Student Spotlight: Three Ways I Stay Mentally Healthy

Check out this week’s Student Spotlight from Jordan Boyd. Jordan is a double major in Business and Art History. As the 16 week semester starts to gear up, Jordan shares with us how she stays mentally healthy.

Three Ways I Stay Mentally Healthy

School is stressful. I don’t think there’s a person alive who has gotten through school with a 0% amount of stress. It’s so strong that it has an effect on your physical stature. Hunched shoulders, a stiff neck and headaches are just a few symptoms I’ve had to prove it. People have recommended trying new activities like running, taking walks and stress balls. I’ve tried them all but I’ve noticed that they only take away the physical pressure. We seem to help relax the outcome instead of the main source: the mind. School and other activities have taken its toll on me, but they’ve become less stressful due to a few techniques. Here are three easy (and free) ways I use to calm my own mind.

  1. MEDITATION~ Your mind has all the answers. Sitting down in silence and relaxing can leave you feeling calm and ready to continue on. There are days it helps clear my mind and other days it helps with breathing techniques for me to calm down. It definitely takes time to master, but every minute throughout the process is significant. So take a seat, think it through and you’ll be on your way.
  2. MAKING AND GOING OVER DREAMS AND GOALS~ There’s a reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. My list can probably go on for days, but it gets me excited thinking about the many different things I want to do. Reminding yourself every day or every time you feel down can be that burst of energy you need to get back in the zone.
  3. KNOWING YOU’RE DOING FINE~ “It always works out”. That’s my mantra for every day. I say it in the morning, in the middle of the day and when I go to bed. It makes all the hard work, struggles and stress worth it.

My message to you is to keep your mind clear and healthy. Don’t focus on the bad stuff. Surround yourself with things that make you happy. A yoga class. A bag of candy. A good playlist. Maybe you can try looking back on your accomplishments and feel proud of yourself. You’re unique, so what you choose might be different from mine, but I promise you that if you take the time, you’ll find what helps you. Don’t let the stress get to you because what you’re going through is only temporary. You got this!

Adult Career Pathways Open House

You are invited to the Adult Career Pathways Open House on Wednesday January 30, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Come learn about the Adult Career Pathways Program and how to become part of this growing and dynamic support program at Northern Virginia Community College!

See the flyer below for additional details and RSVP at https://bit.ly/2RxfqQ3.

Bookstore Purchase Process via Financial Aid for Spring 2019

Students who wish to purchase books and supplies at a NOVA Bookstore using excess financial aid must complete the Bookstore Authorization e-Form each year on their NOVAConnect “To Do List.” The bookstore purchase period begins on Saturday, 12/29/18 for online purchases and on Wednesday, 1/2/19 for purchases made on campus, and it closes on Monday, 1/28/19. A second bookstore purchase will be available from 3/2/19 – 3/24/19 for students who still have excess aid that has not disbursed.

Before attempting to use your financial aid at a campus bookstore, be sure to review the checklist below.

Are you enrolled in classes?

Do you have an approved financial aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees and books?

Do you have a valid NOVACard?

Is your account free of holds?

If the answer to any of the above is “no”, please review you NOVAConnect “To Do List” and visit a campus financial aid office or contact the 24 Hour Student Support Center at 1-855-323-3199 if you have any questions.

New Student Orientation – Alexandria Campus

Spring 2019

New Student Orientation for Adult Learners

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Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf room AA158

The program includes an orientation to the College, information for academic planning (including career/transfer), an overview of campus resources, and information about student success.

Consider attending this Orientation program if you are a degree-seeking student who is:

  • First-time to college and age 25+;

•             Transferring into NOVA from another college; or

•             Returning to college-level studies after a leave of absence

Questions?  Contact 703-933-5073 or alcounseling@nvcc.edu.

Students who are GPS/First Year Students (first time to college & 17-24 years old) or in the Pathways program (from high school) must attend a different orientation.  Go to www.nvcc.edu/orientation for more details.

If you need accessibility accommodations for this program, please contact disabilityservices@nvcc.edu. 

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Government Shut Down may affect your FA Eligibility

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The financial aid application process is currently underway for the 2019-2020 academic year. However, the ease of applying for aid could be in jeopardy because of the partial government shut down that is underway. When applying for aid, applicants need to submit copies of tax returns. These can be obtained on the IRS’s website. But, online requests are not currently being generated. According to the Department of Education, copies of tax returns and written statements of non-filing are being accepted for verification purposes in lieu of IRS tax return transcripts and verification of non-filing forms. Read more about how the partial shutdown of the IRS could affect your eligibility on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators website.