My name is Tessa Komine and I am the new co-op student from Northeastern University. I am in my 4th year at school (making me a Junior since I am in a 5-year program) and currently studying Health Science. But it certainly didn’t start out that way. I entered college as a Business student. But, after a few semesters of classes and a 6-month co-op I realized it wasn’t for me.
The spring semester of my sophomore year, my friend told me about group fitness classes at the Marino Center on campus. For the past few years I had been trying to keep up with running on my own, but these classes sounded fun so I thought I would give it a try. When I showed up to my first class, I was quite intimidated. Everyone seemed to know what to expect and I had no idea what I was in for. After my first cardiobox class, however, I was hooked. I already felt stronger and more confident about my body, and I couldn’t wait to try my next class.
That semester I started adding fitness classes to my already busy schedule. Despite the decrease in free time during the week, I liked being committed to an exercise program that I enjoyed. By the time spring came around, I had become a regular at cardiobox, cycle, cardiosculpt, and yoga, while still finding time to run on my own.
Now that I had become more active, I began to wonder about how I should properly fuel my body to keep my energy up and maintain this healthier lifestyle. I began to do more research on sports nutrition and what types of food are best for an active indidivudal.
Soon this interest turned into a hobby. I loved learning about healthy eating. I embraced changes to my diet that allowed me to both enjoy my favorite foods and ensured that I consumed important nutrients necessary to stay active. While previously I had only really eaten at the dining halls – I rarely made my own food (other than cereal in the morning) – I began to teach myself to cook healthy meals on a “college budget.”
My interest in following a active, healthy lifestyle turned into a passion for helping people to enjoy the same benefits. Even though I knew it would be a long, challenging road to transfer into the field of Health Science, I did it excitedly. It definitely was a change worth making.
It’s been 2 years since I made the decision to transfer and 1 year since my acceptance into the program. Despite the increase in workload, I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I still remain passionate about using nutrition and exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and I hope to inspire others to do the same.
I love dancing so I enjoy getting people moving to fun music in group classes (so far Aquafit and Golden Sneakers). I hope to see some of you around the fitness center in the near future!