10 Tips For Following Beach Etiquette As You Soak Up The Sun This Summer

10 Tips For Following Beach Etiquette As You Soak Up The Sun This Summer

I'm a very social person, but I'm not trying to make friends with the person whose beach blanket lays only inches from mine.

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The most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us, beach season! For those of us fortunate enough to live down the shore, proper beach etiquette is innate. Whether you're a local, a benny, a shoobie, or frequent beaches outside of the garden state, use the following list to refresh your mind on acceptable beach behavior.

1. Be aware of personal space

This one is huge, and counts for both the personal space of yourself AND other beachgoers! Although holidays and weekends may make you think otherwise, there is more than enough space for everyone to have a comfortable amount of room in the sand. I'm a very social person, but I'm not trying to make friends with the person whose beach blanket lays only inches from mine.

2. Your trash, your problem

Please don't leave your garbage on the beach for other people to step on later. Most beaches do provide garbage cans and recycling bins within walking distance of the ocean for your convince. If not, it takes nothing to bring your own garbage bag and dispose of your trash properly when you get home. It is the duty of each and every beach goer to keep everyone's favorite summer spot clean.

3. DO NOT FEED THE BIRDS

I cannot emphasize this enough! Seagulls are not cute! They are loud and annoying without being fed. Purposely giving them food only amplifies their already unbearable character traits. Once you start feeding one, at least 10 more are destined to show up to swarm you and irritate those sitting around you at the beach.

4. NEVER move someone else's belongings

It pains me that this isn't a given, but I've had this happen to me way more times than it should have. As I said previously, there is more than enough space at the beach for everyone to put their stuff. Just because someone left to take a tip in the ocean or to grab lunch does NOT give you permission to move their beach chair to give you a better view of the sea. Come on, you wouldn't want this done to you.

5. Actually listen to the lifeguards

These unsung heroes do more than sit at a stand for a few hours. They often spend hours outside during the most brutal hours of the summer sun, all while being responsible for countless people. Don't make their job harder than it already is. If they ask you to get off the rocks, just comply for the sake of saving them the aggravation.

6. Watch where and how you walk

Yes, sand is unavoidable at the beach, but most people don't want it in their faces. Try not to run and take off your sandals when walking on the beach to prevent accidentally kicking sand in someone's face to disturb their tanning session.

7. Control your music's volume

Believe it or not, not everyone wants to hear your music. While you want to hear the bass in your favorite song, the rest of the beach probably doesn't. If you can hear it 30 feet away, it's probably too loud.

8. Play beach games in open space

Instead of squeezing between blankets and umbrellas for the perfect spot to play Cam Jam, consider setting it up the game in a much more open space behind where most people are sitting. No one wants a frisbee in their face.

9. Secure your umbrellas

If you must bring a beach umbrella, please secure it correctly, especially on the more windy days. You don't want to be stepping on other people to chase after a loose umbrella. If you know you aren't capable of this, I suggest a hat and full coverage clothing as an alternative.

10. Enjoy yourself and be grateful

This is perhaps the most important one. The beach is a serene and relaxing yet fun and exciting place to spend your summer day. It's a happy place that in my opinion, can cure almost anything if your willing to lose yourself in the sound of the crashing waves.

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If Basic College Majors Were Their Already-Failed New Year's Resolutions

These were all set up to be major failures, anyway.
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February is off to the races, and for most of us, that means our New Year's Resolutions have already been broken numerous times. Your major gives a lot of insight into what type of person you are, what resolutions you set and which you've already broken, so let's see what you've failed this year, shall we?

Journalism: "I'm going to journal every night!"

Yeah, you love writing and documenting your life in a journal seems like a great idea! The story of your life, right?! Wrong. Your life is boring and writing "went to class and six meetings today" is not great journal material.

Communication: "I'm going to call my family once a week!"

Communicating with people is your major, so this one makes a ton of sense until it is Sunday night on week three and you realize you haven't called anyone yet.

Pre-Med: "I'm going to get more sleep!"

Who are you kidding? You're studying to be a freaking doctor, you don't get sleep.

Business: "I'm going to budget and spend less money!"

At least you understand the value of money, but you're still a pizza and alcohol-loving college student. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Public Relations: "I'm going to cut back on the coffee!"

YEAH. OK.

Education: "I'm going to be more patient!"

You're so close until a tiny child talks back to you at 8 o'clock in the morning and you realize this is not the profession for patience goals.

Music: "I'm going to learn a new hobby!"

You already know an instrument which is more than most can say. Why learn some other cool talent at this point?

Nursing: "I'm going to drink eight cups of water a day!"

You know water is so good for you, but after clinicals, four exams and about seven hours of homework, you really just need coffee and vodka in an IV.

