With midterms just around the corner and stress bubbling up for many students, Castleton University’s first-annual Wellness Fair couldn’t have come at a better time.
Held in the 1787 room during N-period on March 3, the event aimed to showcase resources both on and off campus to aid the health of students in each aspect of their lives.
“My idea behind [the fair] was that we are all multi-dimensional people. We have our emotional well-being, our financial well-being, and our physical well-being. If one is off balance or really struggling, then everything kind of takes a toll. I wanted this to be all-inclusive,” fair coordinator and Wellness Center Prevention Specialist Sara Sterns said.
Featured booths at the event included Spectrum Pride Club, Career Services, financial literacy and iGrad, the Rutland-based NewStory Center and Community Care Network among many others.
Community Care Network representative, Olivia Tipton, said that it was an immediate “yes” when the Wellness Center reached out to include the health cooperative in the fair, and that the event gives students a chance to see their options for self-care.
“We have our crisis line available at any point and [representatives] will say, ‘okay, let’s figure out where to start.’ And they’ll help you find a starting point to start feeling better,” Tipton said.
Also present at the fair were Sodexo-provided refreshments, door prizes, and therapy dogs.
“[The fair] is amazing. I didn’t know what to expect, but this event was above and beyond that,” senior and Wellness Center intern Avery Finelli said.