10 ways to take a break and recharge on campus

With mental and physical wellness at the forefront of this extraordinary year, here are some ways to recharge and reenergize on campus.

The delicious Rand cookies! (Vanderbilt University)
  1. Let your taste buds bring you joy with free Rand Cookies (the big ones!). The provost’s office is delivering Rand cookies to all residence halls on Feb. 23 and will offer them in Wilson Hall on Feb. 23 for off-campus students.


  1. Ready for a fitness challenge? Sign up for running, walking, burpee, squat and plank challenges at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center. Sign up here.


  1. Get your game on with game challenges, including cornhole, frisbee golf, pickleball and table tennis challenges at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center.
    Sign up and find games and times here.


Intramural flag football game (Vanderbilt University)
  1. Join a team! Intramural club sports are restarting at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place to keep students safe while playing.
    See a list of clubs on Anchor Link.



5.  Calm your mind and body with a weekly virtual meditation featuring Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Residential Faculty Vanessa Beasley and Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning and Associate Dean for Residential Colleges Jill Stratton.
Find the Zoom information here.


  1. Paint rocks! Head over to the K.C. Potter Center and pick up grab-and-go craft bags with rocks, paint and brushes. Crafts will be available Feb. 22–23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.




  1. Take time for well-being life coaching from the Center for Student Wellbeing. Drop-in coaching is available at the Black Cultural Center on Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link.


  1. Need help managing your classes and academics? The Center for Student Wellbeing is hosting drop-in academic coaching on Feb. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.


  1. Find your niche in group therapy or a therapy workshop. Both groups and workshops are powerful treatment modalities. Their power lies in the support and feedback given by other participants as well as by the facilitators. See the list of groups hosted by the University Counseling Center here.
  2. Take part in one of these virtual group discussions being held on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24:
  • Black Girl Magic: Me, Myself and I will explore the intrapersonal relationship Black women-identified students foster with themselves. Topics may include exploring “self-care love languages,” mental health and the messages we tell ourselves. The talk is Feb. 23 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Register here.


  • Investing 101 The Black Cultural Center is sponsoring Tina Hay, founder and CEO of Napkin Finance, who will educate attendees about the basics of investing. The virtual session is Feb. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m. Find Zoom information here.


  • Ahmaud Arbery: A Year Later Join the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity and the Black Cultural Center as they discuss the larger pattern of police brutality and misconduct and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. The talk is Feb. 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
    Click here for Zoom information.


  • UCC Asian/Asian American Support Workshop This workshop provides a safe and affirming space for AAPI (Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander/South Asian/Southeast Asian) identifying students who are looking for support, connection and skills as they navigate experiences relating to their intersecting identities. This group is open to undergraduate, graduate and professional students. The event is Feb. 24 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Click here for Zoom information.


  • Surviving and Thriving with ADHD and other Executive Function Concerns (open discussion) Representatives from the CSW and UCC will facilitate a weekly workshop for students to actively engage in skill-building to improve work completion, time management and organization, and to practice cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions. A verified diagnosis of ADHD is not required for this workshop; any interested student is welcome. The event is Feb. 24 from 4 to 5 p.m. Click here for Zoom information.


  • Women’s Center: Career Diversity Beyond the Academy Join the Women in the Academy program offering Ph.D. students and postdocs a chance to reflect on the ways that gender affects their experience as they begin their professional journey in the academy. The talk is Feb. 23 from noon to 1:15 p.m. Click here for Zoom information.

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