Monthly Archives: January 2012

Bumping Heads


There are many challenges you will face in college but one of the biggest is having roommates. In my case, I have three and the older I get, the less tolerant I become. Last weekend was one of the worst experiences I’ve had with my roommates in the past two years that we’ve lived together. I had to leave my apartment at 4:00 a.m. because one of my roommates came home intoxicated with her friends. They stumbled in the front door yelling and screaming as if no one was home, nonetheless sleeping. I jumped out of bed and asked politely if they would quiet down, but was rejected with an irritable look. I didn’t bother getting back into bed I just threw on some clothes and left. As I was leaving, two of my roommates were lighting a trash can on fire right outside of our front door. (I would assume this puts into perspective the severity of my situation.) Ten minutes later, I got to my friend’s house and slept soundly the rest of the night.

Thus, the moral of the story is before you live with someone make sure they’re going to respect you. If you don’t, you’ll be tied into a lease with someone that you are forced to endure rather than enjoy.

If you don’t take the right steps to address the situation properly, you may let your emotions take over. Here are some tips:

  • Set ground rules from the beginning. If you make a list of things that you expect of each other then you will have fewer forks in the road.
  • Communication is everything, so choose your words carefully. If you decide to confront them about a problem make sure you don’t show aggression or an attitude. This makes people less apt to work with you.
  • Some people won’t show you common courtesy regardless of your efforts. In this case, seek outside help rather than dealing with that person directly. If you want professional help, you can schedule an appointment at the Carruth Center. Another alternative would be venting to your family. You don’t want the stress to build up and affect your grades.
  • In addition to communication, there are also techniques you can try. I suggest putting in your headphones and listening to music if you can’t fall asleep. Surprisingly, it will get your mind off of what’s going on. I usually get on YouTube and listen to the sound of soft rain or a thunderstorm.
  • In addition to noise issues, make sure you have someone you can trust. I stopped going to the grocery store because all of my food started disappearing. If I do go to the store, I buy non perishable food items and keep them in my room. With three months left of school, I’m not buying a mini fridge.

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Physically Fit or Couch Potato

When I was younger, I never understood why women perceived themselves as overweight. Ten years later, I see how easy it is to be displeased with your body. A medical website shows more than fifty percent of women and forty percent of men are dissatisfied with their overall appearance. In today’s society, the media encourages people to be as skinny as possible rather than promoting healthy weight loss. When did skin and bones become sexier than having curves?

When I started my freshman year at WVU, everyone talked about gaining the freshman fifteen. Luckily, I never fell victim to an increase in pant size, however many of my friends did due to our limited choices of Burger King, and the not so endless options of dining halls. Now that we’re older, the consumption of alcohol isn’t making a positive contribution to our calorie intake either.

Between work, school, and maintaining a social life, there may be too many responsibilities and not enough time to get to the gym. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness says you only need thirty minutes of exercise a day. Who can’t spare that amount of time? I recently started a regular gym routine not only because it’s a healthy choice, but it relieves stress in the process.

Additional Information

The student rec center provides a variety of services that can help students stay fit including zumba, kick boxing, and spin classes. In addition to staying active, it’s important to eat right as well. Trust me, I love fast food so I know the transition to fruits and veggies can be very difficult. Taco Bell is my guilty pleasure, so my hopes of achieving the perfect beach bod by spring break will be challenging to say the least. Afterall, a drive thru is much more convenient than going grocery shopping, right? Wrong. I’m starting to live by the quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

Below is a list of dieting statistics from PBS

  • 91 percent of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting
  • In a study of girls aged 9-15, more than 50 percent claimed they exercised to lose weight, nearly 50 percent claimed they reduced food intake in order to lose weight, and approximately 5 percent claimed to use their parents diet pills or laxatives in order to lose weight
  • 95 percent of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years
  • 35 percent of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25 percent progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders
  • 25 percent of American men and 45 percent of American women are on a diet on any given day
  • Americans spend over 40 billion dollars on dieting and diet-related products each year

Finally, if you own a smart phone, I recommend using the Fitness Buddy app. It has over 1,000 different exercise workouts and it’s always at your finger tips. Having so many options is nice because running on a treadmill can get boring. Also, I usually take a friend to workout with me. Sometimes you just can’t find a good song on your iPod.

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Important Resources for Health and Wellness

A Splintered Mind 

A blog that helps individuals combat ADHD and depression.


A blog provides insight on every aspect of health and fitness.

CNN Health Blog

A blog that covers popular health concerns including living well, mental health, and diet and nutrition.

Dishin’ About Nutrition

A blog that informs college students of how to eat healthy and stay fit in the process.


A blog that provides the most up to date health alerts .

NPR’s Health Blog

A blog that concentrates on a wide range of health topics including sexual, mental, and physical health.


A blog for college students who want to improve their study habits and practice time management.

Sexual Assault

A blog that focuses on students making conscious efforts to end rape.

The Health Care Blog

A blog that addresses health care reform.

The New York Times

A blog that addresses various health topics in the form of  polls, stories, and health and wellness information.

The Wall Street Journal

A blog that offers news and analysis on health and the business of health.

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January 24, 2012 · 1:44 am

To Cheers or not to Cheers

College students living in Morgantown know that the weekends can get pretty wild. Whether you’re walking down High Street with friends to a bar or just going to a house party on Grant Street, you can’t ignore that your classmates are drinking (legally and illegally). An important thing to realize is what alcohol is doing to our health.  According to the Center for Disease Control, one in six adults in the U.S. regularly go on drinking binges. Based on WVU’s long standing ranking on the list of party school’s, you can imagine that alcohol is prominent on our campus. Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks for women and five or more for men over a short period of time.

In the four years I’ve been at WVU, I’ve seen how common binge drinking is among young adults but no one ever stops someone in the middle of a keg stand and yells, “hey that’s bad for you!” We should drink in moderation, rather than chug until we’re sick. Not to mention, alcohol is expensive over time. I know too many college students who are broke and can’t afford a DUI. Our attitudes are that we’re young, wild, and free so we feel invincible, but people need to consider the long-term effects of drinking such as liver disease or other chronic health problems that could arise later in life. Reading up on statistics may kill your buzz pretty quickly.

Here are some facts concerning binge drinking from the WVU Students’ Center of Health.

  • More than 500,000 full-time students at four-year colleges are injured every year in alcohol-related accidents, and nearly 1,700 die in those accidents (, August 18, 2008).
  • Nearly 300,000 of today’s college students who drink excessively will die prematurely of cirrhosis, various cancers, heart disease and other alcohol-related causes (Core Institute, 2005).
  • 159,000 first-year students won’t make it to their sophomore year because of alcohol—or drug-related—problems (Phoenix House, 2008).
  • One night of heavy drinking can limit your ability to understand abstract ideas like textbook reading or a football play for as long as 30 days (Phoenix House, 2008).
  • Alcohol is involved in 95 percent of violent crimes on college campuses and in 90 percent of college rapes (Hingston et al., 2005).
  • Most students spend an average of $900 a year on booze—but only $450 on books. On campuses across the country, that adds up to a cool $5.5 billion—that’s more than students spend on soft drinks, milk, juice, tea, coffee and books combined (Levy et al., 1999).

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