On March 29, there was a perfect combination of creativity and conversation at the Medical Education Campus (MEC). Celebrating drug and alcohol awareness week, a drunk driving simulator car allowed students, faculty and staff to drive in a simulated drunk mode.
After feeling the dangerous effects of driving under the influence, participants experienced their delayed response to control the car and the narrowed field of vision. This experience had a huge impact on participants. Participants all signed a pledge to not drink and drive. Dr. Mary Moseley, a full-time nursing faculty, had so much fun after lecturing and doing research all day; the event was truly a de-stressor.
On the same day, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a Paint Nite event was sponsored by Student Government Association and Student Life. This two-hour painting session with an instructor in which participants convert a blank canvas into a piece of art, allowed the participants to find their creative side and served as a vehicle to de-stress from classes, open labs or clinicals.
For Sindy Lazo, a second-year dental hygiene student, the event was fun and therapeutic. She added, “After a long day of clinic, Paint Nite was a great way to unwind; most of us have been studying after school and all of our weekends for our upcoming National Board Dental Hygiene and our Regional CDCA exams. After two hours of creativeness and lots of tasty snacks, we were ready to hit the books again. It was quite refreshing.”
As for Wajeeha Asghar, also a second-year dental hygiene student, “It was a great experience to be able to paint with our peers in a relaxing, safe and non-judgmental environment. I realize you don’t have to be an artist to be creative.”