You force yourself out of bed, your toes reluctantly coming awake as you prepare to get up and embark on another long journey through campus – from Starbucks, to class, and then on to the gym. Sound familiar? The daily routine of a college student can be exhausting. Whether you’re an undergraduate or have already embarked on a pre-professional path, good health is essential to your peace of mind. However, many put their physical well-being and their workout routine on the back burner for school success due to a simple lack of time. In fact, this is the most common excuse you will receive from someone who has begun slacking on his or her workout routine.
Although it can be difficult, you can’t make excuses! To be successful you need to first be healthy. Simple at-home workout routines can be interesting and efficient. Many individuals think that expensive equipment or a costly gym membership is necessary to get a perfect bod and stay healthy. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The “no time” excuse is also easily disputed. An effective workout routine does not depend on how long it is – but rather, on its intensity and execution. A 20-minute at-home workout that engages your whole body and challenges you will burn just as many calories as an hour spent on a treadmill staring at the hot guy standing in front of you. Just remember, how are you supposed to go to class and be successful in school if you’re sick all the time? Regular exercise improves the function of your immune system and will help you stay at your best so you can always do your best.
If you’re looking for a time-saving alternative or simply hate going to the gym at busy “rush” times, consider constructing an effective at home workout plan that will get you sweating and keep you healthy. Sometimes you really do benefit from staying home!
The link between looking good and feeling good is a widely contested one. Some believe that superficiality is hopelessly entwined in the threads of today’s society and that we tend to place an undue focus on appearance as a measure of worth. Of course, I’m not here to preach about the subliminal evils of the advertising industry and demonize the media for its unrealistic spin on human events, though I’ve done it before (see “Hollywood News”). At the surface level, everyone gets a little confidence boost from improving their physical appearance, whether it be through diet, exercise or cosmetic procedures. Young people need not shy away from lending some attention to the way they look, because such awareness does carry certain benefits.
The healthiest and most useful way to change one’s lifestyle positively is by adding a workout routine. Simply put – more motion! Exercise battles stagnancy, triggers the release of dopamine in the brain and aids proper development. While your muscles develop, your mind doesn’t lag behind. A morning weight-lifting session or an evening run has never failed to crystallize my thoughts or quell bubbling anger. It is a known fact that one can simply not go wrong with adding more activity to their routine.
In the midst of a stressful semester or on the doorstep of a new challenge, channeling anxiety into exercise can work to stabilize your mood and mentally tune you for success. To think positively, one must act positively – it is more than just a cliché. When you’re sedentary and holed up inside on a summer day, notice your outlook. The world seems insurmountable and you take on an ant’s point of view. Entering a positive mindset is a mission in itself. It requires courage, patience, and, most of all, action. So go out there and make proactive changes. Look good, feel good, think well, and carry yourself accordingly.
The nagging thought in the back of your mind is a thorn in the side of college students everywhere. What happens when the buzzing allure of campus is replaced by the concrete jungle of the “real world?” How are we to survive without the meal plan, the ease of social contact, and the free-flowing wisdom of professors? It’s a truly terrifying thought – the idea of complete independence.
In what will likely be your last summer at home in close proximity to the people that you’ve depended on for years, you might be reminded often that it’s time to “grow up.” What does this mean? You just graduated college (often regarded as some of the most formative years of life) and you’re still in your early 20s. You’re well acquainted with the stress of academics and the ins and outs of socializing. What you’re not quite so familiar with is professional and financial stress. Earning good grades is a start, but it doesn’t effectively emulate the challenge of being responsible for all of one’s own expenditures and making prudent life decisions. Now you sit, head in hands, slightly perplexed – it all came so fast.
Regardless of whether you plan on furthering your education or you instead opt to plunge into the job market, things will no longer be the same. The stigma attached to graduates differs drastically from that associated with the carefree, up-and-coming freshman or even the gradually maturing sophomore. Society’s expectation is nothing short of daunting and the professional world is no more forgiving. In truth, young graduates must emerge from the physical and psychological shelter of the past four(ish) years as soon as possible in order to avoid an incredibly rude awakening. Taking the time to carefully think about the future is an effective way to wriggle free from the past.