Political Science: "I'm going to be more civil on social media!"

Well, if people posted less ignorant things I wouldn't have to educate them...

Psychology: "I'm going to manage my stress better!"

Day two and you're already stress eating and crying in campus bathrooms, but at least you understand the theories as to why this is happening to you.

Dietetics: "I'm going to eat super healthily!"

Just because your major is all about living a healthy lifestyle doesn't mean that you can't appreciate an entire pizza or five.

Computer Science: "I'm going to be more productive!"

It is hard to be productive when you know how to do hundreds of cool things on your computer, AND make it look like you're taking notes while doing it.

Exercise Science: "I'm going to go to the gym six times a week!"

You know it's good for you. You know the benefits. But damn it if your bed isn't also good for you.

History: "I'm going to live in the moment!"

Well, you're a history major for a reason.

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ASU Students Push For A Healthier Dining Hall To Counter 'Freshman 15' Fears

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap.

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Arizona State University students are pushing for change within the downtown Phoenix dining hall as they strive to avoid the infamous freshman 15.

The downtown Phoenix campus offers fewer dining options than the Tempe campus and has a less appetizing dining hall. The freshman 15 is a common scare among students living in the dorms, who are often freshman.

The freshman 15 is defined as a student who gains 15 pounds or more in their first year of college. Studies prove the average freshman does not exercise the right amount, is sleep deprived, has a poor diet, increases their stress level, alcohol consumption, and fatty food intake, which is most likely causing their weight gain.

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Daniella Rudoy, a journalism major and fitness instructor at the SDFC, relived her freshman year as she provided tips for incoming freshman.

"There are a lot of workouts you can do in your dorm room as long as you have access to YouTube or a floor. You can go on a run, a walk, or do exercises that do not require equipment," Rudoy said in support of college fitness.

Rudoy said that mental health, fitness, and nutrition all correlate with one another.

"I follow the saying abs are made in the kitchen. So if you are working out day and night, but eating a giant pizza and chicken wings with a pack of beer when you come home you aren't doing yourself much good," Rudoy said.

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The main cause for weight gain is increased alcohol consumption. 80 percent of college students drink and this includes binge drinking, which is unhealthy for many reasons.

Students who do not drink are most likely gaining weight because of their exposure to an all-you-can-eat dining hall. The downtown Phoenix campus offers a salad bar as their only consistent healthy option for students, therefore students are left eating hamburgers, fries, and pizza.

"I haven't been to the dining hall this semester. Last semester, I went because I had no other options. I am a vegetarian and the dining hall is not accommodating to those with allergies or food restrictions. I find it very difficult to find vegetarian options," Lexi Varrato, a journalism major said.

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Varrato explained that she believes the freshman 15 is "100 percent real" and that incoming freshman should research their meal plans and ask their school how their dietary restrictions will be accommodated before purchasing a non-refundable meal plan.

Megan Tretter, a nursing major at Seattle University emphasized that not every dining hall is like ASU's and that the freshman 15 is "definitely not a problem" at her school.

"I always eat healthy at my dining hall. There are a lot of good and healthy options at Seattle University. I usually go to the smoothie line in the morning, have a salad for lunch, and make myself an acai bowl after work with avocado toast in our floor's kitchen," Tretter said in support of her school's strive for healthy options.

College students across the United States have healthier dining options than ASU, but many colleges still face the same problems that students here are facing.

Tara Shultz, a journalism major at ASU believes she has avoided the "very real" freshman 15 by living at home.

"I believe the freshman 15 targets dorm residence and first-year students who do not live at home as they do not have their parents as a guide and are forced to eat at a dining hall that only serves fatty foods," Shultz emphasized.

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The downtown Phoenix campus offers students access to the SDFC, YMCA, and Taylor Place gym, where students can take group fitness classes, run on a track, play basketball, or swim. Alternative options for students are purchasing a membership at Orangetheory or EOS Fitness.

Most students agreed with journalism major Vanessa Gonzalez that they have little time to work out due to their workload, but many students like Varrato, Tretter, and Rudoy explained that they try to work out every day as it is a stress reliever and it enriches their mental health.

Steve Fiorentino, the owner of Powered Up Nutrition encourages college students to learn what they are putting in their bodies.

"I think it starts with nutrition. Students believe they can outwork a bad diet and I believe that is their number one mistake. My advice is to stop eating fast foods and start eating whole and healthy foods along with supplements," Fiorentino stated.

The freshman 15 is an avoidable curse, but many students will continue to follow into its trap. The campus dining hall is not always the reason to blame as students have the option to decrease their meal plans, become active, and make healthy choices!

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