Wednesday, June 25, 2014

College Packing List

Get ready for the list of all lists!

For an organization/planning/packing lover freak like me, I was in heaven. By no means do you need everything on this list, but it's in the style of my own packing list that I posted earlier on in the year in that it covers everything and anything you could potentially need. The idea is to get rid of the things that don't apply to you or that you don't think you'd use and then you're left with a list perfect for you and there's no way you'll miss something major. It makes the process of shopping for your dorm so much easier, I promise.

Master Checklist for Dorm Packing by Nathan Chow

I hope this is helpful for all everyone starting or returning to college this fall! Even though I already have all my dorm supplies and what not, I'll still definitely be using it in August when I have to pack everything back up. It's one thing to buy everything, but it's a whole nother process to pack it all and not leave things behind!

Side Note: I'll be doing another post on packing tips and tricks for moving into dorms. Move in day is HECTIC and there are small things you can do that will make a huge difference on that hot summer day.

Wishing you the best 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Avoiding the Freshman 15

Does the freshman 15 really exist?

Unfortunately, the legend holds true for a lot of college students, but it can easily be avoided. Let's address this in a Do's and Don'ts fashion. 

DO take advantage of your meal plan. 
DON'T justify eating pizza and french fries everyday just because the dining hall serves it. 

DO keep snacks in your dorm.
DON'T keep junk food in your dorm. 

DO eat breakfast (along with lunch, dinner, and some snacks in between, but especially breakfast; we all know it's the most important meal of the day). 
DON'T eat late night meals (aka avoid the temptation that comes with Dominos 2am delivery). 

DO exercise. 
There's no "DON'T" here. Just do it. 

DO socialize and enjoy your college experience, but DON'T drink yourself into oblivion and acquire a beer belly. It's empty calories, people. 

DO watch what you eat; you should have some sort of fruits and veggies everyday. 
DON'T count calories. It'll drive you nuts and can be more harmful than helpful. Listen to your body's needs instead. 

To sum it all up, the reason it's so easy to gain weight during your freshman year of college is because: food is everywhere and available at all times (especially junk food and fast food), your parents aren't around to provide you with balanced meals (you're completely in charge of your food intake for the first time in your life), alcohol, and the stress that comes with adjusting to college life (you might feel like turning to food when you're overwhelmed with school, but stress eating doesn't help anything). 

Exercise regularly and keep a balanced diet. With that being said, make sure you still enjoy food. I strongly believe in eating what you want and not missing out on all the wonderful food in this world. Everything in moderation is the key! And if you do gain some weight, it's really not the end of the world. The number on the scale does not determine your worth. The most important thing is feeling healthy and energized. 
*This concludes wise words from Esra*

Side Note: I'll be posting college/freshman year related posts throughout the summer so if you have any specific requests let me know!

Wishing you the best