8 Healthy Habits College Kids Need To Form

8 Healthy Habits College Kids Need To Form

Dear college kids, dress for the weather. This is Minnesota for Pete's sake!

So, first you try and tell us how to be professional, and now you are trying to tell us how to be healthy? Didn't you just post a picture of a chimichanga covered in queso? Hey now! Moderation is key. But trust me, this is as much as it is advice for you as it is for me. And, what do I even know? I'm just a college freshman. So, let me continue my little spree of giving tips and tricks for things college kids need to learn. This time, it's all about health.

1. Dress for the weather

I know that cropped sweatshirt and jean skirt look adorable for game day, but Liam from Alpha Chi won’t think you are so cute when you have a 100-degree fever and snot running down your nose for the next week and a half. Get it together kids! Both boys and girls have this problem. I see guys around campus in just a light sweatshirt when it is 20 degrees with heavy wind. Wear a jacket! Trust me, you’ll thank me when you aren’t sick.

2. Get enough sleep

This is so important. Many college kids sacrifice sleep way too often. Lack of sleep is detrimental to your health, especially if you are sick. Make sure to get an extra hour of sleep. There are studies that prove that an extra hour of sleep can help more than an hour of crappy study time at 4 AM.

3. Taking a Saturday to study instead of party

Sometimes you are in a crunch and you need to sacrifice your beloved Saturday night to study away. Get over your FOMO, there are more Saturdays to come. Less homework on Sunday, and having a quality assignment to turn in will be worth it, I promise.

4. Learn to handle stress

This is something that will make or break your future. If you can’t handle stress, then you will have a hard time surviving college. Self love is so important, and you need to make sure that you take a little you time each week, or day, to help manage stress. Whether it means you let yourself watch an episode of your favorite show once a week, or paint your nails, meditate, do a small yoga flow, again, the possibilities are endless.. There are so many options. Nothing has to be big, schedule time for yourself once a week just to unwind, by yourself. This will help you take a moment and breathe. This paired with time management and planning will easily decrease unnecessary stress in your life.

5. Work Out

I suck at this one, completely suck at it. But, at last, we are reaching the ages of adulthood, and with that, our great teenage metabolisms are fleeting. It’s time to set the chips and salsa down and go hit the rec. Take classes, find what fits you best. Whether that be 20 minutes on the elliptical with a small ab workout, some heavy lifting, interval training, hot yoga, cycling class. Make it work for you, and you will be happier once you get on track.

6. Eating Right and Keeping Hydrated!

This goes with the last one. We can’t keep eating fries and pizza every night (even though that is the only, somewhat edible item in the dining hall). Get some greens up in there, healthy fats, watch those sugars. Woohoo, healthy! We got this, we can do this. Watch the Starbucks Frappuccinos, and only Macdons like once a month. Do not forget to hydrate! Keeping hydrated and having the right kinds of nutrients in your body is so detrimental for many things, such as: your skin, your digestive health, and to stay alive, to name a few. WATER WATER WATER! or die!

7. Time Management

(First, please appreciate this hardworking doggo.) I know this was mentioned in my last article, but from planners, to time management, planning in advance will make your life so much easier. Keep a calendar, whether it be in your planner or on your phone. Color code it. Make it pretty, whatever keeps you coming back to it so you can keep ahead of the game. At the beginning of the semester, schedule out all of your exams. If you don’t know the time, at least plan the day. You will thank me later when that exam doesn’t sneak up on you. Plan out just how much it will take each day to complete that large paper. It will be worth it.

8. Find the balance

This won’t come easy. I don’t have it yet either. But, you have to find the balance. How many times can you workout a week? How many hours should you study each day? When are you most productive? What meals work best for you? What are you doing to destress? Keep these all in mind, and you will figure it out. Make an effort to figure out your balance, but don’t obsess over it.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."

I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."

Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.


You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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College Students Are Replacing Food With Alcohol — And Sacrificing Their Health In The Process

Drinking on an empty stomach can lead to "gastritis, ulcer, and malnutrition" in the long run.


Being able to drink whatever you want while remaining (or striving for) thin. The new face of eating disorders sings an oddly familiar tune, and it's spreading across college campuses faster than anorexia or bulimia. A trend noted by researchers was that people, mainly college students, were skipping meals or over-exercising to save or "burn calories, making room for drinking at night", with looking good in the forefront of their mind.

When I first read the Atlantic article discussing the alcohol industry and its shift to cater to our insecurities, I didn't see the issue. So someone wants to save calories by replacing their meal with alcohol? This doesn't seem like a real problem.

What I was missing, however, was that alcohol calories and food calories are not interchangeable. Drinking on an empty stomach can lead to "gastritis, ulcer, and malnutrition" in the long run, according to Dr. Mark Peluso of the Middlebury College health center.

In college-focused studies, the results are clear: vigorous exercise and disordered eating "uniquely predicted binge-drinking". Even more strikingly, those who used laxatives or vomited in the last month to lose weight we're 76% more likely to binge drink. That's a lot. And the mix of a negative body image, disordered eating, and excessive alcohol consumption is a disaster waiting to happen, on every college campus.

How did we get here? The alcohol industry is marketing straight to the vulnerable minds of young, self-conscious women. Through ads marketing "diet alcohol," public health researchers and college health professionals encourage college students to engage in what is being more commonly called "drunkorexia." Marketing campaigns veiled as Weight Watcher-friendly are actually fueling a new set of eating disorders, and college campuses have easily become the perfect birthplace of it. The need to be liked, perfect, and pretty combined with the drinking culture is a deadly storm, even if we haven't seen the direct effects of it.

I've seen it with my own eyes. When asked about eating and drinking habits, one college girl recounts that she commonly skipped dinner before a night out to save calories and get drunker faster on purpose. Another female student added that she could name at least 4 other friends who engaged in this pattern of behavior. Even more concerning, no one saw it as a problem. They thought about it as a dieting trick, some kind of secret to losing weight, a strength even.

The most terrifying part? After telling them the effects of drinking on an empty stomach, such as messing with your stomach health, there was only a series shrugs. Translation: it didn't matter that their internal health was suffering. The desire to fit a beauty standard overpowered the logic of otherwise well-educated young women.

If a beauty standard is repeatedly causing young people to wreck themselves from the inside out, whether it's not eating, forcing themselves to throw up, or unhealthy drinking habits, it's time for the emergency alarm to sound on our culture.

If you feel like you need to talk to someone about your personal health, or even your concerns about friends, click this link for information and a hotline number. You're not alone.

Finally, if you want to share your opinion on this issue, anonymously or not, shoot me a message on Facebook.


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