Jessica Gandy

Millennial Guide To Surviving The Holiday Hunger Games Also Known As Family Question Time

With Thanksgiving being celebrated around the United States today and the holiday season now coming into focus, every millennial knows exactly what to expect during family gatherings, and lets just say that it’s not presents.

The bombardment of questions is heading your way, but fear not! Here’s our guide to surviving the most anxiety ridden holiday questions.

Stop looking at me like that. Photo Credit: Malcolm Slaney/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

“Stop looking at me like that. You all have problems too!” Photo Credit: Malcolm Slaney/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Q) How’s school?

This go to question delivered by those relatives that you see once a year and who have probably forgotten your name. In short they don’t care about your answer. Best solution? A short answer that segues you into moving away. Try, “Oh it’s great! Have you tried the pie?” or “It’s awesome, give me a second, nature’s calling!”

Q) What are your plans after graduation?

This relative at least cared enough to remember that you’re graduating. Be cautious though, graduation is right around the corner and Christmas isn’t the only time presents are warranted! Try something like, “I’m excited to be done, what’s the best address to send a graduation card to?”

Stop asking me these questions. You don't really care about these questions. Photo Credit: Beth Scupham/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

“Stop asking me these questions. You don’t really care about these questions.” Photo Credit: Beth Scupham/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Q) Are you still single?

Everyone knows there’s no good response to this question, so have fun with this answer. Anything from “My dog ate my boyfriend,” to “My waffle maker only makes 1 waffle at a time….so” is a perfect way to dissent from an awkward holiday moment!

Q) You’ve gained/lost a lot of weight!

Just for the record, this isn’t a question and the cheekiness of the statement may prompt a sarcastic response. But remember it’s the holidays, so take the higher ground and why not give yourself a compliment too? Say something akin to, “ Thanks! I really love the way I fill out this outfit,” or “I know! My hard work has really been paid off!”

We are so sick of our kids that we are going to cling to every word that you say. Literally every single word. Photo Credit: Lady May Pamintuan/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

“We are so sick of our kids that we are going to cling to every word that you say. Literally every single word.” Photo Credit: Lady May Pamintuan/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Q) When are you getting a promotion?

This is one of those questions that may come off as rude unintentionally. This relative probably just really wants to get to know you, so take your time to answer this question fully. You may even discover what’s actually holding you back from that promotion you deserve!

Happy Holidays millennials and may the holiday questions forever be in your favor!


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The Condom Challenge Trend Is A Serious Threat To Millennials The World Over

First there was the Harlem shake.

Then came the ALS ice bucket challenge.

What’s the Internet’s newest trend? The #CondomChallenge.

No it’s not raising awareness for any health issues, other than disproving the age old lie that, “it doesn’t fit.”

Nevertheless, the #CondomChallenge has gone viral across Vine and Twitter.

So what’s the plan? Fill a condom with water and drop it over your friend’s head without it breaking. It creates a weird fishbowl affect around the participant’s head and causes uncontrollable laughter for everyone else.

According to Tech Insider, the trend started in Japan with this video catching fire on the Internet.

Caution: If you want to try the challenge, make sure to not have the plastic cover your face for too long. Incidents have already been reported and could there be a more embarrassing way to die than this?

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Obama First Ever President On LGBT Magazine Cover

President Obama will be the first sitting president to appear on the cover of a LGBT magazine.

Out Magazine, named Obama Ally of the Year because of the transformative progress in the LGBT community during his terms, according to

Photographed by Ryan Pfluger for Out Magazine

Photographed by Ryan Pfluger for Out Magazine


“One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise, that we’re all created equal,” said Obama during an interview with Out. “That’s why, in the Senate, I supported repealing DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]. It’s why, when I ran for president the first time, I publicly asked for the support of the LGBT community, and promised that we could bring about real change for LGBT Americans.”

After Out tweeted the announcement, Twitter was flooded tweets favoring Out’s decision.

The editor-in-chief of Out Magazine, Aaron Hicklin’s full interview with Obama details everything from what set the stage for the momentous gay marriage decision on June 26, 2015 to how he parents Sasha and Malia in the topic of homosexuality.

Obama joins other Out100’s most influential people like Michael Keaton, Joe Zee, Michael Kors and Candis Cayne.

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Plastic Please: Trojan Ranks The Sexual Health Of 140 American Colleges

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card. The study examines over 140 universities and colleges across America and reports on student accessibility to sexual health resources.

