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Letter to the Editor

As a university dropout, college certificate graduate and now diploma studying college student I have watched thousands of students in the university and college atmosphere. I have always had an interest in writing about the issues that affect students worldwide. Everyone entering into a post secondary institution is leaving his or her comfort zone of high school and venturing into unseen territory. If you are new to Sheridan College, the first semester of college is almost over. Some may be struggling to catch up on missed work while studying for final exams come and some may be confident in their courses this semester because of the high mid term marks they’ve gotten. Either way, there are still issues that Sheridan students are facing daily. For example: how to eat healthily while living on campus, how to date someone and manage the course load at the same time, what activities are the most interesting that fit into your schedule and how to fight depression over the winter period. Students at Sheridan College range from individuals straight out of high school to mature university graduates. Regardless of their age or level of experience, a basic guide for college life is necessary. This e-zine aims to cover every angle of college life In this Student Guide to College Life, we strive to help all students get through their college experience by being as informed and knowledgeable as they possibly can be.

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Fitness programs at Sheridan 5 Healthiest ways to lose weight 9College

6 Top 10 Meal Ideas at Sheridan 10 College

Juggling a part time job and Full time school

8 Seasonal Affective Disorder

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The healthiest way to lose weight By Solange des Vignes Being surrounded by minifashionistas who seems to have a perfect body by merely walking the length of a mall may be quite depressing for some. Fortunately, although you may not realize, that portion of the Sheridan student body is the minority. If you look around you as you walk the hallways to and from your classes, you may not know that a lot of the people that pass you by are struggling with accepting their current body image. Miriam Lazori, a first year student at Sheridan College identifies with the struggle to fit in “ When I first started school here I was pretty overwhelmed. Everyone was so dressed up. I felt like we were on our way to a club downtown. I just don’t think its appropriate for school. Personally I do not have the means to dress so stylish every day but I guess if they can afford it,

why not.” Finding a way to affordably improve or just maintain a healthy physical appearance is more complex than you may think. If you find yourself baffled when deciding what to buy in the line at Tim Horton’s or which meal to skip to lose a fast 2 pounds, these tips are for you It should be no surprise that the way to lose weight and keep it off is not skipping meals or going on crash diets. For our bodies to get the energy we need to keep up with our busy class schedules, we need food. If you are a sucker for junk food, there are two remedies to help you lose weight while still getting your fix of candy and pizza. You can either reduce the portion of candy that you eat weekly or you can increase the level of your current activity. Your body is built to burn calories on its own. If you have a high metabolism, your body tends to burn calories naturally much faster than someone who has a

Photo by Solange des Vignes lower metabolism rate. If you consume more calories than your body burns daily, you will ultimately gain that dreaded weight. There are some things that as students, will be hard to cut out of our diets, but will help speed up weight loss. Drinking water instead of carbonated beverages like Coke and Sprite might be tough initially, but all worth the results in the end. Cutting down on beer

and alcohol intake when partying at pub night with your friends is a sure way to lose some extra pounds. If you want to be very organized with your weight loss plan, it is advisable to start with a plan. If you can count calories daily, a healthy intake would be 300-500 calories.

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Top 10 meal ideas under $10 at sheridan college Trying to eat healthy while studying here at Sheridan College may be difficult for some, but it does not have to be. Living on a minimal student budget is no reason to let your health go down the drain. Here are a few easy meal ideas that you can pick up right here on the go at Sheridan. 1. Turkey, Tuna, Egg or Ham and Cheese Wrap: $ 4.69 Fruit: $0.88 Bottled Water: $1.80 TOTAL: $ 7.37 2. Pasta with tomato sauce and vegetables: $5.92 Bottle of Vitamin Water: $2.29 Fruit: $0.88 TOTAL: $9.09 3. Tea biscuit from Tim Hortons: $0.40 Pasta with meat sauce and vegetables: $5.92 Minute Maid Juice: $1.80 TOTAL: $8.12 4. Stir Fry with little sauce and lots of veggies: $ 5.92 Bottle of Green Tea: 2.35 TOTAL: $8.27 5. Toasted Chicken Club, Turkey Bacon Club, Ham or Swiss BLT, Egg or Chicken Salad 6“ Subs from Tim Hortons: $4.59 Yogurt and Berries Cup: $1.99 Bottled Water: $1.80 TOTAL: $8.38

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6. Grilled chicken Greek or Caesar salad: $ 5.67 Regular tea: $1.10 Fruit cup of seasonal fruits: $3.18 TOTAL: $ 9.95 7. Small soup: $1.65 Classic Julienne salad: $5.67 Bottled Water: $1.80 TOTAL: $9.12 8. Large soup with crackers: $2.52+$0.99 Cheddar Toss Salad: $5.05 Herbal Tea: $1.20 TOTAL: $9.76 9. Grilled Chicken Sandwich from Harvey’s: $4.59 Garden Salad from Harvey’s: $1.99 Vitamin Water: $ 2.29 TOTAL: $8.87 10. Small 6” subs from Mr. Sub: $3.39- $4.99 Bottled Water: $1.80 Small soup: $ $1.65 TOTAL: $8.44

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Many may be feeling S.A.D. this winter

