So, It Turns Out That Being Healthy In College REALLY Is As Hard As It Sounds

So, It Turns Out That Being Healthy In College REALLY Is As Hard As It Sounds

I'm not saying it's impossible, I'm just saying it's hard.


When I started college, I had the intention of eating healthy and working out daily. That quickly changed once the semester started. My senior year of high school, I got on this really big health kick. I ate salads for lunch almost every day, in addition to going to the gym daily. I was in really good shape, and I felt great. I planned on continuing this in college, but that hasn't exactly worked out as well as I had hoped.

The dining hall really gets you. It's not that there aren't healthy options, it's that you eventually won't want them. Salads and spinach wraps get old after a while. I mean, there are only so many things you can eat. And the desserts. No matter how hard you want to avoid them, they just always look so good.

And if it's not the dining hall, then it's Chick-fil-A. (Or Panda Express for some people, but I don't like Chinese) Like come on, you really expect me to order a salad when I smell waffle fries? I mean, it's practically impossible.

Or coffee. Now, I know there's some coffee that's not bad for you, but when you're at Starbucks, you're definitely not going to want to order just a plain coffee when you can get a Caramel Macchiato instead. Um, yes, please. (But on another note, how do some people order a Venti Mocha Frappuccino at 9 A.M.? That's even beyond me.)

Or going out to eat with friends. I mean really, you're not going to want to eat healthy while your friends are all eating chicken fingers and burgers.

Or the fact that there's food everywhere, all the time. And even better: FREE food. This is something I really didn't expect. But without fail, almost every single day, there is some organization handing out donuts or some event being held that has free pizza. Seriously, turning down free food is extremely hard.

And the really hard part: working out. It's not that I don't have time, because I probably do. It's that it's hard to MAKE time to workout. When you're busy with schoolwork and essays, as soon as you finish, all you really feel like doing is going to bed. (I guess maybe if I didn't procrastinate this wouldn't be a problem, but that's a whole other issue) And in the mornings, well let's be real, no one wants to get up early to workout before class.

Basically, it's hard to be healthy in college. A lot harder than I thought it would be.

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8 Things Every Independent College Girl Misses About College Approximately 0.8 Seconds After They Get Home

Truthfully, I miss my roommate more than anything.

While you are at school, you miss home. While you are at home, you miss school. But... missing school becomes more and more prevalent as time goes on and you are stuck at home. At first it's nice to see friends and family that you haven't gotten to see in a while but eventually, it get's old.

So here's a list that every independent college student misses about school while they're home.

1. Your meal plan

Food, paid for, on a card for you to swipe anytime you want.

2. Your roommate

When we moved in together, you swore by for better or for worst. This is definitely one of the most missed things.

3. Living on your own

Technically you're living on your own with a little assistance, so it's pretty cool. You miss not answering to anyone, picking what you want to eat for dinner every night and doing what you want when you want.

4. Parties

There's a party every night of the week, so there's always something to do.

5. Events

If there isn't a party, there's an event. Football games, free pizza, basketball games, and concerts. You name it, they have it.

6. The recreational center

The gym at college is nice, plus it has a pool and a rock climbing wall... so that makes it even better.

7. Club/intermural sports

This is one of the best parts. Even though it isn't a university sport, you still have a blast and take pride in winning.

8. Having a mini fridge in your room

Easy access to food... 24/7. Of course, you'll miss this.

The upside of this is that you'll be back at school next semester, so enjoy home while you can. Spend as much time with friends and family as possible, and make memories. You may only have four years to enjoy it!

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.


Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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