Showing Up For First Period

This term I have a first period class every single day of the week that starts at 8am! As a college student this is extremely daunting. There are two challenges that I face and must figure out ways to conquer.

1) Showing up to class prepared and on time.

2) Being attentive and not falling asleep in class.

Here are some ideas I’ve come up with to help me do just that:

  • Don’t go to bed past 12. It is very hard to get back on track once you’ve messed up your sleeping cycle.
  • Lay out your clothes the night before.
  • Have your backpack or purse ready to go.
  • Place your alarm clock out of reach. Although painful, this decreases the chances of an addiction to the snooze button.
  • Have breakfast to go. I usually have juice and a granola bar or banana.
  • Forget makeup, people will be too tired and blurry eyed to notice.
  • Figure out a quick hairdo that requires little to no maintenance. Ex: ponytail or messy bun.
  • Splash your face and neck with cold water. This will help wake you up.
  • Listen to music on the walk to class.
  • Sit in the front of the room so you aren’t tempted to nod off.
  • Challenge yourself to ask or answer one question per class. This will help you stay alert and shows the professor you’re there to learn.

I hope these tips help, and if you have any other suggestions I’d love to hear them. Just comment below!


Freshmen 15

Have you ever wondered why so many college students gain the freshmen 15? Going to college is a big deal, and the habits we have consistently practiced our whole lives change.

1) Alcohol:
We start drinking a lot more than we will ever drink again.

2) Food:
We eat anything and everything all day every day.

3) Sleep:
We stay up late, pull all nighters, take lots of naps and overall develop bad sleeping habits.

Why? Because we can!

What this blog isn’t
– A guide to staying skinny in college
– How to avoid eating lots and lots of pizza

There is more to it than that! I want to empower people to live a healthy and happy life. I’m going to college out of state and it’s hard being away from family and friends. How do I deal with the changes and challenges of staying healthy you might ask…well you’ll just have to wait and see.😄


My name is Clare, and I just finished my first year of College in Illinois. I play on the school soccer team and love being outdoors. I grew up in the Bay Area and have lived there my whole life. The change from the city to rural Galesburg was a culture shock.

After my first term in College the true meaning of the “freshmen 15” sunk in. Even though I was still working out, the change in environment, weather and food took its toll. I hope to share my experiences, tips and journey for forming healthy habits and living life to its fullest.

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