10 Ways to Stay Healthy in the Dorm
10 Ways to Stay Healthy in the Dorm

Have fun with dorm life and stay healthy at the same time.

Leaving home to attend college is an exciting time. But it can also be stressful. It’s a time of transition and of separating and becoming independent from the family. And living in a college dormitory is the norm for most college freshmen. In fact, many large universities require freshmen to live in campus housing. Here are the main things to be aware of to keep college students healthy and happy at school.

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