Hi everyone! My name is Laci and I am on the Grand Canyon ASB trip. I’m a senior here at UCO studying biology with a minor in chemistry. We are currently eating breakfast at a hotel in Gallup, NM before we continue on to Arizona. I’m excited to spend this time with my team, see the Grand Canyon, and do some volunteer work. I can’t wait to get started! . . .  read more



My name is Alyssa and I am a public relations major at UCO.

It is my last semester and I could not be more excited!

I chose to spend my spring break this way because I want to make a difference.

I love volunteering and getting to know new people so this was right up my alley.

I’m so excited to see the Grand Canyon for the 1st time!


Hi!! Im alyson, im a junior broadcast major. Im an RA on campus and a member of L.O.T. im so excited to be on this trip to the grand canyon because I have always wanted to see it!! Im also very excited to be spending my spring break here with these awesome people and getting to serve!

Road Trippin’

On the road again! We’re finally off on our way to Nashville! A little about myself first: my name is Paige and I am a sophomore getting a degree in business administration.  I am in Alpha Delta Pi aand I play soccer for UCO. I am so excited to spend my spring break there helping others and getting to explore Tennessee. We left at around 7:00 am so we should get there at around 7:00 pm. Twelve hours in a van…wow that’s a lot, but I think we’re all so excited to get to Nashville that it doesn’t even matter. I can’t wait to see the city and work to make an impact there even in some small way. I know this will be a life-changing experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity UCO has given me to spend a week with some awesome people in an amazing city. Seeing as it’s not even 7:30 I’m going to rest my eyes for a bit, see you in Nashville! . . .  read more

I am a junior chemistry-ACS major

I am a junior chemistry-ACS major. If your wondering what I want to be when I grow up then join the club, I have no idea at all. I find this very exciting, because living life at my age with an open mind I feel puts me in the best position for my future. This trip to the Grand Canyon is very exciting for several reasons: I have never been to the Grand Canyon, and I enjoy volunteering. I hope to gain a lot from this experience so let’s get this started! . . .  read more


Hey, my name is Paul Brown. I’m a Junior Biology major at UCO with a Pre-Optometry emphasis. I chose to come on ASB to the Grand Canyon because I love the outdoors and have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the group and getting to know everyone a little better before the end of the trip! . . .  read more

The Importance of a Post-Workout Meal

After a grueling workout, you might find yourself becoming one of two people. First, there are the people who want to go home and eat everything in sight. On the other hand, some people are too exhausted to even fathom the idea of putting any food in their stomachs. While you might falls into one of these categories, many people do not understand the importance of a post-workout meal. The popular post-workout meal includes a healthy dosage of protein, and with good reason; research shows protein within 30-60 minutes post-workout allows the muscles to recover. Without the proper amount of protein in a post-workout meal (and in your everyday diet), your muscles can go from needing 48 hours to properly recover from a workout to taking 72 hours or more before working the same muscle group without doing any damage. Secondly, don’t let the myth of the effectiveness of a low-carb diet prevent you from treating your body to some carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are a main energy source for your body, and taking in carbs 30-60 minutes after your workout can replenish your body’s energy and assist in getting rid of that post-workout exhaustion. Here is a website with a few ideas on post-workout meals that are mostly simple and not time consuming. Get the most out of your workout; don’t punish your body by not having that all important post-workout meal!
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The Importance and Benefits of Sleep

College students have busy lives which revolve around school, relationships, jobs, and other responsibilities which can be time and energy consuming but staying healthy is crucial for everybody. In the process, it is important to try to keep up with overall health which includes many aspects such as; exercise, diet, stress levels, nutrition, etc. One area that is routinely overlooked and not payed attention to as much as other areas is the importance of sleep. There is an article on titled, “11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep” which examines how critical sleep can be on an individual overall well-being. Some of the most important benefits that can be experienced are better memory, higher levels of creativity, improved grades, sharper attention, lower stress levels, ability to maintain healthier weight, and helps individuals avoid depression. There are also studies that suggest getting proper sleep can help with longevity and living a longer life. To experience these wonderful benefits try to get the recommended eight hours of sleep on average every night if at all possible. This can be challenging with busy schedules and long nights of studying late into the night preparing for a big test the next day or in the near future, but try to manage and prioritize to where everything can be balanced without depriving yourself of sleep. Keep in mind the great benefits that can be realized through consistently getting eight hours of sleep a night and make it a priority along with other healthy lifestyle choices. . . .  read more

Five Top Ways to Exercise While in College

One question always asked is how college students can keep from gaining that “freshman 15”. There are many ways to bypass that but exercising to me is the best way to keep from gaining those extra pounds. Here are my top 5 ways to exercise during your college life.

  1. Walk or bike to class: this is an easy way to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing before you get to your class. Getting your blood pumping before class can help your mind retain information longer rather than getting to class when your brain is still tired.
  2. Join an intramural sport: not only is this a great way to keep off those extra pounds but this is also a great way to keep your body in shape.  It allows you to meet new people, make new friends, and keep your competitive side alive. Click here for more information on intramurals.
  3. Go for a walk with some friends: UCO has a beautiful campus. The landscape within the campus makes for a relaxing and therapeutic walk. There are three different trails that are mapped on the UCO website that will guide you through campus. Walking with friends outside is a great way to reflect on what you have done the past week and what you still have to do within the next week.
  4. Take a fitness class as a course: there are a few different exercise classes that you can take that will not only allow you to get credit hours but they also allow you to learn how to exercise from professionals while taking the classes.
  5. Go to your college gym: UCO offers a free gym at the Wellness Center for all students and faculty. Yes, the gym can get a little packed every now and then but when you are a college student and there is an opportunity to take advantage of a free gym, why not take it? This allows you to save money on the gas to and from another gym, that you have to pay a membership for. So, you are not only getting a good exercise in but you are saving money at the same time.

The best thing about all of these is that they are all easily accessible. One of the biggest complaints coming from college students is having time and having money to go to a gym to work out. So skip going to the gym, save time, save money, and use these top five ideas to exercise. . . .  read more