The Freshman 15 As Told By The Cast Of "The Office"

The Freshman 15 As Told By The Cast Of "The Office"

We dreaded it. We feared it. We said it would never happen... but here we are.

Although it may be expected of us college freshmen to gain weight, it doesn't make accepting the "Freshman 15" any easier. And although this is somewhat of a touchy subject, I decided making light of this subject would make me less depressed about my post-first year weight gain. So, as told by the cast of "The Office," here is the break down of the denial, realization, and acceptance of the "Freshman 15."

1. When older college students/parents freak you out about the Freshman 15 the summer before college:

"Mom, I play sports year round. I'm invincible when it comes to weight gain." Try and tell me you didn't make this argument at some point before you left for school.

2. Your determination coming to school:

You come into college with the determination that the Freshman 15 won't hit you like a ton of breaks.

3. Your mindset after every stressful day of your first semester:

You start to tell yourself that you "deserve" to eat something sweet every day because of how "stressful" and "hectic" your days are. Made a 79 on a test? Reward yourself with a cookie. Actually went to class? Indulge in a milkshake.

4. When your friends look stalk your Instagram and say, "Wow, you used to be so tiny!"

Honestly, how rude. But then you start to ask yourself "Are they right?"

5. When you realize your friends are actually right:

This can't be happening. I've always been skinny.

6. When your mom calls you out for gaining weight:

"Mom, I don't need this right now." Trust me, we've all been there.

7. ... and then she tells you you need to stop drinking as much:

"But Mom," you argue, "I don't even drink that much."

8. So you go for a run almost every day during Christmas break, and you feel good about yourself... until you realize that you don't look any different:

You go for a mile-long run, then look in the mirror afterwards expecting to have abs. Trust me, we've all been there.

9: Throughout your spring semester, you work out here and there but kinda realize that there's no hope:

You give up. Drowning in finals and wallowing in the fact that you're about to leave your best friends doesn't give you time to exercise and eat healthily, right?

10: And as your second semester comes to a close, you realize that summer is the perfect opportunity to shed some pounds:

Your summer workout plan can officially begin!! But are you really going to stick to it?

So here's to you, rising college sophomores. Good luck with those workout plans, and lay off of the Cook Out.
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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

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If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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