As we approach our Thanksgiving break it’s the perfect time to take a step back and reflect on what we are thankful for as well as take a much-needed rest from the daily stresses of writing papers, studying for exams and preparing for the upcoming week of getting ready for finals.
While most students will return home, one group of students — our international students — won’t. We asked some of our international students how they plan to celebrate the holiday:
The Business Club at Scranton is the largest club on campus with 210 members. The club’s mission statement is “to provide professional development activities for University of Scranton students, to promote communication and networking among students, faculty members, and alumni, and to educate the University community on business topics.”
Throughout each semester, the club hosts numerous events that members can attend. This year, the club held an internship panel for upperclassmen in which employees from numerous companies discussed what their jobs are like and what students can do to obtain a job in the future.
On Friday, members of The University of Scranton community gathered together on the “Field of Flags” to pray for the veterans who have fought or are fighting for our country. The heartwarming prayer service took place at the Commons Flag Terrace near the “Field of Flags” on the Founders Green to commemorate and show the University’s gratitude and appreciation for the service of those who have served in the military.
On Nov. 10, The University of Scranton held numerous events in support of our veterans. To conclude the day’s events, Phil Sallavanti held a stress reduction workshop that teaches people how to approach their stresses and the negative aspects of life.
When we are faced with obstacles, we need to learn to approach them from a positive angle, he said.
In other advice:
It’s important to think about how we can solve our issues with kindness rather than with hatred.
If we take too much time dwelling on the negative things in life, it is going to cause us stress and anxiety, but if we start to take time out of our day to notice the positive things in life and spend more time appreciating the good then we will live better lives.
Appreciating the scenery around you or spending more time thinking about the kind things others do for you, you will live a better life and stressful things won’t play as big of a role.
Helen Evanchik is a native of New York and received her art training at the Cooper Union. Evanchik has been a part of a range of regional and national exhibitions.
Take one step into the Hope Horn Gallery on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall and you can see the en plein air technique that Evanchik is most known for- the French term (literally meaning “outdoors”) means the artist works outside in nature to create her paintings. Evanchik often paints landscape scenes of Long Island or Pennsylvania, stop by and see if you can recognize any of the locations.
“Her technique and style are apparent and I think she knew how to accurately and beautifully capture the many different scenes,” says Nicole Borrelli, ’18, who had to attend the gallery for her art history class.
Haven’t visited the Hope Horn Gallery yet? Don’t worry, the exhibit will be there until Nov. 17.
The 30-minute Mindfulness Meditation class is hosted by the Center for Health Education and Wellness (CHEW) and takes place on the third floor of the Weinberg Library. These classes provide those who attend the fundamentals of Mindfulness Meditation-a practice that has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression and to improve well -being.
“Many of us — students, faculty and staff — experience stress and anxiety in our fast-paced, busy lives. So practicing mindfulness can give us a tool to calm down and find some peace and, in that peace, reenergize and cope with our stress and have more energy for what we want to do in our lives,” said Cathy Mascelli, assistant director for CHEW.
Meditation allows us to feel an increased awareness of body sensations, thoughts and emotions and a reduction in stress. This relaxing routine is thought to enhance the participant’s ability to recognize and respond to the many different stresses we may undergo in our day-to-day lives. Through meditation and awareness exercises, the class explores the practical time-proven approach to living fully in the present moment.
“For mindfulness, in general, it has the ability to help with reducing anxiety, depression and emotional and physical pain,” said Lisa Rigau, Mindfulness Meditation teacher. “It’s great for memory and attention and allows us to focus on our thoughts and emotions. We can have a better sense of why we’re doing things and can make better decisions. It’s really about the presence in each moment so that we can speak with clarity, treat people with compassion and, in itself, reduce stress.”
To learn more about Mindfulness Meditation, visit CHEW’s page.
Miss this class? Check out the events’ calendar for the next one.