Welcome to week six of your Fall semester! I love the excitement and energy around the beginning of the Fall semester, but for most students, the first round of exams is already underway or about to be. Accordingly, this month’s newsletter focuses on: Why Belonging Makes a Difference for Student Success, Sharpening Your Self-Care Toolkit, Ribbon Cutting for Black Culture, Innovation, and Technology, New Covid-19 Vaccine Now Available for Students, andStudent Engagement and Well-Being Advocates for Your Success.
For those returning to Georgia Tech: welcome back! For those who are members of the Class of 2027, congratulations on your decision to join the Ramblin’ Wreck family! I’m excited to share the many new things happening in Student Engagement and Well-Being as we continue to support you as students both in and out of the classroom! For our newest Yellow Jackets, this newsletter is my opportunity to communicate with you directly throughout the academic year about the issues, programs, and services that will impact your sense of belonging, well-being, and success. I hope you will find it informative and engaging.
April signals the start of spring and the near-ending of the academic calendar. Student Engagement & Well-Being kicked off Student Celebration Week, earmarked by the new student leadership banners that flank the experiential pathway, which runs from the John Lewis Student Center to the Campus Recreation Center. Be sure to walk by while you take a break from your studies and see who of your peers have been honored!
As we observe Valentine’s Day – whether with friends, family, with a partner, or just by ourselves - it seemed appropriate to focus on social wellness in this issue of our monthly newsletter. We will also cover the following topics: observing black history month, hate speech vs. freedom of speech, and continued support for our global community.
Best wishes to you and yours as we celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome a new semester! #YearoftheRabbit I hope you took some time off over Winter Break to sustain or adopt habits to support your wellness that you can now maintain throughout the Spring.
As the Winter 2022 holiday season approaches, I want to acknowledge that the Yellow Jacket community comprises individuals of many faiths and expressions of spirituality. As such, we each may celebrate different holidays (or none at all) at this time of year, as well as do so in ways that honor our traditions, cultures and beliefs. However, the practice of gratitude can be a common theme for all.
Happy All Hallow’s Eve!!! Not sure how you plan to celebrate Halloween but this is one of my favorite holidays. I love seeing all the costumes and relish the sense of mystery and mischief that is associated with this day. Regardless of how you observe Halloween, I hope you will take steps to ensure your personal safety and that of others by engaging in low-risk drinking or drugging (or refraining altogether) and keeping an eye on friends.
Welcome to week six of your Fall semester! For many students, we are going into our first round of exams. Can you believe it? Now is the time to take a few extra moments to practice mindfulness and self-care to help you be at optimal capacity to achieve your academic performance goals.
For those returning to Georgia Tech: welcome back! For those who are new Yellow Jackets, congratulations on joining the Ramblin’ Wreck family! I can hardly believe summer is over and another academic year is upon us. I’m excited to share the many new things happening in Student Engagement and Well-Being as we continue to support you as students both in and out of the classroom!
I can hardly believe that we are near the end of another academic year! With only a few days left of the semester, I want to take this opportunity to applaud you for getting to this point of your academic journey; it took perseverance and tenacity to do so. I hope you each take the time to remember the obstacles you’ve overcome in the past months, as well as celebrate your successes, both big and small.
Happy Spring! I hope you were able to take some time off to relax during Spring Break. Whether you chose to travel away from Atlanta or enjoyed a staycation, it will be important for you to recharge and prepare for the remainder of the semester.
To provide students with options for immediate testing needs, Student Engagement and Well-Being has procured a limited supply of at-home testing kits to facilitate self-care for students who are experiencing symptoms or illness that could be Covid-19 related.
The U.S. government announced last week that every household in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home Covid-19 tests. College students are eligible to order these tests. However, because of their multi-unit nature and incompatibility with USPS coding systems, campus residence halls can pose challenges for determining what constitutes “household.”
The Gwinnett County Health Department has informed us that there was an individual at Georgia Tech between August 23, 2021 and September 27, 2021 who has been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB). Read the full letter for more information.
You are near the finish line for the Fall 2021 semester. While this is a time of anticipation and celebration, we have also heard from many of you that you are experiencing some anxiety and uncertainty as we approach final exams.