Photo by Solange des Vignes By Solange des Vignes Snow starting in October, minus degree temperatures. Winter is upon us. Unfortunately many people find themselves already starting to feel depressed about it. If you are experiencing extreme symptoms such as sleep problems, lethargy, overeating, depression, social problems, anxiety, loss of libido or drastic mood changes, then you may be suffering from Sea-

sonal Affective Disorder, fittingly referred to as SAD. These symptoms occur particularly between December and February i.e. the winter season. If you are indeed suffering with SAD, these symptoms should disappear immediately or gradually some time in spring depending on the level of sunlight from spring to summer. Chances are you may know someone who is suffering and doesn’t know it. An estimated

half a million people suffer with it every winter. SAD is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the hypothalamus due to the shortening of daylight hours and the lack of sunlight in the winter. If you or someone you know looks to be suffering from minor winter blues, it may just be a mild condition of subsyndromal SAD but for some, this illness prevents them from functioning prop-

erly without constant medical treatment. The most common form of treatment is light therapy. It has been shown to be effective in up to 85 per cent of diagnosed cases. It involves sitting two to three feet away from a specially designed light box, allowing the light to shine

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Fitness programs at By Solange des Vignes There are many activities at Sheridan College that can help you to keep fit and active during the school semester. A valid student card and non-marking shoes are required for all sporting activities at the Sheridan College gym. For all those interested in getting involved and participating in the Sheridan College activities, here’s a list of all the sports offered. Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Squash, Volleyball You can call the gym to find out times to reserve a court. Wear non-marking shoes. Racquets can be rented and birds are free of charge for badminton players but are $2.00 a racquet for squash players Golf Students of Sheridan College can request a voucher

for a $4.00 discount to play 18 holes at the Saw-Whet Golf Club north of the Q.E.W. on Highway 25. Mini Golf Students of Sheridan Col-

Abbey Arena, The Oakville Arena, The River Oaks Arena, The Maple Grove Arena or the Kinoak Arena. Swimming Students of Sheridan Col-

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lege can request a voucher for a $1.00 discount at the Driving Range or Mini Putt Family Golf Oakville. It is located on Upper Middle Road and open seven days a week. Skating Students of Sheridan College can pick up tickets at the gym to skate for free at five locations. The Glen

lege can request vouchers to swim for free at five locations. The two closest to the campus are White Oaks Pool and Iroquois Ridge Community Centre. There are also pools available at Queen Elizabeth Park, Centennial Pool and Glen Abbey Recreation Centre.

Weight Training Sheridan offers a weight room and a cardio room equipped with treadmills, Stairmasters, yoga balls, stretching mats, free weights and elliptical machines. If you are more interested in attending scheduled classes, full time students can expect to pay $30 a semester for 10 weeks of classes. Fitness Class Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00-12:50 p.m. Salsa: Mondays 7:30 -8:30 p.m. Introductory Pilates Thursdays 5:30-6:30 p.m. Intermediate Pilates Fridays: 12:00- 12:50 p.m. Nia Classes Fridays 12:00-12:50 p.m.

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Juggling school and a part time job For many of us, we need to at least have a part time job in order to either pay for our school fees or pay the bills. The days of full parental financial support may be long gone for many students. Firstly, not everyone is cut out for the difficult task of juggling both activities. If you are not financially stable enough to have a part time job while attending school full time, it is advised that you take some time off of school and work full time to accumulate enough money to support yourself when the time is right. The first step in holding a job and attending college is time management. It is vital to be able to stay organized in your studies as well as your job. Here are some tips

to help you cope with this stressful task •Keep a weekly, monthly

when are the time periods when a lot will be expected of you, for example, mid

and maybe even a semester long plan. Many school programs provide students with a weekly breakdown of the course for the duration of the course. You should thoroughly peruse that outline and find some time to discuss it with your professor. This will allow you to know

terms and big group assignments. You can then let your employer know well in advance when you may need some time off or just fewer shifts. •Factor in some break time for friends and family It is always good to remember the important people in your life. Friends and

family members always provide a great way to de-stress and keep your sanity. Plan some time to see them at times of high stress. Never get overwhelmed by your workload. There must always be time for work and time for play •Participate in some form of extra-curricular activity We have provided a detailed listing of different sporting activities here at Sheridan College. Participating in physical activities is a great way to stay fit, keep your metabolism high and get that energy that you need to get through your mountain of work

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• Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of rest every night A good nights rest is imperative to your mind and body functioning in a productive way. If you try to operate with less sleep than this you definitely will not be performing at your peak • Ensure you maintain a healthy diet Although this may prove to be more costly than eating fast foods, it will pay off in the long run. We have also provided a compact list that you can print out for your fridge of 10 meals under $ 10. Check it out!

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directly through the eyes and it is effective within three or four days. However these devices cost over $100 and are not covered under OHIP. For more information on SAD, you can contact the Sheridan Health Centre at Room B129 or by phone at: (905) 845-9430 ext. 2550

The healthiest way to lose weight CONT FROM PG 5

However, it may be quite difficult to count calories if you are used to picking up food on the go. Try and replace a burger and French fries from Harvey’s with a Turkey Breast wrap, a vegetable cup and maybe a fruit for lunch. Drink a bottle of water instead of your regular double double with two

sugars from Tim Hortons. Factor in 20 minutes of workout at the Sheridan gym between classes instead of aimlessly surfing your Facebook page. As a student, it will not be easy to follow all of these steps perfectly but it is guaranteed that if you start the regime slowly, positive results will follow

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