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
Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing you to our awesome student peer educators, starting with Sammy Step:
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.
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
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:
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
Or this dope vegan chai sweet potato pie:
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!
Eat well and be well! Happy Thanksgiving!