May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is important to all people in any walk of life. Unfortunately there is still a stigma around getting help for mental health problems. The green ribbon door decs are up with the hashtag #StopTheStigma. I hope this encourages everyone to talk about mental health openly. If you need to talk to someone, University Counseling Services is always there. It is located on the second floor of Royce Hall. What will you do to help stop the stigma? Post your answers on the Discussion Page?
The 1920s was a time of change in the United States. There were many events that impacted the country such as the introduction of Prohibition, baseball, the wide spread use of cars, and many other events. You can find these facts on the yellow car door decs. The yellow cars are just like Jay Gatsby’s in The Great Gatsby book. What is your favorite aspect of the 1920s? Post your answers on the Discussion Page.
Chinese New Year is an annual celebration throughout many countries in Asia. The date of Chinese New Year changes every year since it is based on a lunar calendar. A new year means that the Chinese Zodiac for the year changes. This year it is the year of the dog. Each resident on 5 West has a year of the dog door dec with a fact about Chinese New Year and the traditions that are associated with the holiday. What is the Chinese Zodiac sign for the year you were born? Post your answers on the Discussion Page.
Student loans are a known reality for many college students. Have you thought of how to pay them back after college? When do you need to start paying back on your student loans? What happens if I can’t pay back my student loans? These are questions that many college students have and the answers are available if you know where to look. In the hallway on 5 West is a bulletin board on the wall that has ten tips for paying back student loans. The tips include strategies for paying back loans faster, repayment options, and many more. If you are looking for some more help after ready the bulletin board, you can visit the Financial Aid office. The Financial Aid office is located on the second floor of Brigham Hall. There is also a great website called GradReady that can help you plan a budget for repayment on student loans. Do you have a plan for repaying your student loans? Post your answers on the Discussion Page.
Time management in college can be difficult. There is so much going on from school to jobs, extracurriculars, and hanging out with friends. It is important to make sure that you have a schedule so you don’t forget what needs to be done. On the bulletin board in the hallway, I’ve listed some great tips for conquering the seven days in your week. Do you prefer a digital or paper calendar? Post your answers on the Discussion page.
Some of the Southwest Hall RAs and RD Emily.
RA Michaela with Resident Savannah
RA Michaela with Greg Peterson
On Sunday, October 8th, United We Stand presented the Peterson Farm Brothers who talked about agricultural advocacy and the power of social media. The Peterson Farm Brothers are a three brothers from Kansas who have a passion for agriculture and decided to show that passion by creating parodies of popular songs. Greg Peterson was there representing the Peterson Farm Brothers. He showed their very first parody that they filmed called “I’m Farming and I Grow It” and other popular parodies that they have done. Their first parody went viral on Youtube. This instant popularity showed the brothers how important social media is when you want to teach people about your passions. If you want to learn more about the Peterson Farm Brothers, check out their website: http://www.petersonfarmbros.com/ . Have you seen any of the Peterson Farm Brothers videos? Which video is your favorite? Put your answers to the questions in the Discussion page.
If you are looking for resources around campus, you should check out the bulletin board in the hallway on 5 West. The board is modeled after the duck pull game at the carnival. All you have to do is flip up the ducks on the board and underneath each duck is a resource with its description, location, and hours if available. The resources listed are just a small selection of the available resources. If you are interested in learning about more resources on campus, just ask me and I can give you information about additional resources.