5 Tips to Help You Avoid the Freshman Fifteen

The freshman fifteen…. I was certainly a victim. 

If you don't know, according to Wikipedia, the freshman fifteen " is an expression commonly used in the United States and Canada that refers to an amount (somewhat arbitrarily set at 15 pounds, and originally just 10) of weight gained during a student's first year at college," Wikipedia Freshman 15.
If you are dreading this because you just graduated high school or just finished your first year of college, please read my article, 5 Tips to Help You Avoid the Freshman Fifteen, published on College Mate, for their June Monthly Writing Contest. The freshman fifteen is preventable. 
Thank you College Mate for your critique, advice, and for giving me this opportunity. I love writing for the Monthly Writing Contest, and I hope to continue to work with you in the future.

-Pinkspen 💋

COLLEGE MATE

For some high school graduates, gaining the freshman-fifteen is one of the scariest things about going to college.

I can honestly say that I knew very little about gaining weight that fast in the first 2-3 months of college, but when it happened, I was 20 pounds heavier and so unhappy with my new freshman body.

I spent so much time hanging out with friends on campus in the Student Union, that I didn’t realize that everything I did revolved around food and dining.

So to avoid gaining the freshman fifteen yourself, here are 5 tips you should follow.

1. Don’t Hang Out in Food Spots

Don’t just sit in the café and the food court every day talking to your friends between classes. More than likely, you will overeat, because there is so much food around.

During my first year of college, I spent most of my time in…

View original post 883 more words

Congratulations to Ta’lor: March Winner of the College Mate Contest

I still cannot believe I won the March Monthly Writing Contest for College Mate. I am so thankful to Alexis Chateau, every blogger and reader who took the time to view my article, Decoding the Bro-Code: One Night Stand or Long Term Girlfriend? It really means so much to me; words cannot express.

I have connected with so many of you and it brings me joy to know that so many see the value in my article, so thank you all!!!

Please check out this original post about my journey creating my winning article and my future plans as a blogger and author!

Pinkspen 💋

COLLEGE MATE

Launching the College Mate Contest was the best thing we ever did for our student branch of the Alexis Chateau PR firm.

Over the last few months, it provided a platform to help writers hone their writing and editing skills, while providing them with valuable experience for working with external publications.

But beyond the goodwill of the contest, there is also the fun, and the drama, and the competition itself. We have to admit, watching the writers go neck to neck, and get their social media engines revved up, is quite the experience.

The New CMC Champion

For the first two months, Shandean was reigning champion. But when Ta’lor submitted Decoding the Bro Code: One Night Stand or Long-Term Girlfriend as Pinkspen, it was an instant hit with our readers.

The girls wanted advice on navigating the perilous terrain of college dating. And the guys were curious to find out just…

View original post 667 more words

College 101 for Freshman Females

University College of the World
College 101 for Freshman Females
Fall-Spring 2016-2017, LIFE 12345, 67890
M/T/W/Th/F/S/Sun 12:00a-11:59p
4 credits

Instructor: Ms. Pinkspen, MSW
Office Hours: M/T/W/Th/F/S/Sun 12:00a-11:59p
Contact: ladyhoodjourney.com

Welcome & Introduction:
Welcome to College 101 for Freshman Females. I am your instructor, Pinkspen. We will begin this course together where we will work together to prevent the most common mistakes that freshman females make when it comes to various forms of relationships on a college campus. This class is for freshman girls in college, “upper-classwomen” (Pinkspen), and high school girls who will someday graduate and be shipped off to a world that I wish someone prepared me for. Enroll in this course today!

Continue reading “College 101 for Freshman Females”

Dear 18-year-old me

Dear 18-year-old me,

There are just 3.5 months in between your high school graduation and your first day on a college campus…

Just because you are 18, you are not officially an adult; there are still parts of your brain that have not fully developed.

It’s okay to call your parents for help!

Continue reading “Dear 18-year-old me”

Guys want your “goodies”

The College Girl Dating Rulebook

From one college girl to another, after you graduate, whether from your Undergraduate, Master’s, or both degrees like myself, you will still think about how foolish you were where relationships are concerned.

I spent 8 years living on one college campus, first in the dorms and then off-campus in multiple apartments, and there are some things that I wish I would have known before I made simple and some major mistakes in dating…

Continue reading “Guys want your “goodies””