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  • Writer's pictureTemple PRSSA

This week we are highlighting Jade Wright for Member Monday. Jade is a new member of our chapter and is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Read more about her below!

Q: What year are you?

A: I’m a Junior.

Q: What is your major/minor?

A: My major is public relations and I have a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m from Philly.

Q: How long have you been a member of PRSSA?

A: I joined PRSSA in January.

Q: Why do you love PRSSA? What do you hope to get out of it?

A: I love PRSSA because I get to meet people in PR , the events & guest speakers. I hope to network and make connections!

Q: What committee are you a part of? What have you done with this committee?

A: I’m a part of the Diversity & Inclusion committee, where I’ve helped find different PR practitioners who have made a strong impact.

Q: Coolest place you’ve ever traveled to?

A: I’m going to London soon!

Q: Favorite social media platform and why?

A: My favorite social media app is TikTok because it’s a fun app that allows people to be creative.

Q: Dream job?

A: Public Relations Manager.

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  • Constantine Van Sickle

I have used juggling to break the never-ending cycle of stress that academia perpetuates. I often found myself on repetitive schedules that primarily focused on completing deadlines for classes or extracurricular responsibilities. With one deadline after another, the academic environment didn’t leave much room for accomplishment, satisfaction, or any sense of progression. Juggling helped break that cycle and improved my mental health in three ways.

Learning how to juggle has provided me with a way to experience satisfaction and accomplishment, something which was lacking in my academic life. I often found myself so consumed with every deadline that I often forgot to celebrate the little things. By focusing on small accomplishments like learning a new juggling technique, I have been able to slow down and appreciate small achievements.

Juggling has also provided me with a time-friendly hobby. As a junior, I am balancing many different responsibilities. My classes, extracurriculars, and internships make it hard for me to escape from stress. Hobbies are a great way to destress; however, many previous hobbies that I’ve had took too much time out of my day or week. Juggling became a time-friendly hobby and provided me with an escape from stress.

Lastly, juggling has introduced me to a whole community that I otherwise would have ignored. Surrounding myself with people who share the same passion for juggling has been a refreshing experience. I have had the opportunity to learn from different people, and it has been rewarding to share in my passion for juggling with like-minded people. It has provided me with a way to escape from my stress-filled academic community and have fun.

This blog was written by Constantine Van Sickle, Director of Public Relations.

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  • Julia Allee

College can be as stressful as it is fun. It’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself when you’re caught up in schoolwork, clubs, social life, etc. While all of these things are important and part of the college experience, not prioritizing yourself can cause a decline in your mental health. It’s important to take time for yourself, relax, and reflect. Below are a few ways to practice self-care when dealing with college stress:

1. Take a mental health day

I know it seems easier said than done, but taking even just one day for yourself can help replenish your mental health. You just have to commit yourself to actually doing it. Spend one day doing only things that make you happy, whether it’s reading, playing video games, binging a show, doing a face mask, etc. It’s a full day where you don’t have to worry about school, your future, or whatever else is causing you stress.

2. Spend time outdoors

It sounds silly, but spending too much time indoors can drop your serotonin levels and lower your mood. It’s important to feel the sunlight on your face. Going outside for just an hour a day, whether it's going for a walk or reading, will improve your mental well-being.

3. Create a support system

College can be lonely. Being alone in your thoughts is something that happens often in college and it can cause you to overthink and stress more. Even if you’re not lonely it’s important to spend time with people who love and support you. It’s simple; being with people who make you happy, will make you happy. Any time I’m feeling down, hanging out with people who enjoy my company always makes me feel better. Make sure you're surrounding yourself with the right people. The right people are those who value you as a person and genuinely enjoy being around you and vice versa.

4. Take care of your body

I found it hard to take care of my body since coming to college. Being tight on money means eating ramen and mac and cheese, and how you feel physically will affect how you feel mentally. Staying active and eating well-balanced meals will make you feel accomplished and improve your mental health. I’m not saying you can’t eat what you want, but make sure you incorporate healthy meals into your diet. Even just working out for 20-30 mins a day will help you maintain a positive lifestyle.

Hopefully these tips will help you take beter care of yourself in college!

This blog was written by Julia Allee, General Body Member.

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