Although it’s easier to avoid the subject than to address it, the freshman 15 is real. Losing touch with daily exercise routines and mental health rituals are problematic when entering college, and external factors like extracurricular activities, time management, cultural and academic shocks, and new social settings only add to the stress. With a few Emerson tips in mind, living physically and mentally healthy and maintaining happiness shouldn’t be problems anymore.
Fight the Urge
The first few weeks living in Boston are anything but underwhelming. Since Emerson is located in the midst of coffee shops, french cafes, pizza joints, and an abundance of Donkin Donuts, saying “no” to sweets is easier said than done, and fighting temptation can be challenging. If you’re going to splurge every once in a while (which you definitely will) by buying that pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks or frosted donut, remember that a fitness center is available and offers daily workout and yoga classes. Why waste the convenient exercise that’s free of charge?
Deserts are delicious and addicting, and by all means, don’t refuse frozen yogurt or chocolate cookies on every given occasion. It’s just important to remember that what you put into your body is what you get out of it, and most Emerson students become aware of this after spending night-after-night in the dining hall.
The Emerson fitness center is over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art equipment, featuring group excersise programs, personal training, and health workshops. If students feel ashamed or physically unhealthy after sneaking that chocolate brownie or apple pie, they head straight to the gym. And the best part about going to the gym is knowing that other like-minded students are their burning calories as well.
Students enjoy Emerson’s fitness center and take advantage of the equipment.
Living in a city like Boston presents many opportunities to wander, to explore, and to live an active lifestyle. Since Emerson is positioned directly in front of The Commons, students can be seen running alongside the pond, speed-walking through the gardens, playing frisbee on the lawn, or practicing yoga in the grass. Even if you derive from a health-conscious suburban town, like myself, don’t let the preconceived notions of the East Coast and city life fool you. Individualize Boston and create your own life around it.
Like mentioned in the article Experience Boston and the Dating Scene, The Esplanade, a pathway stretching miles along the Charles River, is an excellent workout source to take use of. Not only will your workout be scenically beautiful and overlook Cambridge, but you’ll be surrounded by other runners and joggers… and who knows, you may make a new friend or have an unexpected conversation with a Bostonian.
Students can be seen running through The Esplanade.
Fact, Emerson holds a reputation of not being the most sports-centric college compared to its surrounding competitors like BU, Northeastern, and Harvard, though the Quidditch program excels in combining creativity with athletics. The competitive wizardly sport is an amusing way to pump blood and stay healthy and happy. Emersonian’s take advantage of this sport, among the few, and make fit look fun. For more information, visit: http://emersonquidditch.org.
Happiness and Health
You know the feeling you get after listening to an incredible song for the first time? That feeling that sensationalizes all things and guides extra contentment into your life? That’s the effect of sound. Music is therapy and it holds the power to increase serotonin and reduce stress levels. Emerson students are suckers for good music, whether the genres be electronic, classic rock, reggae pop, or rap, and because Boston is the haven for emerging artists and new waves of sound, there’s always something happening just outside the doors. The House of Blues, The Paradise Rock Club, and The Middle East are all eccentric venues that students flock to.
The House of Blues in Boston is a great music venue to enjoy great bands, dance, meet new people, and feel happy.
Attending concerts is a spontaneous way to enjoy yourself, enjoy Boston, and enjoy the enthusiastic music scene. If music isn’t a strongpoint of yours, other creative endeavors like writing, filming, singing, or dancing can increase mental happiness. Emerson students enjoy participate in many clubs and activities because it keeps them busy, builds their arts portfolio, and gives them inspiration and purpose in life.
Additionally, Emerson’s downtown and theatre central location should not go to waste, for ArtsEmerson produces incredible plays and comedy shows throughout the week at The Cutler Majestic, The Paramount, and other surrounding theaters. The Polish Film Festival is occurring right now, and the play “The Old Man and The Old Moon” will begin Nov. 19. These shows will boost your happiness and make you laugh.
Emerson’s theatre, The Cutler Majestic, is scenically aesthetic and houses outstanding performances.
Do what makes you happy. This quote is cliche, but truthful. Take a walk through the garden, people watch at a coffee shop, experience the cuisine of fried dumplings and stir-fry dishes in Chinatown, browse through a record shop in Cambridge, or go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park! Don’t let the cloudy weather and dropping winter temperatures build your stress and lower your happiness. All the beautiful things in this world are right in front of you, you just need to embrace them.
Emerson is an accepting community of open-minded students, staff, faculty, and services. Counselors, psychologists, and nutritionists are available to promote physical and mental healthiness and security. Students aren’t alone, they have Boston and excellent resources!
(P.S.: the song “Find Your Cloud” by Papadosio will make your mind smile).