Happy Friday everyone!
Even though it’s only been a 4 day week, I am happy it’s the weekend once again! College work is no joke…much more exhausting in my opinion than high school work.
My nights have been filled with reading, roomie bonding, and lots of laughs! Couldn’t ask for anything better.
Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the things I have figured out in the past two weeks. Things that have been working for my routine, my sanity, and my social life!
What’s working for me…
One of the most frequent questions I get regarding my recent transition to college life is how am I maintaining my healthy diet and dealing with the typical “unhealthiness” of dining hall food. Well I have to say it’s all about being prepared, getting creative, and staying flexible.
The first thing you have to realize is that you’re not going to be able to eat how you were used to eating at home. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to cook gourmet meals and every thing has to be about efficiency between classes, homework, and studying. My motto has definitely become: quick, delicious, and nutritious!
For breakfasts I make food in my room with the staples I have in my fridge and pantry. All my classes are early in the morning so there is just not enough time to go to the dining hall to get food on top of getting ready in the morning. As for lunches and dinners, I make use of both the dining hall and the things I keep in my dorm. For these meals I typically can do a little more “cooking” (mostly microwave or QUICK stove top stuff in the common room kitchen) and have the opportunity to be a bit more creative. I make full use of the salad bar, veggies, and fruit offered at the dining hall and usually add proteins and fats from my fridge…think turkey, beans, edamame, tuna, cheese, nuts, nut butters, yogurt, and cottage cheese!
Snacks are whatever I am feeling at the time and usually involve some sort of bar just because of how convenient they are!
(PS. I am officially a popcorn addict as well.)
Fitting in exercise follows suit with the whole efficiency thing! It’s something that is really important to me and pretty much keeps me sane so I make sure to fit it into my day some how. Whether that means reading my course books while on a cardio machine, using my bike to run errands, listening to an audio book while on a run, or breaking my workouts into parts to fit around my classes….I get it done!
The gym on campus isn’t that great and I don’t feel that comfortable there yet (I guess I am just used to my community gym…everyone is so nice and friendly and all the equipment is really up to date!), but I am hoping that in time I’ll be able to utilize it more.
For now, I am making full use of my weight set that I brought from home and the workouts I have downloaded on my computer!
I have found that I am able to study really well while I am moving. So taking “reading walks” with my books or hitting the gym (like I mentioned above) works really well for me. Multitasking at its best!
Also, I LOVE being outside! So I’ve been taking my laptop outside and getting most of my studying/work done in the sun! Hopefully this gorgeous weather lasts for a while (I am dreading Winter.)!
Even though I am so close to home, I have to admit that I miss seeing my parents everyday. As you know, I am really close with my parents so it’s definitely been a change. But I have been calling my mom and dad just to check in and chat which helps and we have also been making sure to do some family things a few times a week as well. Going home for a bond fire tonight!
I really am loving this aspect of college! The people here are so much more friendly and open than anyone I ever experienced in high school. So needless to say I am having a lot more fun than I did in the past four years.
Being on the freshman honors floor makes bonding a lot easier since we are all experiencing the same amount and level of course work. We all do a lot of things together and having the nice common room on our floor allows us to hang out as a group really easily.
And as I’ve mentioned before I love my roommates! I seriously could not ask for a better group of people! They are so sweet and we all get a long so well. Not to mention they are constantly making me laugh. Always a good thing to relieve the stresses of school. 🙂
So there ya have it! My take on college life so far!
For everyone that has already been through their freshman year, what are some things you found worked best for you in terms of balancing all the different things college students have to juggle?
And for all of you who are not quite there yet, what are you wondering most about college life?
Have a great weekend loves!
I’ll see you over the next few days for some overdue survey fun!
Today’s Healthy Help: Volunteered to help organize a high school conference being held on campus in mid-October! Should be fun!