Why Every College Student Should Get a Starbucks Gold Card

Those who know me, and even plenty who don’t, know that I am rarely caught without a Starbucks cup or tumbler in my hand. Why? Because I love Starbucks coffee. Black coffee, coffee with cream, iced coffee, macchiatos, lattes, frappuccinos, chai, green tea lemonade, holiday drinks and more — I am obsessed.

So I’m sure it’s no surprise that I’ve held a Starbucks Gold Card since 2009, when I was still in high school. And as much as that obviously makes sense for a Starbucks lover like me (Taylor Swift, anyone?) I believe it also makes plenty of sense for anyone who goes to Starbucks…like, ever!

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If you live under a rock or somehow otherwise don’t know what a Starbucks Gold Card is, allow me to explain. The Starbucks Gold Card is the highest level of the Starbucks Rewards program. Registering for the rewards program costs nothing, and requires customers to simply enter the code on the back of any Starbucks gift card online. Customers can reload the gift card with more money at any time, and each time the card is used to purchase either a drink or food item, the customer earns a star. Earning thirty stars in one year qualifies customers to become Gold Card holders, for which they will receive a personalized Gold Card in the mail. Who doesn’t love something with their name on it?

Gold Card holders are entitled to some sweet perks, such as free drinks or treats on their birthdays, customized member-only offers via email, free in-store refills on hot or iced brewed coffee and tea, and, my personal favorite, a free food or drink item for every twelve stars earned.

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How great is that? Not only does it cost nothing for customers to sign up, the rewards program gives customers free food or drinks based on their purchasing frequency. In addition, Gold Card holders receive regular promotions and free refills. The rewards program is essentially no-risk and high reward.

It’s often been said that college is the time when many people get addicted to coffee, due heavily to finals, term papers, and all-nighters. Most college students have a Starbucks Coffee near, if not on campus, meaning the likelihood that the average college student will drink Starbucks Coffee at some point in his or her college career is extremely high. To me, it seems like a no-brainer to sign up for the Starbucks Rewards program; the more coffee you drink, the more coffee you get in return.

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What drink would you buy with your first free Starbucks Reward? Tweet me a picture of it and I might retweet you!

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Finals, Freshman Year vs. Senior Year

A lot can change in four years.

When you realize it’s time to start studying for finals

Freshman year:

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Senior year:

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Getting ready to go study

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Trying to study in the library

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LOL NOPE #StudyingAtHome

Fall semester finals

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Spring semester finals

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This will do.

Not drinking because you have to study

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Senior year:

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While studying

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Calculating what grade you need on the final in order to pass the class

Freshman year:

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Deciding whether or not you should stop studying and just go for the passing grade

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Study in groups

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Your relationship with coffee

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When you realize how long you’ve been studying

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After five minutes…

Trying to balance sleep and studying

Freshman year:

SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK

SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK

Senior year:

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When your mom calls you while you’re studying

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Trying to find time to relax during finals

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After hours of studying

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Checking in with your professor before the test

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How you think you’ll do on the test

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During the test

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After you finish the test

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Checking your final grade

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How you feel when you’re finally done with all of your finals

Freshman year:

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Senior year:

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When you’re a freshman, all you can see are four more years of finals ahead. By the time you’re a senior, however, you already have yours eyes on that sweet, sweet prize — your degree. May 16th, here I come!

Disagree? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter and I might retweet you!

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An Ode to the Tumbler Cup

 

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Oh tumbler cup, my tumbler cup. You truly are the one.

With Starbucks logos, chevron patterns, and Lilly prints, so fun.

With my monogram in the middle, or my sorority letters down the side,

You help me to express myself, rather than to hide.

In pink or in lavender, in mint or maroon,

With sequins or with glitter — for you, I nearly swoon.

Made for hot beverages or cold; with you it does not matter.

Though, if I had to make a choice, I’d probably choose the latter.

For iced coffee, juice, and tea — the options never end!

And let us not forget, my dear: our chilled, fermented friend.

For all the reasons to love tumblers, wine’s the greatest of them all.

For they conceal wine in the winter, spring, summer, and the fall.

For lounging around the house, or for taking on the run,

No others will suspect you’re carrying 24 ounces of fun.

I always have you with me, my tumbler cup of “juice.”

There really is no limit to your endless amount of use.

Oh tumbler cup, my tumbler cup. You take away my stress.

You’re the reason I can relax, sip, and say, “Cheers, betch!”

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