Freshman 15 Phenomenon

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There is a saying that lots of freshman will gain about 15 pounds since it is the first time leaving their family. It is the first time that they are on their own, and they also need to take care of each meal daily. Freshman 15 is not only showing they don’t have autonomy on themselves, but also a phenomenon they start to change their behavior. No matter what is the reason for gaining weight, but it shows how unstable those freshmen are. Party too hard, Eat too much, or they just don’t care?

When we get into a new place or new environment, we tend to try hard to fit in. But have we ever think that why we need to force ourselves to fit in the environment? This intangible “fit in” attitude is not always a good influence to everyone. We all have tried to laugh after a joke we don’t think it is funny, we went to a restaurant because we don’t want to refuse to our friends, and we lied we like to hang out with you but we don’t etc. We all have done those things because we don’t want to be the party popper. If we keep doing “fit in” attitude, we will soon to forget how we used to. We will forget what our original personality is. It starts to get blurred.


Keep your own personality and change a little if necessary

Don’t follow what people do, have your own thoughts

Speak up for your mind

Stay who you are (of course in a good way)



7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amber Little
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 18:21:11

    Very true!!! Good post.


  2. Wendy Mason
    Mar 16, 2011 @ 10:04:52

    Great post Jenny with very wise advice – thanks for adding me to your blogroll


  3. Jenny Tsai
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 22:46:00

    Amber: Thank you.

    Wendy: Thank you for your comment! And I always enjoy your blogs! Your words really inspired me a lot.


  4. ryanrmoser
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 17:36:09

    A desk job will add 15 or so too pretty quickly!
    Another great post Jenny!


  5. Yathi Yatheepan
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 00:13:29

    Interesting post Jenny. Moving from home to college was not that of a big change for me. But moving to US as a grad student was a big change and I gained almost 30 lbs in two years. I think i tried to fit in beyond the means.


    • Jenny Tsai
      Mar 21, 2011 @ 09:02:43

      Thank you, Yathi. I think the different cuisine from different countries will change our eating behavior. 🙂


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