How to keep busy when you're not getting busy.

6 Ways To Stay Busy When You're Not 'Getting Busy'

Six things to take your mind off everything not going down downstairs.


Look, it has been awhile. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. Sometimes we go through lulls where the only boys we talk to are the pizza delivery men coming to our apartments every Friday night. It happens. Here are some things you can do when you're not doing the dirty. (I can't stop with the sexual puns, please help.)

1. Run, run, run.

I actually thought of writing this article when I was on a long run the other day. I know running isn't for everyone, but just give it a try. Exercising, in general, is a great way to get endorphins (that you're not getting elsewhere) and you can prepare for spring break while doing it! For me, the exercise part isn't even the main reason why I run. It's the mental aspect of it. An hour or so of uninterrupted thought, almost like streaming meditation. I am currently training for a half marathon, so that can give you a little insight on how much it helps.

2. Take a long, hot shower.

People underestimate the things a long shower can do for you. There's something about having that alone time where you can just regroup from the day or prep for the day ahead. Honestly, some of my best thoughts come from when I am in the shower, just thinking about everything going on in my life. Put on some music and you have a sing-a-long party of one. And then when you get out, there's no better feeling like putting on a big, warm robe, brushing your hair, slathering on moisturizer and snuggling up in bed. Honestly, I'm getting a little horny just thinking about it.

3. Treat yourself to a spa day.

There is no better feeling than putting on a face mask and feeling like you could conquer life's grievances after. Do something for you; something to make you feel good about yourself. For me, this involves getting a mani/pedi, spray tanning, getting my hair done and my eyebrows waxed (hello, Myra at Anastasia). If there is something specific that you do to make yourself feel beautiful, do it! Spoil yourself, girl! (Honestly, I feel like half this stuff makes me feel better than any guy could, but that's a discussion for a different article.)

4. Catch some ZZZZZZs

Honestly, if you have time, why not? Sometimes all you need is a little cat nap. You will wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to seize the day. Make sure you don't take too long of a nap though, because we all know those are the ones that leave you waking up not knowing what year it is.

5. Get some retail therapy.

Ok, hear me out on this. A lot of times shopping has the opposite effect on me: I get stressed out and overstimulated once I try on more than three items of clothing. However, there is a place that always leaves me feeling better than when I walk in. And this place, ladies and gentlemen, is called Sephora. There is something about walking in there that instantly boosts the serotonin levels in my brain. My body knows I'm in a safe space. I am always greeted by beautiful people who want to help me and are just happy to be there.

I could get lost in the aisles forever. It's like at the casinos when they keep the lights really bright or something so you have no idea what time it is, that's what it's like when I go to Sephora. And I swear, they pump some type of scent through the vents that makes you happy like they do at Disney World. I walk out with a hell of a lot less money than when I walked in, but I also walk out a hell of a lot more beautiful, so I'll make that trade.

6. Watch some trashy TV.

This is one of my favorite pastimes when I don't want to think about anything else going on in my life. Whether it's RHWONJ or Floribama Shore, watching trashy reality TV always makes me laugh and helps me forget about whatever sh*t is going on in my life. I mean, it could be worse, right?

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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.


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% real" and that incoming freshmen 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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Writing Is More Than Just A Hobby

It's something that I want to make a part of my career.


As a second-semester freshman who spent most of their first year in college as an undecided major, I can say that I have explained what I was considering doing and then receiving feedback as to what others believed that I should be doing many times. Now, I finally have an idea of what I want to do, but it's not a plan that many people agree with.

I have finally decided that I want to double major, which seems to impress a lot of people. That is until I tell them that one of those majors would be professional writing.

I have answered the question, "So, what do you plan to do with that?" more times than I can count, and I'll admit, it is a fair question. I think that many people are under the impression that writing is just something to do on the side; it isn't viewed as something to make a career out of.

To me though, writing is so much more than just a hobby. When I write, I'm not just doing it for fun. I do it to voice my thoughts and express my emotions. While some people turn to exercise or music when they are stressed, I turn to writing. It never fails to make me feel better after a long day.

I get where people are coming from, though. I know how difficult it is to make it as a writer and how dedicated I have to be to make sure that I end up in a career that offers me financial stability. But I also know how rewarding it would be to find myself in a career that suites me perfectly rather than one that only offers me monetary gratification.

I'm hoping that my love for writing can translate into a career in law in the future, which would both suit my interests and offer me the financial support that I need. Wherever I end up though, I'm hoping that my love for writing can extend beyond just a hobby, because to me, it's so much more than that.

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