Many of us have had days where we were over loaded with homework, having fights with our parents and friends, or just feeling unenthusiastic. Sometimes we are able to break the depressing cycle and focus on the great things that are happening in our lives, other times we turn to things like alcohol or drugs to help us cope with life.
Studies have shown that the misuse of prescription medications in college students is on the rise. Many students are using prescribed medications (like Adderall, which is a stimulant prescribed to patients who have ADHD, Xanax, which is a sedative prescribed to patients who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, and Vicodin, which is a morphine prescribed to patients who have severe pain) to feel better and “manage” their daily lives. When prescribed by a doctor for a certain use, the medicine can be beneficial to a person, but when a person starts overdosing on a medication and taking it with other drugs and/or alcohol the effects can be deadly. Abusing prescription medication can lead to organ damage, seizures, heart attacks, strokes, and even death. When students start abusing medications their chances for becoming binge drinkers, misusers of drugs like marijuana and cocaine, and drug addicts increases dramatically. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the misuse of prescription drugs.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is by exercising. In the words of Elle Woods from Legally Blond, “I just don’t think that Brooke could’ve done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Happy people are also more able to cope with the struggles of life. One other thing that a person could do is seek-out counseling services. Most college campuses, like ours, offer free counseling to students who may be feeling stressed, dealing with medication abuse, and dealing with alcohol abuse. Although it may be hard to step out of your comfort zone, the benefits of living a healthy, drug free lifestyle are definitely worth it.
More information on prescription abuse can be found at http://www.talkaboutrx.org
Good morning UND,
Looking nice out there today–clear skies and sunny with a high of 14 looking to reach even as high as 25.
The movie of the week is 300: Rise of an Empire 3D. The movie is based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300.
The Running with Lynn Show is proud to bring you the second installment of Stories of Suspense Ch.2 “Nightmares”. I had the classic “scary movie” bad dream again last night. The one where I’m in a rich fancy hotel and it seems like I’m walking for miles then when I finally get to the end of the hallway there’s two little twin boys standing there staring at me and chanting “come play with us Lynn for ever and ever and ever…”. “All play and no work makes Lynn a dull boy” I exclaimed! Then I woke up.
Have a great day everybody
What would I do in a situation like Stickman’s? We all know there is an association between college and drinking. To be young and drinking is empowering! College kids are trying to live life to the fullest. Yet, even with our ideas of drinking, we still have a nagging sense of responsibility. How do we find a balance?
Did you know if you Party like Stickman it will drain your wallet in more ways than one. It’s true the average UND student will pay $900 per year on alcohol, but I’d like to look at the opportunity lost to partying. The average college student who drinks is drunk, on average, 10.6 hours per week. Let’s say you worked a job at $8 an hour for 10.6 hours per week for 4 years. After taxes that $8 an hour turns into $22,048. Skipping a class after feeling the effects of a hangover will cost $20. Yup, college isn’t cheap.
Have you heard the term, “C’s get degrees?” Well, in some degrees that is true, but a degree no longer guarantees a job. Remember that new Huffington Post poll…”53% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed?” Well I like to think of the 47% and how they got there. What if you asked yourself, “Is all this wasted time drinking worth the cost?” Would you still Party like Stickman?
Hello everyone, my name is Jonathan Chavez. I hope you enjoyed my blog post! I’ve got some great events coming up in the residence halls called, “Partying with Stickman.” Stickman is a character who uses ironic situations to teach morals about college drinking. If anyone would like a speaker presenting on the effect of alcohol on education and the cost of tuition and perhaps an activity, I would be more than happy to present. I have a ton of free t-shirts, key chains, and coasters to give away, so please let me know if you’re interested! Feel free to contact me at the Health & Wellness Hub, located on the main floor of the Memorial Union, or by email at email@example.com. Thanks everyone!
The Health & Wellness Hub is searching for a Physical Activity Peer Educator that has the following qualities:
•A passion to serve as a healthy role model to other UND students •Excellent communication skills – including presentation skills, written skills and team work
•Creativity •Experience and/or personal interest in health and wellness, particularly physical activity
•Ability to work independently and with a team
•Carry out other duties as assigned by your team lead
Health & Wellness Peer Educators function as an extension of the Health & Wellness Hub at UND. You will reach out to UND students in a variety of ways to support them in reaching their personal and academic goals. Peer educators serve as positive role models by demonstrating good judgment, ethical behavior and respect for others and self, especially in relation to health & wellness issues. As a peer educator you will conduct weekly research on issues associated with physical activity, develop programs, presentations, and outreach initiatives for UND students, and exhibit a non-judgmental, caring attitude with respect for diversity. Peer educators are an important part of the health and wellness environment at UND and because of this, we look for the highest quality candidates for our team. If you possess the following skills and want to be a part of this exciting and fun team, fill out the application with cover letter and resume!
- $9.50/hour, 10 hours/week
- Start Date: ASAP!
To apply, visit the Student Employment website: http://und.edu/student-life/careers/student-employment.cfm.
We look forward to having you join our team!
Good morning UND!
