NBC News Animated Explainers on College Student Health, Textbook Costs & Roommates

Freshman 15 May Be Fiction

Here is some quick and useful animated info on college student health, why textbooks cost as much as they do, how roommates are matched in college, and college debt.

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ANIMATED EXPLAINER ON “FRESHMAN 15”

In an earlier posting, NBC News told parents how they can help their college kid avoid succumbing to the infamous “Freshman 15” by making smart food choices without having to give up on taste. This week, NBC News tells us that the “Freshman 15” may actually be more fiction than fact.

Check out this NBC News’ “Animated Explainer” on what the facts are about weight gain for those incoming college Freshmen and how that worrying about gaining weight can be just as bad as eating too much.

ANIMATED EXPLAINER ON TEXTBOOK COSTS

Did you know that according to a recent survey, 65% of college students skipped on buying a textbook because it was too expensive?! Here is another informative NBC News’ “Animated Explainer” that reveals what you need to know about textbook costs and why they are really so outrageous compared to when you were in college.

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ANIMATED EXPLAINER ON ROOMMATE SELECTION PROCESS

Studies show that who your college kid rooms with can have a significant impact on his or her grades and health while in college. Here is another NBC News’ “Animated Explainer” that takes a look at the methods used by various colleges to pair incoming freshman with roommates.

ANIMATED EXPLAINER ON COLLEGE DEBT

Living with debt can be an onerous burden—especially for that graduating senior who studies say will owe an average of $33,000 after 4 years in college. Here is yet another informative NBC News’ “Animated Explainer” that discusses how that debt builds and why it is worth the cost.

For more about college student health, here is a need-to-know article about the 5 signs your college student's heavy drinking may indicate “drunkorexia.”

Reference: NBC News―SHOW ME Animated Explainers

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