Everything College Students Should Do Over Thanksgiving Break

Everything College Students Should Do Over Thanksgiving Break

Keep these things in mind while you're chilling at home this Thanksgiving.

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1. Nothing

We may plan to catch up on all of the school work that we have procrastinated all semester long, but the truth is what most of us really need to catch up on is rest. There even may be some professors who love to sit back and watch the world burn who will still assign homework over break, but we all know that we'll probably put that off until the last minute like everything else too. As long as it gets done is all that really matters to be honest. Happy Thanksgiving!

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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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6 College Things I'll Miss Over Winter Break

Breaks from school are great. But sometimes there are downsides, too.

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Here are six things I'm actually going to miss about college while I'm home for winter break.

1. The Learning 

I've always loved learning, so going a month without any classes is sure to be a struggle for me. This short break will be nice- and much needed — but a month without classes will feel so foreign after this semester of nearly non-stop classes and work.

2. The Professors 

I actually had some great professors this semester. While some of the subjects weren't my favorite (read: aural skills), the professors made the classes enjoyable. Some of my professors are retiring as well, so I will miss them in an even more unique way. I'll definitely miss the fun classes we had thanks to some of my professors, like eating brownies and going outside to the amphitheater to sing Christmas carols in aural skills, or the many times my music theory professor canceled class because he "had a cold" (even he put it in quotation marks in his emails).

3. The Activities 

There is so much to do at college, especially since I'm so close to New York City. I'm going to miss seeing shows in the city, and going to bingo nights, and going to concerts, and going to all the other events held on and off campus. There's a lot to do back home too, but I'm going to miss being in the middle of all of these different activities. I'm going to miss having something fun and new to do almost every day.

4. The Dining Hall

Believe it or not, I might even miss the dining halls a little bit. People always complain about college dining halls, but the food here isn't bad. I might actually miss having food prepared for me every day, being able to go as many times as I want whenever I want, and eating with my friends nearly every day.

5. The Freedom

There is a lot of freedom that comes with college. I already noticed how different things were when I went home for Thanksgiving break, and I'm sure it'll be the same during winter break too. It was so weird needing to be driven places again, and relying on other people again, and not being able to just walk around campus and do what I wanted whenever I wanted. That's definitely going to be an adjustment going home.

6. The People 

And of course, I'm going to miss the people most of all. This is the time of year where your friends are finally solidified, and now you have to leave for a month. Maybe it's my fault for picking a school almost 5 hours from home, but oh well. I'm going to miss the great friends I made, even though I'll see them again in just over a month. I love the friends I have at home, but it's going to be hard having that split and not being able to see my new friends for a while. C'est la vie.

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