5 Ways to Stay Healthy at RIT

With the holidays coming up, RIT students and faculty returning home for Thanksgiving are ready for some home-cooked meals and relaxing before the few weeks before finals. The last few weeks can be quite hectic! Sometimes students who are surrounded by constant classes, studying, homework, meetings, and maintaining a relative social life, can forget to retain a healthy lifestyle. Some students don’t believe in the need to develop healthy living styles now – but eating ramen and microwavable mac and cheese while pulling all nighters may have severe consequences to your health. Developing healthy habits in your life as a college student will only make it easier to stay healthy throughout your life. Here are five tips to stay healthy at RIT!

1. Exercise – There are plenty of ways to get exercise on campus and walking the quarter mile every day is a good start. However, the Wiedman Fitness Center in Hale-Andrews Student Life Center offers a seven day schedule to all RIT students. Even just working out for half an hour a day could improve your overall health! Hale-Andrews also offers a five multi-purpose courts, a dance and aerobics studio, an elevated 1/8 mile running track, conference and classroom space – you can even go for a swim in the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center! Check here for the hours to all the facilities provided around campus including Wiedman Fitness Center, the Judson/Hale Aquatics Center, the Red Barn, and more!

2. Eat right – Probably one of the easiest ways to stay healthy and yet a bit difficult in the life of a busy college student. You might not realize your intake of food and how it’s affecting you! A lot of college students fail to eat right – why else would everyone know the definition of the “freshman 15”? Even after freshman year, some students still struggle with maintaining a healthy diet and RIT has many healthy options at every corner of its food and dining services.

Though there is always a large availability of food here on campus – Gracie’s, The Commons, and more –  with the help of RIT’s Dining Services’ website, students can see the vast majority of healthy options that their college has to offer – with even more guidance on nutrition labelling!

3. Get on a good sleep schedule – All nighters are quite common on a college campus. Seeing students walking to class half-asleep is no fun, and teachers don’t want you to fall asleep in their classes (but some of us have done it!) All nighters are tempting when cramming for a test when the stress and anxiety levels are running high. That weekend to celebrate, you might just go stay out late until the early morning hours having fun with your friends. The goal here is to try to not make that a habit. Sure we all have like to have fun and we all sometimes have to cram for a test, but trying to make a decent sleep schedule is hard for a lot of college students. Students aresaid to need at least seven to nine hours of sleep at night. You might be thinking that there is no way you’d ever get that much sleep based on your homework and cram sessions, but sleep deprivation can lead to decreased brain function, fatigue, headaches and weight loss or gain. Losing out on a good night’s sleep is never the right answer! Instead, try to stay on a schedule by avoiding caffeinated drinks before bed. Keep track of the hours you sleep with an app on your phone which can help you regulate your nightly routines. Best of all, even if you’re feeling tired during the day – check out RIT’s own Nap Map to find out the best place on campus to take a short power nap to help you get through the day!

4. Hydrate – Drink your water! It’s a sentence we’ve heard plenty of times yet many choose those caffeinated and sugary drinks to fuel them throughout the day. However, water replenishes your body – keeping you more focused and energized throughout the day. All of that sugar and caffeine can wear your body down, making it more difficult to focus and stay awake as it only gives your short bursts of energy. Drinking water will improve your overall health and keep you moving throughout your day so find a reusable water bottle and take it to class!

5. Relax – Probably the most difficult thing to do as a college student. Relaxing never seems to be an option but the truth is, is that you need to take moments to just breath. Taking breaks and having downtime is essential to staying healthy. If you’re stressed from studying, take a moment to read a book or hang out with your friends, even take a nap! Stress management is like time management – just another thing students learn as they grow. Stress and anxiety is a major problem in young adults and especially college students, which can be detrimental to your health. Take a moment in every day to just step back and breath! Find ways to help yourself relax – it can do wonders for your physical and mental health.

