A Love Letter to Health 100: The Best Class I Was Ever Forced to Take
As I conclude my week-long intensive Health 100 study session in preparation for this Friday’s final, I can’t help but take a small break to jot down some of my thoughts in one of the most sincere class reviews I’ve ever written.
As a naive and inexperienced freshman here at Emory, I cannot express enough gratitude for the life-changing lessons I’ve learned in Health 100. Before coming, I was really worried about how I would adjust to the workload and social expectations of college life, but Health 100 has taught me everything I didn’t even realize I needed to know!
I mean, who knew how important exercise is to our physical and mental well-being? Or that the DUC serves so many different sources of healthy omega-3 fats and cancer-fighting phytonutrients?!
But I can’t let myself get too awestruck by the thorough and inspiring job our Peer Health Partners did during the nutrition unit because there are just so many other aspects of the class to commend! For one, I feel so much more prepared for the monthly all-nighters I face, knowing exactly the ravaging effects that sleep deprivation has on my body. Now, as I while away the early hours of the morning on biology, I can also contemplate my projected levels of leptin and ghrelin, as well as future propensity for heart disease and diabetes. How fascinating and conducive to my studying! Or, I can ponder the various aspects of flow I am exhibiting while I study, and revel in how the timelessness of hard work can make hours fly by when it really only feels like I’ve spent five minutes on facebook.
I must admit, my mom was hoping I would learn college lessons like the dangers of adderall and how to stave off sexually transmitted diseases, but I’m sure she was just setting her expectations too low. Because there’s no way she could have come up with such fascinating lesson topics as mental flourishing and how to identifying your strengths- I mean, I had no idea I had values until I took this class! Now I can completely restructure my life and future aspirations around my talents and moral code, as opposed to picking career paths out of a hat, like I used to do. The opportunities are endless!
Last but not least, the activities we were required to participate in have made a lasting impact on my exercise habits. That hour-long zumba lesson was the best workout I’ve ever had! I could physically feel the fat melt off my love handles! And yoga class- Enlightening! That exposure has inspired me to take up meditation twice a day, an hour at a time. Admittedly, I have had to make time for it by sacrificing social activities and some non-essential studying for calculus and organic chemistry, but that extra sense of inner peace and contentment is totally worth losing friends and test points! But don’t worry, I always find time for the 40-page long readings and revolutionary TED talk videos we’re assigned for health– They lead to such meaningful insights during discussions that I would be completely lost in class without doing all of the prep work. I only wish we had had more than the usual 50 pages of reading per class; It pains me to think of all the earth-shattering information that has been cut from the curriculum because of time restraints.
So thank you, Peer Health Partner, for being the best teacher I’ve ever had; you were so confident and articulate I couldn’t have guessed you were but a sophomore! And thank you, Health 100, for changing my life forever.