11 Ways Bowling Green Makes Students Feel At Home

11 Ways Bowling Green Makes Students Feel Like They've Come Home

Bowling Green State University is the best choice I could have ever made, and I hope you make it too.

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Bowling Green State University has endless positive attributes, but here are eleven reasons why I am glad to call this campus my home. Choosing the right college for you is important. With so many factors to weigh, it can be intimidating. I hope that everyone deciding upon a university can feel the same way I feel about BGSU.

1. School spirit

Hallie Cunningham

No matter the weather, winning record or any other deterrent, Falcon fans come out in full swing for all sporting events. Any event sponsored by BGSU, there are students there to support. Freddy and Frieda alongside SicSic always bring a smile to the students' faces. They encourage students to be active and to display college loyalty with pride.

2. Men's hockey

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Nobody goes harder than BGSU Hockey fans. (We are number one in the WCHA!) A feeling of camaraderie and dedication to the game is overwhelming when sitting in the stands.

3. Campus Polleyeyes

The best breadsticks you will ever taste. Campus Polleyeys offers a variety of breadsticks, pizza and other party foods. The best part? They deliver to the dorms.

4. Harvey

Hallie Cunningham

Harvey is a service dog on campus. He takes his job very seriously, always at the hip of his owner, Daniel. Make sure to ask before you pet, as Harvey has important work to do. He is a 200-pound English Mastiff who lights up any room he walks into. College is stressful, and sometimes we just need to pet a dog.

5. Greek life

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With 11 Panhellenic Chapters, 17 Interfraternity Council Chapters, 8 National Pan-Hellenic Council Chapters, and five Multicultural Greek Council, there are many ways to be involved in the Greek community. Together, Greek organizations complete service hours to benefit various philanthropic organizations and the Bowling Green community.

6. Dance Marathon

FOR THE KIDS. Last year, over $265,000 was raised in donations for Mercy Children's Hospital in Toledo. Dance Marathon raises money for children in hospitals and brings students from all different backgrounds together for one common goal. This event entails students staying on their feet for 24 hours, raising money for the cause. They get to meet the kids, hear stories and have a great time.

7. Clubs and organizations

With over 300 groups there is a place for everyone to belong, stand out and go far at BGSU. With options to find your niche, you will soon find a supportive environment to support your learning. Using OrgSync, you can find any group to contact and become a member of!

8. Dining options

Two dining halls, the union, Sundial and several outtakes mean you will never run out of snacks. Life gets busy, but taking care of yourself is important! There is always a place to stop and feed your body. Get that falcon fuel!

9. Sense of home

Hallie Cunningham

BGSU has a homey feeling as soon as you walk on campus. There are people everywhere you look to help you grow and feel comfortable. There is the Office of Accessibility Services to ensure that each student has an equal opportunity to their education. Smiling faces wherever you go, and people who are willing to answer any question you may have.

10. Faculty and staff members

All of the employees are glad to see you here. They want to see you succeed and will help you get to where you want to be. Reach out to your professors, they are here for your benefit. We all chose to be falcons, and falcons support each other.

11. Summer programs

Hallie Cunningham

With various summer programs like the First Gen Falcon, students are able to form connections before campus opens and to create life-long friendships. This program gives first-generation students the opportunity to become acclimated with campus and decide how they want their college experience to go.

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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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Everything A Future Sun Devil Needs To Know About Arizona BEFORE Coming To ASU

Tempe, Arizona is its own monster, so come prepared.

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Coming to Arizona State was a crazy decision on my part. I'm from Delaware, and besides visiting campus for one day in April of 2018, this was technically my first time living on the West Coast over 2,000 miles away. I don't regret it at all, but what I do regret is not properly informing myself about the area. There are things that happen in Arizona that do not occur back home, and if I had braced myself for monsoon season or the abominable heat at night, maybe August would have gone a bit smoother.

This is what I knew about Tempe: It's hot for most of the year and it's in the valley. Wow. There are so many elements that are missed if you are from out of state and have only seen Tempe on a tour day, like me. This may seem like common sense, but there is so much to learn about each place around the world, and you can get blindsided if you don't do your research.

Did you know that it rains in the hot, dry, desert valley that is Phoenix? I sure did not. It didn't make sense or occur to me than anything, but hot, sunny weather would ever happen, but to be fair, most of the year is hot and sunny. The official dates of monsoon season are June 15 to September 20, but the peak time for this disastrous weather is mid-July to mid-August. Monsoons aren't all just rain and high winds. A few times last semester in August when I walked outside, the sky was dark, the air was visibly dusty and humid, and there was a huge wall of dust in the distance. Rain will pour down from the sky out of nowhere and bring a dust storm, thunder, and more along with it. So be safe, always check the weather, and buy a raincoat and umbrella.

Along with the crazy weather last year, I began to get very sick. In college, everyone is sick all the time, so I figured it was just something I caught from sharing a drink or being in close quarters with thousands of other people each day. I went to the ASU Health Services many times in those first couple months and no doctor could figure out the deep-rooted cause of my continuous enlarged tonsils. Finally, I was prescribed an inhaler, steroids to calm the inflammation, and a recommendation to buy myself some Claritin and a nose spray. I was a new person after a couple of days. I also noticed the importance of changing my air filter every couple of months. It turns out what I thought was mono was allergies. I had never had allergies back home and didn't give it a second thought. I took the medicine each day and felt amazing. One time I skipped the Claritin for two weeks, and like clockwork, my tonsils swelled up again, so now I take it each day to stay alive. Tempe does not have terrific air quality, so be cautious even if you don't typically have allergies, or you'll end up like me — sick, missing out on living life, and not having fun on the weekends.

Since I'm from the beach when it is hot outside people wear bikinis, shorts, and typical summer gear. When I got here, I noticed there was a different summer dress code. Besides college kids wearing shorts and minimal clothing, the adults I observed walking down the road were all wearing pants and long-sleeve shirts. I was baffled. However, I now understand it protects their skin from the harsh UV rays, even if it is 110 degrees outside. The UV rays emitted in Arizona from the sun are very intense. I didn't get rid of my chest sunburn until October when it got slightly cooler outside. I will never wear pants and long-sleeves in such intense heat, but, applying sunscreen every couple of hours isn't a bad idea.

This may make your skin crawl, but if you take any of this information to heart, remember this: The cockroach population is out of control here. Since they can survive in basically any temperature and will outlive humanity, their presence is horrifying. One night I woke up to find a huge roach on my windowsill (which spans my entire bed, mind you). Then, I lost it. To this day, I have never found it and it's probably alive with a whole new clan out there just waiting to get back into my bedroom and attack. I remember those first couple nights at ASU walking around campus for all the free events and seeing them everywhere. That's not an exaggeration. In Delaware, I hadn't seen one for years. Now it's like they were making up for all that lost time.

Basically, during my first month here, I was adapting to the new city, climate, huge lectures, and pure independence. Even though I wasn't aware of monsoon season, my newfound allergies, the intense UV rays, weird ways in which people protect their skin, and the frightening cockroach clans, I finished nine months here mostly unscathed. If I could have read some candid, first-hand information, I would have. Would I have bought an umbrella? No. But if you're reading this, you are getting the information you need to justify that pre-college purchase. Good luck, future Sun Devil, and don't forget the bug spray!

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