A Letter Of Advice, From The Struggling College Freshman Who Is Trying To Stay Healthy

A Letter Of Advice, From The Struggling College Freshman Who Is Trying To Stay Healthy

Staying healthy is ideal, but in reality not entirely attainable.

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Dear future college freshman,

While the idea of keeping a healthy lifestyle throughout your future college years is the most ideal concept and may sound like a walk in the park right now, it is much harder than you think. Yes, the gym is just a hop and a skip down the road from your dorm. Yes, you have complete control over what you eat every day. Sounds like the perfect recipe for the perfect college lifestyle but you forgot one important thing - your lack of time. College is going to be so stressful if you don't give yourself a reality check before it is too late so let me help you figure out how to balance your life and understand that it is so much harder than you think.

While the gym might be right next to your dorm, let me remind you that time is never on your side in college. You are thrown so may exam dates and assignment deadlines that you are too busy trying to figure out your classes that you forget to tie in your hour for the gym. I want to let you know that this is perfectly okay. You don't need to go to the gym every other day and still study all the time because when will you have time to be a college freshman and have the experiences you came to college for.

Let me tell you something, you will have plenty of time in your next years at college to be active and healthy, enjoy your freshman year and spend time with your new friends as much as you can. I am not saying don't go to the gym but don't make it the highest priority and forget to go out sometimes and be with friends. One thing I have learned is that going to the gym with your friends once or twice a week is the perfect balance because you get to socialize and be with your new friends while also getting in a little workout at the same time just to keep your body in check.

The next advice I am going to give you is the MOST important,

Freshman fifteen is SO REAL.

Do not forget this and think that it is not real. Those dining halls might sound like an awesome place to eat for the first week or two of college but it gets old eating burgers and pizza all the time. Learn how to balance your eating. While yes this is extremely harder than it sounds, it is very important. Eating healthy in college is by far the biggest struggle because universities do not accommodate for a healthy lifestyle. Don't only eat at the salad bar just to attempt to eat healthily but make sure to add healthy choices to main meals. Instead of having fries with your burger get some fruit or a side salad. Sometimes eating healthy is not even an option because you may get done with studying for an exam after all the dining halls close and may only have that packet of ramen in your room to eat.

EAT THE RAMEN and just be happy.

Eating ramen won't kill you just don't make it an every night occasion.

While staying healthy and active in college is so much harder than you can possibly imagine, don't let the idea of being fit control your experiences in college. You will have time to use that expensive gym that you're paying so much money for, I promise. Just when it comes down to going out to the movies with friends or going to the gym because its leg day, ALWAYS go to the movies because which one will you remember more in the long run?

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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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Slavery Still Exists But, I'm Running To End It

Run for something bigger than yourself.

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When I was a senior in high school, my youth pastor started talking about a movement called 30 For Freedom. It was started by Brent Silky, who had this amazing inspiration to find 30 friends, run 30 miles, and raise $30,000 for this cause to end sex trafficking and it was all to take place on his birthday. The whole movement exists to end sex trafficking in our lifetime through prevention, rescue operations, and survivor care. All the money raised through 30 For Freedom is given to Venture, Lighthouse Foundation Nepal, and F.R.E.E. International.

Venture is an organization that encourages people to run, hike, walk, bike, and swim to raise money to fund the rescue missions and after survivor care. They don't just participate in ending sex trafficking but also provide meals for the malnourished in SouthEast Asia, provide education, and empower children. Venture works in the Thailand Burma border which is a massive global center for trafficking, sex slavery, child soldiers, extreme poverty, and refugees. It's one of the world's worst human trafficking crises.

Lighthouse Foundation Nepal is a non-profit organization that was built to improve the lives of children in Nepal who are at risk for abuse, trafficking, and neglect. Their main focus is to support abandoned babies, orphans, and children living on the streets. They focus on child development and try to encourage the communities to get involved in helping these children.

Project Rescue exists to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery through the love and power of Jesus Christ. The organization educates poverty-stricken areas and provides residential care for children and prostituted women. They have medical clinics, night care shelters, and red-light district churches that provide care and supplies that are needed. Project Rescue sets up aftercare safe houses for rescued women and children and provides vocational training to give these victims a chance at life outside trafficking.

F.R.E.E. International has four parts- find, restore, embrace, and empower. F.R.E.E. International partners with different programs to find victims of sex trafficking and provide awareness programs for at-risk communities. They also partner with KlaasKids Search and Rescue to organize community search efforts to find missing children.

During natural disasters, human traffickers are known to go to low-income areas and search out the vulnerable. F.R.E.E. International has dispatch to support vehicles which are stationed in low-income neighborhoods to provide vital programs like legal services and medical help.

F.R.E.E. International provides resources to spread awareness to individual, communities, and survivors. The survivors need people to be aware and provide encouragement and support for them from the things they've had to endure.

You can go to https://venture.givingfuel.com/30forfreedom to make a donation through 30 For Freedom, or join me in running, this May, in the 30 For Freedom run. As many as 4.8 million people are trapped in sexual exploitation, that's more than half of New York City's population. Slavery will not end if we keep turning a blind eye to what we know is going on around us. I'm choosing to run for something bigger than myself, will you?

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