The Center for Student Success held its final HU Hack of the semester titled “The Freshman 15 Blues” on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
“The Freshman 15 Blues” addressed some every day issues many students encounter during their time in college.
“We started out by defining the word ‘holistic,'” Cameisha Brewer, graduate assistant intern for the professional counseling program and speaker at Tuesday’s HU Hack, said. “Holistic is how your physical well-being ties into every other area of your life, academically, emotionally and spiritually.”
A lot of emphasis is placed on a student’s education, when they come to college, but the other aspects of a person’s life directly influence their learning experience, Brewer said.
“You have an identity,” Brewer said. “You are unique. There are so many levels that make up you as a person.”
Brewer presented on physical, emotional, social, mental, spiritual and academic health. According to Brewer, one of the most important things a student can do to have a healthier lifestyle is self-care.
Self-care, which includes things like sleep, exercise and hobbies, is often overlooked, Brewer said.
“Go outside,” Brewer said. “Do things that make you happy and feel good. It will decrease your stress level.”
The Center for Student Success has held six HU Hacks this semester and they are anticipating to host six or seven in the spring semester.
These sessions have been over topics like stress management, time management, technology, on-campus resources, learning styles, study tips and wellness.
Sixty-five students attended Tuesday’s event on wellness.
The topics are chosen based on what the Center for Student Success sees as the most necessary and helpful for the student body, Stephanie O’Brian, the director of academic resources, said.
“Working in the Center for Student Success, we see the areas where students struggle,” O’Brian said.
The Center for Student Success loves to help students discover the resources available to them or to let them know that they can get help, according to O’Brian.
“Getting a degree is not the only thing that is important,” O’Brian said. “We try to give (students) tips to simplify their academic area so they have time to focus on other things.”