With winter break fast approaching, and the wonderful slew of exams that come before it, this week is crunch time for most Muhlenberg students. As someone who has roughly ten final projects coming up this week, I am stressed out and anxious to see how each assessment goes.
When I get anxious, I generally resort to eating copious amounts of food, to the point where my stomach aches and groans. For many students on campus this time of the year represents sorrow and misery, with a dash of poor sleep and long nights of study.
Waking up in the morning is not an easy thing to do, but eating a satisfying breakfast always helps me start the day with a refreshing feeling. Every morning, since I arrived on campus in August, I have made the trek to the dining hall from ML, yearning for that first cup of coffee of the day. I generally get a breakfast sandwich of eggs, cheese and some kind of meat on a bagel or english muffin — or if the line is too long, just scrambled eggs and some frizzled ham.
What surprises me the most about breakfast, however, is how few Muhlenberg students I see in the dining hall at 10 a.m.. While it’s possible that I miss the morning rush of students who have 8 and 9 a.m. classes, I find it perplexing how few people I see in general in the morning. It’s also entirely plausible that some students eat breakfast in their rooms or skip the meal entirely.
You’re doing your body a disservice if you don’t have some kind of food before you start your day.
To those Muhlenberg students who drag themselves to class early on in the day: you’re doing your body a disservice if you don’t have some kind of food before you start your day.
While most students here might agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the Huffington Post reports that 28 percent of males and 18 percent of females that are between 18-24 years old skip out on breakfast entirely. Furthermore, the article concluded that, “The most common reasons people skip breakfast were that they weren’t hungry, didn’t feel like eating or they were too busy. Females are more likely than males to skip a morning meal because of being busy or running late.”
Skipping breakfast is easy for some students since classes are early and the time that it takes to get ready is the only thing separating them from their bed and attending class. According to Dr. Schneider, adolescent medicine physician on the American Academy of Pediatric’s Committee on Nutrition, “Study after study shows that kids who eat breakfast function better…They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy.” Although this is just one source, there are hundreds of studies conducted by professional doctors and organizations which have proved that breakfast is the most important meal of the day for children, students and young adults alike.
I urge Muhlenberg students to come to the dining hall in the earliest hours of the day to sit down and eat a breakfast with plenty of protein, carbohydrates, and water to give their bodies the fuel that it needs to focus in on academic work.
This week is going to be tough, but I wish everybody the best of luck, and don’t skip out on the one meal which might turn ‘B’ grade work into an ‘A.’