10 Ways to Get Baked

While April 20th has been unofficially claimed by pot smokers as “weed day”, there are many ways to get high without marijuana!

  1. BAKE! You can bake anything from brownies to cookies to cupcakes. The possibilities are endless. All you’ll need are some eggs and vegetable oil. Get healthy alternative recipes on Pinterest.
  2. Make string bracelets! Remember when you were in elementary school and you made your parents buy you string in every color imaginable? Well, you’re never too old to make some friendship bracelets! Don’t forget to pick up the colors purple, gold and white!
  3. Feeling crafty? Tie-dye some t-shirts! Come to the Wellness Promotion program “Get Baked” and tie-dye cypher on 4/20 in Sykes 10 A from 6-8pm.
  4. Kick back, and roll up… in a comfy snuggy with James Franco and Seth Rogan in Pineapple Express or your favorite movie.
  5. Get lost in time and space through video games! Bust out that old Wii and play some Super Mario Kart.
  6. Totally check out. Ditch your cell phone and enjoy the great outdoors! Go on a nature walk, and appreciate the flowers in bloom
  7. Have a concert in your room! Make a playlist of all your favorite jams. Dance by yourself or with friends until your feet hurt!
  8. Whip out a board game! Monopoly will keep you busy for HOURS!
  9. Read a book! It’s never too late to finally read The Hunger Games trilogy!
  10. Lastly, just have a good time. Whether you do something mentioned above or you just hang with family, remember to live every day to the fullest!

“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create”

5 Tips for Finding Balance in College:

Everything you do in college depends on one very important word: balance. Creating your own definition of what balance means will set you up for success during you four years here.  Here are some tips to help you create your own definition

1. Keep calm and get organized

I can contest that I am a hot flaming organized chaos. Organization doesn’t always mean color coding, highlighter and sticky notes. There are many tools, both physical and digital, that can help you get and stay organized.  As digital agers online planners are vastly becoming a part of everyday life. I mean who has time to write these days right?! Utilizing a planner whether it be for every second of your day to big events can help you balance out your days while simultaneously avoiding procrastination and stress.

2. Tick Tock time management is a major key!

Once you’ve found an organizational tool, you’ll be one step closer to reaching time management success! Dedicate five minutes out your day to actually rechecking your syllabus, club meeting, study times and Wawa runs to keep track of your goals

3. Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you!

Regardless if you made it through high school without ever opening a book, we’re in a different league now, and it’s impossible to get a college degree without ever studying. Finding the right place to do so is part of the puzzle. For example, maybe you study more efficiently at the library with other like-minded students than your room all by yourself. Or maybe you work better in a group with open discussions. Finding where your focus is strongest will help you begin to study.

4. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!

Whether one is living on or off campus West Chester offers many food options! And an increasing amount of restaurants take Ram bucks! Remember the planner we discussed? Try to schedule some time for yourself, treat yourself and splurge some cash at Amore’s or try a new Buzzfeed recipe. As you reach new stages of your life, you’ll need to create new definitions for balance

5.Friendship

We all know finals is right around the corner, so remember to put some time aside for friends and fun! College isn’t just about tests and studying, but about making memories and lifelong friends. Whether you go for a walk through the South Campus trails or see a SAC movie, spending time venting with friends helps reduce the stresses of college. Go out and explore your beautiful campus!

“Life is about balance. Be content, but never stop improving yourself.”

 

Stepping into Spring

As we just celebrated the first day of spring a few weeks ago with free Rita’s, Dairy Queen, and American Pie Pizza, the warmer weather is coming and not only are food places excited but so should you!

We have all been there with the winter drag of staying inside, cuddled up with blankets, and Netflixin all day long because who likes the cold anyway? Fear no more, well until next winter, the sun will shine bright and cold no more!

Here’s some ways to get out of the winter blues:

  1. Get out of bed because it is sunny and warm out, therefore go for a walk outside or read your favorite book outside!
  2. Buy that bathing suit you’ve been wanting all winter because the warm weather is coming!
  3. Wear your favorite bright colored shirt and show it off now that it’s warm out.
  4. Open up the windows in your house instead of turning on the lights in your house (save electric too!)
  5. Cancel that gym membership and go for a run or exercise outside!
  6. Plan your summer garden out
  7. Plan your summer vacation!

Say no more to the winter drag, spring is finally here!

HAIRatage

To all my beautiful black and brown QUEENS,

Spring is upon us! Ending the hibernation season of our luxurious manes, with the spring and summer vastly approaching it is time to prepare these protective styles for upcoming heat of the season. From locs, relaxers, short cuts and kinks, as a woman of color, I understand how important your hair is to you! Our hair is an expression of self, and self-identity! Because our hair is an important aspect in our lives, it is crucial that we learn how to take care of it properly, and style it properly. Here are a few tips on how to keep your crown flourishing at all times

Tips for washing hair

  1. Wash your hair (try to use a sulfate free shampoo)
  2. Condition, condition, condition! (Conditioner is your BEST FRIEND!)
  3. Section your hair
  4. Detangle your hair with a wide tooth comb
  5. Moisturize your hair
  6. Style your hair as desired

**These steps can be used on natural and relaxed hair**

Hairstyles:

Bantu Knots

  1. Part hair into sections
  2. Apply moisturizer, and water to each section
  3. Twist hair into a circular motion until it’s in a coil
  4. Tuck the ends of your hair into a coil
  5. Use a bobby pin to hold coil the knot in place
  6. Unravel the knots when they are dry *Drying times vary dependent on hair texture, but on average takes around 12-24 hours to fully dry
  7. Add oil to hair   bantuknots

Goddess Braid Crown

  1. Part hair into two sections
  2. Apply moisturizer, and oil
  3. Starting with one section of hair, begin the braid form the part, and braid your hair all the way down
  4. Repeat step 3 for the second section of hair
  5. Take the ends of each braid and bobby pin them together

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**Remember each hairstyle may vary depending on your texture of hair. Not all hair is the same**

 

Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get Information (hair flip emoji)

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month?  The self-identifying 162 million women of various backgrounds have been positively impacting our country for years.  From making incredible scientific discoveries, holding high official office position, to owning small businesses and delivering babies, women can be considered the backbone of the USA.

Women drive 70-80% of all consumer purchasing, yet in many cases, they are still being paid on average, 77 cents to every man’s dollar.  Luckily, we live in an era in which people are not afraid to speak out.

There is an exciting movement happening on March 8th. According to the Women’s March organizers, “…together we will mark the day by recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system–while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.”

No matter how you identify, YOU can make a difference on the March 8th movement A Day Without a Woman by:

  1. Taking the day off from paid and unpaid labor if you identify as a woman.
  2. Avoiding shopping for one whole day (with exceptions for women and minority owned local business).
  3. Wearing RED in solidarity with the International Women’s Strike.

“When millions of us stood together in January, we saw clearly that our army of love greatly outnumbers that of fear, greed, and hatred. Let’s raise our voices once again to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, fender expression, economic status, age, or disability.”

We at the Wellness Office are very excited to stand in solidarity. Share with us how you participate on this monumental day in history by tagging us in your Instagram photos @wcuwellnesspromotion

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