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Students Struggle to Give Their Brains and Bodies the Proper Fuel to Succeed
By Yasmin Wamala
For many, making the transition from high school to college is a major step in the shift from childhood to adulthood, and a rather difficult one at that. Between adjusting to a new environment, making new friends, occasionally feeling homesick learning to balance school with other commitments and more, it is often too easy for students to forget to take care of themselves. Things such as getting a proper, balanced diet are suddenly put on the back burner, which is ultimately more hurtful than helpful.
“While I was living at home I had a set lunch and dinner time in high school so I was forced to eat multiple times a day without thinking about it,” said junior Sydney Colbert, “Being on my own at Hofstra, I am now forced to remind myself to eat and with how busy I am between school work and extracurriculars, it’s usually easier and quicker to take the not so healthy route.”
Sophomore Medea Giordano on the other hand seems to be the exact opposite, finding time to eat the several times a day despite still not having found the perfect balance between her school work, the multiple clubs she partakes in and her social life. Also, unlike Colbert, Giordano’s eating habits have pretty much always been the way they are now. The common ground between the two however is that neither one of their eating habits are very good ones.
“I eat like a seven-year old boy,” said Giordano, not only referring to how often she eats but also the fact that like Colbert, the majority of the time, her first instinct is to pick up something fried or sugary to eat.
Colbert and Giordano are just two out of numerous Hofstra students who don’t necessarily always make the best decisions when it comes to what they eat. The question that arises is, is there more to this dilemma than students simply not being able to break old habits or making the decision to eat unhealthy? How available are healthier eating options on Hofstra’s campus?
“Eating healthy on campus isn’t impossible but it definitely isn’t all that easy either,” said senior Jessica Downing-Brown, “The more healthy food options are fewer and typically more expensive.”
There are currently a total of 20 on-campus dining options at Hofstra. Out of all the locations on the list on Hofstra’s website, taking into account that some locations offer both healthy and more fast food oriented options, the amount of not as healthy options still overpower the number of more wholesome options.
“At the end of the day everyone is capable of making the decision of whether or not they want to put in an effort to eat better or not,” said senior Joelle Oliver. “It’s important that we do whatever we can to be at our best so we can do out best and the condition you keep yourself in is a huge part of that.”
Students with any feedback or suggestions are encouraged to visit the “Eating at Hofstra” Facebook page and make their thoughts known.
Click here to see photos of the dining options provided at Hofstra University – more information on these dining options can be found here