How I Avoided The Freshman 15

How I Avoided The Freshman 15

These simple things kept the pounds off.

I mentioned this in my last article addressed to the upcoming college freshman class, but I thought I'd dive deeper into the topic. Listen up people: The Freshmen 15 is avoidable. Now it might have been easier for me because Rider's dining hall isn't always the best example of what a college dining hall should and could be... but regardless, I think my method can be used anywhere. When you're a freshman and you walk into the dining hall, you might be overwhelmed. You see all these food options and they say all you can eat... it's a lot to take in. But fear not. You can overcome.

1. Only eat when you're actually hungry

It's tempting to go 50 times a day especially when you have an unlimited meal plan... but you only need to go there about three times a day.

2. Plan ahead

Don't walk in there without a plan of attack. Maybe you had pasta yesterday so you're having a salad today. Maybe you had a big breakfast so you are going to plan your other meals accordingly.

3. If your school has a gym... find it... go there... go inside... utilize it.

Stop walking past it. Go inside. You don't have to become some gym junkie. But exercising is good for you. They might have a track you can walk. Or classes you can join.

4. Limit late night ordering

The only thing worst than always being in the dining hall is late night ordering. You're food needs time to digest and if you eat it at 2 am and then go to bed at 3, you might get sick, but your food will also store as fat in your body. It's tempting with late night study sessions or rehearsals. You're hungry, tired and the only thing open is Taco Bell or a pizza place. I get it trust me. But try not to eat at this hour. If you must, eat something healthy. Your body will thank you in the morning.

5. Eat more fruits and vegetables

Pizza, pasta, carbs, sweets... all that stuff is wonderful. But you need to eat fruits and veggies. The more you eat them, the more you will find how wonderful they can be as well.

6. Walk places when you have the option

Stop getting rides from one building to the next. Walk places. It's a simple way to exercise that you don't even think about. If your campus is the size of a small country... just walk around on the gym track.

7. Keep healthy snacks in your room and when you're walking around

You're gonna be hungry throughout the day. That's normal. Snacking isn't bad, it just depends what you are snacking on. Fruit, nuts, hummus and veggies, nut butters... these are healthy snacks that are good for you. You also don't need low-fat popcorn or any of those "diet" foods. They are actually bad for you. Instead of buying "diet" foods, eat less of the normal foods.

Happy Eating!

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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