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Students combat the 'Freshman 15'

By Jared Dangerfield
On September 17, 2013

When it comes to being a freshman, there are a lot of changes going on in life. This is often the first time students have lived away from their parents’ house, and mom and dad aren't around to wake them up anymore. No one is badgering these students to make sure their homework is completed on time, and often students are made to fend for themselves in their attempts to make friends and survive getting around campus.

Many students at USU have experienced these things at some point. With all these changes going on in a freshman's life, there is one change most are hoping does not happen to them: weight gain.

Although it is a common rumor that freshmen tend to pack on the pounds during their new adventure, it’s a different experience for every individual.

“I am not at all worried about gaining weight,” said Nathan Barney, a freshman double-majoring in mathematics and economics. “As a kid I was once overweight, but I learned how to stay committed to a diet, so I know what I need to do to stay healthy despite all the changes in my life.”

Liesl Cannon, a senior in the art program, said the stereotype of weight gain doesn’t have to be daunting.

“Before I started my freshman year, a lot of people warned me about the so-called ‘freshman 15,’” Cannon said. “But I knew that with the active habits I had developed in high school I would not have any problems, and I didn’t.”

Linsey Rogerson, a freshman majoring in art, said she is always trying to stay fit and make sure unwanted pounds do not come to her.

“I am taking a badminton class that is surprisingly a lot more intense than I thought it would be,” Rogerson said. “I also live on the seventh floor, so I have taken the stairs quite a bit, even though the first time I did, I was really winded when I got to the top.”

Rogerson said she rides her bike to class most days.


“Not only is it good exercise, but it is way faster to get around campus,” she said.

Rogerson exercises at the George Nelson Fieldhouse at least four times a week, something she believes helps her the most.

Jared Liechti, coordinator for the Nelson Fieldhouse and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building, said he doesn’t think most freshmen realize what opportunities are available to them.

“My advice to them would be to just come in, find out what there is and take advantage of it,” Liecht said. “All you need is your student ID, and you have full access to the equipment.”

The Fieldhouse and the HPER are only just the beginning for students attending USU, Cannon said.

“I really feel that the school provides a ton of different ways for students to stay active,” Cannon said. “All you have to do is get involved. Take a lot of P.E. classes and enjoy the great outdoors that surround us.”

Aaron Montgomery, a sophomore studying business and finance, said he advises new freshmen to take at least one physical education class every semester and to find other ways to stay active.


“One of my favorite things to do was get out and play some pickup basketball games with my roommates,” he said.


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