Your Guide To Staying Healthy at URI

July 31, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Health

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

URI Mackal Field House Indoor Track

We all know how difficult it can be to remain healthy and fit while away at school and students at the University of Rhode Island are no exception to that. Dining halls, late night munchies, and fast food spots surrounding us wherever we go. Although eating has a tremendous impact on how healthy you are, staying active is just as important. Here are some tips on how to avoid the freshmen fifteen, lose the sophomore sixteen, dodge the junior jillion, and shave off the senior seventeen. 

I can’t tell you how many people I know that have used the excuse, “I don’t have the time!” Truth is, we’re all students with social lives and with grades to keep up; none of us have the spare time either. You have to make the time to work out in order to be a healthier you. Even if that means setting your alarm clock an hour early before class or saying no to happy-hour once a week!

Avoid the late night munchies

Avoid the late night munchies

I know we all enjoy eating a Chicken Parmesan calzone at 3AM from I-Zone, but it’s not doing you any good. Those extra calories are proving to be deadly and will help you gain weight immediately. Instead of ordering food, maybe set a side a snack for when you get home. Believe it or not, a peanut butter and banana sandwich tastes great after a long night out down-the-line.

It’s never easy getting yourself to the gym, but when you have another person depending on you, things change. Having a workout buddy can mean the difference between getting a work out in or taking a nap. It’s important to surround yourself with people who have similar goals as you because believe it or not you’ll end up inspiring each other and now you won’t have an excuse because URI has a brand new state of the art fitness center right across from Hope Dining Hall. 

Remain active

Remain active

Switching up your routine is key in order to see results, but also to keep you interested in your workout. Try out new workout regimes to spice up your daily routines. If you’re not much of a runner, pick a beautiful day (Rhode Island has plenty to choose from) and around alongside the seawall or even through campus. If your a cardio fanatic, get yourself into a weight training class and learn about proper form and technique. The new Anna Fascitelli Fitness studio has a wide range of classes from dance to weight training and even kickboxing. This could really do your body some justice!

Believe me, I know it’s difficult to get those 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you’re not up studying for an exam then you’re probably out and about in Narragansett or maybe your a Netflix series binge watcher. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to sleep when you have the time to because this will help you regain your energy to work out better, focus on your classes, and be an overall happier individual.

Truth is, as college students we are all growing physically and mentally. In order for that growth to peek we must fuel our bodies to the best of our abilities. Yes, I encourage you to eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, but I also encourage you to consume protein and fats regularly. I don’t mean a large fries from Burger King when I say fat, but instead try some almonds, peanuts, or avocados. These are all great sources of good fat and are tasty, too. Mix things up and enjoy your fast metabolism while you still got it!

So often college students get caught up in the pressures of school, society, and family. It’s okay to admit that you’re stressed out and to cut back on some of  the responsibilities on your plate. Being kind to yourself also means being honest with how you feel physically and mentally. Take a break once and a while…you deserve it! While you’re at it, don’t forget to be kind to those around you. This will make you happier and more at peace with yourself. Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it must be practiced regularly.

Consider these tips when trying to remain healthy and fit at any college or university. Luckily for the students at the University of Rhode Island being active outdoors comes easy because of the cool ocean breeze and wide open space in and around campus. Whatever town or city you are from, these tips can help you become more physically, emotionally, and even sexually healthier. 

Freshmen Top Ten

April 14, 2015 in Alive Campus

Let’s get one thing straight: Being a Freshmen is FANTASTIC. It is the chance to start over, turn over a new leaf, and have TONS of fun! So exactly what IS fun? Here is a list I compiled for all you prospective freshies out there. #yowelcome

1. RUSH! RUSH! RUSH! Join a sister or brother hood! If you have been looking to gain and experience love, commitment, and new friendships, it might be time to Go Greek. And lucky for you, there is no better time to do this than your Freshman year.

2. The Breakfast Club. No, not the movie! As a Freshman, you will be able to experience a Club Rush! Yes I know, it already sounds geeky but trust me on this one! This is your chance to branch out and have fun! (Other than in your extracurricular classes! Yay for extra fun!) And hey, maybe you can even start your own Breakfast Club. #myidea #givemethecredit

3. Tryout Time! Missing your high school days? Don’t sweat! Being a new freshie gives you the chance to tryout for sports just like in the good ol’ days. Don’t forget to keep updated on the times and dates of when tryouts are; You don’t want to miss the chance to impress the coaches with your mad skills, now do you?

4. Extracurriculars. Yes, you are in school to succeed and get that degree, but don’t forget to have some fun, too! Pick an extracurricular class that is fun, but useful! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar, now is your chance! Is painting your thing? Take an art class! This is your chance to have fun while also earning credit for it! You cute, multi-tasker, you!

