No One Talks About How Difficult It Is To Eat Healthily And Stay Fit At College

No One Talks About How Difficult It Is To Eat Healthily And Stay Fit At College

Even though I get sick of salads in the dining hall, and there's nothing better than getting those RU Hungry cheese fries and a milkshake when you come home late on a Friday night.

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Being sick in college is the worst. It was a rude awakening realizing that it's not like high school where being sick comes with the silver lining of being able to lounge at home while you recover. The first month and a half of the semester, it felt like I was completely annihilated by the freshman plague, only having a handful of days that I actually felt healthy enough to go about my full routine. And as an art major, an 8 a.m. followed by a six-hour painting class is not fun to do when we're feeling under the weather.

Working out is so important to our mental and physical health, but this is so difficult to do when we're constantly feeling sick. And as soon as we finally feel better, we go back to squeezing time at the gym into our hectic lives in between classes, work, and other obligations, making us even more sleep deprived and susceptible to being sick again.

I've learned that it's so important to make time for yourself, whether it is sleep, time to clear your head, or self-care. My days feel so full with commitment after commitment. Between the involvement fair the first week, volunteer opportunities, and various on and off campus events, there are so many opportunities to sign up for. Then when you factor in class time and doing things with friends, there is almost no time left to sleep, let alone have some headspace while you're awake. I should really take my own advice and give myself a break, and it's hard when you feel like in your spare moments you're just wasting your time. It can be anything simple from doing a face mask to painting your nails, but allowing yourself time to refresh and relax will make you more productive with the rest of your time.

Another habit I've tried to maintain is healthy eating, although Brower sometimes makes this a one hard to stick to. Even though I get sick of salads in the dining hall, and there's nothing better than getting those R U Hungry? cheese fries and a milkshake when you come home late on a Friday night. This has been one goal that for the most part I've upheld. Keeping your diet in check is one of the most important things, and it's important to remember things like eating breakfast, drinking a lot of water, and keeping healthy snacks on hand so you don't feel tempted to go out to eat when you're out and about and feeling hungry between classes.

Most importantly is mental health. College has been such a change in lifestyle, with so many chaotic aspects of our lives going on at once. I'm lucky enough to have loved my classes and been surrounded by amazing friends this first semester, which I'd say this is by far the most important thing to remain healthy and happy.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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5 Tips To Help You Feel Better If You're Sick

A few helpful tips if there's a bug going around.

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Not to brag, but I don't get sick very often, maybe once a year. When I do find myself a little under the weather, there's a few things I like to do for a faster recovery. I have no idea if any of these are 100% accurate, but I'd like to think they do. None of these will immediately make you feel better, but they'll help quicken the process.

Drink lots of water.

This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do sometimes. I know when I'm sick, I definitely don't think about it. Water can help flush toxins out of your body, makes you hydrated, and can help you feel more awake and energized! If you're not a huge water drinker like I am, Tea also helps.

Stay home.

If you're sick, it's honestly better if you just take a day off and focus on feeling better. If you're worried about going to school or work, it's better that you don't spread anything. Let me just say, I'm fairly certain the last time I caught something was because someone behind me in a class was coughing through the entire lecture.

Rest.

This one goes with the last point, but sleeping will help your immune system fight off any infections. It's good to take some time off and get any extra sleep you can.

Clean everything.

I like to wash all of my clothes and bed sheet, because they're what I wear and touch the most, especially my pillow cases. This will help get rid of some germs and stop them from spreading. It's also good to disinfect anything you touch often, like doorknobs and table surfaces.

Take medicine.

This one also sounds like a no brainer, but seriously if you expect to feel better soon you should be taking some sort of medicine. At the very least, it'll help with your symptoms, so you're not couching or sneezing every couple minutes.

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