MIT’s MindHandHeart coalition and the Division of Student Life recently hosted its annual Wellness Fair in the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, featuring more than two dozen 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 participant 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, more than 400 student passbooks were turned in.
Each year, the Wellness Fair seeks 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 from groups like LBGTQ+ Services, Student Disability Services, and Student Support Services. 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, especially when you get off track and you kind of forget that there’s things out there to help you,” one student attendee said.
Many who attended the event left feeling enlightened and supported. One student named Erica pointed out that it’s vital 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.”