By Cierra McArthur
What makes you who you are? While your inner character plays a role, outer appearances are used more and more often to showcase personality and beliefs these days. With this concept in mind, four University of Georgia students were interviewed in an attempt to gauge the most common or desired cosmetic changes done.
Change #1: Going Natural
While the movement is largely concentrated in the black community, it is one that has received more attention in recent years. Now, you can see more people who have abandoned chemically relaxing their hair in favor of rocking their natural hair texture. “I started [going natural] 8th grade year; that’s when I stopped chemically processing my hair,” says Judy Stubblefield, a first year, journalism major, from Kennesaw, GA. While she originally did it for growth, over time she found more factors to motivate her to continue. “I kind of picked up other reasons, [such as] just kind of accepting who I am naturally and not conforming to society’s definition of beauty,” says Stubblefield. While the response to her hair has been mostly positive, she does occasionally receive the “your hair looks so good straight” comment, and gently reminds them that her hair looks fine with its natural texture. Her advice to anyone else desiring to go natural is to stick with it and not just give up while it is still in its early transitioning stages.
Change #2: Getting A Haircut
While haircuts are pretty common, big ones often garner extra attention, especially in girls. “I went from shoulder length natural hair to cutting it all off,” says Jessica Sensabaugh, a second year, computers systems engineering major, from Watkinsville, GA. The move saves her countless time in hair maintenance and is one she loves despite some negative responses to it. “It’s one of those things where it’s not for everybody, it’s for you,” says Sensabaugh. While she gets the occasional “sir” slipup, she just calmly corrects the person and moves on. She would counsel anyone desired to do a drastic haircut to go for it and make sure to be specific about what kind of haircut you want when going to a professional.
Change #3: Experimenting With Hair Dye
With hair colors ranging from natural to “Skittles bright”, this cosmetic change is starting to have a larger place in everyday life. “First, I wanted just a lighter brown in my hair,” says Madisyn Wells, a first year, bio premed major, from Sacramento, CA. However, after seeing Beyoncé’s iconic blonde locks, she decided to go for blonde highlights the next go round. While she loves her color, she plans on stopping for hair health reasons. “I feel like it’s making my hair weaker,” says Wells. For anyone else wanting to also dye their hair, she recommends doing your research and making sure whether or not you want to use bleach.
Change #4: Extensions
Extensions often allow a person to experiment with different hairstyles with little commitment. “I started experimenting with hair weave and extensions more once I got [to UGA]. That kind of helped me with the natural [hair] process,” says Shalaundye Felton, a third year, social studies education major, from Fort Valley, GA. Because of this, she has been able to avoid using heat on her hair since freshmen year. When asked what motivated her to do it, she cites laziness as the reason. “I had a full schedule,” says Felton. Between taking 15 hours freshmen year and working an 18-hour job, she found she didn’t have much time to dedicate to daily hair maintenance. With the extensions, she is able to save time in styling, making it is easier to maintain. However, when she does wear her natural hair, she gets positive responses. For others who want to be natural, she suggests saving, as the process can get expensive. If uncertain about how you would look natural, she recommends using extensions as a way to test the look out.
Changes #5 and #6: Piercings and Tattoos
With these changes, the desire is there; however, worries about how it would be perceived in the professional realm can serve as a strong deterrent. “People judge over the dumbest things,” says Sensabaugh. Though both piercings and tattoos are less and less shocking as time goes on, they still are frowned upon in many competitive fields. Strategic placement can be utilized to bypass this problem, and you can always research your line of work to see what is generally accepted.
If you want to do any cosmetic changes, you should decide if that is something you really want to do. You only have this one life. You might as well make the most of it and do what you want to do, so go forth and do you!
By Carrie Mauldin
For most students, the first semester away at college can be the most gloriously terrifying experience of his or her lives. Facing new challenges such as a more rigorous course load, living on your own and trying to figure out what it is you want to do with your life is something a high school classroom rarely prepares you for. So with this being said, the first semester at college can be quite a rocky start for incoming freshmen.
The first week alone for a majority of students can consist of revamping their entire schedule or throwing out their current major for a brand new one.
“I changed my major a lot during the first week of college because I knew what my parents wanted me to do, but I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do,” says Morgan Manning, a freshman psychology major from Hahira.
Of course there’s no shame in changing your major once, twice or maybe even ten times, but that’s not the only challenge to overcome in college as a freshmen. What are the others?