Another sunny but chilly day with a high of 1 and a low of -18. Want to stay warm? Catch the movie of the movie of the week! Jaume Collet-Serra’s action thriller Non-Stop stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal confronted with a hostile force who plans to kill every passenger on a flight if the government doesn’t pay a hefty ransom. This high-flying action packed movie will keep your pulse pumping all 1 hour and 50 min.
Today is a special day, for the first time ever the Running with Lynn Show brings you Stories of Suspense. Ch. 1 “The Frozen Fingers”
Last week my buddy and I were out in the cold for hours, he said “my figures are numb, they are so cold I can’t feel them any more!” I replied “Here maybe you should wear my extra pair of gloves, my hands are starting to get sweaty anyway.” He said “you mean to tell me you had this extra pair of gloves this whole time!” I said “yeah we are in North Dakota.”
Tune in next week for ch. 2 of Stories of Suspense same UND time same UND blog.
See you next week true believers.
Spring break is two weeks away and you can’t wait to relax! But while you’ve been studying and stressing over midterms exams, you might not have made any big plans- or have a ton of cash set aside.
Don’t worry. UND financial wellness has got your back.
You don’t need to drain your life savings and sell a kidney to afford a fun spring break. What you do need is a place to travel, a way to get there, somewhere to stay, cheap grub, (and for those of the appropriate age, maybe a drink or two). So here are some tips to have a great spring break without breaking the bank.
- Plan ahead. With two weeks to go, it might be a little late for extensive planning and advanced ticket purchasing but it’s important to plan what you can. Knowing where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and what you need will lead to you being less stressed and less likely to spend more on last minute rate increases.
- Getting there. Whether you are planning to drive or fly, money can be saved. If you’re driving, take the most fuel efficient car you can get. If you fly, you need to be flexible, especially this late in the game. Mid-week or middle-of-the-night flights are often the cheapest. Also flying out of Minneapolis can save you hundreds over flying out of Grand Forks.
- Look for deals. Groupon and LivingSocial can provide deals for areas you are heading to or traveling through. It is also a good idea to look for online promotional deals when you are booking hotels or looking for places to eat. Hotels also often provide deal books in their tourist information area- you’ll find both things to do and coupons for them!
- Be outgoing. When you’re traveling, it is no time to be shy. Talk to the locals you meet. First of all, meeting new people can be fun and secondly, they can tell you what places are worth checking out and which places are the overpriced tourist traps.
- Don’t buy cheesy souvenirs. We like to cut loose on vacation, and sometimes we do so with our wallets. It may be fun to be impulsive on the places you visit, but don’t give in to the tourist junk. Most likely it is poor quality and way overpriced.
- Know the local laws. Whether you are visiting a different state, or a different country it is important to know the local laws. Some laws like speed limits are obvious, but other places may have different rules about driving that could get you pulled over. Many states have laws against talking on the phone and driving. The last thing you want on vacation is a brush with the law a heavy fine. There also may be noise ordinances and restrictions on what you can carry with you. The one place you don’t want to save is with free lodging at the local jail.
- Your Friends. Traveling with your friends can be a blast no matter where you go. Spring break will also be more cost effective with your friends. Cost sharing is a great way to cut car, hotel, and other travel expenses.
- Bring all the necessities. If you’re the kind of person that waits until the last minute to pack, you might end up forgetting something. Make yourself a list of stuff you know you’ll need throughout the week prior to leaving. Remembering to pack important stuff like your sunglasses, swimsuit, sandals, and camera will keep you from having to buy them at your destination.
- Pack groceries. Save some cash by cooking/bringing a couple of meals and snacks. Especially if you’re driving, bring a cooler. You can pack water, pop, lunch meat, and other goodies for the trip. This way you can avoid frequently stopping and convenience store prices.
Now you’re ready to go! Just don’t do anything UND Financial Wellness wouldn’t do: In other words, don’t waste your money.
Ballenger, B. (2013, February 25). 26 Tips to Save on Spring Break 2013. Retrieved from Money Talks News: http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/02/25/26-tips-to-save-on-spring-break-2013/
Coming to the end of February means that National Nutrition Month is just around the corner. Every March is National Nutrition Month and every year UND celebrates March with many nutrition related activities. This year UND is offering a recipe contest, Student Iron Chef, Lunch and Learn, food drive, grocery bingo, and a wellness screening.
The Delicious and Nutritious Recipe Contest will be going on the majority of the month. The recipe submission deadline is March 21; to find out details about this event click on the following link.
Student Iron Chef Contest Semi-final dates of the competition are March 3rd and March 4th. The final competition will take place on March 11th. Groups of students will be creating a dish consisting of Alaskan Salmon, YUM.
A food drive will take place for the whole month of March. Non-perishable food items and personal care products are appreciated. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the campus.
Grocery Bingo will take place on March 28th at 9pm in the loading dock. It is free to all students and it’s a great way to win free groceries and meet students.
A lunch ‘N learn will be held on March 26th in Gamble Hall from 12:30pm to 1:30pm in room 225. This event is part of the Deans for wellness initiative; it is open to all staff, faculty, spouses and partners of the College of Business and Public Administration. You can RSVP to this email:
The wellness screening will be held at the EERC on March 5th. It is open to faculty, staff, partners and spouses. This is an appointment only event to make an appointment click the following link.