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A Sample Problem Solution Essay

Updated on November 12, 2012

A Sentence That Strikes Fear in All College Students

“Oh, you’re going to be a freshman next year? I hope you’re ready to gain the freshman fifteen!” All throughout my senior year of high school, my college friends warned me about the inevitable freshman 15. Regardless of whether I told them that I wouldn’t gain it, they always said I would and that it couldn’t be helped. To them, everyone gains weight in college; and, that’s how many college students see it nowadays, actually. Many freshmen go into college believing they will have to battle weight gain all throughout their freshman year. I also went into college believing I would have to fight this same problem too. College soon got in the way though, and I wasn’t able to work out as much as I would have liked. As time went on, I gradually came to terms with the fact that I would probably gain weight while I was in college and had probably already gained some. It wasn’t until I went to the health center on Baylor’s campus that I realized I had actually lost weight. I was shocked at first, but this initial shock led me to think about how I had actually lost weight while at college and I soon realized that I had been exercising this whole time. I just hadn’t realized it until now.

While men face the problem of weight gain in college, it doesn’t affect them in the same way that it affects many girls. In today’s society, girls are only seen as desirable or beautiful if they are super skinny. If a girl who is very self-conscious about her weight gains some during college because of unhealthy eating habits and lack of time to work out, then this could have a major effect on her self-esteem and her overall confidence, which could lead to dangerous issues. Girls, it doesn’t have to be like this though. Every one of you that read this essay are unique and beautiful, but if you do still want to maintain your current weight in a healthy manner than I’ll do my best to show you how I have gone about it while I’ve been at college. Remember though, you’re beautiful just the way you are. Don’t let a small factor like weight gain change that.

The freshman fifteen is a huge problem on campuses throughout America today. Many factors contribute to freshman gaining weight, such as unhealthy food options and lack of exercise. Both of these problems stem from the fact that college students just don’t have any time for healthier options. Many students that actually weight during college actually didn’t ever want to gain it in the first place, but due to lack of time, they couldn’t stop the inevitable weight gain from happening. This weight gain not only affects their eating habits, but it also can greatly affect their self-esteem. Many students, especially girls, may find themselves not feeling as confident after gaining weight. This problem can than lead to even more serious issues, such as anorexia and bulimia. This problem not only affects college students, though. It also affects the parents of students who are dealing with the stress of gaining weight, as such, not only are the student’s attitude affected, but also their parent’s attitude. After all, no parent wants to see their child upset about something.

Luckily while I have been at college, I have actually found a way to fight and win the battle against the freshman fifteen. My first solution to the problem was just starting to eat healthier in general. Many students on campus are blind to the healthier options, but there are many that actually exist. Collins is known for their famous southwest chicken salad day, and healthy food options. It’s at Collins where I eat lunch every day, and where I have founded the healthiest options. Regardless of what people say, I found that I don’t even have to eat like a rabbit every day to maintain weight. Instead, I have supplanted my chicken sandwich, fries, and chocolate chip cookies with a healthier and more balanced option. For lunch, I typically now eat a turkey or ham sandwich with tortilla chips or eggs, and a single cookie. I found this healthier and more balanced option not only tastes just as good as the unhealthy option, but it also helps me feel more active and alert throughout the day.

Another problem that highly contributes to weight gain is late night snacking, or just snacking in general. I have found this to be a notorious problem among the other freshmen I know. While I myself am rather fond of snacking at night while I do my homework, I have found a healthier option. Instead of munching on high calorie candy or chips, I instead now eat pretzels, low calorie granola bars, popcorn, or marshmallows; all of which are known for having low calories, and still taste quite delicious. I’m still able to get a nice snack in at eleven at night, but now in a healthier way.

The main solution that has contributed to me not gaining weight is exercise. As I stated before I don’t go to the gym at all, but I found an easier option that I can do throughout the day that can help me not gain the notorious freshman fifteen. I found that just by simply walking everywhere on campus that I get in plenty of exercise during each and every day. On average, I can be found to walk about 3 miles every single school day, typically more. This single factor has contributed greatly to me not gaining any weight. Even if I eat a rather greasy and unhealthy meal on occasion, I can quickly walk it off by just simply walking to class. Not only that, but I found that taking the stairs can also help to not gain any weight, especially if you walk up the stairs on your tippy toes. This not only contributes to fighting weight gain, but it can also contribute to gaining some killer legs by the end of the year.

While the problem of forming unhealthy eating habits can majorly affect a person in the beginning, it can also affect someone’s eating habits for the rest of their lives. After all, actions become habits. If someone starts eating unhealthy in college, then this habit will more than likely persist on into the rest of their lives; that’s why developing a healthy lifestyle early on, especially in college, is very important. Not only can making your everyday activities into workouts and eating healthier help you in college, but it can also help you later on in life.

While many people will probably believe this solution is just like all the other solutions they have heard about how not to gain weight, it’s actually quite different. This solution allows a person to not gain weight by eating healthy and tasty options, instead of eating like a rabbit. It also allows someone to lose weight by simply just walking around campus, instead of heading to the gym. This factor is quite nice for college students, as many don’t have much time to head to the gym on a weekly basis. It’s also true that many people may believe that the only reason I have lost weight is because I might just have a high metabolism, which is true. In my past though, a high metabolism hasn’t stopped me from gaining weight if I don’t exercise or eat healthy. A high metabolism can only really help a person if they exercise and eat healthy. Both of which I have been able to do while at college my first semester, and both are why I have actually lost weight, instead of gaining it. It’s funny to now look back on what my college friends used to tell me about me gaining weight my freshman year of college. They had told me gaining the freshman fifteen was inevitable and couldn’t be helped. Well, I guess I proved them wrong, because I haven’t gained any weight while at college, and I definitely plan on keeping it that way (in a healthy way, of course).


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      Edward Dumbuya 

      16 months ago

      This essay is very helpful as it foster the ability to maintain ones weight but is also useful to taking a caution as to weight gain. It brings out the possible ways people gain weight and looks at how we look at our body weight. The weight gain in freshman year as to do with the pressure of work and the unhealthy food which is due to the fact that one has limited time and has no time to cook or afford to eat health food.


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