Sunday, 22 July 2018

Time to be a Fit Person!

By María Paula Vega Urrea (2nd semester Public Accountancy student, level 4 English)

Do you want to be fit? If that’s what you want, you should do it for your health, but not for fashion. Being a fit person means being well physically and spiritually. The first thing to do is to love yourself, and to want to be the best version that you can be.

This would be an excellent idea for Externado students, because at university, many students have a lot of stress and having a fitter life could help us not only to reduce our stress, but also to have a better body, have good health and be better students.

Here are some recommendations if you want to feel better:

1. You need to eat! Yes: eating six times a day is important, because if you don’t eat breakfast, for example, you will feel anxious about wanting to eat more. We should eat more vegetables and less fats and carbohydrates. Between class, you can eat some fruit.

2. Exercise is very important because it helps to reduce heart problems and obesity as well as treating stress. At university you can go to the gym, take part in different activities that Bienestar has, or go to Alcazar with your friends and do some sport.

3. Don’t forget to sleep. Your body needs rest because if you don’t sleep, you will have concentration problems, your physical appearance won’t be very good, and you’ll feel anxious. You can take advantage of your free time by sleeping in “El Solar” or in the university’s hammocks.

4. Invite friends to do these activities with you, so you have more fun and you can support and encourage each other.

5. Make a list of your goals so it’s easier to fulfil them and you can evaluate your own progress.
My most important recommendation is never give up; always be positive, and do the exercise that you like best. For example, you can dance, do yoga, go to the gym, or go for walks and you will see the results.

Are you looking for the best place to eat?

By Juan Felipe Álvarez (1st semester FIGRI student, level 4 English)

There are thousands of restaurants near the university: some of them are fast food restaurants, while others are traditional food restaurants. People think they can only eat fast food because that’s what the nearest places sell, and they need to eat somewhere close to the university so they won’t be late for class. But this isn´t healthy. A much better option is the “Saludable Restaurant”, which is in Mandolinas street.

People need to change their eating habits, and for that reason, I recommend this place. The owner is so kind with the customers, and she makes delicious parfaits and fruit juice. The best is that all these food is organic, which is healthier that eating fast food! It’s  close to the university, too. The fruit she uses is fresh and she makes all these with love. So, you really need to go there, not only for the service, but also because of the taste. The taste is excellent!

From my experience in this place, I’ve got to tell you: the first time I went there was in January, when I started my university life. I really liked the smoothies, parfaits and the fruit. All the food in that place is delicious and healthier than the food you find on the street.

Why is it healthy? Because the ingredients that they use to prepare the food are organic, so it´s better for you. Also, all the juice has different purposes like detox, anti-flu, antioxidants, refreshing and energizing. This place doesn’t just offer you what I already told you, but they also offer a healthy lunch for a low price, healthy cookies, and more. I recommend everything there, so you need to try it now!

You can recognize the restaurant because it’s a small orange house in front of the Mandolinas university building. They have small chairs next to a white door, and the healthy restaurant is divided into two parts. At the front, you can see the place where they prepare juices, parfaits, smoothies and sandwiches and at the back, there’s the place where they prepare the lunches.

Near to the university you can find many restaurants that offer you fast food and many of them are not healthy, but this one offers you the possibility to eat healthily for a good price. The service is also pleasant and it’s a good option when you’re deciding where to have lunch.

The Legalisation of Drugs

By Mónica Vasquez & Gabriela Useche (1st semester FIGRI students, level 3 English)

Drugs have been legalised in some countries in Europe. For example, in Portugal, which was the first country to formally decriminalise them. In these countries drug trafficking and drugs use have decreased drastically. On the other hand, drug use and drug trafficking in the United States have increased because the illegality of drugs make it more expensive and good business for drug dealers.

We agree with the legalisation of drugs because if drugs are legal their cost will be lower and the rate of consumption will be reduced as happened in Portugal. This is now the European country with the lowest rate of drug consumption.


By Jean Carlo (3rd semester Economy student, level 4 English) and Carolina Mora (5th semester Social Communication student, level 3 English)

Whiplash is an amazing film. It was directed by Damien Chazelle and it was released at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.

The plot is about a guy called Andrew who decides to get into the Shaffer Conservatory in New York. He starts to play drums in an amateur jazz band, but one day Mr Terence Fletcher, the head of the conservatory’s official jazz band, hears him play and invites him to play in his jazz band.

Andrew couldn’t imagine the discipline that he would have to develop, and all the pain that he would have to feel.

