College Commentary

Freshmen Fifteen


Before heading to college I, like every other incoming freshmen was told horror stories about the dreaded “Freshmen Fifteen”. Girls shudder at the thought, guys groan at the mention and I, like many others swore up, down, and sideways that I wouldn’t fall into the trap.

Well, I fell into it and I fell hard. I take your fifteen and raise you five. That’s right. In less than four months I gained 20 pounds. I must say though that all the online articles I’ve read have clearly stated that the only way you actually gain 15+ pounds is if you drink a lot. Now, I have never even had a sip of alcohol and at 97% of my meals I drink water. So why the weight gain? I mean I go to a college that is spread out on different levels of a hill. There are a ton of stairs and when there isn’t you’re still walking on an incline. What the hype?

Who ever decided putting 8 different types of hard ice cream and a soft-serve machine in a college dining hall is simultaneously a genius and an idiot.  I am a huge ice cream fan and when lunch and dinner come to pass, and my stomach isn’t full the ice cream buffet is were I go. Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, Vanilla and Fudge. How do I choose?  Here’s how, most days I’ll have vanilla soft-serve in a cone after lunch, maybe two if I don’t have to rush to class. After dinner, 1-2 bowls of hard ice cream. Yikes.

If that wasn’t enough, there is an endless supply of french fries. College fries aren’t the tastiest in the world but add a bit of salt and it’s yummy in your tummy. Then there are the chicken nugget lunches every few weeks. These lunches are legendary on campus! Football players shovel them into their mouths and into bags for later dining. So maybe I know why I gained the weight.

Have any of you experienced “Freshmen Fifteen”? How did you deal? I’d love to hear from you!


2 thoughts on “Freshmen Fifteen

  1. Tell me about it… I’ve gain a ton of weight as well since school started… the sad part about me gaining weight is that when i gain weight it goes all to my face and i end up looking like a freaking potato… I’ve tried hitting the gym but that clearly failed since i only went like 4 times in total. hehehe i guess you can say i give up easily. Why cant losing weight be as easy as eating food…


    1. Hey, at least you made it to the gym four times. My schedule has been so busy I’ve yet to make it there.
      Try finding yummy healthy foods. I’m glad you were able to relate to this post. It literally made my day
      to receive your comment! 🙂

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