Pitzer College residence life staff and Peer Health Educators kicked off their very first Wellness Week on campus this week. The initiative was promoted as an opportunity for students to destress and take a break from finals through various creative activities. The residence life staff also hoped to use the events as a platform for students to learn more about self-care and openly discuss mental health.
“The week was developed to remind students that 'wellness' is multifaceted,” Assistant Director of Residence Life and Summer Programs Valerie Schiro wrote in an email to TSL. “It’s not just about eating healthy and working out, but also about mental health, positive interpersonal relationships, and self-care. The goal was to help students manage their stressful daily routines, and learn how to care for themselves in unique and fulfilling ways.”
The events encompassed everything from arts and crafts to food and discussion. Some of the most popular events were Dogs and Desserts, featuring student-friendly canines, and a bullet journaling class.
Even though many students are stuck in their dorms studying, the turnout was greater than expected, and the office of residence life hopes to continue the event next year with even more holistic wellness practices.