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B-Term and the second half of the fall semester have started—and we hope you are taking time to be kind to yourself and reflect on how your needs might change just as the seasons do. Clocks change November 6 and, with less daylight and the busy-ness of the approaching fall holidays added, you may notice you need more sleep or you crave more comfort foods. Pay close attention to body and mind and adjust your self-care habits to match. The Be Well newsletter and other WPI resources are here to help you stay healthy and happy.
Free Vaccination Clinic: COVID Booster, Flu, and More
Thursday, November 10, 9 am to 4 pm, Harrington Auditorium. Info and registration here
Gompei’s Tips for a Safe Halloween
-Be Smart(ies): Make sure your Halloween costume doesn’t disparage or culturally appropriate a culture or tradition.
-Stick Together: Use the buddy system—travel in groups and avoid areas that aren’t well lit.
-Who You Gonna Call: Make sure your phone is fully charged and keep it on with the volume turned up.
-Watch Your Drink: If you choose to drink, do so responsibly. Watch your drink and never leave it unattended.
-No Invisibility Cloaks: Avoid costumes that make it hard to see or walk, or for others to see you.
-Don’t Drink and Drive: Don’t drink and drive, and never accept a ride from someone who has been drinking.
-Heeeere’s Gompei: Know a way out. If you’re going to a party, know where the exits are so you can leave quickly in an emergency.
-“Be Aware; Be Very Aware”: Make sure you’re among friends, and if you’re hosting a gathering, be sure you know your guests.
-5 Days Later: Remember that COVID is still very present. Test 5 days after your last contact with a COVID-positive individual or as soon as you develop symptoms.
Feed your inner monster together with the WPI community at one of the spooktacular events being hosted on campus below
National Stress Awareness Day is November 2
Stress is a fact of life, which is why it’s important to be aware of what your stressors are and how you experience them. Nobody can control every situation, but everyone can manage their responses to stress. Please join the Center for Well-Being Wednesday, November 2 for healing practices like Sound Bathing, Meditation, and Zentangle to deepen relaxation, improve focus, and reenergize. Check the schedule of events here ; let us know you’re coming, or just drop in. This event is open to students, faculty, and staff.
"It is OK to challenge yourself and fall short. Failing is not a mistake as it is a learning experience to allow you to grow and develop. Professors are always willing to lend a hand to help if you are struggling, so just reach out or simply show up to their office hours."Gompei's Guide, page 27—Zachary Rioux ’25
Upcoming Wellness Events
ProjectConnect: Get to know students outside your social group and help build community on campus through ProjectConnect, a fun, 6-session peer-led program. Sessions start this week and next! Register and get info here. Sex in the Dark, October 28: Join local sexual health organizations at the Career Corner on the 5th floor of Unity Hall at 6 pm for a tabling event. At 7 pm, join a 90-minute glow-in-the-dark sex-ed session. Learn more here. Community and Wellness Day, November 7: Meditation sessions, arts & crafts, Yoga of Immortals (YOI) with Ishan Shivanand—and that’s just the beginning. Keep an eye on the calendar for new activities as they’re added.
Academic Resources You Should Know
(from Gompei’s Guide, page 26)
-Academic Advising (Unity Hall)
-Math and Science Help Center (MASH)
-The Writing Center (Salisbury 233)
-Registrar's Office (Unity Hall)
-Academic Technology Center (ATC- Fuller Labs)
-Global Experience Office (GEO - Project Center)
-Appointment Tutoring Program
-Math Help Center (Stratton Hall)
-Physics Lounge (Olin Hall)
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