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FINDING YOUR WAY Ever read the Stall Seat and wonder if we’re talking to you? We survey both graduate and professional as well as undergraduate students in our National College Health Assessment. Our stats often include all of our students! Did you know? Most graduate and professional Rams (60%)* drink only 0-5 days per month! Of grad/professional Rams who drink... • 98% stay with the same friend group. • 97% eat before and during drinking.



of Health Sciences students think others in their program are friendly and approachable. Say hi to someone! Source: Health Sciences Student Experience Survey, 2018, Office of Student Experience

*The Well’s Health Survey, Spring 2018 (grads only, n=267)




Want to help improve fellow students’ mental health and well-being? The Dean of Students Office and The Well are piloting a student group on MCV Campus. We’re recruiting students who want to make our campus even more supportive and well. Sign up for more info at

GRTC now provides unlimited free rides to the VCU community on the Pulse and regular local and express fixedroute bus lines. Just show your VCU, VCU Health System or Virginia Premierissued ID card upon boarding. More info at There’s a Pulse stop right near Hunton Student Center!

The Office of Student Experience provides advocacy services to any health sciences student. If you’re looking for an informal way to resolve an issue, Dr. Alena Hampton will meet with you to help you navigate the situation. Do you have a concern or suggestion that you’d like to submit anonymously? You can do that, too. Complete the Student Advocate Request for Assistance Form today! Use the QR code or go to student-experience/ student-advocate.

HELP THAT FITS YOUR SCHEDULE! University Counseling Services on MCV Campus now has new hours! Mon.-Tue. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

MIX AND MINGLE! Get to know your fellow Rams! Graduate and Professional Students can enjoy music, food and a raffle. Friday, Sep. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at the VMFA. Read more and register for free at

Wed.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. UCS is located in Rm. 412 of the VMI Building (1000 E. Marshall St.). Walk in to schedule an appointment, or visit to learn more.

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RECOVERY ON CAMPUS Concerned about the alcohol or other drug use of you or a friend? Support is available. VCU has the largest collegiate recovery program in Virginia. We’re proud to support students in recovery (and those on their way). Visit or email Check out the MCV Campus All Recovery Meeting! Mon. 12:1012:50 p.m. in Hunton Student Center in the 2nd Floor Conf. Rm.


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Changing our language doesn’t just change the way patients relate to us. It also changes the way we relate to them. SELF-COMPASSION

In their gowns

We’re often REALLY good at caring for others, but what about ourselves? Selfcompassion means treating ourselves with care and respect when dealing with setbacks, and framing mess-ups as learning — about ourselves, our strengths, and our growth edges! Every experience provides information that helps us improve.

Accessing health care can be intimidating in the best of times (those gowns, though!). The way we approach patients can greatly influence their health outcomes. Here are some tips:

Self-compassion is necessary! People who are self-compassionate have greater emotional well-being, lower rates of anxiety and depression, and healthier relationships.*

Introduce yourself and your pronouns. This helps patients feel comfortable connecting to you, and opens the door for them to state their own pronouns.

Notice how you talk to yourself. Are you critical? Kind? Do you tear yourself down or cheer yourself on through difficult situations? Forgive yourself. We all stumble along the way. It’s okay.

Ask! For consent before touching a patient or performing any procedure, for more information about their lived experience, about anything that will help you better understand their point of view. Asking first keeps us from making assumptions about people's gender, people's partners' genders, what body parts someone has, pronouns, name, beliefs and experiences.

Instead of that, try this!

Remember, you don't have to accept someone's reality as your own in order to show them kindness and respect.

“I’m a failure!” “This is something I did — it’s not who I am. I’ll bet if I get some help I can do better next time!”

When you encounter critical self-talk, try talking to yourself the way you would your loved ones. Having trouble? Ask a friend or advisor for some positive feedback to get you started. It’s tough. Changing patterns of thought and behavior takes practice and encouragement. But we are always different people today than we were yesterday. Adversity helps us grow.

Can’t think of what to say? Start with “Thank you for trusting me.”

the power of words Using person-first language is a simple way to change the conversation around disorders and diseases that may be stigmatized. Language can have a big impact on how we see our patients, which in turn influences how they see themselves.

Instead of that, try this! Addict

Person with a substance use disorder


Person with a schizophrenia diagnosis


Survivor Person who has experienced violence


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your voice counts! Help make campus safer! Graduate and professional Rams can take the online Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence and Bystander Intervention. Randomly selected students have received an email to their VCU accounts. All participants get a chance to win free parking or a $100 Amazon gift card. Email Dr. Abigail Conley at for more info. For resources, go to

chemo care kits Give back to VCU Children’s Hospital by putting together care kits for children with cancer — and enjoy free food! Visit to register. The event will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. in Larrick Student Center, Jackson Ward Room. Accessible by VCU Campus Connector, J. Sargeant Reynolds stop. Parking is available for a fee at the 8th Street Parking Deck. For more info and accomodations, email

check out the hub! The Hub is a collaborative space available for students on the MCV Campus. Situated on the 2nd floor of Hunton Student Center, The Hub features computer stations, meeting space, and art and office supplies. Our Student Involvement Ambassadors are also available to provide information relevant to registered student organizations. The Hub is open 10 a.m. to 8p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Jenaé Harrington at


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“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” —Brené Brown, PhD We deserve to seek and find help during tough times. But it’s hard to do it alone. We’re often the best ones to notice when a classmate or friend is struggling. Whether it’s offering encouragement, a hug or connecting someone to extra resources, we’re all in this together! Learn how to support your Ramily:

Signs to Notice

• Confusion or problems concentrating

The Dean of Students Office supports students and anyone concerned about a student. They can help with a variety of tough stuff, including but not limited to:

• Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable feelings of euphoria

• Academic issues (absences, missed work, stress)

• Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability

• Mental/physical health issues

• Avoiding friends and social activities

• Personal issues (death of a loved one, financial problems)

• Excessive worrying or fear

• Feeling excessively sad or low

• Tiredness or changes in sleeping habits • Increased hunger or lack of appetite • Misuse of alcohol or drugs • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (stomach aches, etc.) • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress

Want to learn more about burnout, resiliency, and wellbeing? Check out

Early intervention can mean a distressed student stays successful. Sharing a concern means you care enough to get someone the help they need. For more info, visit, call (804) 828-0525 or visit Hunton Student Center, 2nd Floor, 1110 E. Broad St.


