Earlier this month, MIT’s MindHandHeart and the Division of Student Life hosted its annual Wellness Fair in the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. The event featured over 25 wellness-related campus resources for students to learn more about.
To encourage students to learn about all the resources that MIT has to offer, each student received a student passbook. The objective was to collect a sticker from each office listed to claim a Wellness Warrior T-shirt. By the end of the night, over 400 student passbooks were turned in.
Each year, the Wellness Fair aims to shine light on the number of resources available to students on campus. Whether they are experiencing academic stress, health issues, or other personal struggles, students can find support among these outlets.
Groups like LBGTQ+ Services, Student Disability Services, and Student Support Services tabled at the event. From 2-5 pm, group representatives interacted with students, answered their questions, and handed out giveaways like candy and T-shirts.
The fair even included a photo booth with goofy accessories for students to wear in their pictures. Free smoothies, raffles, massages, and Camelback water bottles added to the excitement.
“I think it’s important to know that there’s support for you because it’s very easy to get narrow-minded when you’re doing all this work,” one student explained, “especially when you get off track and you kind of forget that there’s things out there to help you.”
Many who attended the event left feeling enlightened and supported. One student, Erica, pointed out that it’s important for students to know that they have a support system within the Institute.
“I think that MIT can be pretty stressful sometimes,” she said, “so it’s important to know that you have a really strong support network and that there are so many different groups and resources on campus for you.”
Written by Nicole Cooper, Video by Stephanie Tran
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Recent survey data show that 2-8 percent of MIT graduate students and as many as 13 percent of MIT undergraduates do not have enough to eat. And the problem is not unique to MIT: other similar schools report that about 20 percent of their students struggle with food insecurity.
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