Celebrating love every other day besides V-Day

Now that were fresh out of the V-day hype, and the overload of the Facebook and Instagram post about everyone’s bae has subsided, lets  time where we can show our appreciation for the loved ones in our lives. We can all agree Valentine’s Day is great, hallmark holiday that celebrates love, but what about the other 364 days of the year? Whether you are buying for a family member, a BFF or a bae, we could all use just alittle bit of love and encouragement throughout the entire year. With that being said small gifts from the heart can add up quickly! As financially challenged college student how we can show our affection without emptying your wallet. Here are three easy DIY love themed crafts that will warm their hearts without breaking the bank.

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“Reasons Why I Love You” Jar: This cute jar is a good way to show your love!

It is customizable for anyone who is receiving it. The jar can say whatever you want!

  • What you’ll need: jar, ribbon, construction paper, sharpies/markers
  • What to do: Cut out little strips of paper for the notes. Write your note on the sheets of paper and roll them up like a scroll. Tie them with ribbon and place them in the jar. You can also make a label for the jar like the one below. Super easy!

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“Movie Night”: The price of a movie ticket these days seems to parallel to a weeks’ worth of gas. Instead of paying to see a movie in the theater, how about a comfy movie night in? Here is a cute gift idea that is good for anyone special in your life that can also include tasty treats

  • What you’ll need: A basket or tin, movie of your choice, any snacks you like! (popcorn and chocolate can be a good option)
  • What to do: Fill the tin with things that you think the receiver will love! This is a great gift option because it’s something you can do together. In addition to movies, you can put snacks, pillows or even a gift card for other movies if there is room in your budget! The possibilities are endless!diy3
  • “52 Cards, 52 Reasons”: Here’s another twist on the 52 Reasons jar above! Again, this idea is totally customizable for the receiver of the gift! You can write whatever you want to say on the front as well as on each card.
    • What you’ll need: a deck of cards (52 cards total), a paper hole punch, scissors, a glue stick/tape, ribbon (shown below, but you can also use binder rings), construction paper, sharpies, a computer and printer (if you want to print the messages instead of writing them)
    • What to do: It’s best to write out your reasons first, then cut them out. You can also add pictures to personalize them even more. Spread out the deck and arrange your pictures and words. Use the paper hole punch to add two holes to each card, it’s best to do this before gluing anything down. Then let your cards dry, tie the ribbon through it and you’re done! (but you could use binder rings instead of ribbon, too!)

Being Your Own Bae!

It’s that time of year again…valentines day. What’s missing? A bae. But you know what? That’s okay. Because single awareness day exists, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy being single and practicing self love. You don’t always need a bae to celebrate Valentine’s Day, so this year, we encourage you to love yourself!  Here are some fun ways to enjoy being single this year:

  • Treat Yourself! Splurge on yourself! Have an online cart filled with potential items? Go cray! And spend a little of that hard earned cash on YOU!
  • Have a Movie Night Whether it’s by yourself or with some friends, grab some popcorn and a fuzzy blanket and enjoy your favorite Netflix series.
  • Take a Fitness Class Get that heart rate pumping! The Campus Rec offers a great selection of workout classes to take Monday-Friday! Try something you’ve never done before – you never know how much you’ll love it! (And how much you’ll sweat)
  • Create a Vision Board Focus on your strengths vision boards are a great way of mapping out where you are at in life and where you want to go. Grab some old magazines or print photos online of things you love and go wild! Hang it up in your room or office so you can always be mindful and motivated. Vision boards are a great way to reflect who you really are and what your aspirations are.
  • Give Back Partaking in acts of kindness or community service can boost your self-efficacy! Valentine’s Day is about love, right? You don’t need to be in a relationship with someone or something to spread love. Get out there and make someone smile or give back to your community. It will make you feel great!

New Year, New Semester, New You.. Right?

No matter what year of college you are, the spring semester always has a special feel to it. Between the almost endless rain, Banana Day, and the glorious spring break, the spring semester always full of life!

College is all about discovering who we are and what we like, which is why it is so important to set goals for yourself. It could be anything, but choosing a goal and sticking to it can be the difference between a good semester and a bad one.

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”       – Jim Rohnnic-blog-pic

Striving for good grades. With a new semester brings a new start and what a time to do so other than the spring! Grades and GPAs from the Fall are officially in,  some may be regretting one to many thirsty Thursdays, while other maybe coasting at their 3.0. Regardless there is no doubt that, at some point, everyone struggles with classes. Maybe it is the professor or maybe it is the course material; it makes no difference. What is important is that we can all better ourselves, and our GPA, by working as hard as we can to get the grades we want. Invest in a calendar, designate appropriate study times, head to the library, or even get a tutor!

Become more active on campus. WCU has a lot to offer, some things you may not have even knew existed! Clubs and organizations around campus are always looking for new students to join them. Finding one that interests you could let you express what is important to you, help plan the future of your education, and introduce you to new friends.

