Wash. U. Faces, self-hazes and getting a fooducation
Jolijt Tamanaha, a junior political science major from New York created “Fooducated” in November of her freshman year.
“I decided to make it my goal to eat every single thing on the campus menu by the end of freshman year,” Tamanaha said.
With more than 80,000 views, “Fooducated” offers dorm and home cooking recipes as well as reviews of local food and dining hall favorites. It features positive and negative reviews of school food, meaning Wash U students can count on “Fooducated” to find their best meal options. For example, Tamanaha writes that after eating the Masala Lamb Quesadilla from Bear’s Den Tuesday WUrld Fusion station, she “couldn’t help but smile,” while Artichoke and Tomato Pizza from Bear’s Den simply “wasn’t very interesting.”
As Tamanaha enters her junior year, her blog will transition from dorm to apartment cooking and eating. She has begun writing recipes that are both interesting and easy—and do not require a measuring cup.
“My blog has shifted focus from campus food to what you’re eating in your own apartment,” she said.
“Fooducated” also presents helpful tips, from “The Best Mac n’ Cheeses at Paws & Go,” to a video on how to cook pancakes in your dorm microwave. Searching for a good meal? Select “Best WashU Dishes” on the “Find the Posts You’re Looking For” menu or “When Parents Pay” if you have family visiting.
Tamanaha has found a following in her friends, classmates, and even people outside of the Wash U community. The “Fooducated” Facebook page has received 383 likes that come from a range of ages.
“Style By MJ”
A blog created by senior Marissa Pomerance, “Style By MJ” offers fashion tips for any season or occasion. “Style By MJ” will tell you what to wear for all weather conditions, from chilly winter mornings to humid summer nights.
A political science major, Pomerance uses her blog to express her creativity and share her personal style. According to her blog, she “hopes to inspire readers to find their own style through her passionate exploration of the world of fashion.”
Recent posts include “The Wishlist: August Edit,” “The Room Makeover,” and “What to Wear in West Hollywood.” Look into “Style By MJ” for more fashion posts from a student’s perspective.
“Wash. U. Faces”
Created by senior Andrew Koh, “Wash U Faces” connects students to members of the community. Koh, an architecture major, started the blog last summer when he realized that Al Estes, a trumpet player, performed every day outside Chipotle.
“I went to get a notebook and pen at Dick Blick Art Company and asked if he would be willing to write something down and if I could get a picture,” Koh said.
The Tumblr blog, which launched in July, shows photos of various community members and quotes in which they offer advice to students. David Choi, owner of Seoul Taco on The Loop, thanks students for their “constant support,” while Andy Heaslet, Alternative Transportation Coordinator, advises us to “get a bike and ride it around this big, beautiful brick city!”
According to Koh, the blogging experience has been very rewarding as he meets members of the community, takes photos, and designs the blog.
“I’m planning to do it all through senior year and I want to keep doing it as long as I’m living in St. Louis,” he said.
Check out “Wash U Faces” for a link to members of the St. Louis community.
“How to Self-Haze”
Catalina Ouyang uses her blog “How to Self-Haze” to chronicle her adventures with OkCupid, an online dating service. A junior studio art major with a minor in creative writing, Ouyang began the blog in May 2012, at the end of her freshman year. Although Ouyang is not looking to date any of the men she meets, she enjoys using her blog as a creative exercise. She names the men with acronyms to keep their identities anonymous.
“I write the entries as I happen to go on dates,” Ouyang said. “I was pretty active on it for the first few months.”
Ouyang prefers to use OkCupid when she is home in New Jersey or traveling to other states and countries. She tries to avoid dates with members of the St. Louis community, because she finds that they are typically connected to Wash U in some way.
With more than 40 posts, “How to Self-Haze” has become a popular blog on campus.
“I’ve had random people come up to me at parties and say, ‘oh yeah, you’re the blog girl’” Ouyang said.
After focusing on art in high school, Ouyang has enjoyed using her blog to ease back into writing. She likes to keep a log of the people she meets and the interesting experiences that dates with strangers can offer.
The blog’s most recent post, “OkCupid Montreal Edition: Don’t Go Dutch” takes us through an uncomfortable date with “prosaic and superficial” conversation and a “too-large meal.”
Read “How to Self-Haze” for the full story and OkCupid expeditions in other cities.
Written by Melissa Tucker, “Tuck This” aims to describe the freshman year with the motto “honesty is the only policy.” Tucker, a sophomore considering majoring in psychology or English, began the blog in the fall of her freshman year as an independent project for her architecture Design Process class. However, the blog quickly transformed from an assignment to a personal blog about transitioning to college.
“I was just feeling like people weren’t being that honest with me about the realities of freshman year,” Tucker said.
Tucker began originally blogged everyday for her class and now prefers to write every other week. She says that the blog became therapeutic as she eased into her freshman year.
Like Ouyang, Tucker has gained campus recognition from her blog.
“There are so many people who come up to me and say ‘this is so creepy but I read your blog,” she said.
“Tuck This” features original posts that discuss sick days in college, the benefits of befriending upperclassmen, and the drama of unpaid internships. The blog offers many categories including dorm living, health, independence, “not knowing what to do with your life,” school, social life, and “what you left behind.”
A personal blog with a lot of readers requires discretion, as Tucker tries to avoid controversial topics and write relatable and sometimes humorous posts.
“I really think about what’s going on with me and whether it’s also happening to a lot of people,” she said.
Go to “Tuck This” for an honest account of freshman year and advice for succeeding in college.
“Fifty Shades of Cox”
Inspired by “Tuck This,” sophomore Cristina Cox started her blog, “Fifty Shades of Cox” to explore simple, everyday happenings in an original and humorous way. Among the various posts are stories that function as journal entries, including accounts of airport security struggles, exercising at the gym, and quitting youth sports.
Cox began her blog freshman year after writing a final paper for the class “Latino Experiences in the United States,” called “Fifty Shades of Latina—the Internal Monologue of a Confused White Girl.” She posted part of her paper to the blog and quickly received positive reactions from friends and floormates.
Originally, Cox uploaded posts to her blog once a week. However, she now prefers to blog when inspiration hits through a random experience or a strange interaction with a stranger.
“Fifty Shades is a weird celebration of the mundane things that happen during the day,” Cox said.
Cox’s favorite post, entitled “The Skeleton in My Closet,” records her thirty-minute battle with a six-inch cockroach, involving two dozen plastic bags and pest spray. After winning the battle, Cox shouts “For Narnia,” before returning to work.
Explore “Fifty Shades of Cox,” for more dramatic and entertaining stories.