Get to know the peer eds: Madison!

Madison

Name / year / major: Madison / Sophomore / Political Science and Human Rights
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Share your favorite WW office resource: The button maker! I have a massive button collection and I love being able to make my own buttons that include messages on my favorite wellness topics!
Share your fave WW program or event: My favorite event that I worked on this year was Pornucopia, which focused on¬†self-pleasure, safe sex, ethical porn consumption, and learning about your body. I loved having open conversations with students about sexuality and answering their amazing question! I hope to repeat this event next year, and raffle off some more sex toys ūüôā
What’s one thing you wish students knew about WW space?: That we take a really multi-dimensional approach to wellness- it’s not all nutrition promotion and STI prevention (although I do love talking contraception during my office hours). We also do things like help students work through conflicts with roommates, family members, and professors that may be negatively impacting their well-being. I also wish students knew that there is no issue too “small” or minor to bring to office hours- if something is affecting your wellness in any way, we would love to see you!
Share something you enjoy about being a peer ed: I love working to create sex-positive programs that educate students on really important and interesting topics typically not included in school sex education programs.
Favorite odd thing in the office?: The ovary stuffed animal!

Get to know the peer eds: Cara, Rumana and Allison!

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Cara, Rumana and Allison tabling at YesFest!

Name / year / major:
Ok so we’re nostalgic seniors, who decided to do this together because we love each other.
1. Rumana, Senior, Urban Studies (sociology)
2. Allison, Senior, Psych & dance minor
3. Cara, Senior, Gender Studies & Race and Ethnicity
What is home for you? 
Rumana: Home for me is where my loved ones are (aww)
Allison: Pittsburgh, I’m a yinzer
Cara: San Diego, CA but also Washington Heights next year (with Allison)!
Share your favorite WW office resource:
Allison: The Peer Eds! (That made Rumana say aww).
Cara: Ditto. My peers are the coolest, and are so incredibly knowledgeable
Rumana: The chocolate and yoga balls
Share your fave WW program or event
Rumana: I like office hours because I get the opportunity to meet some really cool Barnard students and just provide space to talk.
Cara: Ditto! I think peer education is crucial for all of us and Well Woman provides the warm physical space for us to do that. Also yoga ball dancing.
Allison: I like decorating cupcakes during finals! The brand of cupcakes we get is dope.
 
What’s one thing you wish students knew about WW space?
Cara: It is for EVERYONE!
Allison: That you can use the books in the library!
Rumana: There’s not requirement to be in the space. Doesn’t matter who you are, or what group you’re in, you can come in.
What are you really passionate / excited about right now?
Rumana: Cooking. Specifically Ethiopian food.
Allison: Our new peer ed apartment full of wellness. Because our apartment is going to be filled with a lot of self care.
Cara: Well i’ve been hype about Chance the Rapper’s album Coloring Book all year, but i’m also weirdly really enjoying working on my thesis? It’s the hardest thing i’ve ever done, but come talk to me about dialogue as means of conflict resolution (oh wow I am a nerd)
Share something you enjoy about being a peer ed
Allison: I enjoy meeting all the cool people that come into the office
Rumana: I really enjoy listening to people, having an environment where being listened to is the priority.
Cara: I really enjoy getting more and more comfortable with questions / learning how to find out information that I don’t already know about wellness in general, but specifically reproductive health stuff.
What is your favorite way to practice self care (in general, or right now)?
Rumana: Going on walks in the park
Cara: Well on account of the whole graduating thing, I’m having lots of feelings. So right now just spending down time with people I love is feeling really good.
Allison: It varies, but generally self care involves my friends or family.
Favorite odd thing in the office?
Rumana: The bouncy balls. They’re not odd, but I love the yoga balls. Also the cats. Also the little boobies, wait they’re not boobies. The uterus and the mamory glands.
Cara: Well the books aren’t odd but I love them, also the yoga balls, also the cats scare me but are somehow also fascinating ?!
Allison: Those freaking cats!! For context, the cats in the dresses…

Get to know the peer eds: Megnot!

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Name / Year / Major: Megnot Mulugeta / 2019 / Sociology and Africana Studies

Home is Nashville, TN and wherever else my heart is!!

fave WW office resource: tie between the free pads, the books, and office hours
one thing you wish students knew about WW space?: it’s a great place to just hang out in between classes! especially if you don’t live in the quad

favorite way to practice self care right now: cleaning my room and listening to Buzzfeed’s “Another Round” which is my favorite podcast (pls check it out it’s so funny)
share something you enjoy about being a peer ed: holding office hours!! i love being able to meet different people around campus and creating a chill, relaxing atmosphere for students

something you’re passionate/excited about:¬† bioethics lol i’ve been really into reading articles about the future of genetics and the implications of creating primitive human hearts, brains, etc. Also neanderthals because there’s been some recent discoveries about the more intimate details of relationships between early humans and neanderthals (spoiler alert: kissing was involved) and how some neanderthals would treat certain ailments by consuming plants and bark that contain chemicals we currently use in antibiotics and aspirin! very cool

Get to know the peer eds: Sammy!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to our awesome student peer educators, starting with Sammy Step:

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Name / Year / Major: Sammy Step/ ’18/ Psychology and Art History Minor

Home: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite WW Resource: My favorite WW resource is actually Office Hours. I think it’s wonderful that almost any day, students can come in to the office to just hang out and eat chocolate, or to have a conversation, or receive advice or support from a peer-ed, another member of their community.

