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Freshman 15? It’s Not Mandatory

By Rohan:

When I started here at Syracuse University, I noticed two things. One, the outdoors is a scary place. Granted, I should’ve expected that, coming to one of America’s snowiest cities to pursue my degree. Secondly, college dining halls serve a lot of garbage. Throughout high school, former students would come back, telling tales of the ominous and “unavoidable” Freshman Fifteen. They made it sound like it was a part of the college experience. Living on your own, taking challenging classes, and attending sporting events was on the same level as binge-eating in the dining centers. Something didn’t seem right.

Truth is, the Freshman Fifteen is completely avoidable. And you aren’t missing out if you don’t fill your tray with greasy pizza, fatty burgers, or sugary sodas. A few simple switches can make you feel less stressed, more energized, and ready for those formidable exam weeks.

The day before we had to move into our dorms, I scouted out every fitness center on campus, paying special attention to ones that were near my classes or near my residence hall. I made it a point to work out for 45 minutes every day, knowing that was an ambitious goal, considering new seasons of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones were waiting for me back at my dorm and ordering pizza was always an option.

Much like my favorite television programs, after two or three workouts, I became addicted. The high after a rigorous workout is energizing and exhilarating. It keeps your blood flowing, your heart pumping, and your mind focused. But that was only part of my battle plan to fight the Freshman Fifteen. Eating healthy had to follow my new exercise routine.

With an excellent pizza place around the corner, a cafe that serves delicious Belgian-cut fries, and plenty of unhealthy options to devour in the dining halls, I knew constructing a healthy diet would be a challenge. For some reason, when doctors would tell me about the importance of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it never sounded appealing. I don’t want to eat rabbit food for the rest of my life – wrap sandwiches in lettuce and not get to enjoy any ounce of flavor.

Believe it or not, most college dining centers have healthy options. Unfortunately, they keep them hidden, because they know students will come back if there is food that they like. Watching peers come back to the table, plates piled with french fries and sugary desserts, I knew that I did not want to fall into that trap.

I went to my dining hall’s sandwich bar and tried to construct the healthiest sounding sandwich I could imagine. Hummus, 12-grain bread, packed with veggies and a few slices of swiss cheese. It looked like an absolute monster, but after one bite, I was in love. Healthy food can taste good. And unlike its unhealthy, greasy counterpart, it can make you feel good. It powers you through a study session, refuels you after a workout, and makes you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Approach health as a lifestyle, and you’ll find yourself more focused, sharp, and ready to conquer anything that gets in your way.

3-Fifteen: Good Clothes, Good Coffee, Good Hearts

By Rohan: 

3-Fifteen is a quirky little store on Marshall Street, adjacent to Syracuse University’s main campus. It is a thrift shop-coffeehouse combination proposed and run by students at the Martin J. Whitman School of Business and Management. While these passionate students own the place, they welcome others to join in on their cause to give back to those in need while providing quality goods for Syracuse locals.

When you step into 3-Fifteen, you immediately are reminded of a boutique in Northern California. Everything is handmade, stylistically unique, and the quality is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Fashion and design students are actually making the clothes on the spot! They are putting the latest technologies to the test and trying to go green while still producing some awesome apparel. Everything from shirts and pants to the quirkiest of accessories can be found in this small, boutique-style thrift shop. Home goods are a new addition to the mix, with items influenced by different parts of the world.

Head downstairs and you’ve hit Cafe Kubal, a coffee shop that only uses the finest ingredients and imports its syrups. Sounds fancy, but the reality is thanks to university support and funding, the coffee costs no morethan your typical Starbucks. Three dollars can buy you a small latte, adorned with Kubal’s signature “latte art” and sweetened with fresh vanilla or soothing caramel. Your options are endless here, and if you want to see students in action making clothes for a good cause while getting in your afternoon coffee break, there is really no better place to be.

One of the neatest concepts of 3-Fifteen is that you get to choose where your money goes to. You make a difference every time you purchase something because the store allows you to decide the organization you want your purchase to go towards. It’s a really interesting concept and since university funding backs the project, it is sure to stick around for years to come.

Check out Syracuse University’s 3-Fifteen and Cafe Kubal, located on Marshall Street across from the Sheraton hotel:

http://www.3fifteen.org/

http://cafekubal.com/