Oh course why would you care about this list? You are too busy “studying” right?

The study is sponsored by Trojan and conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces.

Here’s the list of the top 10 universities:

  1. Oregon State University
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Georgia
  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  5. Brown University
  6. University of Oregon
  7. University of Iowa
  8. Columbia University in the City of New York
  9. The University of Texas At Austin
  10. University of Arizona


Here’s the list of the bottom 10 universities:

  1. Baylor University
  2. Louisiana Tech. University
  3. University of New Orleans
  4. Texas Tech. University
  5. St. John’s University
  6. University of Notre Dame
  7. University of Louisiana at Monroe
  8. Providence College
  9. Troy State University
  10. Brigham Young University

Where did your school make it in this list? Tell us in the comments below.

Stay Classy Millennials.

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Drive And Decide: Councilman Wants To Lower D.C. Voting Age To 16

After receiving their driver’s license, could their next stop be the voting both?

Well in the nation’s capital at least, 16 year olds may be getting the vote.

Washington D.C. Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen introduced a bill on Tuesday, proposing that the district lowers their voting age requirement to 16 years of age for federal elections.

The “Youth Voting Amendment Act of 2015” aims to amend the District of Columbia Election Code of 1955, which currently parallels the constitution, giving citizens who are at least 18-years old the right to vote in federal elections.

Proponents of the bill say that 16-year olds already have major responsibilities and decisions that they are accountable for, so the movement to lower the voting age is warranted.

For example 16-year olds are able to operate a vehicle, have a job, pay taxes and even get tried as an adult in some criminal cases, so voting, to express their opinions, would be the next logical step.

The act also hopes to get young people excited about the political process. There was only a 38 percent voter turnout in the district’s last mayoral election, so the in the interest of increasing voter presence at the polls, this legislation could have a major impact.

Washington D.C. has a long history of progressive change, but this legislation is the first big movement towards shaking up a decade old debate.

It is worth noting that a few D.C. area municipalities have allowed voting for 16 year olds in local elections for a few years.

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Some Easy Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is a time where the creatively inclined thrive. For others it proves to be difficult to muster up a costume out of thin air. So here are some cheap and easy ideas for the DIY and time challenged. (Because let’s be honest, you have procrastinated the hell out of this holiday.)

    1. iPad 

This is a no brainer, time conscious and cheap on the wallet idea! Print out some of your favorite iPhone app faces, i.e. Twitter, Instagram YouTube. Then all you have to do is dress in all black and affix the apps onto your person. Everyone will instantly know what you are and it looks like you put more effort into it than you did!***To make your apps go from 1 star to 5 stars: Spend the night using a Siri monotone voice whenever people ask you questions. You and your friends will have a blast!


2. Your favorite pun, oxymoron or saying

Think of ’50 Shades of Grey’ or ‘It’s raining cats and dogs’, take your favorite saying and portray it literally! Paint yourself 4 or 5 different shades of grey or wear a crown and a staff holding stuffed cat and dog toys!***To take this costume to the next level, be as over the top with it as possible. Don’t settle for small details, go BIG or go home!

3. Basic

This costume is perfect for anyone who wants to exhaust minimal effort because Halloween is just too ‘passé’ for your taste. Dress up as someone who you don’t usually identify with. ‘Hipsters’ could go for more of the ‘lax bro’ look. You think Toddlers and Tiaras is abhorred? Dress up as Honey Boo Boo! You’re friends will get a kick out of your new persona and maybe, while taking a little time gathering research into your newest project, you’ll learn something new about people you didn’t understand before!***To turn this into a real affair by getting a group of people together to create the new-age Breakfast Club!

4. Twinning

For a couples costume, look no further than your closet– or your best friends. Be twins for the night, wear the exact same clothing or be the mirror image of your bestie. This will take meticulous detailing so that people understand what’s going on, but nothing’s better than sharing a great holiday with your favorite person!***To make this even better, do a little extra planning ahead. Things like finishing each other’s sentences or even being attached at the hip all night [literally, break out that duct tape] will make it a more fun experience for the pair of you.

Happy Halloweening!

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Here’s The 10 Best Cities In America for Millennial Foodies

Being a foodie in 2015 can be an expensive hobby for anyone. As exciting as shrimp and lobster risotto sounds, your bank account may quickly remind you to calm down.