1. The Freshman 15
The Freshmen 15 seems like an urban myth at UGA, given the plethora of hills and stairways one must ascend to make it to their intro lecture class. However, when the pounds start adding up, what can you do differently to ward off the Freshman 15?
If you haven’t checked out the Ramsey Student Center located in East Campus Village, now is the perfect time to start off a new semester by trying out a variety of classes offered. Ramsey offers racquetball, rock climbing (perfect for the outdoorsman wanting to stay inside during the cold winter months), lap swim, basketball and various workout rooms for cardio and strength training.
Another option is to try taking up a new sport or activity, such as running or any of the numerous club or intramural sports offered on campus.
2. Organizing your schedule
A tough lesson learned by those who have not yet figured out where most buildings are located on campus is the realization that you scheduled your classes that are 15 minutes apart on opposite ends of campus.
“I scheduled a lot of between-class gaps this semester,” says Evan House, a freshman history and classical languages major from Covington. “Once you’ve taken a break between classes it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.” A way to avoid this dilemma is to schedule your classes close enough to each other in the day to avoid mid-day slumps, or perhaps scheduling all of your classes in the morning or afternoon only.
3. Balancing Social Life and Academics
Another challenge in college is that, unlike high school, rather than joining as many clubs as you want and still being able to have time to write that essay for AP Language, you have to focus on a smaller number of clubs that really peak your interest. Also, as you join clubs this semester, make sure you are committing to something you can make the most out of and will bring the most benefit to you, rather than just a weekly email update about what the club or organization is up to.
4. Getting Involved
“I think joining a club that is something you’re interested in or involves community service that is involved in the community is something people can bond over,” says Jackie Prine, an art major from Lake Park.
In case you missed the fall semester’s activities fair held by the Center for Student Organizations, not to worry! The spring activities fair will be held early spring semester and will host a variety of clubs to sign up for and get involved in. There’s also an array of club postings located in Tate throughout the semester, so keep a lookout!
5. Meeting New People
Rather than sticking to just your normal friend group this semester, try reaching out and meeting new people. Whether it is in your classes, activities or in a dining hall, college is the perfect time to network a group of friends that can benefit you now and in the future.
So college freshmen, as you take on a new year and a new semester, try these tips to avoid any repeats of first semester mistakes. Get more involved, meet new people and perfect that schedule! Make the most out of your time here at UGA.
By Danielle Profita
How we exercise and how we use technology is constantly evolving, so why not use the best of both worlds while bettering ourselves this year? 2016 is the year of the Monkey, a very active animal, and what a better time to get up and get moving? There are so many ways to stay active; ranging from wearable pieces of technology to fitness classes and everyday exercise, there are ways to keep everyone engaged in an active lifestyle.
Top Fitness Pick for 2016
Wearable technology (also called wearable gadgets) is a category of technology devices that can be worn by a consumer and often include tracking information related to health and fitness.
“I have owned a Fitbit for a year, at first the Fitbit Flex, and now the Fitbit Charge. It is easy to use because it syncs to my phone with Bluetooth, this allows me to know how many steps and floors I’ve completed each day. It also lets me know how many calories I am burning. There is also an app that allows you to compete with other people who you have added to your Fitbit account. This makes my family members and I to compete for the most steps,” says Morgan Cocoa, a freshman from Johns Creek majoring in Secondary Education Mathematics.
You can pick up a Fitbit at any Target or Walmart retailer. Here is a list of the most popular wearable technologies for this upcoming year;
1. Fitbit Charge HR
2. Jawbone UP2
3. Fitbit Surge
4. Moov Now
5. Garmin Vivoactive
Top Training Trends
As seen in many trendy, pop-up exercise bodegas, training techniques are commonly mixed to achieve optimal results. This upcoming year we are expecting to see trends like, Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness, and Blast Fitness explode! With high intensity core training and circuit intervals, each place has a different experience to offer its consumer. So why not try them all?
1. Body Weight Training
Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights; the individual's own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.
2. High Intensity Training
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a system of organizing cardiorespiratory training, which calls for repeated bouts of short duration, high-intensity exercise intervals intermingled with periods of lower intensity intervals of active recovery.
3. Strength Training
Strength Training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.
4. Core Training
Also known as core-strength training, it includes components of balance, stability, abdominal and lower back work, and all the muscles of the bottom and legs.
