This morning I attended my last event for the Pursuit of Wellness. And I can definitely say that it was well worth the effort! I went to a practice interview with Career Services today. This is one of those things that I know is offered on campus and always say to myself “oh I should really do that…” but never actually do. If you’re the same way, then knock it off and get over there!
Even though I knew this wasn’t a real interview, I was still a little nervous as I was walking into my interviewer’s office. However this nervousness quickly dissipated. I immediately felt at ease as I sat down, because Ilene provided a very calming demeanor and atmosphere for me. We went through the basic interview set-up, discussed appropriate dress and actions while being interviewed, and covered in detail popular interview questions. Many of the questions we covered I often feel that I struggle with in an interview, but she offered me wonderful pointers on how to prepare for these questions, as well as the best way to answer and tailor them to myself.
I walked out of Career Services feeling soooooo much more confident in my interview skills, and I can thank the Pursuit of Wellness Challenge and Career Services for that!
Pursuit of Wellness
Emotional:Act of Valor
Last Sunday night I was asked by a group of friends to attend the movie Act of Valor. I agreed, not because I enjoy action movies or movies with ample amounts of blood and gore, but because the movie is a tribute to our soldiers, and active Navy Seals star in the movie itself.
I enjoyed the movie, but had trouble watching many parts of it. Its difficult but eye-opening to watch what our soldiers do for our country. I cannot express my gratitude to them, for they are required to walk into situations that they know they may not be able to walk out of and they say goodbye to their families knowing this may be the last time they will see them. They take great risks, and it is all for our safety.
Why do I hold this near to my heart? My cousin Amanda enlisted two years ago, following in the footsteps of her brother, who has served in the army for over 6 years. Amanda (or Manda as I refer to her) is exactly one month and one day older than me, she and I grew up in the same town together and attended the same school. She’s been one of my very best friends for as long as I can remember. Although we regularly keep in touch through emails, calls, and facebook, I only get to see her about once a year now. Next month she will leave her training for Korea, and when she will get to return is unknown.
I couldn’t believe that she had the “guts” to join the army, but I very much appreciate her for it. The movie reminded me again of what great selflessness she possesses.
She is truly an Act of Valor.
Activity: Use the Self Care Station
This morning I stopped by the self care station in the Health and Wellness Resource Office to check in with my height, weight, and blood pressure. I have tried to make sure that I check my blood pressure at least once a month. I have never had high blood pressure before, and mine usually reads low, but it is important for all individuals to pay attention to this, no matter their fitness level, size, shape, etc. Acquiring high blood pressure can cause: heart failure, aneurysms, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and amputation.
Are you aware that a blood pressure of 120/80 can be categorized as “pre-hypertension? Or that eating too much sodium, drinking too much alcohol, not getting enough potassium, smoking, excess weight, and not enough physical activity can all raise blood pressure?
Guess where I found all this useful information? The Self Care Station!! It is a great resource for everyone on campus. Using it always makes me feel great about myself in that I am keeping my eye on my health. If you haven’t checked it out yet, get over to the Health and Wellness Resource Office in the Memorial Union and try it out. It takes less than 5 minutes…why not use it?
Activity: Recycle Aluminum Cans
Date: Monday, February 20th
Yesterday I brought my cans into Minnkota Recycling to earn my Environmental WOW. I am a firm believer in environmental wellness and recycling (Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays!) so this was an enjoyable task to complete. I usually put my cans into our normal recycling, so it was fun to get paid for bringing cans into the Minnkota Recyling Center! It was quite a simple experience, you hand the employee your bag(s) of aluminum, he puts them into a big long conveyor belt-like contraption where the cans are weighed, then he puts your information into the computer and prints your off a check! Although I didn’t make much money for my cans, any money is good money, it was still a new and fun experience, and it took less than 10 minutes for the whole procedure. I would strongly suggest that all try this, or at least begin recycling at your home. Here are some fun facts about aluminum:
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to watch a TV for three hours – it’s equivalent to half a gallon of gasoline
- At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold.
Crazy huh! Even if it is only for a few bucks, why not bring them in if its that simple? I know I enjoyed it!
Date: Monday, Feb 13
Activity: Attend Mat Pilates
On Monday I attended mat pilates at the Wellness Center from 3:00pm until 3:45pm. This marks the third week I’ve attended this class, and I LOVE it! I have practiced pilates off and on for about four years now, and have always enjoyed it. I also practice yoga sporatically and enjoy that as well, but I love how pilates can helps you to center yourself all while giving you a nice muscle burn, which I don’t always receive from yoga.
The class is taught by a student on campus who is very familiar with pilates as an exercise. She puts in an extra effort to get to know the participants in class and lets us go at our own pace, but always makes sure to push us as well. I can tell she really enjoys teaching because the 45 minutes fly by and she’s still wishing we could do more!
Pilates allows me to calmly collect my thoughts and offers a break to my busy days. My Mondays do not end until 7pm at night, but I make sure to always make it to pilates. Even if i have to squeeze it in, it helps me to continue my day a little less stressed and with a more calming demeanor.
I would suggest this class to anyone. The instructor introduces exercises that I’ve never practiced before, and always makes sure to add a little twist to the routine each time.
Looking for some stress reduction? Get to mat pilates!
Date: Feb 8
Activity: Attend Meet, Eat and Learn
Last Wednesday I attended my first Meet, Eat and Learn at the International Centre. I have been a student on this campus since 2007, and I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve attended this event! For those of you who are not familiar with Meet, Eat, and Learn, it is an event put on but the Women’s Center on campus. This takes place usually the first Wednesday of every month, from noon until 1pm. The event features very interesting speakers each month and offer FREE FOOD!!!
The Meet, Eat, and Learn I attended featured guest speaker Amoussa Koriko. Amoussa discussed refugeeism in America. He was very well spoken and informative. He also has a very interesting background. He is currently writing a play pertaining to his topic and also teaches French on campus! His speech opened my eyes to refugeeism. I can honestly say I did not give the topic much thought until hearing him discuss it. I think coming from a small town in North Dakota had a lot to do with my unfamiliarness with it.
From attending this event, I have received a more “intellectual” understanding of refugeeism. It has helped me to better understand what some have to go through just to live in a certain country. I would strongly suggest that everyone attend Meet, Eat, and Learn at least once. They serve free food and very valuable lessons.