On Thursday, September 14, the Kean Programming for Unique and Lively Student Experience (P.U.L.S.E.) Board organized the Find Your Match event for all students to attend. The event ran from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Students were invited to visit each table that presented a different type of therapy. The Miron Student Center patio was filled with many students interested in mental health and finding therapies that would aid them in their college journey and contribute to their wellbeing. Some of the therapies that were presented include:
Marriage and Family Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Each therapy table had activities for the students to participate in that were amusing and equally engaging. For instance, art therapy involved the students painting pictures and the activity for cognitive behavioral therapy included students jumping on a trampoline and depicting photographs.
Angel Fidelis, a Kean P.U.L.S.E. representative explained what the Find Your Match therapy event was all about.
“At Find Your Match, we’re just allowing students to have the opportunity to go around and learn about all the different types of therapies that exist and see which one resonates with them the most,” said Fidelis. “It’s Suicide Prevention Month.”
Many students shared that they were excited about the Find Your Match program and looked forward to learning about things that they can implement into their daily lives to improve themselves.
English Major Alyssa Rivers shared her opinion of the event.
“I thought it was a cool idea to see what you guys had to offer, if it’s more like body healing or talk therapy,” said Rivers.
Junior Jeremy Melendez said that he hoped attending the event would help him in his journey of self-discovery.
“Personally, I'm on a journey to find myself … little things like this helps me get to that,” said Melendez.
Numerous students crowded around the art therapy table as they were painting different pictures or stamping their fingerprints. Maya Cardenas, a Kean P.U.L.S.E representative, expressed the idea of inclusion, and emphasized how art is a type of therapy.
“We’re having all the students come out and put their fingerprint or their own personal touch on it. It can be a drawing or anything … it’s just to show unity,” said Cardenas.
The Find Your Match event was successful and highly anticipated. Students were able to learn about each therapy and how to better themselves and their environment.