honest advice from honestly nice people
By Kristyn Kiesling
Hey. What’s up? Hello! It’s me! Your friendly neighborhood coffee addict! I’m here to let y’all in on a little secret: caffeine. That’s the secret. To everything. We can all go home now. Just kidding. In all seriousness, I do want to tell you about how coffee saved my life as a freshman at Baylor. As I sit here, caramel macchiato in hand, and write about coffee, I can’t help but be humbled by the impact this sweet nectar has had on my life. You may be thinking “this girl is obsessed. And crazy. I’m out” BUT WAIT DON’T LEAVE YET! Let me tell you a story about my coffee obsession.
Let me give y’all a little background on my relationship with coffee. Picture this: I’m 7 years old. Its 5:45 A.M. and my dad walks into my room and gently wakes me up. (sounds horrible I know) I live in South Texas where November means two things: football and hunting season. I stumble on sleepy feet into the kitchen where my dad hands me a travel mug of “coffee” – because I’m only 7 this means milk, French Vanilla coffee creamer and a splash of coffee for coloring – and thus begins a long standing tradition of early mornings in a deer blind with my daddy. But the story doesn’t stop there. Coffee is series of memories in the deer blind, in coffee shops with friends, long road trips with my mom, and watching the sunset in rocking chairs with my grandparents while we made ice cream. It’s study sessions with a very patient friend in high school while AP Physics C kicked my butt and long talks with my small group leader after school. A vast majority of the most important moments in my life have been centered around coffee. College is no exception. Probably 85% of my money goes to my coffee addiction (that may be an exaggeration… who are we kidding, no its not). One of my most treasured friendships crossed the line from friends to besties in the courtyard at Common Grounds.
The spring semester of my freshman year at Baylor was one of the hardest semesters of my entire academic career thus far. I was in an honors bio class that was just too much for me, a neuroscience class that well… ya know… neuroscience…. Even the name makes you question your intelligence, and also in an upper level honors class that I honestly should have just waited to take. Moral of the story I put too much on my plate, stretched myself too thin, all the other cliché phrases and ended up failing 2 classes. My GPA tanked. But I learned a major lesson that semester. Ask for help. And when asking fails, rely on study sessions and lots and lots of coffee. It is safe to say that the only reason I didn’t give up that semester and pushed through even the toughest classes was because of my wonderful friends and the copious amounts of caffeine I consumed.
Freshman year is a major year of changing and growing up. It is so important to have people in your corner who you can lean on when the going gets tough. Like I’ve said before, some of my favorite friends and memories have been made with coffee in hand. You may not think so now, but coffee may be your saving grace this year. How can coffee help you adjust to college life, you ask? Let me give you a few examples:
That girl or guy you sit next to in your scriptures class that you talk to occasionally? Ask them to get coffee. Talk to them about football or the professor you both hate… I mean have. Enjoy each other’s company over a steaming cup of yummy coffee, who knows, you could meet your new best friend or future husband (wink wink).
Professors are great at giving out help at Baylor, but the important thing is that you ask for it. Shoot them an email asking to meet them for coffee at the Moody Starbucks and get to know them! Your professors are super cool people who love to get to know their students. A great way of doing that is to ask them to get coffee with you!
Ok this one is a little obvious, but coffee will literally save you from those horribly boring intro classes that you have to take before you get into the fun ones. It will keep you awake as that monotonic professor drones on and on about plant cells or the food pyramid. Its also there to hold your hand through all of those late nights and the few all-nighters when finals come around.
As you can see, coffee is quite important to me. You may ask “what am I supposed to take from this?” well. Let me tell you. Coffee is important to me because of the memories and connection I associate it with. It can be comforting when you get homesick or just when you think you need a hug. Personally, that’s exactly what a good cup of coffee is to me. It’s like a hug in a cup and brings back all of the time I shared with important people over the years. It helps form connections in a lowkey, no pressure kind of environment, because honestly, who doesn’t like the vibes that a coffee shop gives.
So if you’re wanting some super yummy coffee from a neat coffee shop with a warm and welcoming environment, try Common Grounds! Its right next to campus and is a great place to study, meet with friends and have some great coffee too! (they also have super fun seasonal menus – my roommate and I also make it a goal to try everything on the menu). OR if you’re looking for tried and true convenient coffee, there are 3 Starbucks locations on campus! You can’t go wrong either way because any coffee is good coffee.
Every early morning, every late night study sesh, every chance I got to sit down with my bible and spend some time with Jesus – coffee was there to embrace me and get me through the day. And my day was better (this is a real thing, you can ask my friends) when it started with a cup of coffee.
And this, my friends, is my personal testimony, an ode if you will, to that rich, dark, bold drink that determines when or if you should talk to me in the morning.
Coffee, I love you.
Kristyn will be a Junior psychology major at Baylor. She has an addiction to sweet tea, sass, and snuggling with sloths. A southern girl with roots in New Braunfels, she loves to meet new friends and help them find their home at Baylor.