Career Services

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• Saturday, Jan. 26 from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. at Main Street Station • Entry is $40 and requires valid VCU and government IDs • Register through Friday, Jan. 25 at • For more info, contact Jenaé Harrington at

VCU Career Services offers career advising on the MCV Campus! We can help with: • Career exploration • Resumes and CVs • Cover letters • Interview prep • Networking Schedule a meeting with Megan Hollis in Hunton Student Center, Suite 205. Go to for info on how to set up an appointment, as well as some career-finding tools. To check out career events on the MCV Campus, visit and search the events using the keyword “MCV.”

We Need Blood!

Help win the Vampire Cup! The American branch of the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation is competing to get the most blood donations. Join them Jan. 18, 2019 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the VCU Health Main Hospital Learning Center. Questions? Email

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Do You Breastfeed? VCU provides eight lactation rooms on the MCV Campus to support Rams who breastfeed or pump. Check out the map at

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Sharpen Your Skills Improve your time-management skills and self-care game this spring! Guest Speaker Miki Skinner, PhD from University Counseling Services will lead a Success Seminar Series session on managing your time and self, held in MMEC 3-101 on Feb. 6 at noon. Lunch will be provided for students who register at Sponsored by the Office of Student Experience.

Out of the Darkness Help raise awareness of mental health support and stop suicide by joining VCU’s Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on March 30. Create or join a walking team at Teams who raise the most money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention through VCU’s walk page will be eligible for prizes!


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MCV Campus Living You’re juggling a lot. You might not have time, money or energy to make your life look like one of those “living” magazines you see at the checkout, while waiting to buy milk and detergent in front of a screaming child and behind someone who’s determined to pay entirely in loose change. That’s okay. We do our best, day by day, with what we have and what we know. We all know how we could be better. Save more money, eat more vegetables, meal prep, exercise, vaccuum the living room... and if we can’t do everything, it’s easy to feel like it’s never enough.

Stop. Breathe. Be. You weren’t put on this earth to be a nonstop productivity machine, or to have it all figured out. Paradoxically, to move forward when feeling stuck, the best attitude is one of self-compassion and self-acceptance. Write a list of all the things you’ve done right the past few weeks. It can be easy to forget. Then think of one improvement you really want to make, in any area of life. List anything internal or external that might be getting in the way. Go over each item. Can you realistically change one or more of these things? If so, what can you do, and how long might it take? Sometimes we don’t need another list of 17 Life Hacks to Transform Your Cupcake Baking Game. Sometimes we need support from people who care. And sometimes we need to accept ourselves and our lives the way they are, dust bunnies and all. You deserve care and compassion whether or not you’re productive. If you’re a student struggling with school, personal issues or anything else, check out (and keep reading this Stall Seat Journal) for a variety of ways to find help.

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Dollar$ and Sen$e The Office of Student Experience is presenting an info session on cryptocurrency! Christopher Moschella from CISA will explain the risks and how to invest wisely. Lunch is provided for those who RSVP. Visit April 11, 12 - 12:45 p.m, Lyons Dental Building (520 N. 12th St.), Rm. 442.

Game Night! OSE is also hosting a game night! There will be free food (first come first served), door prizes and music! Join in the fun April 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. in Hunton Student Center.

Life can be so... life-y. VCU's Dean of Students office is here for you. They now offer help with: • Budgeting • Locating housing (visit • Resolving conflicts with roommates and/or landlords • Food pantry access • Food stamp enrollment To see how else the Dean of Students office can assist you, please visit

Tight on Funds? Suit Up! VCU students and alumni are invited to the VCU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event for a 40% discount on regularly priced and sale items that are business casual/professional. There will be prizes and mini makeovers! Bring your VCU ID or use the alumni card app. Sunday, April 7 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. JCPenney at 4541 Laburnam Ave. Free transportation available! Register:

Suit Yourself The Suit Yourself closet is open to VCU students and recent alums. You own the clothes you take! Just bring a valid VCU ID. Need to create a certain look, tie a tie, or pair closet items with pieces of your own? Come see our styling assistant! Closet hours: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Styling hours: Mon. & Wed., 1 - 3 p.m. and Tue. & Thu., 2 - 3 p.m.

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Having to make tough financial decisions? Ram Pantry is here to help! We are open from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in University Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave.) Rm. 135. If those times don’t work, schedule an appointment by emailing

Become Wealthier Strengthen your money management skills! The Dean of Students office can help you to create a personalized budget, teach you how to stay on track and share tips in order to help you meet your financial goals. To schedule a virtual or face to face appointment, please visit


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MCV Stall Seat Journal: 2018-2019 school year  

The Stall Seat Journal provides the inside scoop on health and wellness to VCU students. VCU Wellness Resource Center produces The Stall Sea...

MCV Stall Seat Journal: 2018-2019 school year  

The Stall Seat Journal provides the inside scoop on health and wellness to VCU students. VCU Wellness Resource Center produces The Stall Sea...


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