5 Top Tips for New Vegetarians

Becoming a vegetarian can be tough at first, but after a few month’s it gets far easier. That is why we are creating this post, to give you the best chance of avoiding the initial difficulties in becoming a vegetarian and start to enjoy it instead! Firstly, this post is directed mainly towards vegetarians, not vegans. But some of the tips will be useful to both.

Try new recipes

One of the most common mistakes that people first make when they become a vegetarian is to eat exactly the same foods as normal, but without meat. For example, they might just replace some meat that they would have had with a veggie burger or sausages. While there is nothing wrong with doing this for some meals, by doing so you are missing out on the wonderful flavours and aromas of vegetarian foods such as curries which can be amazing for vegetarians. Make sure that you check out some vegetarian recipies so that you can truly enjoy vegetarian food!

Don’t be too hard on yourself

When you first become vegetarian, you will inevitably make mistakes. You might accidentally eat something which has some meat in it, or you might eat something else which has some strange ingredient that you have never heard of that turns out to not be vegetarian. If this happens, do not worry about it. It is easy to be angry with yourself for not paying attention, but it won’t benefit anyone for you to be annoyed or angry with yourself about it. The main thing to remember is that this happens to every vegetarian.

Prepare yourself for questions

People just love to stick their noses in other people’s business, so make sure that you are prepared to have your diet criticised by the very same people who might live on a diet of pizza, fries, and coca-cola. Be prepared to answer questions such as: How do you get enough protein? Are eggs vegetarian? Can’t you just eat a little bit of meat? But you can eat fish, right? Where do you get iron? These are just a few examples of the questions that you are likely to face from relatives, colleagues, friends, and even strangers.

Don’t avoid going out for meals

When people first become vegetarian, many avoid going out for meals because they are worried about whether there will be any vegetarian options. While 10 or 20 years ago, this may have been the case, more and more mainstream restaurants have vegetarian options so you don’t have to worry about there not being anything to eat. This is especially the case in areas that are more likely to have a higher concentration of vegetarians, such a cities. Vegetarians in rural areas may still find things difficult, however restaurants are getting better and better at catering to vegetarians all the time.

Know where to get your vitamins and minerals

While a vegetarian diet is generally far healthier than a standard western diet, there are some vitamins and minerals that are harder to obtain on a vegetarian diet. The main one’s are Iron, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. If you are not sure of the best way to obtain these vitamins and minerals on a vegetarians diet, find a guide to vitamins and minerals for vegetarians so that you can be sure that you are obtaining adequate nutrition from your diet.

 

Top Tips for New University Students

Starting university can be an exciting, but difficult time. So when you start university, make sure that you keep these tips in mind to help you to make the most of your experience as a university student.

Embrace new opportunities and try new things

At university, you will have more opportunities and time than at any other point in your life to try new things, and it is important that you make the most of the opportunities that you will have at university. At most universities, you will find many things to do other than go to class. If chess is your thing, there will almost certainly be a club, if you are more into theatre or music, there will almost certainly be groups of people you can join who will have similar interests. And if there isn’t… Create your own! By doing this, you will be able to meet new people with similar interests and you will also get the chance to network with people who may have a positive impact on your career later in life!

Make sure that you have the right gear

Showing up to university without the right gear can cause you a lot of problems. Yes, you might be able to borrow some of it, but it is much less hassle to make sure that you have everything that you will need before you start uni. Your university should provide you with a list of materials and equipment that you will need for your course, however other things that you might need depends on your housing situation. If you are living in students halls, you might not need to take as much stuff with you as if you are living in off-campus accommodation. Another important thing is to make sure that you have a good backpack for carrying all of your stuff around, finding the right backpack for university can be a challenge depending on the course that you are doing and how much stuff you need to carry around with you.

Don’t neglect your studies or your social life

It can be easy to fall into a trap of studying too hard, or partying too hard. Both of these will have a negative impact on your life. The key is in finding balance. If you study too hard, you will probably end up burning out from the stress of studying all the time, and your grades can actually suffer as avoiding socialising is very bad for your mental health. Likewise, if you are out drinking all the time, your grades will suffer and you will end up having to work even harder to catch up on work that you have missed while partying!

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Asking for help is an important lesson to learn for life in general, not just university. Many university students end up falling behind on their studies because they were too scared to admit that they need help. If you are struggling with your university studies, your university will probably have a team of people whose job it is to help with students who are struggling, whether it is with their workload, finances, mental health or other issues.

What do I need for college?

Starting college can be a big step for everyone, and making sure that you have everything that you need for college is an extremely important part of being successful in college. Here, we have created a list of what you will need for college, including items such as backpacks, calculators & laptops!

Backpacks

A good backpack is extremely important for college, especially considering the weight of the items that you often need to carry around for college, such a laptop, books and notes. By making sure that you have the best backpack for college, you can keep you back from hurting and make sure that all of the expensive things that you have bought for college are kept safe.

Laptops

It’s amazing how quickly laptops have gone from a luxury, to something that you almost cannot live without, so buying the right laptop for college can be a very big decision and one that you should think carefully about before you head to the shops. You consider how portable you need the laptop to be, how powerful you need it to be and your budget. An English major would probably value portability over performance, whereas a computer science major is likely to need a powerful laptop.

Notebooks

If you prefer to make notes by hand instead of on a laptop, then a good notebook is a must for college. We recommend getting one with a hard cover to make sure that your notes are safe and are less likely to get damaged.

Highlighters

Highlighters don’t seem important, but they can make studying far easier by drawing your eye to the most important points, whether in a textbook or in your notes

Pens & Pencils

In college you will need both pens and pencils, make sure that your pen is comfortable rather than just buying the cheapest one as you will be writing a lot of notes in college. Pencils are also needed for multiple choice tests so that you can erase the answer if necessary. Oh yea, you should also get an eraser too!

Planner

Some people prefer to make plans using their computer, while others prefer a paper based planner. Either way, college requires excellent time management skills to achieve the best grades, so buying a planner to plan which lessons you need to go to, what work is due and when you need to revise is a must.

USB Flash Drive

USB flash drives are a must if you have to use lab computers or if your internet connection isn’t great and you don’t necessarily always have access to file sharing services such as Dropbox. Make sure that you buy a drive that has plenty of space for your work and is made by a reliable brand so that you don’t lose your college work!

We hope that you have found this list of items that you need for college useful, if you can think of any other must have items for college, then please let us know in the comments below and we will add them to this list!