9 Things College Girls Should Give Up for Lent

Mardi Gras is over and Lent is here! So for all you Christians out there, it’s time to pick what you’re giving up for the next 40 days. I’m not very religious, but I love why this girl is taking the challenge.

For all you Catholicism-challenged readers out there, Lent is the period following the bead-bonanza of Mardi Gras which encourages celebrating all the good things in life, before giving up your biggest bad habit for 4o days. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter, just in time for animal-shaped candy and chocolate binges to end the ordeal. In the meantime, I’ve come up with not one, but nine things that any college girl, including myself, could live without until then.

9. Ex-freak outs

So you guys dated/hooked up/hung out for x number of months and have so much in common. If it’s over, it’s over. He’s not going to knock down your door in the rain with a bouquet of roses telling you he messed up. In the same way, he’s not going to pick up the phone and apologize for, whatever, when he wakes up to find that you forked his lawn and tp’d his house. Let it go, move on. Stop giving the “psycho ex-girlfriend” stereotype anymore material to work with.

8. Hating people in relationships

This applies to every day besides February 14. Let’s grow up and be happy for our committed friends, yet silently acknowledge that they are stuck at home every Friday night while you are out chatting up any dude you want, without worrying about having to check-in every half-hour or buy the perfect birthday present. Every relationship is different, so let’s focus on the most important one in your life and let the other stuff go.

7. Hating your body

Let’s chill out with all the phrases like, “I hate my butt” or “I have flabby arms.” Dudes don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, but when you keep telling yourself how gross you look, soon enough you’ll believe it. Leave the competition for the grossest physical attribute to the ladies of “Mean Girls” and their “super sucky nail beds.” Now, morning breath is a totally different story… (Need help with this one? Check out Operation Beautiful!)

6. Facebook stalking people you don’t know

Or have a major crush on. If you’ve been there you know how awkward it is when that guy with the great plaid shirts mentions his upcoming plans with study abroad friends and you let it slip that you’re so jealous that they’re going to Canada for the weekend… even though he never actually mentioned Canada to you. Let’s keep the stalking to actual friends, and try to tone it down. The real world exists beyond a computer screen!

5. Late night snacking

By now you know better than ordering a cranberry pineapple vodka, since the amount of sugar will leave you with a giant hangover and even bigger weight gain. But those calories we try to forget about, often consumed on our way home from the bar, are pretty evil too. Let’s vow to stop drunk-eating, and feel much better about (some of) our decisions from last night. (Get inspiration from a CollegeCandy writer who did it!)

4.  Smack-talk

I haven’t mastered the whole “think before you speak” thing that my mother always tried to teach me, but I think for 40 days it might be nice if we all stopped judging each others’  outfits and lunch-time orders, and focused on the important things in life.

3. Late night texting

Ever notice how your feelings TOTALLY make sense when you’ve gotten home from that party and you just need to tell that boy in your chemistry class how perfect you two might be together? No. After four years of getting myself into tricky situations I’m turning off my phone once I get in bed.

2. All-nighters

Let’s stop procrastinating and turn off that episode of “Kourtney & Kim take NYC.” You’ve already seen it twice, anyway, so get working! Nothing make sense at 3:15 am (see #3) and your teacher will totally know if you banged out an awful essay in 4 hours. Plus, cranky girls never get asked on dates.

1. Blacking out

Ladies, we all know our limit when it comes to drinking. Let’s pregame more responsibly (or not at all) and try to enjoy a night tipsy instead of sloppy. I’m so over hearing about things I did when I was out of control, but even worse, hate missing out on crazy fun events, like Senior Cotillion, because I was way too generous with the Svedka.

What will you be giving up for Lent this year?

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    1. Linda says:

      I gace up shopping and Diet Coke😦.

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    2. Ashley says:

      I gave up chocolate. Seems like this post is running a little late, Catholics should have started giving things up Wednesday of last week.

      1. Mel says:

        Lent doesn't start until the Sunday after Ash Wednesday, but you're supposed to fast on Ash Wednesday.

    3. Tamara says:

      this entire list speaks to my life lol. And as soon as i got to late night snacking, i nearly bit my tongue chewing these cookies! im def gonna try and add a few of these (i gave up chocolate as well *growls*) but i'd like to try cutting the all nighters especially

    4. Rachel says:

      No more elevators for the next 40 days. Lugging my laundry up six floors worth of stairs is just so much fun..

    5. katie says:

      This article is great. I am guilty of all of the above. Number 9 especially—ha, so true. "If it’s over, it’s over. He’s not going to knock down your door in the rain with a bouquet of roses telling you he messed up." The truth hurts haha

    6. i'm not religious, but i gave up my virginity a really long time ago. does that count?

    7. AlissaLee says:

      I gave up facebook and alcohol. I'm trying to focus on building real-world relationships with people.:)

    8. L Noah says:

      we should also give up trying to boost mens heads, letting them think they own us.
      we should make sure we stay as individual as possible, even if we live with the one we would like to love.
      don't be bamboozled into doing something you're not ready to do. and this is anything you're unprepared to
      face the consequences for.
      we should realize that most men don't love and have NO desire to love.
      but there are some who'd love to be in love with a real woman.
      We need to also realize that any man who likes boney women there is a 96% chance that he's a perv.
      He wants you to have the body of a kid, it's cause he'd rather have a kid.
      There are some men however who are GREAT at being a man, I wish they would write books for the other men to follow.
      See all the boney women prancing around like they're cute.
      Yea it's cute to a Pervert.
      We need to stop letting Grown men play with our kids on the buses and anywhere else,
      if they are not related to the child.
      Men are sneaky and are out for the benefit of themselves, we women must realize this.

      1. savethemales says:

        Lesbian feminist propaganda. Women are unhappy and unloved because they have become unlovable. Stop blaming others, get off your birth control-induced mania, and work on your personality instead of wearing so much make-up.

      2. L Noah says:

        thats true women don't need to wear so much makeup.
        Women aren't unhappy Men are, because they can't get satisfied.
        A woman can get some anytime and a man has to search like the dogs most of them are
        just to get a piece.
        Woman are loved by ourselves and our children it's not our fault that Most Men only want sex.
        That's why so many men like men, they don't want or need that part they just want
        "Do me now".

      3. Melissa says:

        Woman are loved by ourselves and our children it's not our fault that Most Men only want sex.
        That's why so many men like men, they don't want or need that part they just want
        "Do me now".

        LMAO you just made my day with that comment. Did you ever look through craigslist m4m ads? I did just for shits and giggles and my god so many married and "straight" men were looking for sucky sucky or nookie from other dudes.

    9. Annie says:

      Awesome article!! I haven't chosen anything yet to give up, but it should probably be sweets… I cannot tell you how much of a difference I notice in my body/weight gain when I cut out sweets, it's ridiculous!

      Orrrrrr…. Maybe I should also stop commenting on blogs and actually USE that 30-day trial I paid for at NY Sports Club… ugh.

      Great article!

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    11. Vivienne says:

      I won't give up anything usual, the amount chocolate I need right now is incredible. No spring break for me, unfortunately, but more exams😦 But your list sounds pretty good and easy to do, at least without any cravings in the middle of the night😀

    12. I'm not Catholic…but if I was I should give up caffeine…that is such a bad addiction for me..but I won't be giving up anything lol

    13. chas46 says:

      All really important stuff, for a retard.

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