Share something you enjoy about being a peer ed:¬†The community!! All the peer-eds are so kind and interesting in different ways, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to interact with such amazing, giving individuals. I get to learn so much from everyone I work with. I also love having the opportunity to meet and share conversations with students who go here that I wouldn’t meet otherwise. WW feels like a very open space for people, and I enjoy getting to be involved in that.

What is your favorite way to practice self care? I love to cook for self care! Cooking for me feels both very methodical and creative in a way which centers me and calms me down. I can also do it alone or with friends, and at the end I (hopefully) have something really delicious that I can feel proud of and enjoy.

What are you really excited about right now? Right now, I’m excited about birds! I recently learned about complex speech patterns between birds, and I also learned that birds have much denser brains than we generally think. In other words, birds maybe have a more complex consciousness than we (or at least I) thought! Birds are beautiful and have so many different colors and they can fly! Also, separately from my interest, my suite mate hung a poster of birds in our kitchen that reads “give wing to your wild side” so I’m embracing that as my new motto.

tuesday treats

Whether you love or loathe (or couldn’t care less about) Valentines Day, ¬†it can offer a great excuse to celebrate the relationship you have with your self. So this week, be your own Valentine (or, if you’d rather keep hearts and glitter out of it altogether…be your own generally awesome person). At our meeting last night the peer eds put together a list of some of their current favorite ways to treat themselves. We hope our ¬†list will inspire you to take a little extra time for yourself today, or any day.

And! If you’re looking for something fun and festive to do tonight, stop by 119 Reid from 7:30-9pm for our Radical Love Zine Party,¬†hosted by Barnard Student Life, Well-Woman, and Zine Club as a part of Love & Liberation Week at Barnard!

current favorite ways to treat ourselves:

  • face masks (find lots of great diy recipes here)
  • make super easy and super delicious chocolate covered potato chips
  • plan a wholesome movie night–Independence Day is a recent fave for two of our peer eds
  • take yourself out for a walk
  • curate a playlist for yourself
  • re-watch favorite episodes of your favorite shows¬†(or just find a supercut of favorite scenes!)
  • make a baked good for a friend and eat it together
  • come to Well-Woman and make a button!
  • listen to sets from¬†John Mulaney (or any other favorite comedian)
  • try out a new netflix show–One Day at a Time is very popular in our office right now!
  • take yourself out for dessert

 

Staying well during finals

We’ve made it through another (or your first!) semester at Barnard, and you know what that means: time to buckle down for that race to the finals finish line. I know that doing well in classes is important to people, myself included, but the pressure and stress present during this time of the year can be super overwhelming. With that in mind, here are some things I do when I want to calm down, take a break, or just do something other than study for a little bit:

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Thanksgiving & Political Conversation with Family

Thanksgiving can be a restful break full of good food and loved ones. It can also be a stressful event full¬†of head-butting with distant family members. In honor of this coming holiday… here are some tips for dealing with political conversation at the table on Turkey Day:

  1. Remember, you do not have to argue with anyone if you don’t want to! But if you do, take lots of deep breaths, be patient, and pick your battles wisely. Be careful not to drain yourself.
    If the conversation feels productive, that is wonderful and often you can learn something too!

  2. If continuing feels stressful, feel free to disengage. Convincing your uncle Rudy on one issue or another will most likely not change the political landscape of America. Change the topic to the weather or pop culture or the sweet potato pie (see recipe below) and return to easy breezing. Or, impress the table with the etymology of the word turkey: http://nowiknow.com/how-turkey-got-its-name/

    Or this fun turkey fact:
    If Ben Franklin had his way, the turkey would be our national bird.

  3. Take a moment to remember it took you time, energy, and other people’s patience and generosity to teach you what you know today.¬†Doing this can give perspective and help as a reminder to be empathetic.

  4. Find something that fills you with warmth and keep it close by. One example: put a great picture as your phone background.  Here are some for your pleasure.
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  5. Channel your frustrated¬†energy into making a rad dish!¬†If you’re feeling angry and want to smash some things we recommend this killer mashed potato recipe:
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/the_meal_of_love_part_2_roasted_garlic_mashed_potatoes/
    Or this dope vegan chai sweet potato pie:
    http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/vegan-chai-spiced-sweet-potato-pie/

  6. If you need to zone out and calm down, find an escape! Go on a walk. Visit a favorite place from your childhood. Watch a movie or TV show you love.
    Watch this incredibly calming live feed video of an aquarium!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIcoAgJw6_w

 

Eat well and be well! Happy Thanksgiving!