Letter from the Mint editor: ‘Full send’ lifestyle is for college students

Don’t limit yourself with weak adventures; try strange food combinations instead of crack

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Letter from the Mint editor: ‘Full send’ lifestyle is for college students

JACQUI THOMASSON | EVERGREEN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

JACQUI THOMASSON | EVERGREEN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

JACQUI THOMASSON | EVERGREEN PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen mint editor

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I recently decided to live my life with more of a “full send” outlook.

If you know me at all, you know I am definitely not a full send type of gal. I am absolutely not spontaneous — my planner is my life — and I think the phrase “partial send” is probably a safer life motto.

However, there is something about the freedom of a full send that appeals to the college student in me.

After all, doing something with confidence, even if it might be mildly stupid, is really the essence of being a young adult and learning what works in life.

During finals week, I thought it would be a good idea to pour sparkling apple cider over my Cheerios. I experimented by adding a small amount of liquid to three pieces of the cereal in my spoon. It wasn’t bad, so I made a mental note.

When I returned from break, I decided to do a second trial of the experiment — as any good scientist does. I still liked the taste, so I looked my roommate dead in the eye and poured Martinelli’s directly onto a full bowl of dry Cheerios.

My roommate just stared at me, horrified.

“I decided to full send it,” I said.

My reasoning was I never do anything particularly adventurous, so I may as well spice up my breakfast cereal. Which, I would like to point out, I was eating for dinner. Is that adventurous? You decide.

My suitemates were a combination of terrified and amused as they watched me eat the bowl of fruity, sparkling cereal in its entirety. I was at least entertaining enough to make it onto their Snapchat stories.

Though it may seem weird, I have to say, the mix really was pretty good. Although I do recommend eating somewhat quickly so the Cheerios don’t get completely soggy.

My miraculous mixture got me thinking. What else have I been missing out on in life because of my “partial send” attitude?

As it turns out, a lot of things. Namely pouring milk directly into the cup of cookies from Einstein’s. Chex mix and hot cocoa is not something I was missing out on, by the way, but at least I tried it.

Now, I don’t want you to think my newly adventurous attitude applies only to strange (or delicious) food combinations. I am absolutely open to doing the occasional adventurous, but safe, non-food related full send.

However, as of yet, I’ve only screamed “full send” the one time. This is good, because I can reassure my parents the craziest thing I’ve done in college is put something other than milk on my Cheerios.

I won’t full send it for crack … hopefully. At least my stupidity isn’t that stupid.

If you’re thinking after reading this that you need to improve your full send attitude (in a safe way, of course), the Mint section is working hard to provide you with many entertaining and out-of-your-comfort zone events these next few weeks.

As always, you can reach me at [email protected] with questions and suggestions. If you have an email to me drafted and you haven’t sent it yet, allow me to be the one to say “just send it!”