Nina - Michigan State University

I forget about life while reading a good book. I have a weird obsession with nutrition facts. I hate clichés. I like exploring new cities, adjectives, family, autumn on campus, Adobe CS4, and adrenaline rushes. After I've done large amounts of traveling and working, I'm going to live, write, & design in a large, rambling house in the country. Preferably on my wraparound porch with a glass of red wine in my hand and a Samoyed at my feet. But then again, I don't know. I haven't really thought about it much.
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Sep 23, 2011

The No-Nonsense Guide to the GRE

If you want to go to graduate school, then it’s time to start thinking about the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Unlike the ACT/SAT, which a lot of people didn’t bother studying for back in the day, the GRE tests you on what Educational Testing Services think graduate students should know before grad school. This means you will actually have to study.

Jul 12, 2010

Body Blog: Get Your Sugar Facts Straight!

Much like everything else in a college girl’s life (finding the perfect pair of jeans, balancing relationships, deciding where to party, etc.), sugar seems complicated. And I’m sick of complicated, so I’m going to break it down for you.

Jun 21, 2010

Body Blog: Beat the Bloat

Sodium is like that annoying, socially awkward kid who just can't take a hint. No matter where you go, he's there, usually sporting some short jorts, trying to get your attention. He knows he's not welcome, at least he should, but he can't take a hint. And then you're bloated.

May 31, 2010

Body Blog: Research Says Skip That Turkey Sandwich

I make spectacularly healthy (or so I thought!) turkey sandwiches for lunch every day. Fresh bread, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, turkey.... they are beautiful and healthy works of art. I'm constantly thinking of new ways to spice 'em up. Sliced avocado? Swapping out provolone for some swiss? Perhaps a few slices of green apple?

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May 17, 2010

Body Blog: Stay Motivated!

Finding it hard to make your health a daily priority? Can’t stick to that diet? Are you letting a day off turn into a few days? Or a few weeks? Join the club - I know I’m not jumping for joy at the thought of going to the gym either.

Body Blog: Stay Healthy… Even During Finals!

Pulling all-nighters, running on coffee and 5-hour-energy shots, and making the library your new permanent residence? College is already hard enough! Then, at the end of every semester, we have to deal with EXAMS.

Body Blog: We Got Your BACK!

Cardio, abs, arms, lunges, squats, pushups... that’s the norm for most college girls. You may think you're getting all the important muscle groups in your body, but you're forgetting the most important one: your back!

Body Blog: Your Post Workout Snack

After pulling on your Nikes and adding that new Jason Derulo song to your iPod, you drag yourself to the gym for an hour. It's hard to get started, you're just so tired, but twenty minutes later the endorphins are kicking in and you're feeling great. You finish your workout, do a little stretch, and walk home feeling happy as a clam.

Mar 22, 2010

Body Blog: Lose Weight Like a Guy!

Hate how all the guys you know only lift weights a few times a week, skip the treadmill, eat twice as much as you, and still manage a 6-pack while you struggle to reveal any pack at all? Maybe it’s time to take a few tips from the boys!

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Feb 15, 2010

Body Blog: It’s Obama’s Workout Plan!

If you somehow haven’t noticed by now, the Obama's are BUFF. With Michelle baring her toned arms in those sleeveless dresses we love so much and Barack going shirtless in Hawaii (yum), there’s no doubt we’ve got a fit couple leading our country. The Obama's get it done – and if they can do it, so can we!

Jan 25, 2010

Body Blog: DON’T Pass the Salt, Please

According to most health experts, we're only supposed to consume one teaspoon of salt per day. That's it. In an entire day. Guess how much salt the average American consumes per day? Two to three times that amount! And when you go over, you’re really screwing yourself over.

Jan 4, 2010

Body Blog: Get Your Boot Camp On!

Working out is hard enough already – do you really need someone yelling in your face the entire time? If I want to work out, I can do it entirely on my own. I’m just fine pounding the treadmill alone. With my iPod. And without any camouflage, baggy pants, and whistles! After 7th grade, I resigned myself to the fact that I cannot do a pull-up, and I am more than fine with that.

Dec 14, 2009

Body Blog: Skip the Gym, Just Wear These Shoes?

It's strange, considering I write the a column on health and fitness, but I really don't like exercising. I like the benefits of exercising, though, so I'll do just about anything to get those without having to step foot into the stinky, sticky gym. So when a shoe company’s all, “PSH girl, you don’t need to go to the gym! Just wear these shoes instead!” I get a little excited.

Nov 23, 2009

Body Blog: Burn More Calories in Less Time!

Between classes, clubs, and work, my days start early and end really, really late. My stress levels are so high it's no surprise I often choose ice cream over vegetables and Degrassi (shh, don't tell!) over gymming it up. So when I do finally muster up the energy to make it to the gym I know I have to make it count.

Nov 6, 2009

Single. And My 3 Roommates Aren’t

While signing my life away last year... I mean, my apartment lease... many things crossed my mind: 1) No more crappy cafeteria food! 2) Yay for bonding! We’ll be all up in each other’s business all the time. 3) We’ll have so much in common – we all have boyfriends!

Oct 5, 2009

Body Blog: The Real Reason You Didn’t Work Out

You know those days when, no matter how much you know you should workout, you just can’t bring yourself to put on a sports bra and sweat for an hour or two? You’re too tired. The futon is too comfortable. And those Project Runway re-runs need to be watched again. Well, don’t be too hard on yourself – you only have so much willpower. Literally.

Oct 4, 2009

Intro to Cooking: Sweet Potato Fries

It's simple: French fries are good but baked sweet potato fries are better! In every way, I might add. They satisfy junk food cravings without the grease and trans fat. And you can rest easy knowing they will be good to your shrinking Coach wallet at less than a dollar an order.

Sep 14, 2009

Body Blog: New Year, New You

Your slate is clean (and your pants still fit!), so let this new school year be your opportunity to start fresh and make good, healthy choices. It's always good to start out with goals you actually will end up completing, so here are some small, completely doable changes for you to consider so that this year finds you healthier and even more fabulous than the last!