Thanks to Wallethub’s list of the most expensive/cheapest cities to be a foodie and Forbes’ best cities for millennials, we have created the top 10 cities to be a millennial foodie in America.

Check to see if your town made the list below:

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1. Austin, Texas

Austin is a great place for anyone who is young, ambitious, and adventurous. With a great economy, the city bustles with students and young adults who are just starting out in life. While the hipsters of this town love to indulge in the Tex-Mex meals that began in that region, it’s an ever growing city that provides dining experiences for all tastes alike.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.2%
Food Affordability: 1/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 29/150

2. San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s eclectic and unique style, make it a great spot to try different cuisines. SanFran is known for their great wines and new flavors, but tends to be a little pricey for the average diner.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.5%
Food Affordability: 101/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 1/150

 3.Houston, Texas

Houston’s greatest accomplishment thus far is the Queen Bey herself, but even she may be overshadowed by the influx of foodies finding making their way to this buzzing hive. Although in the past, Houston has been know for it’s business nature, it’s becoming a place where millennials are starting to appear which may be accredited to the affordability of the city. Foodies who flock here will be indulging on many different Southern American traditions like brunch and barbeque.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 15%
Food Affordability: 2/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 97/150

4. Denver, Colorado

Denver is another city who boasts a high level of millennials. It’s a place that’s appealing to many socioeconomic, cultural and political backgrounds, making it an easy choice for budding millennial minds. And there’s more to try there, other than just their pot brownies! Denver is known for their many different breweries, each with their own twist on beer, who also have wonderful dining experiences

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.2%
Food Affordability: 5/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 22/150

5. Seattle, Washington

Many millennial start as tourists of this city before calling it home! The famous fish market isn’t all that Seattle has to offer. Seattle is known for its various fresh markets, their coffee and all their gourmet foods in between.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 24.1%
Food Affordability: 44/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 6/150

6.Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Thanks to Pittsburgh’s transition from industrial to technological, it is slowly starting to become a hub for millennials. With tech companies like Google taking interest, city needs to stay trendy and up to date in everything that it does- including it’s cuisine. Here there will be a little taste of everything from farm to table to chemistry filled mixology. There’s something for everyone in this town.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 18.1%
Food Affordability: 38/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 16/150

7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis is the sport of Midwestern millennials. While the city isn’t the premiere sport for adventure, many find it attractive for just the opposite reason. Its calm and quiet community is enticing to many millennials and the food matches the atmosphere! Here you’ll find many different takes on traditional American cuisine. Lots of farm to table and earthy tones.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.3%
Food Affordability: 37/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 41/150

8.Chicago, Illinois

Chi-Town’s diverse population mixed with their ever popular culture creates an atmosphere that attracts people of all ages. Although it may be slightly pricier to live, which is why many live just on the outskirts in suburbia, it’s culture draws people in everyday. Not only is Chicago known for it’s famous deep dish pies, but it’s becoming a force with other dishes like steaks and their bar scene is unparalleled.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 19.1%
Food Affordability: 56/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 71/150

9.New York, New York

The Big Apple is a dream come true for any millennial or foodie, the terms aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s a great city to try any and everything because it’s so culturally diverse.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 17.3%
Food Affordability: 84/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 26/150

10. Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is the prime location for any millennial. The diverse cultures and backgrounds of people create a whirlwind of amazing experiences that aren’t offered anywhere else in the country. There’s not a food option you can’t try in this city, whether you want an elegant seafood dining experience on the Potomac River, a delicious food truck in Southeast or maybe you want to check out one of POTUS’s favorite burger joints, there’s something for everyone. It’s one drawback, is that it is an expensive town. With more than 50% of their population holding a bachelor’s degree, it definitely costs a pretty penny to live here, but many young adults find their way here as either interns in the city or just a few miles outside the city in suburban neighborhoods.

Percent of Population Age 25-34: 21.5%
Food Affordability: 53/150
Diversity, Accessibility & Quality Rank: 28/150

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10 Worst Halloween Costumes We Found on Amazon

It’s Halloween time and if you’re one of those people who doesn’t have the desire to sift through the shelves of all the pop-up Halloween stores in town, there’s one word for you – Amazon.

But beware of choosing just any costume from this one stop shop. Some of their costumes are treats, but here’s our list of their top ten tricks.

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