5. FOUR WORDS: Check Out Your Library. Geeky? Yes. Kidding? Heck no! Believe it or not, you will be using the library A LOT. Get to know it while you can! The library is a popular spot, especially during lunch time. #snaps

6. Find Good Eats. Lunch is the most important meal of the day, ESPECIALLY for any college freshie. Take time to scope out any good eats around the neighborhood. Lunch isn’t only brought, it’s bought.

7. Homecoming! Luckily for all you with high school nostalgia, college has a Homecoming, too! Cheer on your team on by getting into the school spirit! Bring your school colors, pom poms, and A game. #goteamgo

8. Add to the group! Picking and going to a college is a very personal decision and one you must do alone. So why not take this chance to add to your groupies? Socialize with your classmates and engage in the Five Foot Rule: Talk to someone within five feet of you! Trust me, it’s actually fun!

9. Find Your Destiny. Still don’t know who you are or who you want to be? Go visit your Career Center! I always took an interest in putting the pieces of who I was together and I think you will, too

10. Get Ahead Of The Game. It is never too early to apply for internships! My recommendation? The Disney College Program. As a college student, you automatically qualify to apply! For more information please follow the link: Disney College Program. And remember, this program isn’t for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten: Freshmen Edition! Until next time! #daphneoverandout

Activities for the Corps of Cadets

February 6, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Going to the Virginia Military Institute in a small town in Virginia does not give you many options of things to do with regards to fun activities. Most activities the cadets partake in are either pricey or are out of town because nobody wants to stay here if they can help it. However, if you are an outdoorsy person, then the town of Lexington is the place for you. Here are a few ideas for fun low budget activities that students or visitors can do.

  1. The Natural Bridge: The Natural Bridge is exactly what it means. It is a bridge made out of rock in Buena Vista, VA which isn’t far from VMI. It is probably a 20-30 minute drive and worth a visit by every cadet. There is a path underneath the bridge where you can walk around and look at the bridge and continue on to a little waterfall. It is very beautiful, especially on a nice day. The downside is, is that it does cost and it is slightly pricey, which doesn’t exactly go with the low budget activity goal, but it’s still worth a visit.

    Natural Bridge

    Natural Bridge

  2. The Natural Bridge Zoo: I personally have not visited, but I have heard it is a lot of fun and you can pet the animals! And who doesn’t love animals? Everyone wants to see a zebra and an elephant right? The zoo is located right down the road from The Natural Bridge and again is slightly pricey (around $12) but worth every penny is you like animals!Natural Bridge Zoo
  3. Hiking: There are plenty of trails around Lexington if you are an avid hiker or just want to go out for a nice walk. There is the Woods Creek Trail which has little cabinets along the path with books in them if you just want to sit down and read a book in the middle of your walk or just want to take a break. There is also the Chessie Trail as well, which is alongside the Maury River. Both are great choices for a walk or a run on a nice day and don’t cost a thing!

    Chessie Trail

    Chessie Trail

  4. VMI Theater/Community Theater: VMI has a theater group which puts on a few plays/musicals throughout the year and the nice thing is they are free for students. They are fun to go and watch, especially if you have friends that are in them! Additionally, the theaters in town also put on plays throughout the year for a small fee. There is even an outdoor theater that just did Spring Awakening last Fall and had great reviews!

    Community Theater

    Community Theater

  5. Museums: This is a perfect activity for any history buffs. The town of Lexington is full of history from the Civil War. VMI has two museums on campus, one for the school and one just about General Marshall. Both are worth a visit and are free for cadets. The neighboring college Washington and Lee also has a few exhibits that are interesting to see as well and at a low cost!

    Mashall Museum

    Marshall Museum

So overall, these activities might not seem like the most exciting things for college students to do, but they are all worth going to at least once, just to say you did them! And who knows, you might actually enjoy yourself!

Top 10 Activities For Florida State University Freshmen

January 28, 2015 in Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

Florida State University is home to over 40,000 students. As you can imagine, the campus is enormous and slightly overwhelming at first glance. However, once you adjust to it, you realize all of the many opportunities it provides to students to stay entertained throughout the semester and break free from the stress of school. Here are a few of the best activities that all freshmen should take advantage of their first year at FSU.

1. Go to the “Flying High” Circus. FSU is one of two colleges in the nation with an on-campus circus, so you will definitely want to mark your calendars and attend a show on a Friday or Saturday night. Students perform a variety of acrobatics that’ll make you cringe in your seat, praying they don’t fall off a beam. Make sure you don’t miss it; they only perform a few times throughout the semester!

