College can be a place of extremes. Many of you will experience the highs and lows of total procrastination followed by all-night study sessions, or bingeing on five free donuts every time you pass Student Services (you’ll soon see what I mean) followed by painful jogs on the treadmill, or falling head over heels for someone followed by finding yourself flat on your face. We’ve all been there.
Learning to find balance will be a journey, whether between academics and Netflix, social time and sleep, work and rest or self-improvement and service for others. I hope you’re successful in your classes and work and relationships. More than anything, I hope you take the time to take care of yourself and others because as the Dalai Lama said, “The planet does not need more ‘successful people.’ The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their place.”
This year, Union is your place. Here are a few groups that can help you in your journey to live well here.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL/TINY HANDS
Amnesty International is an organization that works to expose and prevent human rights abuses around the globe. They deal with issues such as child slavery, the death penalty, female genital mutilation and the torture of prisoners. Tiny Hands is an organization that helps abandoned children and works to end sex trafficking in South Asia. Our school has its own branch of Amnesty and Tiny Hands, and if you would like to join this club then sign up for it at registration or contact Latifer James at firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Ministries here at Union is completely run by students and provides our school with a great selection of worship and outreach options. If you would like to participate in an existing worship or outreach or if you like to start your own, Campus Ministries is the place to get connected and supported. For more information contact Pastor Rich at email@example.com or stop by the Campus Ministries office (located on the first floor of the Dick Building).
Beacon is the College View Gay-Straight Alliance and it actively works toward the goal of making Union College a safe place for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. For more information on Beacon and its upcoming events, follow Beacon on Facebook or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Float is a small group that meets specifically to support those who are struggling with their mental health. This year you may find yourself living with depression, anxiety or something similar, but Float will make sure that you don’t have to be alone. For more information about Float, look for upcoming posters or contact Shardae Sims at email@example.com.
Sarah is a senior studying english.