A Unique Twist on Stress-Relief

By Sally Kate Zaft, Staff Writer-

The beginning of the semester can be overwhelming, but UTC has students covered with stress reliving events to escape from troubling schoolwork. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Office of Student and Family Engagement held a DIY Zen Garden event for on and off-campus students. 

Once students signed up for the event, they were sent a kit to make their gardens. The Zoom meeting started at 8 p.m. for students to join and participate. 

Coordinator for Student Engagement, Taylor Asgard works hard with other team members to offer these types of events. 

“As far as what types of stress relief events are offered, we like to try to do a stress-relief activity at stressful points in the semester,” Asgard said. 

Mallory Anderson, a sophomore, resident assistant, and student event manager, had the original idea to do a program for stress-relief. Anderson ran the Zoom meeting and encouraged students to share their ways to destress. 

“In times like these, it is even more important to invite that Zen in any way we can and practice/discuss stress relief techniques,” Anderson said.

Many methods of stress-relief such as meditation, essential oils, music, weighted blankets, and movies were shared while making the gardens. Students could laugh, listen, and learn from the experience taking place. 

Jagger McKellar, a sophomore at UTC, attended this event to get a break from schoolwork for the evening. 

“I really enjoyed the Zen Garden Zoom event because it was very unique, and I’ve always enjoyed stress relief techniques,” McKellar said. “I would attend another event like this, especially because I enjoyed building a zen garden together as a group.”

For future events, the Office of Student and Family Engagement always accepts feedback from students about what types of events they want to have.

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