2. Watch a movie at the Student Life Cinema. For those of you who love catching up on the latest movies, you’re in luck. Having a movie theater on campus is extremely convenient and calls for an inexpensive date night. This isn’t a miniature theater either; it’s as large as a Regal theater! Not only do you get to experience the whole movie scene seconds away from your dorm, but it’s also free of charge. Movies are played 5 to 6 times a week and are always selected by student committees to suit that of a young, college audience.

3. Eat a burger at Monks. There is no better restaurant that defines Tallahassee as a whole. It’s only about a five-minute drive from campus and provides for a great, laid-back atmosphere on a Friday night. With a variety of food and burgers all priced under 10 dollars, this is definitely a place you should make your go-to when on a budget.

4. Take a Sunday trip to the Rez. This is the perfect pastime on a sunny, Florida day. For just one dollar, students can rent kayaks or paddleboards for up to one hour with a valid student ID. You also have the option of playing some beach volleyball or relaxing on the sand and reading a good book.

5. Bowl a game at Crenshaw Lanes. Not many campuses have a bowling alley located right in the center of their student union. If you have a long break in between classes, why not bowl a game with some friends. It only costs 3 dollars, and that’s including shoes. If you work up an appetite, don’t forget that Chili’s is right next-door.

6. Do homework on Landis Green. This is the heart and center of FSU’s campus. On a sunny day, you will always find students on Landis either walking their dogs, sunbathing on a hammock, doing homework, playing frisbee, sitting on a bench drinking Starbucks- basically anything and everything. It is an open field to simply unwind from the stress of school.

7. Take advantage of the Leach Center. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in college is somewhat difficult, but definitely not impossible. Unfortunately, the freshman 15 is all too common. The Leach center, FSU’s main gym, has three floors, including an indoor track, basketball court, volleyball court, and swimming pool. It also offers free workout classes, such as spin, zumba, cardio party, etc., in addition to 4 free personal training sessions per student. Trainers are always available for helping students adjust to their own personal fitness programs.

8. Join an intramural sport. FSU offers a variety of intramural sports for students who want to participate in a non-competitive activity, ranging from soccer, basketball, bowling, flag football, volleyball, etc. If you enjoy staying active but don’t have the time to commit to a travel team sport, then this is the activity for you.

9. Take a day trip to Wakulla Springs. It’s about a 30-minute drive from campus but well worth the trip to make for a fun Saturday afternoon. Relax for a few hours by enjoying a picturesque setting in the beautiful springs. You can also take a boat tour and sightsee for alligators, manatees, and all of the other green surroundings.

10. Attend a football game at Doak Campbell Stadium. I saved the best for last. This is the number one activity that every freshman must partake in. The energy in Doak, home of the FSU Seminoles, is probably like nothing you’ve ever witnessed. Watching Chief Osceola and Renegade plant the spear and singing along to the Marching Chiefs’ war chant is nothing short of a bone-chilling experience. The game will be blazing hot, but the sunburn will be worth it. You certainly won’t want to miss out on this school spirit. But first, make sure to practice your Tomahawk chop and invest in some garnet and gold attire!

Doak Campbell Stadium

Doak Campbell Stadium

Tons to Do in the Middle of Nowhere

August 30, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Events, Top 10 Lists

Cornell's West Campus Entrance (expect tons of acapella groups singing at this arch)

Cornell’s West Campus Entrance (expect tons of acapella groups singing at this arch)

As a NYC-raised individual, I grew up with the mentality that city life is the only life. My acceptance to Cornell came with the realization that I would be living in what was essentially thought of as “the middle of nowhere.” It took me no more than a few hours of being in Ithaca to realize that “the middle of nowhere” is NOT synonymous to “having nothing fun to do.”

Apple Festival

The unimaginable happens at Ithaca’s three-day Apple Fest: You run into anything and everything for which an apple could feasibly be used. Hard apple cider (for all of you 21 and overs * cough cough *), apple donuts, apple cinnamon funnel cakes, caramelized apples, heck, even apple-scented lotions! The festival, held in the Ithaca Commons during the fall season, is an amalgam of Farmer’s Markets (food, aesthetic products, and trinket vendors), live-band performances, and tons of carnival activities. Come one, come all, and if you have work that weekend, make a sick call!

Midnight Nasties Run

Bear Necessities—colloquially referred to by Frosh as Nasties—is the food market/café/quasi-restaurant on the ground floor of RPCC. Known for its delectable subs and tasty pizzas, this is the go-to spot for any midnight munchies (not those kind of munchies) or for any drunk and hungry students passing by after a Thursday/Friday/Saturday night of partying.


