By: Jacqueline Burke
For instance, I’ve become more cautious when it comes to eating and regulating my sleep. Before college, I was the type to pull an all nighter. I would stay up and watch movies, do random things during the night, and grab snacks because I was hungry. I’d usually go to bed at 8am or 9am, after my mom would come down to do laundry and ask why I was up. I knew that this probably wasn’t good for me, but I would go to bed at this time, wake up at 2 or 3pm and then I would just repeat it every day during the summer. Even during the school year while still in high school I would go into my room after school, sit on my bed, start studying around 10pm, fall asleep for an hour, wake up and study for another hour, and the process would repeat until I would have to get up for school at 6am. I never really stuck to a sleep schedule. I never got the amount of sleep I needed.
I never really grasped the concept of health and how to treat my body the right way. But taking Health 100 and Health 200 has taught me that our bodies are basically temples, and we need to treat them right and be educated on how different choices and external factors take both negative and positive tolls on our bodies. Health 100 and Health 200 classes drove these points home. The practical presentations led by my peers in Health 200 helped drive points home. With each presentation, I could tell my classmates cared about getting points across and went above and beyond to include relevant examples on how we can include these concepts and implement them in our lives on campus here at Emory.