Last night, Brain and I were joined by Greg and Cody for some fresh salsa making. This event was held by the sustainability office here on campus. We got the chance to pick our own ingredients and mix it all together. It was a great way to learn a nice easy yet healthy snack that we can grow in our backyard!
Tonight, I challenged a handful of my residents to a push up contest. I got completely destroyed but afterwords we had a really good conversation about the benefits of working out, especially right before finals week. I might challenge them again but hopefully I do better!
Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, like leukemia. These people are in need of marrow donations in order to live. Passing on Hope, a club and charity stationed at UW-Platteville, hosted a registry drive where people could get in the registry to potentially donate someday.
Tonight, a few of us hung out in a room and had a discussion about what mental health is and what it means to each of us. We decided that mental health is a very broad topic but that keeping our mental state healthy should be a high priority. We then talked about how we keep ourselves mentally healthy. Some ways spoken we’re taking walks for relaxation, breathing exercises, journaling, and taking naps. This discussion was pretty interesting and I think that each of learned some new ways to to keep ourselves mentally healthy.
Yesterday, about six of us were hanging out playing FIFA for about two hours. One of the residents is going into the psychology field and wants to be a sports psychologist and work with athletes. I told him about this interesting thing I saw on ESPN where a handful of current players discussed the current issues going on in the NFL today. The biggest issue in their opinion is pain killers and whether marijuana is better alternative. We had a very good conversation about the negative effects of pain killers, both short as long term and if marijuana should be allowed to be used by athletes. We then talked about concussions in sports and I invited them to go to the faculty forum coming up in April about concussions in sports. It was pretty cool to see these men, who typically don’t like to get into too serious of conversations, to take a side on this topic and openly speak their minds.
Earlier today, two residents and myself took a nice walk around downtown. It was really nice to enjoy the decent weather and to get in over 6,000 steps!
No Shave November is a movement to raise awareness and money for male prostate cancer. This board encourages resident to take part by not shaving, taking the money they would normally spend on grooming and give it to research organizations, and to have open conversations about cancer. I highly encourage everyone to take part and help find a cure.
Today, a couple of the residents of 4 East went a very nice and relaxing walk around campus. We had no destination in mind, so we just took random turns. It was very nice to enjoy some of the non-rainy parts of the day and getting a chance to just chat with each other.