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What if you had $1,000 to spend on your health?

Welcome to Wellness Diaries. In this series, we give readers $1,000 to splurge on any product, service, or experience that goes toward their health or wellness.

This month, we had a very collegiate Wellness Diaries (to complement our Healthiest Colleges ranking), and we awarded four college students $1,000 each to spend on wellness.

Back when I was in college, I had NO idea what wellness looked like, and the industry was far from what it is today. Binge drinking, dieting and excessively working out with the singular purpose to be a size double zero, and scrubbing your face with St. Ives Apricot Scrub were common rituals among my peers.

That’s why I was moved and humbled to see how thoughtful and informed each of our winners’ selections were. College can be an expensive and challenging time to prioritize your wellbeing, and while a lot of healthy practices are free, some assists come at a cost. These students did their research, and they surfaced products and experiences unique to their wellness journeys and stages in life. And most of these picks aren’t unique to a university experience. There’s something here for everyone, and I can’t wait for you to read them.

Melanie, editor at Nessie Sightings

Meet our winners!

🎓 New York University drama major Sònia Victoria Werner: “I had a pre-diabetes scare last year and vowed to take control of my health and the things I’m eating. A key part to health and wellness for me is consuming and cooking healthier meals, but the barrier to buying those foods is money. Why the heck are the cheapest big box of raspberries in NYC $6?!”

🎓 San Diego State University television/film/media major Matthew Evans: “I just spent two weeks in hospital with a collapsed lung and I’m now in recovery, so I would probably put it toward my medical bills! If not that, it would be on lung training products like spirometers or a device to measure my blood oxygen levels. Likewise, hospital time had a big impact on my mental health so I would consider buying products for my self-care.”

🎓 University of Miami exercise physiology major Korlan Amirkhanova: “There is always a misconception that being an athlete means you are the healthiest person in the world. However, during my professional sports path, I encountered many difficulties, like developing an ED. Gladly, I found the help that I needed at the right time, which made me want to become a nutritionist-dietitian, so I can help other people to build healthy relationships with food.”

🎓 New York University business major Katie Cheng: “I would spend the money on strength training/recovery accessories and subscriptions for mindfulness and mental health. As a current student athlete, I often have to go directly from practice to classes without the ability to stretch or do muscle recovery.”

💸 Check out a preview of each of their picks below.

Sònia’s picks

Matthew’s picks

Korlan’s picks

Katie’s picks

Stay tuned for our next Wellness Diaries! If there’s a community you think is deserving of this giveaway opportunity, just hit reply.

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