By donzaj | November 25, 2009
What a week!
Monday in our Intro class, we worked in groups on a case study we had been assigned. The case studies we have been working on involve a particular problem or dilemma in higher education that we have to analyze and solve. These case studies are a great way to practice problem-solving techniques for our future jobs.
On Tuesday, our Theory research papers were due. My paper was about the relationship between stress and gender in college. As part of this paper, we had to come up with programming that was grounded in student development theory. My program was called De-Stress Yourself Week and included both informational and interactive aspects where students could learn more about stress and positive coping strategies.
On Wednesday, I had a meeting with my mentor, Connie, who works in the Office of Campus Programming and Leadership Development (CPLD). We discussed possible internship ideas as well as some committee work I can get involved with. CPLD is taking over orientation next year, so I plan to get involved with that new committee, since Orientation is one of my favorite parts of Higher Ed. After that meeting, I met with one of my own academic mentees. I serve as an academic mentor for a few freshman students. This involves helping them with time-management skills, talking to them about their progress in their classes, and just serving as another resource.
My counseling class met on Wednesday evening for a stress-management workshop led by representatives from the Wellness Center. We did a “melt into the floor” workshop where we learned some breathing exercises and learned to relax our muscles. I felt extra energized after the workshop, so I went to the library to work on a paper.
Yesterday was pretty busy. I ran around campus putting up balloons for the RA selection committee, as a way to encourage students to apply to become resident assistants. After that, I worked at my Medaille Residence Life internship for a few hours, then came back to Canisius to work at the Tutoring Center.
Today I worked at Medaille from 11-2. We were getting ready for the Boxtown Program we have been planning to raise awareness about homelessness. We are going to spend tomorrow night sleeping in cardboard boxes and then volunteering at a soup kitchen the next day. It should be a great experience.
Another exciting week in CSPA!
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