This movie has a wonderful soundtrack, so it’s recommended for jazz lovers who want to know about the day-to-day life of a jazz artist’s life.

My volleyball experience

By Sara Baez (1st semester FIGRI student, level 4 English)

Volleyball is the sport that has changed my way of thinking, and since I started to play this sport I started to have a different perspective about my life. This is a story about when I learnt an important lesson.

In 2016, I was part of my school’s volleyball team. At that time, we were in a competition between all the schools in Bucaramanga, and after a lot of sacrifice my team managed to arrive to the game that would decide third place. When the match date arrived we were so nervous because this was our last game together as a team. At the same time, we were so excited because in this game we would have a chance to show all the things that we had learnt during the year.

We had the game on August 26, 2016, in a school located in Florida Blanca Santander, a town that is only a few minutes away from Bucaramanga. In the school’s coliseum, the temperature was very high and the roof was made of metal, which just concentrated the heat.

The game began and we started to lose. We were all too distracted and our coach was angry with us because we were not showing our true potential. Two sets went by like that, until only one was left to lose the whole match, and suddenly we managed to focus, and we started to play well. We all made our best effort that we could in that set, and so we won: not just that set, but also the fourth one (in finals the matches are of five sets, so to win you have to lead three of them). Only one final set was left for us to win the match, and in that set all the girls played in the best possible way. In that set each player made her best shot, serve, reset, etc. We made an impact. We all entered a state where the game was the only important thing: we no longer needed water, or were bothered by the terrible heat that there was in that place. Finally, after all that effort, we won, and all of us felt a deep happiness and we started to cry and hug each other while our coach congratulated us. That day I realized that with sacrifice and dedication you can get what you want.

The Daily Life within a Man

By Andrés Rengifo (3rd semester Economics student, level 4 English)

On a cloudy day like any other, a man lies tired after a calamitous work day where now his only wish is to reach his sweet home to rest peacefully. The man walks on the sidewalks of the city carefree and immersed in his insatiable thoughts, accompanied by the chaotic sounds of the cars and an immense crowd that together create a cold and dark environment that brings with it the spiritual desolation of each man.

As time passes a small drop of water falls onto the dry pavement. It is the arrival of rain. A feeling of freshness and tranquillity floods the city, as people run hastily to avoid getting wet but the man without any concern walks slower, trying to think that the rain will only get his clothes wet anyway, forgetting that the rain will also make his skin wet. Given his level of unconsciousness though, he has forgotten the pleasure of feeling the rain touching his skin and it makes him feel closer and closer to nature, reflecting at last on the loss of sensitivity of a man who once enjoyed getting wet in the rain.

Happiness guiding a welfare society

By Laura Puerta (5th semester FIGRI student, the World in English elective)

Human beings are complicated. We are full of different thoughts, feelings, senses and many situations that affect not just our mind, but also our body. Haven’t you noticed that when you feel sad, your body starts weakening, and that you start moving at a lower speed? Have you felt that when you are happy, your body feels strong and your mind is clear? Those effects on your body are not imaginary.  One of those feelings is “Happiness”, which according to Osho, an Indian guru, “is when the burden has been dropped and the mirror is found again; your mirror can again reflect the trees and the sun and the sand and the sea and the stars.” It expresses calm and harmony between mind and body. It reflects not only an optimism after a fall, but a wellness of the body.

Different studies have shown the significance of feelings in both mental and physical health. According to Josep María Serra-Grabulosa, doctor and professor of the Psychiatry and Psychobiology department at Barcelona University, “being more optimistic affects the nervous, neuroendocrine and immunological systems. For this reason, people who are happier, in general, experience fewer cardio and cerebrovascular problems, and as their immune system is strengthened, the possibility of illness decreases.” That is why happiness and public health are on the agenda of governments and international organizations. However, health is not a new topic when it comes to the government. As Bellahsen explained, “public health implementation [...] corresponds to a shift in the forms of government that Foucault describes as the step of a disciplinary sovereignty to a society centered in security mechanism”.

Nowadays, from a national and worldwide perspective, the increasing cases of social unrest and altered epidemiological indicators, such as anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder are disturbing. These illnesses increment the demand for not only psychologists but also other medical professionals, and sometimes push people to take non-prescribed medications that will noticeably affect their physical health and the medical system in each country.

Today, I believe, there is no doubt of the huge importance that happiness has in our world, in our everyday routines and welfare. There is no secret as to why the United Nations decreed, in 2012, March 20th as the “International Day of Happiness” in order for governments to contemplate “happiness” as part of their management and administration.