Nobody likes stress, but when life begins to pick up its speed, it can be inevitable. Thankfully, there are numerous coping mechanisms to help manage stress and prevent what is commonly referred to as “burnout.” Burnout is a state of mental, physical, or emotional exhaustion triggered by high stress levels over an extended period of time. This can be debilitating and result in mental roadblocks such as depression or anxiety. In most cases, however, it can be prevented with proper care and awareness.
Someone on our campus is seeking to spread fear and violence against students of color, and we have to stand up to them in any way we can. The survivor of Friday’s attack is safe and defiant, and we stand in solidarity with her as we go forward in trying to promote greater safety for students of color. We urge everyone to be aware of any indication of who could have done this, and come forward with any information you think you have. White students in particular, you must use your privilege to be a force against white supremacy and racism, and be an active ally for students of color. Seek out opportunities to listen, learn, and use your privilege to be a force for good.
Moderation is a rather enigmatic process for most. Many fail to even recognize the name as anything of significance, despite its importance, and finding clear and concise information on the topic seems impossible. Fear not, however, as here is a clear guide from someone who's been through it:
Many have recently received an utterly confounding email recently detailing the “Housing Lottery & Selection 2019-2020 Academic Year”. While these emails are oftentimes immensely confusing, dense, and occasionally borderline incomprehensible, do not fear, for here is a summarized translation of what all of this means from a certified veteran of the Housing Lottery process:
Applying to college is difficult, even more so if you’re a transfer student. As someone who’s been through this process, the good people at the CAD wanted me to share my story. So here are some of my personal tips for transferring successfully:
As a former student of the Academy of Bard College at Simon's Rock, this is my second year on the Simon's Rock campus. Although the Academy very often partakes in many of the weird habits and mass hysteria closely associated with any Simon's Rock lifestyle, we were separated enough to view and mentally record the happenings of the college students without a full investment, but with a personal understanding.
That being said, I have found myself, over the past few months of “college-life” continuing that mindset of frequently remarking on the trends of the college, as a student of it. This is something to which I haven't any authority and yet, will likely continue to do. So, on the off chance you do think my analysis makes sense to you, I'm going to write about it. With this, I hope to institute any changes I might be able to, or maybe you'll just find this fun. Either way, read on!
1. Study early, reduce stress by preparing in the weeks ahead
I know better than anybody that the map of Simon’s Rock thrust into the hands of students on day one is confusing. Even the administration is aware of their signage issue, but that has taken a while to change, so I am going to try to offer a temporary solution! (We will see how this goes...) Here are some places to know around campus transcribed in a textual map: