Once you start uni, life consists of readings, work, debt and repeat. Many students ask themselves whether it is actually possible to be a healthy uni student. The answer? Yes. Bobby* a typical second-year commerce student let us follow him around for the day for an insight into what makes his everyday life ‘healthy’.
09:00 – Bobby’s Apartment
Bobby’s typical day starts with waking up at the unholy time of 9 am. He knows that he will be late to his 10am tute if he doesn’t leave the house soon. So he grabs his laptop, wallet and a healthy breakfast – a cup of coffee and a frozen bagel (because he couldn’t be bothered to meal preps for the week).
09:42 – Central Station
When he gets off at Central station he sprints towards the 891 like Usain Bolt did for the Olympics, but with Bobby’s luck there are forty people already waiting in line. He takes the risk and chooses to catch the 393 knowing that he will face an awful fate in half an hour, and we reluctantly follow.
10:02 – Anzac Parade
After tapping off the bus, Bobby has three minutes to get to his tute in the Quad. He does the only thing he does well – bolt. He runs past fellow students like Naruto. They are probably looking at him and thinking that he is a lunatic. But that doesn’t matter. When he arrives, the monotonous tone of his tutor makes him crave another coffee.
11:27 – Basser Steps
As he walks up the second flight of stairs, Bobby opens his mouth and starts to rant.
“You know how management students use Basser steps as the backdrop for their Everest video? There’s a bloody reason for that. Going from the Quad to Sir John Clancy is like climbing the stupid mountain. As you go higher and higher, you run out breath and hallucinate. Your calves and lungs start burning and you just want to stop.”
13:45 aka Lunch Time
Bobby has not received his phat pay for the month and had to pay the rent yesterday. Word on the street is that the Krispy Kreme truck has returned and is giving out free glazed doughnuts. But it’s at the Science Lawn. Should he embark on the trek for sweet sustenance? He says that that the beautiful doughnut will be worth the pain of the Basser Steps and heads down.
14:00 – Science Lawn
While we are waiting for the doughnuts, we ask Bobby about how doughnuts fit in his ‘healthy’ diet.
‘Don’t be stupid. Of course, they aren’t healthy. But they are free. Plus we walked the Basser Steps twice so obviously the calories burnt will equal the calories in the doughnut.’
Bobby’s daily routine clearly proves that it is possible for UNSW students to be as fit as a fiddle. His diet consists of a healthy balance between his greens and protein and his exercise routine is free and not time-consuming. So, if you ever doubt that you can’t be healthy? Remember you can be like Bobby.
*Bobby is a fictional person and is not based on any particular student.