like.

Eventually, my friends intervened. For my sixteenth birthday, I was gifted a 250-page, lacto-vegetarian cookbook.

“Just because you’re a vegetarian doesn't mean you can’t enjoy dessert,” my friend reminded me as I finished flipping through the book. I didn't know whether to cry or laugh. Somewhere along the way I had forgotten that my decision only involved eliminating meat, eggs, and gelatin from my diet–  it didn't mean I had to give up my favorite treats!

Immediately, I knew I would make the frosted cookies first. I found the recipe in the book and spent an entire afternoon making my first lacto-vegetarian frosted cookies. When I finally took my first bite, all the tears my sweet tooth had cried since I made the switch melted away. I lavished in the doughy feeling that I had tried to forget. I savored the feel of frosting on my tongue. I was satisfied.

Becoming a lacto-vegetarian was one of the best decisions I've ever made and taught me some crucial lessons. Self-discipline is vital. Don’t lose track of the goal. And most importantly, where there is a will, there is a way.