- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ever heard of the Freshman 15?

A freshman at college typically will gain upwards of 15 pounds because of the fattiness of cafeteria food and the mass injection of ridiculously unhealthy junk into one’s diet. Not to mention strange midnight cravings and bingeing to reduce the stress of organic chemistry.

I’ve learned, however, that there is another 15 in the life of a college student. The Intern 15.

The Intern 15 is a product of at least two hours of transit a day (lately it’s been closer to four). It is a product of falling asleep occasionally before dinner, or working your way through lunch. It is also a product of fear, knowing that if you spill root beer on the congressional bureau chief’s computer, you surely will die.

Finally, the Intern 15 is quitting college food, cold turkey. Gone are the grease-dipped fat-cakes known as cafeteria pizza. Gone are the tortilla-wrapped pieces of lard known as burritos. In their place are cooked meals: eggs for breakfast, turkey for lunch, pasta for dinner. My waistline already is receding.

So if you’re a college student who wants to lose a little weight, just start an internship. Forget Atkins, lose the iron — work at The Washington Times. Jared from Subway: Eat your heart out.

David Pepose is a member of the Class of ‘08 at Brandeis University.

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