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    Posted April 20, 2014 by
    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Who's got time for a perfect body?

    College is full of pressure; pressure to keep up grades, pressure to have a social life, pressure to have a part time job, and possibly the biggest pressure of all is to maintain a ‘hot’ body. While the pressure has always been present to have a slim figure there has usually been time to work on that figure. Life in college is a fast reminder of how hard it is to find time to keep up with all the pressures of having that perfect body. Some may see that and say “there is plenty of time in a college students day for exercise” or “that’s just a lazy college kid for you.” I’m here to tell you that the college kids who aren’t finding time to make it to the gym or take the time to cook a healthy dinner isn’t because of laziness but a pure lack of time doing what we need to do chasing our dreams.
    How do I know this? Because I am that college student working her butt off chasing a dream that is under continuous pressure to be fit and have a better body. I’ve had this pressure in my life ever since I was a little girl from family, friends, media, and other influences. As a college student I still have the same pressures present in my life but now there is a huge difference, I don’t have time. Simply stated there are not enough hours in the day for me to evaluate the pressures in my life versus what it is that I actually need to do to better myself and my lifestyle. First we’ll start with the fact that I am a full time college student, for those of you who can relate you know that depending on class load this is easily considered a full time job. Between the studying, homework, and physical attendance in class it takes up many hours of the day. The second thing that many can also relate to is having a separate job outside of school. Working anywhere from twenty to thirty hours a week to bring in a paycheck to pay for bills, loans, food, and other miscellaneous things. Then there’s the internships in which I have year round working towards building an impressive resume to get my dream job. Let’s not forget about the most important part of the day either, sleep! While it may not be a priority to some for me it’s a necessity to function properly throughout the day.
    So after reading the many things that invade my day I hope it is easier to understand why I think there is not enough time in the day to deal with the constant pressure of having that perfect body. I want to have more energy to go to the gym at night. I want to be able to take the time and prepare a healthy recipe for dinner. I want to have a better body. But I also want to be a good student, a quality employee, and conquer my future. So the question is how can I do both? How can I take the time to manage the pressure to have a better body but still maintain everything I do? The answer to this question is yet to be solved but I bet I am not the only college student waiting for the answer. While I don’t have the answer I have a solution, the only pressure we (college students) need to be evaluating is our own thoughts and feelings. Outside pressure doesn’t know who you are or what your goals are and because of that it’s up to us to decide what’s important to make time for and what’s not. You’re the only one that can dictate your own happiness, so stay a busy college student and don’t give up your goals for what others want from you. I may not have the perfect body now but I am building a successful future for myself that may someday allow the time for me to work towards one.
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