A true core-strength training program not only uses the abs but also activates all of the muscles stabilizing the spine, hips, and pelvis.
5. Personal Training
A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments.
Functional Everyday Fitness
Functional Fitness can be described as any activity used to complete an everyday life activity. For instance, walking a dog, climbing the stairs, playing games outside, or just moving boxes.“ My exercise is walking to and from class everyday, it may not seem a lot, but it’s a long walk,” says Lindsey Broscher, a third year PR major from Suwanne.
Fitness for the Elderly
It is important for to help seniors and older adults maintain their cardiovascular health, strength and flexibility. Through modified classes, they can keep exercising and boost their health. “My grandfather and his friends have a pass to the Botanical Gardens and they go there to powerwalk every week!” says Emma Burke, a sophomore from Woodstock majoring in genetics and statistics.
Exercise and Weight Loss Techniques
Simple Exercise and Weight Loss Techniques include everything from dieting to everyday activity. These techniques range from home remedies to plans and classes at the gym.
Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. Yoga includes breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, and is widely practiced for health and relaxation. “I like yoga because it forces me to focus my mind on something completely unrelated to the stresses I have going on around me. I love the challenge of having to clear my mind to focus on my body during yoga,” says Carter Roberts, a junior from Atlanta majoring in education.
By Simmons Andrews
You’ve been there- The Grill flashes it’s “open 24 hours” sign, the scent of grease from Five Guys tantalizes the nostrils of people passing by. The cravings then take over. Cue salivation.
Palmer Hipp, the president of Active Minds at the University of Georgia, is going to shed some light on how to curb these cravings. Hipp, a health promotion and behavior major, is a Body Project Peer Educator with the health center and the Wellness Chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
These five steps to curbing cravings are simple and straightforward, with no drastic lifestyle change necessary. Follow them, and you’ll kick cravings to the curb!
Step One: Identify the trigger.
According to Hipp, cravings often mean something else entirely. “Anything from stress to lack of sleep can trigger a craving,” Hipp says. Let’s simplify: when we eat something we enjoy, it releases endorphins, satisfying us. This need for satisfaction through something easily accessible, like food, is our body’s way of finding a quick substitute for what it’s really lacking.
Step Two: Plan Ahead!
Think about what you should eat before you get a craving. According to Hipp, studies show that we tend to pick healthier options when we plan our meals beforehand. So pack a lunch for in-between classes, and throw in a snack. If you plan ahead, you’re basically stuck with the food you packed, so there’s no excuse to binge on something unhealthy nearby (RIP Chick-fil-A at Tate, I’ll miss you).
Step Three: Water, Water, Water! (And then some more water).
“If you’re craving food that’s not good for you when you shouldn’t be hungry, you’re probably dehydrated,” Hipp says. Drink a large glass of water, around 16 ounces, before and after each meal. That way, you know when you’re full, and are likely to feel fuller longer. According to registered dietitian Becky Hand, drinking water throughout the day keeps your hands busy, so you’re less likely to instinctively reach for food.
Step Four: Remove yourself from tempting environments.
If you’re walking home from downtown on a busy Saturday night, avoid the tempting late night haunts (yes, this includes the hotdog man on the corner of College and Clayton- if you see him, run.) “Eating late at night is typically a sign of boredom, and you should probably be getting sleep instead,” Hipp says.
Step Five: Enjoy Food to the Fullest
According to Benjamin Gray, the Nutrition Education Coordinator at the University of Georgia, if someone is craving a food high in sodium, fat or added sugars, it is best to eat that particular food in a controlled manner.
“Take a portion of the food that you initially think should satisfy you. For example, instead of bringing a candy bar to the couch, break off two pieces. Sit down in an environment without distractions, paying attention to get the full satisfaction,” he says.
According to Gray, this actually tricks our mind into eating less of the “bad” food we’re craving.
Staying healthy in college can be really hard, and finding that perfect balance can take time and willpower.
Next time you pass The Grill, you’ll rejoice in your newfound discipline.
By Carolynn Wall
The average yearly cost of tuition at a four-year institution for an in-state student is a little over $9,000. Add in your books, various fees, housing, food and all the extra costs of going to school, and you’ve got a lot of broke college students struggling to make payments. With an average amount of nearly $30,000 in debt for each student graduating from college, we need to learn how to cut corners and make every dollar count. So here’s few way to keep you and your wallet happy all semester long.
