April 7, 2021
Tips for Well-Being in Stressful Times

When I was 19 years old, my father died. I was starting my sophomore year of undergrad the very next day. Little did I know my life was about to change forever. It is critical to maintain a high GPA to be accepted into medical school. So much so, that your grades somewhat become a part of your identity. Self worth comes into question. After my father’s passing, my coping mechanism was jumping right back into school. My grades suffered, as did my mental health. Every poor exam grade took a stab at my self esteem and I hit an extreme low.

With the emotional support of family, friends, and mentors, I made it through undergrad and matriculated into medical school. I would be lying to you if I said I entered medical school completely free of my insecurities and self doubts. Throughout the last few years, I made it a point to deeply introspect and ask myself what my purpose was. I had to work extremely hard to internalize that scores do not define who you are. There is so much more to a student than what their transcript states. Through tapping into my love for long distance running, nutrition, and working out, I found myself falling in love with family medicine. The purpose it gave me helped me navigate through feelings of inadequacy and made me realize I am needed and I am meant to be here.

It is now April 2021, and I have successfully matched into an amazing family medicine residency. Although in my near past, I can no longer relate to the woman who felt crushed by bad exam grades. I sincerely believe in being genuine in your work, giving it your all, and knowing God has a plan and sees your struggle and dedication. I am meant to be here, and I believe that now more than ever. Resilience is working through life’s overwhelming tragedies, and using them to empower you. I am the woman I am today because of it, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

-Jasmin Zayed
Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine
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You’re invited! We hope you’ll join us for the annual Expo April 13-15. All Rowan students, faculty and staff are welcome. Join us to learn well-being tips from community partners in interactive sessions like Brain Boosting Foods on a Budget, Morning Meditation, Success Coaching, Yoga for All, Your Personal Wellness Assessment and more! For a complete list of sessions, visit: https://sites.rowan.edu/rec/health-wellness-expo2021.html You'll also have a chance to win free goodies like t-shirts and water bottles.(Events below labeled HWE are part of this event)
Wednesday, 4/14 @ 8:30 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Catie Baxter and Ashley Shaw

Reiki is a form of Japanese energy healing that focuses on stress reduction and relaxation through energy work. This is a virtual group reiki session, which will include a brief meditation and time for each individual to receive reiki. We will also briefly review what reiki is and how it works and what to expect. (HWE)
Wednesday, 4/14; 11 - 12 p.m.
Lindsay Johnson, Wellness Center

If you find yourself often saying, "why bother!? nothing is going to change anyway!" or "why bother?! I already know how it's going to turn out!" this presentation can help you find a more flexible mind that will help you do what's needed in the moment and support your emotional well-being. (HWE)
Check out the upcoming Pride events. Access the LGBTQIA+ Center at SJICR
Student clubs to join Prism, Queer People of Color, True Colors. The Queer Collective is a space for students who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community, offered by SJICR and Counseling and Psychological Services at the Wellness Center. 
Thursday, 4/5; 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The senior public relations capstone students will host a virtual panel discussion on economic justice.

The panel will discuss ways to integrate economic justice initiatives into the communication field and features speakers from DEI, SJICR, and Financial Aid. (HWE)
Tuesday, 4/13 @ 7 p.m. via Webex

Check in with your mental health as we get ready to check out for the semester. Don’t miss the opportunity to come network with, learn from, and discuss the experiences of raising children in college with other Prof parents. Two counselors from the Wellness Center will also be in attendance to provide information, resources, and support. For the meeting link, click here. Questions? Email: ccampis@rowan.edu
Tuesday, April 13; 4-5 p.m.
Taylor Mullens, Campus Recreation

White supremacy shows up in all aspects of life- including our beauty standards, what we eat, how we eat and how we view ourselves.

In this session, to understand diet culture we must go back in time to explore the ways in how race science and white supremacy has influenced fat phobia within the health, fitness and wellness industries.

Starting to dismantle how this system impacts everyday life will allow for those to begin to move toward self-love and body. (HWE)
Thursday, April 15; 12-12:30 p.m.
Tyler Weiss, Campus Recreation

This session will be highly engaging and open to all who have any questions about setting themselves up for success through their goals. Tyler will discuss a variety of aspects to consider when setting goals for your physical well-being, so even if you don't have questions, you can still use this session as an opportunity to learn. (HWE)
Wednesday, April 14; 1-1:45 p.m.
Kimme Woresta, Gourmet Dining

Join Dietetic Intern, Kimmee, in reviewing the popular topic of intuitive eating!

She will also dive into the importance of body positivity and investigate what it means to be healthy at every size. (HWE)
Tuesday, 4/13; 2-2:30 p.m.
Heidi Kovalik, Rowan Financial Aid 

The snowball method of paying down debt is an effective way to eliminate those balances and reduce your stress every month. We'll walk through both the snowball and avalanche approaches to paying down debts. You will leave with resources so that you can create your own plan for financial success. (HWE)
Wednesday, 4/14; 4-4:30 p.m.
Alison Novak & Andrew Perrone, Affordability Task Force

Join Rowan's Affordability Task Force for a 30-minute training session introducing participants to various resources and techniques to help community members in financial crises. Click on event link at scheduled date and time of the session to participate. (HWE)
Friday, 4/9 @ 9 p.m. *Registration required

The Wolves is 90 minutes with nine American teenage girls warming up for a soccer match as if preparing for battle. They navigate culture, expectations, family, and each other. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Wolves is 21st century playwriting at its best. Raw, human, and personal.
Wednesday, April 14; 5-6 p.m. 
Rachael Owen, Healthy Campus Initiatives: Peer Education

This fun spin, on the traditional game of Bingo, includes well-being-focused tips, tricks, and resources for Rowan students. Register here.

Plus, the opportunity to win prizes! (HWE)
Tuesday, April 13; 12-1 p.m.
Leslie Spencer, Health & Exercise Science 

How satisfied are you with your life and well-being overall?

Which areas are places where you shine and thrive?

What makes those areas so strong?

How could you use those strengths to grow in areas where you are less satisfied?

Join this interactive and self-reflective workshop to explore these questions and create a vision for the life you desire to have. (HWE)
Info Session: Tuesday, 4/13; 1-2 p.m.
Allison Baker, Student Support Services

Participants for this session will learn how to use the university's Success Coaching program to achieve their personal or academic goals.

Oftentimes students will use Success Coaching as a means to help develop study skills, motivation, time management, organizational skills, and assistance with adjusting to the rigors of higher education. After some information about the program, we'll be offering private, drop-in coaching sessions for those looking to try out the service! (HWE)
Saturday, 4/24

Join us for Rowan's 5th Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk. Through this walk, the Rowan community has risen to the occasion of supporting suicide prevention and education as well as decreasing the stigma around mental health issues and suicide. Let's continue this important work together. Interested in seeing the 2020 walk? Click here.
“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.”
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