January 3, 2019 | Campus Life, Health, Sports
A new year always feels like a good time for a new start. Until January 2 rolls around, and suddenly your resolutions feel too overwhelming to keep, or you realize you have no idea where to start and decide to forget the whole thing.
At MacEwan, we’re all about supporting our students’ success, inside and outside of the classroom, so we want to help you keep your resolutions. Fortunately, some of the most common resolutions involve ideas and values we care about as much as you do, and we have supports in place to help you succeed.
Here are a few resolutions we can help you keep in 2019 and beyond.
Taking care of your mental health. . .
Nothing is more important than your sense of wellbeing. If you’ve resolved to prioritize your mental health this year, there are a few ways we can help.
As a student, you have access to MacEwan’s counselling services, which include personal, educational and crisis counselling. Drop in for an initial consultation or call to make an appointment. You can also turn to other students for help through SAMU’s Peer Support program.
If counselling isn't the right step for you, you might want to check out our Changing Minds website to learn coping strategies, find out about mental health workshops and events, and read stories of other people at MacEwan who are navigating their own mental health experiences.
. . .And your physical health
If being more active is on your list of resolutions, you might already be a step ahead – students enrolled in six or more credits have automatic membership to the Christenson Centre for Sport and Wellness, which includes the fitness centre, pool, gymnasium and steam room.
Students also have access to the new MacEwan University Health Centre. Book an appointment to address specific physical or mental health concerns, or for a general check-up.
Putting yourself out there
Finding a way to explore a new interest can be hard. Meeting new people can be hard. The good news is we have an easy way to do both: joining a club.
There are nearly 100 clubs on campus, ranging from improv to gaming to faith groups and just about anything else you could imagine. Check out the SAMU club listings to see what strikes your fancy.
Saving some dough
Cutting down on debt or padding your savings account sound like great resolutions. . .until you start trying to figure out exactly how you’re going to make it happen. Should you take on extra work hours? Cut back on necessities? Stop having fun all together?
You might not have to take any of those options. Ease the financial challenges of post-secondary education by applying for scholarships, awards and bursaries. There is funding available for students in a variety of financial and academic circumstances, and applying is easier than you might think.
Volunteering is a great way to do something good for your university community, and meet new people while you’re at it. But this is a resolution that stalls for some students, simply because they don’t know how to get involved.
A great place to start is MacEwan.ca/Volunteer. This new web page lists some of the biggest events, initiatives and programs across campus that require volunteers. All you have to do is pick one and sign up.
Happy new year from MacEwan! We look forward to seeing you back here for the Winter term.