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I'm from Richmond, VA and when it came to choosing which school to go to, I had no idea. When I came to Longwood for my first tour, my mom said she could see me going to Longwood, and since Mom usually knows best, here I am!
When I first started at Longwood, my intentions were to become a Physical and Health Education teacher. After my sophomore year, I realized teaching really wasn't my passion, so I changed my Kinesiology concentration to Exercise Science. Throughout my time here, I've been involved in Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Longwood Ambassadors, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Mortar Board and I'm in my second year as a Resident Assistant. My senior year has approached so quickly and I'm trying to take in as many of the Longwood traditions as I can before I graduate in May.

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October 20, 2011 8:11AM

One thing you will definitely hear college students talk about is their money–or, lack thereof.  Longwood offers great meal plan options for the Dining Hall & Bonus Dollars, as well as Lancer Cash, but sometimes, you just don’t want to eat any of those!

My fiance, Matt, lives in Lancer Park, one of Longwood’s apartment communities, and he often cooks a lot of his meals.  Yesterday afternoon, when deciding what to do for dinner, I had the urge to cook something. Now, that right there is shocking because if anyone knows how I am in the kitchen, well, the results could be disastrous (just ask my mom; I melted one of her favorite tupperware bowls in the microwave….haha!).

I was searching on Pinterest (an addicting site that I use on homework breaks) and typed in “quick and easy soups.”  Many choices came up and honestly, I just clicked on the picture that looked the best, no matter what was in it!  I came across the recipe for Taco Soup.  I read through the instructions, there weren’t many ingredients to buy, and it didn’t take long at all to make!  So, a trip to Walmart was coming!  (At Longwood, you’ll quickly learn that Walmart trips aren’t so rare!)

As I was making the soup, I finally got to thinking,  “I sure hope this tastes good….and if it does, I will be so excited!!”  Well, it’s a good thing it turned out so well because the recipe could’ve easily fed a family of 4! Oh well, that just means there are leftovers!!!

Here is a picture of the soup, as well as the recipe/directions for those of you who’d like to try!!

1 pound of ground beef
1/2 a medium onion, chopped
2 cans of kidney beans (drained)
1 can of corn (drained)
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatos (we used petite sized)
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups of water

1. Cook ground beef and onions together.
2. Add all of the rest of the ingredients.
3. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.

*We also bought a container of sour cream and a bag of fritos to eat with the soup!  You can also add shredded cheese on top if you’d like!

And, because I’m cheap & like to find the best deals anyway, I was very excited that all of the ingredients for the soup (excluding sour cream, fritos, and cheese) cost less than $10!!  Now that made me excited–dinner for 2 and leftovers for less than 10 dollars?!  Now that’s college eating on a budget!

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