Every Incoming College Student's Biggest Fear


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As a senior in high school, I constantly found myself looking at the facebook pages of my friends who had graduated the year before me. I was so excited for college, and looking at their tagged pictures always made me want to fast forward time to when I would be a college freshman. As the year went on, one of my friends' progressively got larger and larger in her pictures. She was most certainly a victim of the freshman 15... actually it was probably more than 15.

Going into college I was of course nervous for the heavy course load, difficult exams, endless hours of homework and studying, but my biggest fear was (still is) gaining the infamous "FRESHMAN 15". Don't let it happen to you!freshman15bodyguy1-51.jpg
Some may believe that the "freshman 15" is unavoidable. If you think this, you are wrong. There are many ways to avoid the freshman 15. Most important thing to keep in mind if you would like to keep off those extra pounds is EXERCISE! Go on a jog, go to the gym, or even go on a walk. Anything is better than nothing. The more that you workout, the less likely it is for you to gain weight. Unlike most schools, we have to pay for a gym membership. Is the extra $50 a semester worth it? I say yes. Especially up here in state college, with the brutally cold winters, no one will want to go for a run outside. Although the line at the white building or rec hall may be long, getting those limited 20 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical is definitely worth your while.

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In addition to exercise, there are other ways to stay far away from the horrifying "FRESHMAN 15!"

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I share your fear of the haunting freshman fifteen. Although, I did some research myself and I think it has to do with more than just exercise. Yes, exercising is important, but do you think that is enough? The delicious, but sometimes fattening choices we have at our commons are partially to blame, as well as the yummy snacks our parents spoil us with in our dorms. And we can't forget the infamous late night gorging us freshman take part in on weekends. This link makes me feel a little bit better knowing there is a way to manage our diets on campus, http://www.freshman15.com/healthy-eating-guide.php. So which part of our diets do you think makes us freshman gain weight, the late night feasts or the cafeteria food?

Hayley, I had the exact same fear last year! To me, there was nothing more terrifying than coming home for Thanksgiving Break and being the girl that gained weight. You mention that exercise is a key factor to avoiding the freshman 15, however, I found that it was more so watching what I ate. By avoiding foods like late-night Canyon pizza and Creamery ice cream, I actually LOST weight my freshman year, and am even still losing weight now. Weight Loss specialists at Weight Watchers recommend that when you're in the dining hall, you fill your plate with veggies and salad before you head towards the higher calorie/higher fat choices such as pizza, stir-fry, and creamy pastas. Scientifically, it makes sense: you lose weight when you burn more calories than you take in. So I would definitely continue going to the gym as much as possible, but don't use you workout as an excuse to eat whatever you want!

Hayley, I think that this should not be your biggest fear because it is something you have complete control over! You stated that exercise is very important when attempting to keep off that freshman 15. I agree, but actually find that most students are very active because of walking to class (which can be quite far), club and i.m. sports, and many various activities. What I have found to be more important is your diet. Like Taylor and Carolyn stated, this can be difficult because of "dorm food", late night Canyon, ice cream, and even the dining commons as a whole. What is most important in regards to diet is finding a balance. A good way of doing this is by eating a plate full of veggies before the pizza, just as Carolyn said.

What has not been mentioned is how alcohol affects one's gaining of the freshman 15!

I have the same fear!!! Actually, my experience was similar to yours when viewing my friends freshman college pictures last year. I have a particular friend who as the year went on gained more and more weight, and i was terrified it'd happen to me! But, I think being at Penn State, we have some advantages to not gaining the freshman 15! First, of all, walking to class! I have 2 classes that are each a mile walk, and coming all the way back to East is uphill! I think as long as students aren't lazily taking the bus to class everyday, the extra miles you walk to and from class definitely help. Also, we have so many food choices! I don't know if you live in East, but if you do and haven't tried Fresh Express I highlight recommend it! Theres tons of healthy choices to avoid the freshman 15!

I have the same fear!!! Actually, my experience was similar to yours when viewing my friends freshman college pictures last year. I have a particular friend who as the year went on gained more and more weight, and i was terrified it'd happen to me! But, I think being at Penn State, we have some advantages to not gaining the freshman 15! First, of all, walking to class! I have 2 classes that are each a mile walk, and coming all the way back to East is uphill! I think as long as students aren't lazily taking the bus to class everyday, the extra miles you walk to and from class definitely help. Also, we have so many food choices! I don't know if you live in East, but if you do and haven't tried Fresh Express I highly recommend it! Theres tons of healthy choices to avoid the freshman 15!

One of my faculty colleagues says that when she first arrived at Penn State over ten years ago, the 'Freshman 15' was known as the 'Freshman 10'.

Getting a membership to the fitness center is definitely worth it, especially if you find it hard to work out on your own. Today, for example, I wasn't going to work out at all but then my roommate asked me to go to a class with her at the fitness center. I went and once your there, it would be embarrassing to leave in the middle of the class- so of course you end up staying the whole time! It makes you feel really good when you're done too. There are so many different classes offered at all different times. Definitely worth it!

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