The Health of College Students

1192 Words Jun 21st, 2018 5 Pages
Rob Geis, a current college student, explains, “A student is not at fault for unwanted weight gain. It is the college meal plans that cause the gain in weight. Many colleges require incoming freshmen to be on a meal plan” (Geis). Parents like the meal plans because they know their child is getting meals every day, but the plan does have its downsides. Geis believes that many students do not eat three meals every day. “If we don’t eat every meal we are given, we are wasting our money which was used to buy the meal plan. So, it is either gain weight or waste money” (Geis). This may cause the family of the student to get upset. The parents may reduce the student’s meal plan for the next year, which would make the student eat less. …show more content…
A family sending a student to college may expect good grades from the student. If a student‘s grade is going down, a family might check up on the student. When the family checks on the student, the family may find something wrong with the child. The family will try and help, but the student may refuse, thinking that he or she is fine. This could cause embarrassment in the student and make his or her situation worse. There are many ways to stay healthy on campus. To begin with, the American College Health and Association states that “The top five threats to academic performance are stress; a cold, flu or sore throat; sleep difficulties; concerns for friends or family; and depression” (qtd. in Dineley). When a student’s grade drops from any of the five threats, his or her future can be affected. A student’s career can depend on his or her grades and health. Dineley tells the first way to stay healthy is to get plenty of rest. Many students get too little of sleep, which causes illness (“College”)”. A student with an illness could miss class. Besides missing class, a student will have less time to study and learn. The second way to stay healthy according to Dineley is to exercise more often. However, many students do not have enough time to exercise; especially dealing with the stress of college (“College”). A student’s top priority might be his or her grades. If a student slacks on exercising, his or her physical health may deplete rapidly. Ultimately, a