It doesn’t have to be a sorrowful transition, but things will change. Things will come with less ease, but will bring greater rewards. Fewer lessons will come in lecture form, but you’ll still be responsible for the material in the long run. The stakes are now greater and it’s important to brace yourself for the uncertainty ahead.
“Millennials” – it sounds epic, doesn’t it? Alas, it has become an almost derogatory term among members of the older generation. What does the term mean? Technically, it refers to those who are currently “young,” having birth years ranging from 1980 to 2000. This is the generation that is commonly referred to as wasteful, lazy, and hedonistic. This group has also been referred to as “Generation Text”. Older people seem to be convinced that technological innovations, popular culture, and constantly shifting socioeconomic conditions have taken a drastic toll on our young minds. Apparently, we aren’t as progressive or as prudent as our predecessors.
Though I strongly disagree with such claims, some judgments may be justified as long as we are graced by the media presence of pseudo-musicians and vapid celebrities. The stereotypes of our generation are largely fabricated by those who fail to see the reality behind the distorted realms of television, radio, and the internet. Certainly, today’s young people don’t always put their best foot forward. Who does? Were the 50s, 60s, and 70s decades of perfection? In fact, the 60s were arguably the most turbulent and controversial years in recent memory.
Our angst and rebelliousness is hardly revolutionary. It’s simply a rite of passage – one carried out through the methods of our time. This is the era of social media, a phenomenon your parents are critical of and your grandparents oblivious to. Updating your Facebook status may seem trivial to your father, but that doesn’t change the fact that it holds social weight. In the present, a tweet or text has the potential to make or break any sort of relationship. Those who marvel at our generation for all the wrong reasons are right about one thing – the types of interactions people have aren’t different from those of decades past. The methodology, however, has been altered drastically and has an even greater impact on adolescents. Does this make our generation better or worse than those of decades past?
The truth is, there are too many facets of divergence to make a sufficient comparison. Value judgments are simply undue. The only certainty lies in our difference. We can only hope that we’ve made progress since the time of our predecessors. As a member of this generation, what are your thoughts? Are we really to blame for all of societies issues?
While peering into the lives of people in far off, almost surreal places and tuning in to the expressive narration of a sharply dressed news anchor, we’re all hopelessly entranced by a troubling modern phenomenon. We don’t necessarily have a keen eye for the important – we have a thirst for the dramatic. With the click of a button, I now expect to be warmly greeted by the mesmerizing smile of one of CNN’s absurdly attractive spokespeople. The top story – most likely a shamelessly dramatized natural disaster or grisly crime. Hour after hour, the rest of the world’s events are banished to thin, barely readable captions running along the very bottom of our screens.
Interviews with carefully chosen victims (perhaps others’ accounts aren’t as “gripping”), stories of amazing escapes, and edited, slow-motion clips of chaos absorb the attention of America’s top news network for days on end, until the “hype” subsides. Grave events are suddenly made to look like a box-office hit – a source of shock and entertainment. A cheapening of reality inevitably occurs. People’s privacy and dignity are rarely preserved in times of such televised disasters.
As we know, the media is anything but objective. Its status as a source of information is often confounded by its distasteful handling of stories that are especially sensitive. At a point, it becomes unclear whether viewers are empathetic or simply fascinated by cataclysmic events. How is it that we so often complain of political bias in the news, but we remain ignorant of the kinks in the very fabric of Western media culture? We don’t know any better. From early childhood, we have been conditioned this way. Through the media’s eye, we gain a glimpse of Hollywood – a world based on entertainment value.
No matter our disposition, those of us who grace buzzing college campuses across the United States have the opportunity to alter the social climate. When we slip out of the uncomfortable heat of May and shed the cocoon of the cap and gown, we take on the role of professionals – independent parts of a complex mechanism. We have to gain awareness of our tendencies and occasionally pose some questions. Ignorance is a threat to our generation. Our second life – the one behind the screen – is a crucial part of modern self-discovery.