Ministering to college students since I began working at North Side has shown me that there aren’t many new temptations facing college students. In fact, the same things that I teach on or counsel concerning one year or the same issues being addressed next year. That’s why, a few years ago, I decided to write what the Bible says about 15 areas in which college students struggle. I titled the book Freshman 15.
Freshman fifteen is an Americanized concept proposing that when students conclude their freshman year at college, they are approximately fifteen pounds heavier than when that school year began. The theory rests on the fact that many college students experience an increase in their weight due to an excessive amount of alcohol, lack of sufficient exercise, and the consistent consumption of unhealthy food eaten at an unwise time and in exorbitant amounts.
My theory is that every college student will gain weight in college, but that doesn’t have to be a negative thing. People in the ancient world spoke of giving weight to something as giving it glory or heightening it to a place of significance in one’s life. You give something weight by valuing it. In your time at college, you will put on the freshmen fifteen. I would just recommend that you put it on in all the right places.