The Importance of World Mental Health Day

A majority of our time as a student at RIT is spent going to classes, catching up on homework, studying for quizzes and tests, and busying ourselves with extracurriculars that largely consume our days. Have you ever woken up just truly feeling tired from it all? It’s extremely important to acknowledge the truth about mental health and how it is just as important as your physical well-being. World Mental Health Day is just one day out of the year where we can spread awareness of mental health and advocate for mental health education and against social stigma.

Years ago, many people were not really aware of mental health and how negative experiences and constant strain could really wear a person down. It’s significant to note that since 1992, World Mental Health Day has been observed around the world, while many countries celebrate an entire week dedicated to spreading the awareness of the importance of mental health.

At RIT, there are several places on campus to go if you or someone you know needs someone to just talk to. The mission for several groups is to provide every student with a safe place so that you never feel alone and provide a great amount of resources. Mental health is incredibly important and if any student ever feels like they cannot talk to someone, if the stress of school is weighing them down, or anything in between, RIT has several different groups to assist any student that reaches out for help.

On campus, RIT’s Counseling and Psychological Services located in the August Center is just one of the places a student can go to talk to an assigned therapist. In their own words:

Counseling & Psychological Services (CaPS) provides short-term counseling to registered full-time undergraduate and graduate students on the Henrietta campus as well as registered part-time matriculated students.  Services provided are based upon a determination of your goals for counseling.  If CaPS is unable to meet your needs, they will work with you to identify an appropriate resource.

If you are unsure if CaPS is a right choice for you, there are more answered questions in their FAQ – CaPS has been a helpful group on campus for students. Whatever you need to talk about, CaPS will work with you or help you find another group at RIT that is more suited to you.

One group is the Center for Women and Gender located in the Campus Center, room 1760. Their mission is to “foster an educational environment in which all community members can be personally, academically, and professionally successful without regard to gender, racial/ethnic origins, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or spiritual beliefs.” Some people may not know that the Center for Women and Gender can provide counseling and/or refer you, if appropriate, to another group on campus such as CaPS, the Student Health Center, or Planned Parenthood. Unlike CaPS however, the Center does provide some counseling for relationship concerns.

In school, many can struggle with stress in the face of challenges such as moving to a completely new place and being away from home. Students may have problems with roommates, they may feel like crumbling under a heavy class load, or you’re feeling under pressure from becoming more independent. It is difficult to handle that kind of stress – feeling insecure, having relationship problems or problems at home, especially as students are trying to find their place. The most important thing is to know to never give up! Stress management is difficult for college students, and acknowledging your mental health is just the first step to learning how to handle whatever is in your way.

To find more resources on campus, check out the Tigers Care page!

If you need help, or are concerned for a friend, reach out to Public Safety at:

Call: (585) 475-2853 | Text: (585) 205-8333| Emergency Only: (585) 475-3333

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at RIT

 

Katerin Salgado, 3rd year Psychology Major with Pre-Health, Residential Advisor, #TigersofRIT

The importance of Hispanic Heritage Month is that collectively, from September 15th to October 15th, is the celebration and recognition of the contributions that Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish Americans to the North American culture. Behind the Bricks is celebrating the month through the representation of Hispanic students and leaders in the #TigersofRIT and #MondayMotiviation segments on our Instagram.

Here at RIT, students and faculty are honored to be living in an exceptionally diverse community. Together for this month, we commemorate and observe all of the achievements and contributions of Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish Americans as we celebrate with events on campus hosted by the Latin American Student Association (LASA) and the Latin American Deaf Club (LADC) who have members in both clubs that celebrate what it means to be part of the Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish American culture.

Nicole Badia, 5th year Industrial Design and President of Spanish Club, #TigersofRIT

Anna Reyes, a member of the LADC, is very excited about Hispanic Heritage Month. So far the club has hosted Latin Deaf Week from September 11th through the 16th. They’ve also collaborated with the Deaf International Student Association (DISA) for the Mexican and Central American Independence Day, and have also have worked alongside the Latin American Student Association (LASA) on September 29th for “Dia De Los Ninos (Day of the Kids).

