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STUDENT VOICE - "Thriving in University: Prioritizing Health and Wellness Throughout the Academic Journey" 

An article submitted by Elvenia Gray-Sandiford 

Now that we've seamlessly transitioned into a new year and a new semester, we find ourselves fully immersed in the rhythm of university life. The excitement of the holidays has evolved into a focused determination and commitment, embraced by both on-campus and distance students. Whether it's the exhilaration of navigating the unknown for first-time students, or the familiar blend of anticipation and resolve for returning students and staff, this signifies a fresh start all around. 

This year, let's approach our academic journey with a dedicated focus on personal health and wellness, ensuring a strong start, a balanced experience, and overall thriving, engaged in the pursuit of knowledge, and friendships forming. While it's easy to be swept up in the whirlwind of classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities, it's crucial to recognize that your well-being is the foundation of success. Take a moment to prioritize self-care—ensure you get enough rest, maintain a balanced diet, and stay physically active as much as possible. Also, find pockets of relaxation in your day, whether it's a leisurely walk through the winter-kissed campus, attending a yoga class, or simply unwinding with a good book. 

For our first-time students, the university experience is an incredible opportunity for growth, both academically and personally. It's essential to find a balance that works for you – between studying hard and giving yourself the chance to explore new interests and make lasting connections. Join clubs, attend workshops, or simply strike up a conversation with someone from a different background; these experiences enrich your time here and promote holistic growth. 

To our returning students and esteemed professors and instructors, you know the ropes, but remember that the beginning of the term can still be a whirlwind. Prioritize self-care and be sure to support your fellow students. Share your wisdom, create a welcoming atmosphere, and encourage each other to make healthy choices, both inside and outside the classroom. 

Let's make this university year a remarkable journey of academic achievement and personal growth, learning, and personal development. Together, we'll learn, grow, and thrive, prioritizing health and wellness every step of the way. To our newcomers, welcome to an incredible chapter in your life. Here's to a fantastic Winter semester, and to an incredible year of learning! 



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