9 Ways Being A Morning Person In College Is The Best

9 Ways Being A Morning Person In College Is The Best

You'll find that it's nice to enjoy the whole day instead of part of it.

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Being a morning person in college sounds like hell on earth, am I right? At first, it was. I was never a morning person in high school and in my freshman year of college, I wasn't. My latest classes would be at 11 am, which was hell for me to get up at 9:30 in the morning and I would oversleep A LOT. My sophomore year of college, I got a puppy, which meant I had to be on a mom schedule. Puppies are a lot of work. They need to be fed at a certain time in the morning so that they will have digested their food by lunchtime, and can have another meal, they will get up at 6 am sometimes so you must be ready too. There's much more with it, but I wanted to be the best dog mom I could be, so I made the transition. I learned so much from getting up early in the morning that I've grown to love it. I made a list of things that I've learned to truly love about mornings.

1. More time with my dog

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  • In the morning, I take my dog out, feed her, and after breakfast, she and I take a long walk through our neighborhood that we live in and it's my favorite part of my morning. The birds are chirping, it's cooler, and it gives Lucy the exercise she will need before our evening walks.

2. More time to do homework

I've noticed that I don't have to stay up late at night to get all my homework done if I just do it in the mornings. It's much easier, and it doesn't hurt me if I have to drink my coffee with my homework because I'm getting caffeinated for the rest of the day. Doing homework in the morning gives me a motivated start and I don't feel so stressed throughout the day to get things done.

3. It's quiet

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I'm one of those people who loves when it's quiet. I love being awake before everyone else because the stillness of my house and neighborhood just puts me in a great mood. The quietness gives me that time to myself that I need so that I can be social later in the day.

4. You have more time in your day

I don't know about you, but I'm one of those people that feels guilty if I wake up past noon because I feel as if I've wasted my day. Not judging those who do sleep in until noon, because I wish I could, but my conscious is too uptight and won't let me be okay with it. I've found that it's better to take the day, and I get so much done on my off days, and if I don't have anything to do, I have more time to binge Cheers (my current fav on Netflix).

5. More nap opportunities

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I'm a nap kind of person. If I've gotten up early and have been extremely productive, I gift myself with a nap. So, if you get up early, just remember that you have more time to nap later, which is great motivation to get things done.

6. You have a reason to get a proper breakfast

I love brunch, who doesn't love brunch? It's two of the best meals in a day. However, getting three meals a day is better for you than getting two meals a day. As much as I love brunch, I'd rather have breakfast at 8am and then lunch around noon. Helps with calorie counting, nutrition, and your metabolism.

7. You can go to the gym

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Now that I've been transitioning to be a morning person, I took the opportunity to go to the gym first thing in the morning. I've found that it's great motivation, you feel great afterward, and it helps wake you up for your day!

8. You're tired around 10pm

I know right? You can actually be tired at a great time at night? You can actually get decent hours of sleep? It's amazing.

9. You'll feel great

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Being awake at 7:30 or 8 am has been a pain sometimes, but I feel better overall when I've gotten things done and I still have a chunk of morning left before I need to go to work.

I've been transitioning to a morning person for about a year now, and my job also helps with that. I take the morning shifts at work, which is hell sometimes because I usually have to be at work at 6 AM, but once I'm off work at 2 PM or 3 PM, I have the rest of my day to hang out with friends, do homework or even NAP. I absolutely love it and will keep this up for as long as I can.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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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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