The third week of the semester is by far the most rigorous! Just as I’m settling into classes with new professors and adjusting to my new schedule, BAM! It all hit me this week with back to back Javelina Students for Sustainability (JSS), Javelina For Life (JFL) Student Association meetings, and a Student Sustainability Forum, followed by my first SI session for phonetics this semester! (Mind you all of this occurred on Monday.)
All meetings were a total success! I’m very fortunate to have such AMAZING advisors and mentors that assist me in leading these organizations. They truly do help foster and create a collaborative and most importantly FUN environment.
This reusable Javelina Students for Sustainability mug means I get Starbucks house coffee for 96 cents! Yay!
The mission of Javelina For Life is to educate our students,faculty, staff, alumni and friends on the importance of staying connected with the university and giving back their time, talent, treasures and thanks.
However, Monday madness was followed by Tuesday back to back classes from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and SI at 5 p.m., an SOFC Forum meeting Wednesday at noon, a test Thursday, and both a quiz and test on Friday.
While I do enjoy and love all of my extracurricular activities it can become a bit stressful. To get some endorphins and de-stress I have been attending the Kickboxing and Women on Weights classes at the Rec Center on campus. I highly encourage students to take advantage of the group fitness classes! They’re FANTASTIC!
Spring 2013 Group Exercise Schedule
Also, our Student Health and Wellness Center on campus offers free 15 minute massages on various dates throughout the semester. How AWESOME is that! I scheduled mine today. May I just say they work wonders! I walk out of the clinic feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the next obstacle. A massage offers tons of health benefits. My personal favorite: INSTANT RELAXATION.
College life is obviously chaotic. (I would be lost without my planner! Compliments of the Office of Students Activities). Being a full-time student, having a job and being involved on campus can become a bit tricky at times. I feel safe in assuming that at some point or another students may feel overwhelmed and wonder, “How on Earth am I supposed to do all of this?”
When in doubt, I find myself referring to this video:
The Cuban Guy at Adelante National Conference in San Antonio, TX
P.S. Two of our own Javelinas and my fellow Honors College students are featured in this video!
I had the great pleasure of attending the ¡Adelante! National Leadership Institute this past October as a representative of Honors College.
The Cuban Guy was our speaker on the first night of the conference and a huge INSPIRATION to us all!
TAMUK Alumn, Executive Director of ¡Adelante! and future alumna. Woohoo Javelinas!
¡Adelante! National Leadership Institute
The future speech language pathologist (SLP) in me specifically loved the fact that here was someone who wanted to be a motivational speaker, but yet had no clue how to speak English. Out of curiosity, I asked how he became fluent in English after the presentation. Come to find out he worked with an SLP! I think at that moment in time I was the proudest Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDO) major ever! SLPs really do make dreams come true! <3
by Kristian Browning
from the blog Kristian Browning