New Wellness Resources Help Students Find Balance

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To counteract common concerns among college students, the UACCM Student Development office has introduced new wellness resources featuring workshops on time management, stress management, study skills, and test anxiety.

These are factors that are intertwined with academic performance and wellness. While in college, students are often in high-stress situations while managing complicated factors in their lives. They put immense pressure on themselves to get high grades so they can transfer to good universities and be good candidates for their desired career. Many try holding jobs while taking on a full course load. For others, school and family life can be a delicate balancing act. And sometimes students can succumb to procrastination. 

Launched in this semester, the goal of these workshops are to address these challenges, help students thrive, and give them the means to accurately identify the problem and cope. 

Throughout the spring semester, students are invited to attend these sessions, which will be held in the University Center, Room 219. To accommodate students on their busy schedules, light refreshments will be served at each gathering, while lunch will also be provided on certain days.

Tick Tock – Time Management Workshop

“Time management is the top concern among students,” said Cody Davis, director of Student Development, adding that keeping a schedule is a big part of college. 

The goal of this workshop is to help students limit time wasters. Instead, Davis wants them to maximize what they can do in 24 hours. 

While meeting with students, Davis often asks them about how they spend their time to get a sense of their experiences and needs. Often, he finds that students waste too much time on social media and watching Netflix. 

As one of his favorite sayings goes, “If you don’t manage your time, your time will manage you.”

Monday, February 3: 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 4: 12:05 pm (free lunch)

Stress Group

The benefit of Stress Group is its flexibility. Any student can come at any time, even if they miss several weeks. Topics under discussion are even open ended, as the group lacks a defined curriculum. Its student driven: essentially, whatever is needed to be addressed is what the group will talk about. It’s part of this initiative’s mission to encourage students to treat stress group as a network and express areas where they need help.

Many students, Davis finds, are lonely. It’s a troubling trend that is has occurred on college campuses, fueled by social media use that make friendships more transactional than genuine. Davis has been talking about loneliness to students. And it’s something that has gained international recognition. For example, the United Kingdom has a loneliness minister and other governments are emphasizing it as a public health concern.

Davis hopes that the stress group will be a good avenue to tackle the problem on campus. “This will be the most open forum we’ve ever done here,” Davis said. “The students can act as a cohort.”

Monday, February 24: 9:00 am
Tuesday, February 25: 12:05 pm
Monday, March 2: 9:00 am
Tuesday, March 3: 12:05 pm
Monday, March 9: 9:00 am
Tuesday, March 10: 12:05 pm
Monday, March 16: 9:00 am
Tuesday, March 17: 12:05 pm

Finals Prep – Study Skills and Test Anxiety

This workshop is directly aimed as a lead up to finals, where students can learn new study skills and get tips to have a successful finals week. 

The goal of this workshop is to also help students identify test anxiety. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, test anxiety is caused fear of failure, lack of adequate prep time, or bad memories of taking tests. Many students face this problem, but Davis finds that workshops of this kind has paid off in the past.  
Monday, April 6: 9:00 am
Tuesday April 7: 12:05 pm (free lunch)


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