‘For Lent, I’m giving up’: Ways UC Berkeley students can fast this year

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Today is Ash Wednesday, which means, if you’re Catholic, chances are you’re thinking about what you’ll be giving up for Lent. Even if you’re not Catholic, Lent is as good an excuse as any to give up some things you can do without. As UC Berkeley students, there are probably plenty of habits we could forgo for Lent. If you’re having a hard time thinking of anything, here’s a list of a few things you could give up.


This might be a bit of a hard sell for some of you, but that just means it’s a good thing to give up for Lent. If you’re the type of person who gets boba multiple times in a week, then it’s a luxury that’s draining your bank account. You’ll have more in your pocket by the end and a new appreciation for the drink once you can have it again. Both of these reasons are great excuses to give up boba for the handful of weeks that make up Lent.

Partying on a Thursday night

Partying or going out on a Thursday, especially when you’re going to party Friday and Saturday night, can be a bit excessive. Chances are, your social life won’t shrivel up if you stay in Thursday. This makes it a solid candidate for Lent if you’re not willing to give up partying entirely. Not having to attend Friday classes with a hangover will definitely be an added bonus, too.

Sleeping through your 8 a.m.

It’s hard to wake up for an 8 a.m. class. It’s even harder to wake up for that class if it has webcasts. All this adds up to you sleeping through that class. Sleeping in, however, might be just the thing to give up for Lent. Not only is that an extra bit of sleep a luxury you can afford to lose, but it’ll even benefit you. After all, it’s easier to learn the material if you’re actually sitting in the lecture hall rather than watching Course Captures online. That still holds true if you’re a bit sleep deprived.

Watching something during a lecture

A class lecture can be dull sometimes. So, you might feel the need to watch something on Netflix or YouTube to keep yourself from being bored. The only problem with that, of course, is you won’t be able to focus on the lecture. And if you can’t pay attention, then what’s the point of even attending class at all? If this is a habit for you, then maybe consider giving it up for Lent. You’ll be grateful for doing so once the test comes around.

Lent is as good an excuse as any to try to cut something you don’t need out of your life. Hopefully, this list has given you some ideas as to which of your normal habits you can give up to make life a bit better, at least for a little while.

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