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Dear Tech Family,
Good Monday morning.
I hope you were able to rest – and study a bit – this weekend. We’ll enter finals this week, and I know you’ll all finish strong.
This week, we will continue to update you each day through email. After our finals period is completed, however, we will continue to communicate twice a week and as important events arise. We’ve set the goal of being in regular communication with all our students, faculty, and staff as we move toward being back on campus face-to-face in the fall. Please be on the look-out for my messages throughout the summer as I’ll have valuable information for you. I hope you’ll continue to reach out with questions so we can find answers and address your concerns.
Mental Health Monday
This week, our Counseling Center is helping us focus on the good things that exercise can do for our mental health.
This spring our weather has been wonderful, so get outside, maintain physical distance, and do something to help our bodies and minds at the same time. Exercise is not a cure for poor mental health, but it is a recommended healthy coping mechanism for when you may be having feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression.
There have been many studies done on what exercise does for the brain, and the results are quite encouraging. Exercise helps promote positive changes that include neural growth and a reduction in inflammation. It also promotes the creation of new habits that can lead to an overall sense of calm and wellbeing.
While this time of physical distancing has produced many challenges, it has also created many unique opportunities. Use some of your newfound time to invest in yourself physically and emotionally at the same time.
The Counseling Center has passed along a few links with information about the benefits of exercise on our mental health:
- Depression and anxiety: Exercise eases symptoms – Mayo Clinic
- Exercise is an all-natural treatment to fight depression – Harvard Health
- Exercise and mental health – video from Demystifying Medicine
This week, graduating seniors will be able to take advantage of applying for the pass option. You’ll be able to turn in the application form between May 20-22 if you’re completing your academic requirements this quarter.
If you are a continuing undergraduate or graduate student, you’ll be able to turn in that paperwork between May 27 and June 3.
Just remember that this decision cannot be changed. Once you are granted the pass option, you cannot return to your original grades. There are other impacts the pass option could have on your financial aid and honors status, so I encourage you to discuss it with your academic advisor before completing the form.
A video from our Registrar’s Office has more answers to questions we’ve seen with the pass option. You can also check out our Interim Grading Policies website. It’s worth learning more as you consider your options at the end of the quarter.
Best wishes on all of your Finals!
As always, thanks for staying in touch during this time. Keep working toward your academic goals. Stay safe and healthy, and mask up!