Food – Freshman 15

Difference #4 – Your eating habits will change when you go to college.  In H.S. you probably don’t do the grocery shopping and you probably don’t cook all your meals during the day.  Most likely your Mom or Dad does that for you.  You have a structured schedule that keeps you busy throughout the day which hopefully keeps you away from constantly snacking.  In college, this usually all goes out the door, especially during your freshman year.  Have you heard of the ‘Freshman 15′?  It is  the idea that freshman in college typically gain about 15 pounds during their first year.  The reason behind this is the increased amount of alcohol students drink, the free for all food options (why would you eat fruit when you have donuts, eggs, bacon, bagels, and hash-browns for breakfast options?), the late night snacks (you’re up until 2 or 3am and the pizza place WILL deliver to you at this time), the free food at events, the free time you have to snack, and to add to that… nobody is making you go to the gym.  That my friends, is a recipe for love handles!

SO… i’m not telling you that you’re going to get fat but rather you need to be conscious of maintaining a healthy life style.  Here are some tips on how to do that:

1. Educate yourself.  A lot of schools allow students to take open elective courses, sign up for Nutrition101 and learn everything about being healthy.  This class may even count as a science credit!

2. There are just as many healthy options in the cafeteria that there are unhealthy options – you CAN make healthy choices.

3. Set time in your schedule to go to the gym and then actually make yourself go.  A lot of schools offer free classes like yoga, Pilate’s, kickboxing, and even spinning.  Go to them!

4. Buy healthy snacks for your dorm room… duh

5. Sign up for a 5k.  A lot of schools have 5k’s on their campus to raise money for an outside organization.  Sign up to run in it, it will give you something to work towards.  If your school doesn’t offer a 5k, why not start to organize one yourself?  Get friends together, talk to your athletic department, that would be a GREAT accomplishment!

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you are in life, there is no reason not to be aware of your choices and work to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Also, if you stay healthy think about how smokin’ you’re going to look on spring break.


Orientation Tips

College orientation…. it’s like summer camp on steroids.  A lot of awkward high school seniors and a handful of overly excited, enthusiastic, screaming college students who are trying to make you feel right at home.  Orientation is a great way to meet your incoming freshman class and learn the in’s and outs of your college.  You may be visiting your campus for one full day, maybe overnight or possibly staying a full weekend.  Either way, orientation can be a great time or scare the heck out of your.  Try and make the most of it… see my Orientation Tips below;

1. Don’t judge your college experience by your orientation weekend.  There are always students who cry their eyes out after the first day of orientation because they say they’ve made a mistake and hate the college.  It’s ONE day!  If i judged my college by my orientation weekend I would have been out after the first girl screamed “YAHHHHH!   WELCOME! WE ARE SO HAPPY YOU ARE HERE” and then proceeded to blow a fog horn in my face.  Even if you don’t enjoy your orientation, you need to give your school a longer chance before you make any drastic changes.

2. Don’t do drugs, don’t drink!  It’s not worth it.  How embarrassing would it be if you got caught drinking and then got kicked out of school before you even started classes??  True story – this has happened maaaaaaaaaany times.

3. Introduce yourself to a professor or dean.  There are usually professors and/or deans at orientation welcoming the class or talking about the departments that they are a part of.  When you get the chance (and yes it will be uncomfortable and a little scary) go up to one of them and introduce yourself and tell them how excited you are to start school.  Fast forward to freshman year…. send that professor an e-mail and go meet with them.  Talk to them about internships, classes, careers, etc.  That professor will be an essential resource throughout your college experience.

4. Be nice to your orientation leaders.  Make friends with them. They are upper classmen, their friends are upperclassman – enough said.

Hello High School Seniors

Dear students who have already checked out, don’t want to be in high school anymore and excited about graduation.  I remember feeling like that.  I think I had checked out during the first week of senior year though.  Anywho….college is RIGHT around the corner and you are obviously anxious to get started and excited about this new chapter of your life but do you really know anything about it?  My guess is that if you have an older brother or sister in college you have an idea of what’s coming next but even so, every college experience is different.  I wouldn’t call myself a college guru but as a recent college graduate and with working on a college campus every day I do still see the inside scoop of what’s going on here.  I’ll give you tips and insight on how to get started in the right direction and have an amazing experience.  My ultimate goal is that you enjoy a feeling of accomplishment, whether it’s running for student government prez and winning or meeting someone super good looking and avoiding looking like a complete idiot and/or psycho.  Get ready for the fun stuff!  Check back soon.