By: Kerri Musick
Most first year students are bright-eyed and bushy tailed, looking forward to being cast in their very own series of the Real World: Ypsilanti.
Technically speaking, you become an adult. You can decide how little or how much you sleep, the friends you make and the clubs you join without fearing judgement from Mom and Dad. Walking into The Commons, or any of the dining options on campus, is like walking into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
You’re surrounded by ever-present Little Debbie Snack Cakes, Doritos, all-you-care-to-eat dessert, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. You stand at a fork in the road: Are you Augustus Gloop or Charlie Bucket? Today I am here to give you a few pointers on how to avoid the “Freshman 15.”
Take the stairs: Though the seven flights of Pray-Harrold may seem daunting, taking the elevator can be an equally strenuous task. Everybody’s talking, there’s a long line and too many people ride the elevator to go up just one floor.
Beverage options: Sure, endless fountain drinks are offered. Why not treat yourself to a Naked juice, a protein shake from Freshens or flavored tea instead? They’re tasty AND good for you.
Snack options: You could buy Kraft Macaroni and Cheese from the Eagle Cafe, or you could buy a three bean salad with balsamic vinegar, hummus with pretzels or sushi. Healthy options are available … you just have to dig a little deeper.
Rec/IM: More likely than not, your residence hall has some kind of fitness event. If they don’t, propose the idea to the Sport Coordinator. EMU has a wonderful workout facility that is free to all students. Get a workout buddy and take advantage of it.
Dorm arrangements: I made the mistake of putting my mini-fridge by my desk. Bad idea. Make yourself get up and walk to the fridge, you’ll be less likely to go through with munchie plans.
Study habits: Crack into your books where food isn’t always an option, especially in places like your room.