LASA’s President, Danel Ruano, said that the club will be will be ending Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a Hispanic Heritage Jeopardy Game Night on October 13th in SDC 1300/1310. They will have members learn some trivia about our heritage and spend some time together as a family. Some other events that are happening during this month are Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Incorporated’s DACA Information & Awareness on Oct 9th in the Bamboo Room 2610 and Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity Incorporated’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct 11th in the McKenzie Commons.

Ronald Moralea, 2nd year Advertising Photography Student and International Student, #TigersofRIT

Hispanic Heritage Month has many different meanings to each and every individual. For Danel, he said, “Hispanic Heritage Month is a way for me to re-immerse myself into my culture. Since I am not home due to school, I miss being reminded about my heritage. I miss the décor, the sounds, the enticing smells that that are in almost every Hispanic household. Being able to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month here at RIT gives me a taste of what it’s like being back home with my family. Hispanic Heritage Month is so important because it allows us to learn more about our cultures, other cultures and how they are all interconnected.”

With Hispanic Heritage Month ending on October 15th, look out for many future events at RIT with LASA, LADC, and DISA and other events around the Rochester area as we celebrate the lives and contributions of Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish Americans to our society and culture!

Ways to explore Rochester

For a lot of people coming to RIT, whether you’re a freshman, international student, transfer, or just haven’t been able to see the area you suddenly were thrust into, Rochester can be an intimidating place to explore. There’s so much to see and do around RIT that it can overwhelm some students who don’t know what to do on the weekends.

Rochester has so many great things to offer – from local restaurants to museums and art, the city is packed with so many places to discover! Into the Roc is a program run by RIT’s Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership. One of the coordinators, Bobby Moakley explained that Into the Roc gives the students of RIT the chance to discover the wonders of the city that surrounds them. People who participate in Into the Roc typically spend an evening during the week or weekend discovering the world outside of Brick City. They’re either doing community service with a local non-profit or they enjoy a few hours watching a local play, comedy show, exploring a museum, or discovering other cultural experiences in the city. Transportation is always provided and food is generally offered as well!

Another great way to explore the city, especially if you don’t have a vehicle, is to find out RIT’s shuttle bus times. The weekend shuttle service that typically travels around campus opens up to the rest of Henrietta for students who want to hop on and visit the Marketplace Mall, the South Plaza, Wegman’s, Target, etc. Parking and Transportation Services also works with the RTS Bus System to provide a late night bus to downtown Rochester on Saturdays. For more information, download the RIT Mobile App to get live bus trackers, schedules, maps, and updates! 

If you’re lucky enough to have a car on campus or know someone with a car (or you could request an Uber/Lyft, which has recently just come to the area) you have the ability to really get into the city and surrounding towns of Henrietta. Some great places to explore in Rochester are:

The Strong Museum – Strong Museum gives a historic and interactive look into toys, video games, and exhibits that make you relive your childhood. Yes this may be considered a children’s museum but it’s enjoyed by people of all ages!

Artisan Works – A renovated factory building that holds a large number of art pieces. They often have art shows as well!

Eastman House – The George Eastman Museum is the oldest museum in the world that is dedicated to photography. It also holds one of the world’s oldest film archives! It was the estate of George Eastman – the founder of Eastman Kodak Company – and opened to the public in 1949.

Mt. Hope Cemetery – Mt. Hope is a cemetery that dates back to 1838 and spans over 196 acres of land. Most notably, it is where Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass are buried.

Susan B. Anthony House – This was the home of Susan B. Anthony for nearly 40 years. She was a national figure for the women’s rights movement.

The Public Market – Instead of going to Wegmans, hit up Rochester’s very own Public Market! This is a great place to go to see a large variety of local food and drinks from various different vendors.

For more information please visit RIT’s Parking & Transportation website.