Make more time for friends and family. The connections you make at college are often the everlasting ones. Taking time out of the day to hang out with friends or call a loved one makes a difference and can brighten your day.

Try something new. Easy as that. Now is the time to try new things and explore your interests. Perhaps it’s something you have never heard of or something you have always wanted to do. Trying something new can change your college experience in ways you would never expect. Join an interesting sounding club on campus, learn a new language, or even try playing that instrument you always found cool. Do it and stop limiting yourself!

Set new goals and stick to them. It can be difficult, but with enough self-discipline, there are no limits Rams.

BUSY RAM WORKOUT PLAN

Spring semester is full swing, we all know New Year resolutions are slowly fading away. As a college student with limited time, scheduling in a solid workout routine is a major struggle bus. Check out this easy 15 min workout!

Kanye ain’t got nothing on this workout plan! Incorporate all parts of the body and kick you in the butt. Living in the dorm? Off campus? Commuting? This will surely get your heart rate pumping!

 

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Remember:

  • Make sure you have plenty of water throughout the whole workout
  • Push yourself to limit your breaks

Stay healthy my Rams!

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC

Slay. Be woke. Be you! Embrace your Black Girl Magic! It’s that simple.

About two years ago, CaShawn Thompson created this phrase to inspire black women all around the world. She wanted to let them know that they are nothing less than resilient or beautiful. Ever since CaShawn coined this term, the hash tag has been flooding social media like wild fire! From magazines such as Essence and Teen Vogue to T-shirts with this addictive, insanely positive catch phrase.

Many may be wondering what #BlackGirlMagic actually means? Varying meanings exists based on personal definition. Huffington Post says that Black Girl Magic is “a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. It’s celebrating anything we deem particularly dope, inspiring, or mind-blowing about ourselves.”

Thompson stated that she wanted to get this term out in order to celebrate black women, and to make it known that black women do great things, even though they are not always understood. Many celebrities such as Zendaya Coleman, Solange Knowles, Janelle Monaé, and Tracee Ellis Ross have become very well-known figures of embracing their Black Girl Magic.

No matter what your definition is, always keep in mind that Black Girl Magic is REAL! We are dope. We are smart. We are black. We are beautiful. ❤

Find full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-is-black-girl-magic-video_us_5694dad4e4b086bc1cd517f4

#BLACKGIRLMAGIC

Slay. Be woke. Be you! Embrace your Black Girl Magic! It’s that simple.

About two years ago, CaShawn Thompson created this phrase to inspire black women all around the world. She wanted to let them know that they are nothing less than resilient or beautiful. Ever since CaShawn coined this term, the hash tag has been flooding social media like wild fire! From magazines such as Essence and Teen Vogue to T-shirts with this addictive, insanely positive catch phrase.

Many may be wondering what #BlackGirlMagic actually means? Varying meanings exists based on personal definition. Huffington Post says that Black Girl Magic is “a term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. It’s celebrating anything we deem particularly dope, inspiring, or mind-blowing about ourselves.”

Thompson stated that she wanted to get this term out in order to celebrate black women, and to make it known that black women do great things, even though they are not always understood. Many celebrities such as Zendaya Coleman, Solange Knowles, Janelle Monaé, and Tracee Ellis Ross have become very well-known figures of embracing their Black Girl Magic.

No matter what your definition is, always keep in mind that Black Girl Magic is REAL! We are dope. We are smart. We are black. We are beautiful. ❤

Find full article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-is-black-girl-magic-video_us_5694dad4e4b086bc1cd517f4

Attention All Rams! Major Event Alert!

Alright Rams, listen up and fasten your seat belts, because the Office of Wellness Promotion has events designed to make your semester fly by…

February: “the month of love”

  • Valentine’s Day themed Condom Bingo. Pick up your heart shaped condoms- I mean candy here.
    • 7, Sykes Ballroom B @7
  • How to be Single
    • Learn how to be your own bae through self-love and care
      • 9, Sykes 255 @
  •  Period Party
    • When is one most likely to get pregnant during the menstrual cycle? Find out here! Did I mention red velvet cupcakes?
      • 15, Sykes 115 @11-1

March “the month of Spring Break”

  • GYT
    • Get yourself tested with a simple urine sample. Just in time for Spring Break.
      • March 8, Sykes 10-2
  • Spiritual Wellness
    • Align your chakras and connect with your higher self through movement and meditation
      • March 22, Sykes 115 @ 7
  •  PostSecret:
    • Have you ever wanted to publish your secrets anonymously for the campus to see? Come by Sykes and submit your secret. Visit postsecret.com to learn more!
      • March 21-23, Sykes
    • Postsecret creator Frank Warren will be coming to campus to share about his amazing work!
      • March 28, Asplundh @ 7

April “the month before summer break”

  • Get Baked
    • Get in touch with your inner hippie through tie-dying and free food
      • April 20th

May “the month of Finals week”

  • De-stress Fest
    • Combat the tension of finals week through the power of puppies, free food, and fun activities
      • May 3, Sykes Ballroom @11-1

Keep Calm Cuffin’ Season is Upon Us

As West Chester Students, we find ourselves just above the blue line on the map. Our weather apps begin to show temperatures below 40, while our dating apps light up with matches. For those of you who have been lining up perspective partners for the months to come, rest assured, Cuffing Season is upon us.

