I cannot wait for college the unlimited Freshmen meal plan. All the food I could ever want, right at my fingertips. No longer do I have to be restricted by the boring Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner constructs of society! Swipes 24/7, late night meals, what could go wrong? Oh yeah, the Freshman 15, the dread of incoming college students living away from home for the first time. I’m going to have so much freedom in college, but I can already see, even as a current high school student, how that freedom can be abused, and how I choose to eat can become a topic of concern. So I’ll lay out a wide eyed and wistful plan to see if I can indeed avoid the Freshman 15.
1. Put those stairs to use. Tufts is on a hill. The university is practically handing physical activity on a platter to those who seek it, and to those who don’t seek it either, because, you know, how else is anyone supposed to get to class other than walk (don’t even think about saying hoverboarding).
2. Chill with the desserts. From my brief forays into Carmichael Hall when I visited Tufts, cookies, apple pie, and soft serve ice cream were abundant. And who doesn’t love these things? But all things in moderation however. As tempting as that sweet may be, I probably won’t need to have it everyday of the week. Making it a weekend reward could work.
3. Stick to a normal sleep schedule. So what does this have to do with food? Well, if I’m staying up late, I’ll probably be eating food late, and then falling asleep. I’m no science expert, but I’m pretty sure most of that food becomes wasted energy that turns into excess pounds. It’s college though, so I don’t know if it’s humanly possible to stick to a normal sleep schedule.
4. Hit the gym. There’s a great place to workout right on campus. There’s time. Really no excuse not to do this. I’ll just have to make sure I break a sweat, since three sets of bicep curls and looking at yourself in a mirror doesn’t qualify as a workout.
5. Be happy! Yes, this is quite broad, but when people get stressed, they usually eat an overabundance of food. College is inherently stressful, and any endeavor worth pursuing is going to have its fair share of stress along the way, but keeping a balanced perspective and realizing that my personal well being stands hand in hand with my academic success is key, not just to keeping a few pounds off, but to enjoying the next four years of my life and beyond.
So there it is. Who knows if I’ll stick to this guide, but I’ll see come the end of my first year as a Jumbo.