Freshman Fifteen

Hey Everyone!

Okay, so we have all heard about it… the freshman fifteen! A terrifying phrase commonly thrown around by many people. Well, one of my biggest fears about going to college was gaining the “freshman fifteen” that everyone raves about so frequently. I did not want to let this happen to me. So I thought I would give you guys some pointers on how to avoid the freshman fifteen.

  1. Stock up your dorm room with healthy food. This is often a challenge for college students because many times we are short on time and just want a quick meal. However, it is important to stock up on fruits, vegetables, yogurt, light butter popcorn, and healthy granola bars and cereals.
  2. Eat from the salad bar and use light dressings. Try to refrain yourself from eating the casseroles, fried foods and desserts.
  3. Make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes foods from the five food groups: meat or other protein-based foods, such as beans, nuts and eggs; grains; dairy; fruits; and vegetables. Phelps Dining Hall has a lot of healthy food options!
  4. Buy a small refrigerator for your room so that you can keep healthy foods on you at all times in your dorm.
  5. Eat smaller meals more often rather than infrequent, large meals. Phelps Dining Hall allows you take one piece of fruit with you whenever you leave the dining hall. A banana makes for a perfect afternoon snack.
  6. Try to not order a late-night pizza frequently. Every now and then is okay, but I wouldn’t be ordering one of those weekly. Plus, it will help you save your money.
  7. Exercise regularly. The Dow Center is Hope’s workout center. Try to make time to workout as often as possible. Also, intramural sports are a great way to stay in shape, and they are a lot of fun. Plus, Holland is beautiful and has a lot of great trails to run on when it is warm outside.
  8. Drink a lot of water! Everyone carries a water bottle everywhere they go. Don’t leave for college without one.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips and that they are able to help you!

Try not to constantly indulge in some of my favorite foods:


And my favorite… THE SKILLET COOKIE

Published by Colleen Quick

My name is Colleen and I'm from Springfield, IL and am a Senior this year! I am studying International Business and Spanish. I have been involved with a variety of groups and activities on campus such as: Business Club, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Volunteer Services Committee, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Intramurals, HEI, Dance Marathon, and other activities. I love Hope College and the people here! So blessed to be living in Holland and attending Hope :]

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