Being a full time student and commuting from quite a distance has some straining effects on my time. However, the strains tend to be created out of my choice whether I like to admit or not. One of those strains used to prevent me from working out consistently throughout the week. What is ironic is that I never had the time to work out when I used to live on or near campus. One would imagine that being so close to the gym would give me an incentive to workout.
For the last two months, I have successfully worked out throughout the week in one hour sessions. There have been days in which I missed a workout but they are few and far. Whether I am tired, feeling depressed, or if it’s late in the evening, I always have to get a workout done. The results have been satisfactory, I have gained decent amount of muscle.
Working out for two months has proven to me that I can mold my physique, but more importantly, that I could commit to achieve a greater will. I will admit that I work out to look good but consequently I have also started to feel better, perhaps because I know that I can control how my body looks but also how it performs. Ultimately however, my body may be one of the few things in which I have total control in my life.
Tired, slow and unmotivated are just three of the words that describe, well, most of us right now. We are scrambling to figure out what classes to register for and cramming for midterms and our last chance to get an A in that class we’ve been frustrated with all term.
Hey, there are still three more weeks left — isn’t that lovely. This week, however, we need to rejuvenate ourselves and take time to just relax. Of course, we still have to study, but we have the next three weeks to study until our pens run out of ink and pencils break.
So now you are asking, “What I should do instead of pulling my hair out?” Easy.
Step one: Put that book and pencil down. Yes, you heard me right, put it down.
Step two: Go outside by yourself or with a friend, grab a Frisbee or any sport ball and just play. Or go on a walk to refresh your mind.
Step three: Cook yourself dinner, and no, mac-and-cheese or ramen noodles don’t count. Create a meal with chicken, tuna, or if you’re a vegetarian go for a fresh salad with fresh produce and nuts added to it. We all seem to think snacks will get us through the day, but you’re only losing energy by not satisfying your hunger.
Understanding that we all may not have enough time to make that meal, we still have to remember to check our health and listen to what our body is telling us.
Good luck to everyone on midterms and finals!
Adventure is out there. Being in college has taught me to go and explore the world around me. There is something about finding a new place that makes me feel alive: going hiking, exploring a new coffee shop, or even just meeting different people along the way. Adventure is what you make it. Go out and DO.
Go find a mountain.
Go find a park.
Go eat new food.
Go and find a community that supports you.
I challenge all of you this week to go to a place you have never been before. Seek adventure, because you never know what you are going to find.
Transitions. We all go through them, whether it’s moving to a new place, new school, or even a different job. My transition this new school year is finally moving out of the dorms and into a townhouse that is miles outside of downtown in Beaverton.
What’s the plus side of living off campus and in an actual townhouse? A kitchen! I have been able to cook something other than that $1 mac-n-cheese we college students have come to love. Having a freezer that works has been unbelievable; now I don’t have to worry about cleaning melted ice cream off the bottom of my fridge.
I had to spend $215 on a MAX pass, but it beats the $300+ for parking on campus. Also, being able to bypass Highway 26, where countless cars are just waiting for their turn to get in and out of downtown, is a benefit of taking light rail. And my rent is about $3000 cheaper than in the dorms for one year.
Living in the on-campus dorms had many advantages, too. Being able to roll out of bed and go to class within ten minutes was the best by far. Now I have to wake up a whole two hours before my classes even start, so adapting to going to sleep and waking up on time has been difficult.
I’m sure I will love my new home as the year continues; after all, I am saving a lot of money.
The beginning of a new school year, for most of us, means a new place to call home for the next 9 months. And with a new home comes redecorating again and again until it finally turns out the way you want it to.
This is where I am at right now. I just moved into an apartment and want the bland off-white walls and generic furniture to feel a bit homier. Therefore, I have spent the last week unpacking, moving my furniture, hanging lights and posters and reorganizing everything. I think I have finally gotten my room the way I want it, but that could change as easily as people change the color of their hair.
Being a part of the Orientation Team has been my absolute, without a doubt, favorite part of the summer. I’m glad I decided to get involved in my school, or else I would not have met all of these amazing people and I never would have gotten the same type of work experience anywhere else. Everyone always says “Get involved!”, but you never realize how much of a difference it makes until you do.
One thing that has always bothered me is the length of summer break. Starting school on September 30 seems like the school year has been prolonged on purpose. Maybe I do not have enough things to do, but summer days get very old after a while. There are only so many barbecues, festivals, parties, and late nights to keep me entertained.
In addition, very few college students need an entire three months to vacate to their favorite destinations. Even after taking summer classes, students still get well over a month to kick back and take in some rays.
I enjoy summer as much as the next guy, but getting a three-month summer and one skimpy week for spring break is really salt in an open wound. Who’s bright idea was it to give us about a month for winter, three months for summer and only five weekdays for spring break? Something does not add up here. Someone out there must feel my pain. We should definitely fight for our right to party for at least a two-week spring break, and get back to school a tad bit sooner in the fall. I do not know about you my fellow Vikings, but this guy right here is ready to get back to business.
Lastly, do not get me wrong, we all work hard and deserve some time away from the classroom, but as with all things in life, too much of something is never good for you. Oh well, enjoy the rest of your summer, my friends. Are you ready to go back to school?
- DeLon R. Lewis