There were over 100 sheep on the UML campus a few weeks ago.
No lie, for every sheep that was on campus, I *herd* a sheep/goat/lamb pun (which is to be expected working in an office with creative and fun people). But the sheep weren’t here so everyone in my office could make puns, at least, that wasn’t the only reason.
They were here on a working lunch.
UML Facilities hired Goats-To-Go in an effort to find a sustainable,
safe and cost-effective way to maintain the green areas of campus that are
difficult for humans to get to (think areas overrun with bees, poison ivy and
When I was a sweet, summer child—young and carefree and with
zero stress—this is how I’d rank my top-five, favorite holidays:
The last day of school
4th of July
Now, since stress is a big part of my life and I don’t have the
last day of school to look forward to, I just live for these holidays:
4th of July
socially unacceptable for adults to trick-or-treat unless they have a child or
something, Thanksgiving has taken the place of Halloween on the list. (Confession:
I held on to trick-or-treating for an embarrassingly long time.)
BUT!! As of two weeks ago, I have a new favorite
STRESS RELIEF DAY
At the end of every semester, UML pulls out all the stops to help students decompress and take a step back from the stress of upcoming finals and the stress from college life in general.
Anyone who knows me knows that I struggle with eating vegetables (and eating healthy in general). Don’t even get me started on organic produce. Until fairly recently, I didn’t understand what made it better, and I didn’t really want to understand… But since society is demanding more locally sourced, organic options, I thought I’d learn more about organic vegetables. Apparently, it’s good for your body to *not* eat things genetically modified and coated in pesticides.
Anyway, it’s a pretty health-focused community here at UML.
Not counting all the healthy activities
available to students, the people I work with directly do healthy eating
challenges, and University Crossing has a stair climbing challenge. This sounds
terrible if you know anything about the stairs in UC. But it’s good cardio, so
There’s truth (and science!) behind people saying that positive thinking makes you feel better when you’re stressed out or in a slump. But sometimes the advice that “you should be more positive” doesn’t help when you’re already stuck in your head and feeling alone.
These feelings are what graphic design students, Sundilynn, Cathy, Ivanna, Alecia and Emily, tackled this spring semester in an interactive art piece. Their mission? Shining a light on students’ emotional health. They wanted their classmates to know that they didn’t have to fake being happy because they weren’t the only ones with negative feelings, and that they wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be alone in working through them.
positive thinking is the heart of UML’s culture
It all started with an assignment for the class, Form and Content (ARTS.2010) with Prof. Jennifer Houle. The students were tasked with creating a public art piece, and they decided to install the art in the gazebo on South Campus.
They wanted to draw attention to everything college students go through on a daily basis and to help spread positivity around campus.
Even though I have no part in reading applications or making decisions about the future of students accepted to UMass Lowell, I write a lot of the content that goes out to UML hopefuls.
A few weeks ago, I looked over the accepted/denied/waitlisted emails, and I had *feelings*.
Checking over those decision emails for grammar mistakes pretty much destroyed me. I got in my head about how important these decisions are and how someone (an actual human with actual human feelings and hopes and dreams) will read their decision email and feel things.
And then I kind of spiraled and forgot how to spell and use words that were more than a single syllable. I can’t help but wonder if my co-workers felt this weird blend of overwhelm and empathy with prospective students the first time they went through this side of the college acceptance process.
The college admissions process is stressful for everyone involved. You’re not alone in whatever heavy stuff you’re working through. You may feel like you are, but if you take a minute to look around you, on YouTube or Twitter, you’ll find that there are a lot of other people going through the same thing. I promise, you’re not alone, and you’re awesome for working through this.
It’s easy to get stressed out about college decisions and caught up in what’s going to happen next year. So, take a minute to breathe and acknowledge your stress. It’s normal to feel stressed about this. And then let it go.
It’s finally spring.
Go outside and enjoy it. It was 54 degrees in Lowell on the first day of spring. Take a walk. Hang out with your friends. Do the things that you love just for the fun of it. It’s your last year of high school, and your biggest goal now should be to enjoy every minute of it.
One thing I’ve learned since I started working at UMass Lowell is that the campus events, workshops and courses are created specifically to help you gain the skills you need to improve your career prospects. And to make the job search less painful so you can thrive in the real world.