The Freshman 15

By India Heckstall | December 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Many incoming freshmen may wonder if the Freshman 15 is true or just a rumor. In reality, it all depends on the specific individual and his/her own personal habits, but there are a variety of ways to prevent the Freshman 15 from happening to you.

My freshman year at Campbell, I was one of the lucky ones who did not gain the Freshman 15. The rumor is true for some students, but if you eat healthy and exercise, which is really easy to do in college, you will not have to worry about gaining those extra 15 pounds. If you follow these few simple tips, you will be just fine. Most importantly, you will still be able to wear your clothes from high school without them fitting a little bit too snug because when you come to college, you will not want to go on a shopping spree to buy more clothes.

During your freshman year at Campbell, take advantage of your meal plan and eat in Marshbanks, which offers healthy food options. You can choose from a salad to a sandwich or wrap, and they also have fruit. Also, do not be one of those lazy students who refuses to walk to class and decides to drive instead. This is pointless because the campus is small and there is no reason for anyone to drive from one end of campus to another.  The walk to class will only take a few minutes, and if you walk with a little pep in your step, you will burn calories, which will help reduce your waistline. I love walking to class because it’s basically the only time to get some fresh air as compared to high school when you were stuck in a stuffy building all day. You will soon appreciate having the opportunity to walk outside, especially if it is a beautiful day. I love to walk around campus and look at the scenery.

Also many students at Campbell participate in intramural sports such as flag football, Frisbee, basketball, and volleyball to help stay fit. You can join a team or form your own and get a sports game started at any time.

Here at Campbell, we offer numerous, fun opportunities to exercise including Zumba, Yoga, Self-defense, and Martial Arts. These opportunities are offered throughout the day and night and if none of the times work with your schedule, you can easily find a friend around campus who can do a workout video with you in your dorm room or lobby. Another great idea to encourage you to work out more is to have a workout partner. Many people on campus have workout partners who go to the gym on campus at a certain time every day.

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Meet India Heckstall

India Heckstall


Political Science Pre-Law




Wilson, NC

My Story

These past few years have been a wonderful experience here in the Creek. I have made so many new friends, and I have learned a lot about the different places that people have come from. Coming from a very small town, I knew the moment I saw Campbell that it was the place for me. The environment is so loving and welcoming and the interactions you have will last for a lifetime.

I currently have two on-campus jobs. I work with the Campus Ministry Department and assist with Connections, which is a class that all freshmen and sophomores have to take. I also work with the Study Abroad Department and encourage people to explore the world. While working in the Study Abroad Department, I have heard a variety of stories about students’ experiences abroad, and every single student I have come into contact with had an awesome experience. Due to their insight, they have encouraged me to study abroad in the summer of 2014.

Campbell has a variety of activities for students to participate in. I am the community service coordinator for the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity and the treasurer for the College Democrats. There are many other clubs and organizations that students can take part in, based on their interests. The Campus Activity Board hosts numerous events on campus and my favorites are the magic show, comedy shows, and the Saylor Park cook-out.

In my free time, I like to watch my favorite TV show, Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family. I also love shopping, going out to eat, and spending time on Twitter and Pinterest.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions of the blogger on this page are their own. They do not necessarily represent the views of the Campbell University Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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