Our community is what we all strive to make stronger. We were reminded how much life can be challenging when one of our fellow school mates tried to commit suicide late May. The good news is that he was unsuccessful. This was a big wake up call for all of us here at Western. We all get to the point when school, work and generally life becomes challenging and overwhelming. During those times it is best to find the help one needs.
We understand when one has a cold you need to give your body a break and try to get yourself back to good health. However, do you ever forget to take care of yourself. I know, I do. With school assignments, readings, keeping up with exams and working you tend to forget about taking care of yourself. Remember that self care is not a one time thing. One has to remember that self care needs to be a daily activity that is done for your own good. By giving yourself more self care you will feel more confident, calm, relaxed and find it more pleasurable to doing your everyday small activities.
You might be asking yourself, what kind of self care should I focus on? Try to focus on: self care for your soul, self care for your body, and self care for your mind. How you may ask, to give yourself self care for your soul one might: help someone out such as volunteering and giving back to your community. Writing your thoughts and feelings, checking out who you spend your time with, have a self date, and my favorite having a at home spa. How do you take self care for your body: taking deep breaths, my personal favorite is going to a yoga class, morning jogs.Give yourself at least fifteen minutes of sitting in the sun and of course have a good laugh. How do you give self care for your mind? Start out with compiling a list of compliments for yourself. Change the way you make decisions, edit your social media and disregard or delete/unfollow negative people and groups and meditate.
If you need additional help, please contact the additional resources that are seen below. The students that helped raise money through the We Are WWU campaign decided to give back to the community by giving some of the money they raised to WWU Brave, which stands for Building Resilience and Voicing Empathy. We all get to the moment in life where things feel overwhelming but you never need to feel alone.
Western`s Counseling Center in Old Main 540, (360) 650-3164 during business hours;
To reach the after-hours on-call counselor, call (360) 650-3164 and choose option 1;
Western`s Student Health Center in the Campus Services Building, (360) 650-3400;
National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255;
Community Crisis Line (Volunteers of America 24 hour crisis line), 1-800-584-3578;
The Trevor Project (national 24-hour free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth), 1-866-488-7386.
So you went to the We Are WWU event, and you liked what you saw. You interacted with some on the team members, had a few brews, listened to some great entertainment, and started making a plan in your head on how to get in on the action. Well, let me help.
If you’re a Western student, you’re in luck. If you didn’t know by now, the We Are WWU fundraiser is fully ran by the students. Pretty sweet, huh? If you’re a communication major, you’re in even better shape. There are a few specific classes that you can take with Heather Davidson that can get you in on this fantastic event, plus gain a ton of valuable skills like promoting using social media and event planning.
I’d start at Communication 244, Advocacy Through Media, which helps promote the fundraiser by using social media channels such as Instagram and YouTube. All great things you can use in future careers! Next, one could take Communication 318, Professional Communication, and for a service learning project you can work with Heather Davidson on the actual scholarship side of things. You help raise awareness of the scholarship, and make it the whole event come in full circle from students to the community back to the students. Communication 308, fundraising, helps put on the actual event at Boundary Bay.
Although this is a full quarter of planning and an intense weekend of putting the event on, you also get to create solid relationships and drink great IPA. I’d call that a win-win. Although it may now seem that there is a lot of work that goes into May 21st, it’s because there is. But it’s worth the skills earned and friendships made.
If you were able to make it to the Blue in Bloom event, you were able to listen to the rockin’ sounds of Bob Fossil. If not, have no fear. I’m here to give you the low-down on one of Bellingham’s finest up and coming bands.
There album, American Hippo, has a variety of sounds that turn into sweet beats and crazy high notes. Between the funk and reggae beats, your hips won’t be able to stay still while you play this album, or attend one of their local shows. It’s hard to not fall in love with their unique sound and upbeat tunes from the moment you press play.
Bob Fossil has been featured in Bellingham’s music magazine, What’s Up!, and their music is posted on Band Camp. Check out their new album, American Hippo for yourself! You won’t be disappointed.
“Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.” ~ Erich Fromm
The We Are WWU campaign has brought out the best in all of us. We came to think this campaign would be a handful and we were right! With the dedication we have all put into our own groups we have come to understand the importance of corporation.
When you have a fairly large group of individuals working on the same fundraiser you tend to come up with more ideas than necessary you quickly understand that all your suggestions will not be used. That is why not taking anything personal will help you keep a professional distance from your campaign.
Great campaigners, tend to let go to anything that makes the solution all about them and realize that everyone is working toward the same goal. When working on a fundraiser you quickly understand the time is either your enemy or your best friend. Once comprehending the fact that time is your only limited resource you have, you becoming mindful of how you need to focus your time and energy on limited things as well.
Lastly, you gain the impact of working on a fundraiser by keeping the end goal in mind. Meetings can feel like one long to-do lists, and you have to expect the unexpected, by constantly reminding yourself about why you’re doing your fundraiser from the beginning than you understand why you have to keep moving on even after the long nights of just going over scheduling an event.
Coming into this fundraiser from the very beginning I thought we were the ones that would be making a difference and impacting others. I never thought that this fundraiser itself would help open so many more opportunities for me. This was not only a fundraiser, it was a journey of seeing what kind of impact a group of students can have on a university. Some people dream about making a difference others actually go out and make a difference.
Keeping you up to date on the progress of the WeAreWWU fundraising campaign!