November 25, 2020
Finding Gratitude in Unlikely Places

2020 has been the year of challenges; grief, confusion, doubt, and a year of great uncertainty. However, among all of the challenges, there are ways to experience gratitude. How has this year opened your eyes to fresh beginnings and new opportunities?

In 2020, we wake up, watch television for a bit, prepare for our virtual classes and virtual meetings, scroll through social media, cook, clean, finish our days, head to bed, only to wake the next morning and do the same thing. Yes, the monotony of this can be maddening, but why not embrace the ability to savor moments - waking up a bit early in the morning to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, or take a run/walk in the briskness of the fresh morning air? How about experiencing the beautiful sunsets that we have been graced with as of late? Nature graces us with its beauty daily.
Though the holiday season may look a bit different for all of us this year, it does not mean we do not have things to be grateful for. Challenge yourself to end each day with a moment of gratitude: “Today I am thankful/grateful for…” This practice allows us to cherish even the smallest of moments each day and find gratitude in unlikely places. 

2020 continues to be the year of new beginnings and opportunities, and certainly the year of great personal growth. Take the remaining days of this year to learn and try new things, spend quality time with parents, children, siblings, loved ones in which we may have taken for granted and most importantly, embrace and be grateful for the precious gift of time.

-Brittany Auleta - Rowan Thrive Committee Member
Healthy Campus Initiatives, Wellness Center
EMOTIONAL

When millions of Americans gather around the dinner table on Thanksgiving this year, they’ll be doing so during a national climate that is more toxic than ever before. We’re in a time in which a global pandemic, an election in doubt, race relations are at a tipping point, and so much more are taking over the airwaves everyday.

You may be thinking to yourself, “I just want some potatoes and pie, man.” Well, in order to get to the good stuff, you may have to get through the bad. I am of course talking about discussing politics at the table with your loved ones. Everyone does it, but this year I am here to provide you with some tips to discuss politics respectfully so you leave Aunt Leslie’s house feeling better than years prior. Read More.
FINANCIAL
This semester the Student Government Association will be awarding $35,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students at Rowan in the amounts of $1000 (20), $2500 (4), and $5000 (1). The application is open now on Proflink and will close on November 29th. The scholarship application requires you to fill out some basic information about yourself and write one 500 word essay. 

Some additional requirements are that you must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be eligible for the $2500 scholarship and a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for the $5000 scholarship. The $1000 scholarship has no minimum GPA requirement.
SOCIAL
Going home? Join us for the virtual events available over Thanksgiving. For those staying on campus, there are plenty of fun and free opportunities to support your well-being virtually and in-person.
PHYSICAL

Anxiety Toolbox focuses on helping you understand anxiety symptoms and build skills to manage these symptoms. The three sessions are divided into content that builds upon itself. 

Contact: Melissa Young, LCSW to register for this workshop. 

College is stressful. Chat with HCI student interns about college life!

Although this is not a counseling group - it is a place to talk with other students to learn about stress and how to relieve it.
PURPOSE
December 1: 7 - 8 p.m. via Webex

Don't wait until you graduate to start preparing for your career!

Hear from Rowan alumni about how they took advantage of all the opportunities during their time as students to prepare them for their careers.

Panelists will share their personal journeys of how they got where they are now. Sponsored by the Student Alumni Association (SAA).

William Hendrixson is the top coordinator in charge of Fresh For All, a food distribution program on campus with the goal of getting fresh produce to the campus and surrounding communities. Will explains: “Fresh For All is a program where we work with a couple of different organizations to get fresh vegetables, fruit and sometimes dairy, to students and local community members who need it.” Read More.

Layover: What to Do While You’re Waiting 
Date: Thursday, December 3 @ 5:30 p.m.

Enhance the time you have by learning about internships, micro-internships, small-scale entrepreneurial opportunities and free or low cost courses to strengthen both your skill sets and professional resume. 
COMMUNITY
HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING
As our community embarks on the long holiday weekend, we want to wish you & those you love a happy, healthy, and safe celebration. As you take the time to step back this weekend, we encourage you to reflect on the day. We recommend this article as a great place to begin. Education can be a powerful tool and it's our hope to always encourage continued learning.
- Rowan Thrive Committee

Most Americans are taught the same story about Thanksgiving—that Pilgrims sat together with Native Americans to share a meal and thank them for helping with a successful first harvest. But that story has been proven to be riddled with mistruths. While you may know that on some level, what's not often discussed is the truth about the holiday's history and the effect it has on many Native Americans. Read More.
“The Strive to Thrive newsletter intends to bring you well-being ideas, tips, events, information and ways to connect through all dimensions of well-being (physical, social, emotional, purpose, community, and financial). We hope that this layout reminds you of all of the many ways to nourish, attend to, and elevate your well-being and the well-being of those around you.”
Strive to Thrive is a newsletter for the Rowan University community. Visit rowan.edu/thrive or contact rowanthrive@rowan.edu for more information.