We have all been there. One minute, it is the beginning of the spring semester and everyone is gearing up for Groundhog. The next, it is Fat Tuesday, and suddenly, you remember that Lent is just around the corner. Never fear, readers, The University News staff is here to save the day. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do to observe the Lenten traditions of prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving.
1. Leave your vanity behind. Try forgoing makeup or looking in the mirror. Bonus: an extra 20 minutes of sleep, 40 if you are a freshman.
2. Keep your phone in your pocket or bag between classes or when walking back to your dorm or your apartment. You will be less distracted and might even get to say hi to a few friends you would not otherwise have noticed.
3. Combine sacrifice and almsgiving. Give up drinking beverages besides water, and donate your Starbucks dollars to charity.
4. Stick a penny or small pebble in your shoe as a reminder to not take everyday comfort for granted.
5. Delete your favorite time-waster. Are you an Instagram addict or a nonstop Snapchatter? Drop it for 40 days and you might be surprised how much extra time you save.
6. Go to daily Mass. Lent does not have to be completely focused on sacrifice. Try taking this opportunity to pray more each day.
7. Commit to a healthier diet. You already know you will not be eating meat on Fridays, but consider cutting out sweets or junk food too.
8. Go out of your way to be cheerful and perform acts of kindness for friends and strangers alike. Lent is a penitential season, but it does not have to be a glum 40 days.
The University News staff hopes its humble suggestions can help you make the most of this Lenten season.