September 2, 2020
New Beginnings

Change is one of the only things in life that I can think of that is both exciting and a bit scary at the same time. While I remember the millions of possibilities college had to offer when I first came on campus, I feel that being in quarantine has put things in perspective. Narrowing down these possibilities, I now have a clear path that I want to follow during my time as a Rowan student, both as a student leader and as an aspiring public health official. I have become involved with various groups and still plan to remain active even with the hybrid schedule this semester. While the circumstances are now different for our students starting this fall, I think we all wonder about how we want to make our mark on Rowan’s campus. Even in this hybrid world we’re living in, all of us want to have community and purpose on campus and that can still happen this semester. For example, go to the virtual Student Organization Fair to see how you too can make your own mark. As the semester is changing by the minute, these changes should be embraced with open arms and viewed as a way to make our lives more meaningful. Rowan Thrive can help make that change meaningful by focusing on our own self-care and giving students the confidence to thrive during their college years and beyond.
As we enter this semester that is filled with change and new ways of learning, socializing, celebrating, etc. it is fair to say that many of us are feeling a wide range of emotions. 

When we are faced with something we’ve never experienced before, or as we begin a new challenge or adventure, we may find ourselves clinging to what is comfortable rather than taking a step towards the unknown. Growth can be challenging and not always ‘pretty’ but we all deserve the opportunity to grow, to explore who we are, to find our purpose, and to make connections within a community that will celebrate our moments of joy and support us when we stumble.  

Rowan Thrive at its core is meant to inspire us all to take steps toward the ‘starting line’ everyday with curiosity, kindness, and grace for ourselves and others. Rowan Thrive can direct you to find ways to care for yourself holistically- through the six dimensions of well-being (physical, social, purpose, community, financial, emotional). So, as we begin this new adventure, take notice of what you need to thrive on this journey and know that Rowan is here to support you find your way through this unique semester.

Be well,

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Your Strive to Thrive Newsletter editors posing:
Melissa Ulmer, Kevin George, Allie Pearce, and Katie Huber
Gratitude Challenge:
Will you make the call, write a letter? Do you have a professor, coach, family member, or supervisor that would love to hear from you?

Join our Virtual Student Organization Fair to learn more about student organizations at Rowan! Groups include Student Government Association chartered & petitioning clubs, Club Sports, fraternities & sororities, and groups affiliated with Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution. 

Birthdays. They’re supposed to be a joyous celebration, right? That one special day each year when we throw a party and reflect on the day our amazing journey began. The starting point. I’ve had quite a colorful journey and certainly enjoyed many wonderful birthdays in my life. Turning 50 this past year wasn’t one of them. Here’s why. When we’re little every birthday marks a major accomplishment. We learn to walk. Then we learn to talk. Then we go to school and learn our ABCs.
Everything is brand new. Read More.

College is an extremely busy time for all of us. Whether you are rushing from class to a job or up all night studying, you barely have time to breathe, let alone thinking about what to eat. Having a few quick, healthy snacks in your room and your backpack, is the best way to get you fueled up and going strong. Here are some of my favorite snacks to keep around that will keep your mind and your body healthy, and keep you energized throughout the day.
Click the below video for important updates from Gourmet Dining about on-campus dining policies

One summer, as a college student, I lived alone in an apartment designed for nine people. I stayed on campus that summer to complete a handful of science credits I needed to graduate, and because staying put meant I could keep seeing my therapist. To keep myself busy, I nannied a few days a week. In my free time — and there was a lot of it — I took long walks through downtown Michigan, learned to do a yoga headstand, and added new recipes to my weeknight repertoire. Then, in August, my eight roommates moved in, which was a strange adjustment. Sure, there were times that I was lonely before they arrived — but I was also happy. In my aloneness, I learned to value my own company (and I liked it). Read More.
Featured Resource: Healthy Eating
Download this PowerPoint to get tips for healthy eating from Gourmet Dining intern Alaina (must download file to get audio prompts)

On campus food pantry and resource center available to students in need.

*The SHOP is also accepting donations.
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