“Sugar, spice, and everything nice?” More like “Glitter, grime, and mojitos with wedges of lime!” Filthy/Gorgeous is an annual dance thrown by Cornell’s LGBTQ+ organization to promote safe-sex positivity and to celebrate the beauty that is Ithaca and its gorgeous gorges—with the added fun of raunchy party themes (Glitter and Grime circa 2014), excellent house music, and deliciously gorgeous go-go dancers. Think Project X meets a Las Vegas Gentlemen’s Club meets a NYC Village rave meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. Come filthy, come gorgeous…just come (pun absolutely intended).

Midnight Scream

You know that student who sits in the front row, center aisle during your Intro to Bio lecture and constantly aims to screw up the grading curve? Yes, he, too, struggles with the stress and anxiety that comes with being a Cornell student. Finals are Hell for everyone, and Midnight Scream serves as an avenue through which students can unify through a single mentality: Finals are terrifying and I just want them to be over! Science has proven that cussing or screaming can alleviate pain. Midnight Scream brings that science into the real world setting by allowing students to race to the roof of a Cornell-designated dormitory or hall and to scream for several minutes the night before the first day of Finals. It’s tradition. It’s legal. Now let it all out!

Eat at the Risley Dining Hall:

Cornell has gotten the reputation of being the “Harry Potter” college within the Ivy League conference. I constantly argue that this reputation has emerged because of the amount of students that appear to use Hermione’s Time Turner device—I mean, how else are they able to take so many classes, get all of their homework done, and still have any time to sleep? In contrast to my own conspiracy theories, most would agree that Cornell has obtained this reputation due to the architecture and interior design present around and within the campus, Risley Dining Hall fitting into this Harry Potter-esque category. It simply fits the description of a Harry Potter dining hall—antique wood aesthetic, old Victorian-style chandeliers, and tons of stain glass windows. Located on North Campus, this dining hall is ideal for any Cornell Frosh—and even hosts an annual Harry Potter night (for any of you readers who are adamant about their “house”).

Louie’s Lunch Truck

That red truck stationed on the road that connects Balch Hall to Risley Hall is known as Louie’s Lunch Truck—or, as I called it, Heaven in a vehicle. As a New York City kid, I grew up with delis and food stalls on every corner during every hour of the day. While not open 24 hours, seven days a week, Louie’s Lunch Truck (open during lunch, dinner, and midnight-snack hours) serves the most scrumptious Cajun fries, sugary milkshakes, hefty burgers of all types, and a variety of subs! As a North Campus Frosh, it is absolutely your obligation to commit to an all-night study session and to order your midnight snacks from Louie’s.

Climb the clock tower

Cornell boasts its 161 Things To Do list inside of the Cornell Store, which is a checklist that includes 161 things to do or places to visit before one graduates. One of the items on this list is to climb the 161 steps of McGraw clock tower. I am a huge proponent for checking off this item during your Frosh year, rather than waiting until your senior year. Firstly, it’s great exercise. Secondly, the view from the top of the clock tower is grogeous! And thirdly, said view is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also makes for a wonderful Instagram photo (Hashtag Cornell, Hashtag Clock Tower, Hashtag Hashtag).

Dragon Day

It’s a common joke around Cornell that Architecture students do not exist. There are so few of them, and their core curriculum makes it so that they rarely have an opportunity to take classes outside of their field of professional studies, let alone, gives them any opportunities to party (you’ll see them in their native habitat while walking from the Arts Quad to North Campus on any given night). Dragon Day is the one day of the year in which students from the other six colleges of Cornell are given proof that Archies do, in fact, exist. A yearlong art project culminates in the Frosh Archies running around the Cornell campus with their dragon design in hand and with their audacious and eccentric costumes and make-up in clear sight. It’s quite a sight (pun intended).

Sunday morning brunch at RPCC

Every upper class man will, at some point in their time in college, miss the beauty that is the RPCC Sunday brunch. Frosh are all stationed up on North Campus, which leaves three dining hall options, RPCC being one of them. On any given Sunday, RPCC dining hall will provide students with a pancake station, an omelet station, a croissant station, a dim sum station (don’t miss out on those dumplings), and the regular array of continental breakfast food. For those of you who identify as Foodies, Food Bloggers, or Food Instagrammers, Sunday Morning Brunch at RPCC is not something to miss.

Appreciate the gorges

With a maxed out credit-schedule, social mixers and parties, and a myriad of extra-curricular activities (because, let’s face it, Cornell students are overachievers), students rarely take the time to look at their surroundings. Next time, when you’re crossing that bridge, take a moment to stop and to look. Look at the water streaming down the gorge. Listen for the sound of water rushing across the land. Close your eyes and let the mist hit your face. Smile.

Cornell Gorge

Cornell Gorge