1. App Up Your Life
There are tons of apps out there that will earn you rewards and discounts on various items. For example, Pocket Points is based off a point system that can earn you discounts and free rewards just for locking your phone during class. You can redeem your points at local businesses like Grindhouse or Bulldog Laundry.
“I love Pocket Points because it motivates me to put my phone down and actually get my work done. Plus, on Tuesdays you get double the points!” says Jamie Pham, a junior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Lawrenceville.
2. Use Your ID
You paid $20 for your UGA ID which seems like a lot, but you can get a lot back from it. Tons of businesses offer student discounts, from Chipotle to Subway, and Vineyard Vines to J. Crew. Even if you don’t know, always ask, especially when making a big purchase.
3. Movie Night
Feel like you’ve exhausted what’s on Netflix? Have no fear, the library is here. You can go rent movies for free from the library’s mammoth collection. Going to the movie theater is outrageously expensive, but if you still want the movie experience, check out the Tate theater for your viewing pleasure.
4. Meal Plan? Use it.
As college students, we’re constantly eating, whether out of stress, exhaustion or true hunger. It’s hard to not want some variety in your diet, but if you’re on meal plan, you have to cut down on the outside spending. Try to mix it up by rotating around the different dining halls, like treating yourself to lunch at the Niche every once and awhile. The dining halls offer endless combinations right at your fingertips, so take advantage of it and get your money’s worth.
“It’s easy to eat the same things everyday and get bored of the dining halls, but I spent a lot of money to be on meal plan and I don’t want it to go to waste, says Felix Linzan, a junior business management major from Hinesville. “I try to see what kinds of things my friends are eating or find the dining hall equivalent to whatever I’m craving.”
5. Housing Programs
If you live on campus, you see tons of posters all over your dorm and get endless emails about different activities to attend. You pay a $20 fee that allows your housing staff to put on programs for your benefit. Often times these programs include food, fun activities or interesting speakers to help you bond with people in your community, so it’s like dinner and a show. These events are great for networking and support of your RHA-- and who doesn’t love free food?
6. Never Pay Full Price for a Textbook
Buying books for full price is a thing of the past. There are so many alternative options out there to cut the costs of books down. Amazon, Chegg and BookRenter are a few online outlets, or you can hit up Beat the Bookstore, Baxter Street Bookstore and the UGA Bookstore. Also, look for an online copy of the book or an access code, as those will be even cheaper. Finally, check with your friends or the UGA Free and For Sale page on Facebook for killer deals.
7. Never Go Grocery Shopping When You’re Hungry
If you’re off meal plan, you can get really creative about what you eat. However, sometimes people end up buying items in the spur of the moment that they don’t actually need. Combat this by having a set list with specific dishes in mind as you go shopping. Look for generic brands on items that you feel are less important and never go in with an empty stomach. Stick with your list and don’t let your wandering eyes talk you into those extra food items that will go bad before you can even get to them.
We all love a great cup of Jittery Joe’s roast in the mornings to help get our day started, but even a couple cups a week can add up pretty quickly. Try bringing your own mug to coffee shops to get discounts on your cup of joe, or see if an investment on a coffee machine is worthwhile for you. Another alternative solution is to try to cut down on the caffeine and look towards energy smoothies and protein.
“I am a caffeine addict and always have a cup of coffee in my hand”, says Anjelique Simmons, a junior German major from Stone Mountain. “Sometimes when I need a refill during the day, I ask the barista to fill up my reusable mug and even get discounts on the price--it saves the environment and it saves me a couple bucks every week."
9. Test Out Of Classes
We’ve all gone through a prerequisite class that is mind numbingly boring. Instead, you could test out of those classes to save on tuition and get on to your real major courses. The Testing Center schedules tests for a small fee compared to what you would be paying in tuition and you can avoid those painfully easy courses that you only show up to for the attendance grade.
Although it may seem kind of lame to spend a bit of your time clipping coupons, you’d be surprised to see how much money you're just throwing away in a newspaper or advertising. Even online coupons, like Groupon, can help you save a dollar or two here and there. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it adds up and you’ll thank yourself later.
Keep your money safely guarded Bulldogs. Make a budget and stick to it! None of us want to graduate and be faced with a mountain of student loans, so make smart choices now to avoid the bills later. A cup of coffee here and an extra outfit there can add up faster than you can imagine. College isn’t cheap, but you can make it cheaper.