Month: November 2017
Educational Program of the Month
Week of Wellness
||University of British Columbia
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 180
||Time Needed to Organize: 3 Weeks|
|Number of People in Attendance: 43
||Date(s) of Program: November 26 - December 2, 2017|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 1
||Cost of Program: $50|
|On-Campus Population: 12000
||Chapter Size: 20|
|Origin of Program:|
University exams are hard. Not only do students need to study
challenging content to maintain a certain GPA, but they need strong
time management skills, stress management techniques, motivation,
and self-discipline. Many students develop these habits over time as
they learn about what they need and want during the final exam
period; however, the residents of Salish House are entering their
first ever university level exams and they haven't had the time to
learn from experience.
One trend that is prevalent during the exam period is a lack of
attention to wellness. As stress and pressure build, students eat
less healthily or less frequently, they don't exercise as much, and
they don't experience as much social engagement, broadly speaking.
Morgan Cornfield, an RA in Salish House, wanted to adopt a
preemptive approach to help her residents prepare both mentally and
physically for exams to promote wellness during a stressful time.
Morgan thus created a "Week of Wellness" with a different exam-
related wellness program each day during the week leading up to
final exams, marketed to all residents of Salish House. Morgan also
created passive material for residents who could not attend any of
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
"Week of Wellness" was a week-long program consisting of 7 events,
each targeted at exam preparation, de-stressing, and stress
education. The events were supplemented with passive material
including encouraging posters on walls throughout Salish House,
bubble wrap taped to the wall in common areas for residents to
pop, and information and worksheets including exam tips, exam
preparation resources, stress management tips, blank study
schedule templates, and nutrition information.
Following is a brief description of each program during the week:
"How to Survive Finals 101"- Salish House advisors were available
to speak to residents about exams within their specific faculty.
Residents were able to socialize with other students and advisors,
and get exam advice from individuals who have experienced the
exams they are currently going through.
"DIY Stress Ball Making"- Residents made homemade stress balls out
of flour and balloons, and were able to learn about stress
management during exam season.
"Yoga / Meditation"- Morgan lead a yoga class for all skill
levels. The class focused on breathing techniques aimed at keeping
oneself calm, and simple yoga and meditation techniques to
"Healthy Eating during Finals"-- Registered Dietitian Hillary
Stevens and Wellness Peer and nutrition student Tracy Tam
presented a workshop to students about nutrition and stress. The
workshop included basic nutrition information, as well as
information on how to get the nutrients your brain needs to
maintain focus and energy during exam season, how to access those
nutrients in residence dining rooms, as well as stress management
techniques for exams.
"Personalize your Study Schedule"- Residents learned how to Bullet
Journal, and applied those skills to creating personal study
schedules to keep themselves accountable during exam period. Many
passives on how to Bullet Journal, how to effectively make a study
plan, and how to effectively manage one's time were available.
"Paint Away your Stress"- Residents were able to paint, relax and
de-stress on the last day of classes. Painting supplies such as
paints, brushes, and canvases were supplied, as were passives on
"Salish House Study Session"-Residents were encouraged to study as
a group in the house lounge. Drinks were provided, as were many
passives on study techniques, stress management, stress
alleviation, time management, and self-care.
Morgan got most of her supplies at the Programme Resource Centre
on campus and created thank-you cards for the campus partners
involved in the nutrition workshop.
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|Goals of the program:|
This program had many goals, all aimed at educating and supporting
positive wellness habits during the December exam period and
helping residents prepare both mentally and physically for exams.
- Educating residents about time and stress management techniques
by creating study schedules and practicing yoga, meditation, and
- Preparing residents mentally and physically for their first
exams of University with study schedules and advice on what exams
look like across faculties.
- Providing space and opportunity for residents to relax and focus
on wellness before settling into a study habit.
- Educating residents about the importance of maintaining balance
during exams both in physical activity, social activity, and
- Providing opportunities for residents to relax and connect with
other students prior to the exam time social lull.
- Educating residents about exam support resources and systems on
campus for all faculties and exam types.
- Encouraging motivation and self-discipline for studying through
bullet journaling and the creation of study schedules.
- To end the residents' first term at university on a positive
- To encourage students through passives throughout the house.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
- Students accessed passives on time and stress management, and
also learned tangible skills to help alleviate stress, including
yoga and breathing techniques, scheduling, and planning.
- Students could speak with advisors who have gone through first
year exams, and learn study tips and techniques via passive
programming to help them succeed with their exam preparation.
- Students were encouraged to de-stress through yoga, crafting,
- Students learned self-care techniques such as stress alleviation
and proper nutrition, and had access to many passives on self-care
and stress management.
- Students could connect with other residents around the house
that they may not see on a regular basis. Because this program was
targeted at the whole house, there were many inter-floor
connections that took place.
- Students had access to many passives that detailed support
resources that they can access during exam period, and could speak
with advisors about other resources on campus.
- Students were encouraged to take exams seriously, and to make
sure to put in the necessary effort to succeed. Students learned
what exams are like from advisors within their faculties, learned
how to properly manage stress during exams, and how to plan
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
Overall the events went really well with participation anywhere
from 1-10 residents at each event. If this event were to be run
again, the following would help to improve the events:
- Contact the dietitian earlier: since the residence dietitian was
on vacation, Morgan had to reach out to other campus partners, who
would have benefited from additional planning time.
- Better budgeting: RHA House council provided $50; however,
Morgan purchased extra supplies and could have planned better and
purchased additional bubble wrap instead to cover more ground and
- Start advertising earlier: Morgan began advertising on Facbook
about a week before the start of the event, but could not put up
posters until she met with the dietitian to finalize the date she
could come in. As such, posters did not go up until 3 or 4 days
before the event began.
- Event timing: while appropriately timed with the start of exams,
that was also a busy week for Morgan, who became stressed about
facilitating the events around her schedule. Additional advance
program planning and getting ahead more academically could have
alleviated some facilitator stress.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
This event was very low budget and the individual events were simple and
versatile enough to be facilitated on any campus for any number of
With additional budget: - institutions could hire a certified yoga
instructor, purchase additional bubble wrap, or provide snacks at events.
With a smaller budget:- worksheets and passives could be made available
online, bubble wrap could be eliminated, and painting could happen on paper
rather than canvas.
With additional people:- this could be run as a team program, with each
team member taking on one event to alleviate the burden of one staff member
programming every day for a week.
Supplies used include: posters, passives, projector, art supplies,
beverages, balloons, flour, bullet journalling templates, blank study
schedules, bubble wrap, motivational posters.
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