Tag: health

5 Easy Steps to Staying Healthy at School (and beat the dredded fall cold)…

Follow these steps to stay healthy in the final weeks of Fall Term at Union College (and through the start of Upstate New York winters). Sleep. It sounds easier said than done, but at the end of the day, it is the most important aspect to staying healthy at school. According to Aric Prather, a psychology professor and researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, “It goes beyond feeling groggy or irritable. Not getting enough sleep affects your physical health.” Whether it’s a 20 minute power nap during Common Lunch, or leaving the library a little earlier after camping out there...

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How Not to College

First of all, it’s Accepted Student Day season! I love being able to see high school students touring Union and trying to picture themselves here in the fall.  That led me to thinking about things that I wish I had known to do differently and things I wish I were better at.  So here are a few of things not to do, courtesy of me, the one who does them. Don’t let your dishes pile up.  I don’t care if they’re just 7 Nalgene bottles you just haven’t rinsed out, do it ASAP or you will never do them....

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The Sickness

It’s hard to not get sick when you are on such a small campus interacting with people all the time. Sicknesses are quickly amplified because everyone is interacting. There is really no escaping. This is how I got double pink eye last week. In reality it was probably because I was beezin’ with everyone I ran into, but the pink eye had to start somewhere! And then I accidentally spread it to many people. This is just a warning to wash your hands and don’t share chapstick, for any purpose!! Luckily the health center is just a hop, skip,...

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Reading Outside of Class

This term I’m trying to take the time to read books for pleasure in addition to reading for class. My uncle gifted to me Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, which has been my introduction into the works of an author I had heard wonderful things about. I started reading the book on Sunday and finished it last night, and while I didn’t find the ending very satisfying (which may be a trend with other Haruki Murakami novels), it did leave me wanting to read more by Murakami. Sometimes it’s not the destination, but the journey....

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dutchmen dip does it again!

This past Sunday was Union’s second annual Dutchmen Dip. The yearly fundraiser, which our school has adopted in lieu of the more traditional Relay for Life, is our special way of joining in the fight against cancer by helping victims in our very own community. This year we were rallying for not one, but three young members of our Union College community: 11-year-old Kristen Shinebarger, Justin Lloyd ’16, and Nate Greenberg ’14. Sunday’s turn-out for the event was incredible and the energy across campus was even more inspiring. Countless students took the plunge down our 30-foot inflatable water slide (in 30-degree...

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A Visit to the Doctor’s

As a result of a long-lasting cold, which I’d thought had calmed down over the course of a few weeks, I’ve developed an ear infection. It’s pretty uncomfortable and incredibly inconvenient since I’m taking a language class as well as a class on world music, so using my ears to hear is something I’d say I do pretty regularly. Last Tuesday I took a trip to the Wicker Wellness Center, the new health center on campus. After making an appointment in the morning I checked in after work and was immediately seen by a nurse practitioner. What made my...

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get ready to dip!

This Sunday, March 9th, members of the Union College community will be plunging down a 30-foot slide into icy cold waters in order to show support and raise awareness for three young and cancer-stricken members of our campus community. This year’s second annual Dutchmen Dip will be supporting 11-year-old Kristen Shinebarger, Justin Lloyd ’16, and Nate Greenberg ’14. Kristen Shinebarger is an 11-year-old member of the Union College community has recently undergone treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer for the second time. On September 11, 2012, Kristen’s leg was amputated in order to battle this...

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Double Whammy: Cabin Fever

Would I be exaggerating if I said that last week was the worst week of my life as a college student? I mean, sure classes are tough and finals week is a kick in the behind, but wait until you hear what’s worse than that. The news hit me over a period of two days. On Tuesday, I went in to the Health Center with a sore throat, and came out with a diagnosis of strep throat. That same day I took a nap (because that’s what sick people do) and woke up without being able to open my eyes. They were red and wet. The next day, I was advised to go back to the center and check it out, which is exactly what I did. I came out with a diagnosis of pink eye. So let me summarize, I was diagnosed with both strep and pink eye (the two most common illnesses on a college campus) in a matter of two days. I was no longer on antibiotics, but also on eye drops that made my eyes burn. The worst part of the whole experience was that I was ostracized by my entire floor, basically locked in my room for about 4 days, as if I had some flesh eating disease that was airborne. So, to give you a more vivid picture of the traumatic experience, here...

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Put Down that Cookie!

College is not the easiest place to monitor your diet. While the nutritional information for most foods is available, you have no control over the selection available on any given day. Also, it can be really hard to control yourself when unlimited soft-serve ice cream is available at every meal. I’ll show you what worked for me. Notice the emphasis on me. I’m not pretending to be an expert or to provide a prescription for someone else. I know that the argument that everyone is a genetically unique, little flower is very popular and I’m not going to contest it. I...

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Warm Weather Is Better!

The warmer the weather gets here on campus, the more exciting the events become! “Why?” you ask? Because all of them take place outside in the warm weather! What could be better?  (-: On Monday, June 3rd, I attended two great events: “Unwind Your Mind” and the Black Student Union BBQ! “Unwind Your Mind” was an event planned and organized by the sophomore class officers (go class of 2015!) and sponsored by the Student Forum. In short, the event was put together to help students de-stress during Week 10 (a rough week for many) by providing them with relaxing activities! It took place in The Gardens, so of course, I was excited! Students could sign a pledge and vow to pay more attention to their mental health, take time to de-stress, and be good to themselves. (As a reminder: Your mental health is always more important than your grades!) Students were also provided with a number of healthy snacks! And likewise, there were plenty of activities to help students de-stress, such as free massages and yoga/meditation sessions! Later that evening was the Black Student Union BBQ! Students of the Black Student Union and various other clubs (the event was open to everyone) came to eat good food, listen and dance to music, and have a good time! Ackeem, the treasurer of BSU, surprised me (and two other students) with [belated]...

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