 

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Cuffing Season is the phenomenon defined by Urban Dictionary as “During the fall and winter months, people who would normally rather be single find themselves along with the rest of the world, desiring to be “cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.”

It’s a pretty funny concept on paper, but the truth is, this cycle of matching for the winter months is all too familiar to many young adults!

And, that’s totally okay!

We at the Wellness Office are here to tell you that whether you’re bringing your bae to Thanksgiving Dinner, or continuing to hook up in frat basements, rest assured, your sexuality is your own to explore and cuff as you please! Just make sure you’ve got consent and condoms!

Written by Gracie McDermott, Wellness Ambassador

Trick or Treat? How to play it safe during a Halloween extravaganza weekend!

Get your costume ready because it’s that time of year! With costume parties galore, who knows what you can get into! Partying and drinking can be fun, but it is important to know how to be safe. Halloween is on a Monday this year, so for some people this means more time to enjoy the festivities; for others that means sitting out and getting work done. If you do go out, learning how to be safe while drinking can prevent a spooky situation! Learn how to handle your “boos” (and your booze) by following these tips!

  • Eat before you go. The big WCU question: Chris’s or Amore’s? Pizza is a great example of a good food to eat before (and during) drinking. Eating before and during drinking can minimize the effects of alcohol. The most effective types of foods to eat are fats and proteins. Some other good foods to eat when drinking during are burgers, soft pretzels or chicken sandwiches. The food in your stomach will absorb some of the alcohol and will prevent some of it from entering your bloodstream. This will prevent you from getting drunk too fast. Amore’s Pizza or Chris’s Pizza are both open until 2-3 a.m. on the weekends, so don’t forget to be safe and grab a slice!
  • Pace yourself. Limit yourself to 1-2 drinks an hour to avoid the alcohol building up in your blood. This will keep you safe from alcohol poisoning and will help you to avoid getting drunk too quickly. Also, don’t forget to add non-alcoholic chasers or have a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink. This will help you pace yourself and will keep you hydrated.
  • Remember your limits. You know what your alcohol tolerance is (how much alcohol your body can handle). Regardless if you are Spiderman, The Joker, or Pikachu, your alcohol tolerance will be different than your friends. BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) can vary from person to person based on sex (male or female), and weight.
  • Know the warning signs. Safe, sensible and fun…Alcohol poisoning is not a joke! Alcohol poisoning can not only cost your wallet, but also your life. In the event of an emergency, stay with your friend at all times and call 911. Follow these signs to know if your friend needs emergency medical care.
    • MUST: Mental Confusion, Unresponsive, Snoring/Gasping for Air, Throwing up.
    • HELP: Hypothermia, Erratic breathing, Loss of Consciousness, Paleness/Blueness of Skin
  • Watch your drinks. Keep your drink with you at all times and pour your own drinks. This way you know exactly what is in your drink and you will avoid drinking anything dangerous.
  • Have fun! And don’t forget the candy!

Let’s talk about something that can be a little uncomfortable for some- sex. Growing up, adults avoided it, and teachers tried to get around it- even though people have tons of questions! Talking about sex can be awkward and/or nerve wracking. A lot of what we end up learning about comes from peers or the Internet- and is more often than not false. Among some famous myths about sex include:

  • The pullout method is effective in preventing pregnancy. MYTH! 

FACT:The best way you can avoid pregnancy is by using a condom or other contraceptives. Be sure to check all expiration dates of condoms, use one at a time, and keep your condoms in cool, dry places. Hint: Your wallet is not a good place.

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    As long as there is no penetration there is no risk for contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).MYTH!

FACT:The only effective way to avoid STI’s is through using barrier methods such as condoms. Important to note that STIs like herpes and HPV can be contracted via skin-to-skin contact.

  • Having sex in water will stop you from getting pregnant. MYTH!

FACT:Having sex in water does not prevent pregnancy.

  • It is not necessary to use barrier methods such as dental dams and condoms when practicing oral or anal sex. MYTH!

FACTSTI’s can still be contracted and transmitted during oral and anal sex

  • You will know if you have an STI because symptoms will always be present. MYTH!

FACT: For many, STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea can go undetected because of the lack of noticeable symptoms. Best way to know if you have been infected is to get tested. If you

With all of the myths and misinformation it is important to have clear and correct information. To learn more visit:

www.bedsider.org

https://www.plannedparenthood.org/teens/sex/the-ten-biggest-myths-about-sex

http://stayteen.org/ask/series/myths

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/std.html

Lets talk about Sex, baby!