On Oct. 10, Student Government held the Self-Awareness Fair in the Commuter Resource Center (CRC) for students interested in exploring their own wellness.
This event was filled with positive energy and resources for students to learn about their mental, physical, emotional and social health. The goal was for students to gain insight and awareness into the struggles of life.
Ashley Deforge, student aid for Student Government who helped plan the event, said the event was organized to help students learn how to handle the struggles they go through every day and will continue to experience in all their lives. The skills students will hopefully gain from this fair can educate students on what will make them more able to acknowledge their own self-awareness and handle the hardest of situations.
At the Self-Awareness Fair there were multiple tables with representatives of different versions of self-awareness and self-health organizations. A nutritional table was used where free apples were given away to students. The table was filled with information on nutrition and how healthy diets help students relieve stress and make their bodies feel better.
The Counseling Center's table at the Self-Awareness Fair included a game for students to explore their own self-awareness. Students dropped a token in the game and where it landed was one of the eight dimensions of wellness.
The eight dimensions of wellness:
When students' tokens landed in one of the dimensions of wellness, a representative from the counseling center would ask them a question that would open a discussion on their wellness in that area. If a student's token fell in the social section, the counselor would ask the student how they feel about their own social wellness and how they could improve it.
The Kean University Counseling Center is a resource available to all Kean students. It is included with tuition and the counselors are qualified to help students with what they need help. Appointments can be scheduled, but it is always open in any case of emergency. For more information on the Counseling Center, contact them at (908) 737-4850.
Other tables included The Catholic Newman Club to promote spiritual wellness and a table featuring the upcoming Career & Internship Fair for Business, Government & Technology hosted by the Center for Development and Advancement, Center for International Studies and Center for Internships and Cooperative Education. This event supports occupational wellness and will take place Thursday, Nov. 8 in Downs Hall.
With refreshments, snacks and a photo booth, students were invited to this event to promote personal health.
For more information on personal health, there are many resources on campus like the Counseling Center and Health Services. With the rise of many events on campus to manage life's struggles with stress and mental health, it is important for students take advantage and better themselves.