Im not catholic, but i do celebrate one of its biggest traditions. Lent teaches us discipline and restrain, which is something a lot of us dont have anymore. For the past few years ive escalated from giving up just chocolate, to all sweats, to all sweats and soda and so forth. Although ive done all that and more, i am starting back at the beginning because just like lent is starting over, so am I at college. Everything is so accessible here, chocolate/sweats and everything! It'll be a miracle if i can go a week without eating any chocolate! As hard as it will be to go without my favorite dessert and snack (haha) there is something about lent that is so much more than just not eating candy. Going without something for 40 days takes a lot. At least for me, I feel successful and strong and feel like i can endure a lot more because im strong enough to say no to something i really want. You dont have to be religious to do lent, you just have to be willing to try something new and be strong with your decision...