Heather Noyes requested a west campus dorm room with one thing in mind: staving off the "freshman 15."
Though a recent study found the freshman 15, the 15-pound weight gain during the first year of college, is largely a myth and the average student gains only 2.5 to 3.5 pounds during the first year of college, students' weight does rise steadily over their college years. The typical woman gains between seven and nine pounds, while men gain between 12 and 13.
Noyes' new home away from home isn't close to her classes or the library, but it is steps away from Georgia Tech's state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with multiple pools and everything else you can imagine (volleyball courts, climbing wall, an indoor soccer field).
"This way, I can walk to class and I figure I can wake up early and exercise at the CRC [Campus Recreation Center]," said Noyes, who is from Colorado and about to start her studies in biomedical engineering at Tech.
At the close of her senior year in high school, Noyes said she was slightly overweight and decided to lose a few pounds over the summer. She wants to keep the momentum going in college. Noyes, who will also be in the Georgia Tech color guard, said while she wants to excel in school, staying healthy is also a top priority.
"I don't want to be the potato in my room, studying all the time," said Noyes, 18.