The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a prestigious yearlong grant that allows recent graduates to explore the world abroad. This year, Ursinus’s Watson finalists, as nominated by the faculty, are Kristen Cooney ’22, Simbarashe “Simba” Kanjanda ’22, Neva McGowan ’22, and Gabrielle Pitt ’22.
A former senior software analyst at Lockheed Martin, Grossbauer pulls on her industry experience to cultivate a practical learning experience for her students. In the classroom, she focusses on equipping her students with the skills needed to succeed in their future professions (and in life in general), and to have fun doing it.
The most prominent skill on her mind? Collaboration.
She recalls late nights with colleagues, ordering take out and putting their minds together to solve a problem.
She saw that same need for collaboration all throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. “It was a collaborative effort to try and put food on the table,” Grossbauer says.
Her goal with this special collaboration quiz (a Rube-Goldberg invention project) is to get students comfortable with collaborating, and to enjoy their time together.
Nine Ways to Boost Your Well-Being
Bean’s top recommendation for a life-changing activity is traditional yoga. Check the calendar to find her next session or email her for more info. In addition to yoga, here are nine other activities that have impacted Katie’s life for the better–and that she wishes she had begun when she was in college.
Ask and be open for feedback from others. Listen to suggestions from older and/or wiser people. Take assessments to learn about yourself: EChug and EToke are available on our website and assess the ways alcohol and marijuana impact one’s life in all aspects. It’s not about comparing yourself to others; it is about comparing yourself to your previous self. How are you learning and growing and evolving? It takes a lifetime.
- Create a bedtime routine
Do a few habitual things every night consistently before bed to get your brain into sleep mode. It can be changing into pajamas, brushing your teeth, drinking water/taking pills or vitamins, writing down three things you are grateful for, or turning off your phone. Recognize what your routine is now, and then commit to a consistent habit of doing the same things in the same order each night. You’ll find you fall asleep quicker and sleep better!
Complete Your iGrad Profile
Learn about your own financial personality and engage with this platform to understand student loans and other important implications of your finances through this free service. Finances are difficult to talk about, but the earlier you can create good financial habits, the better off you will be. Credit matters! How are you building your credit today? Utilize this free service as a student and watch your stress disappear.
Fill up your reusable water bottle before bed and put it on your nightstand to chug in the morning. Try to drink one whole bottle within one hour of waking up. Set an alarm to remind yourself to drink more water.
Sit in stillness, and focus all your attention and awareness on one thing. The focal point can be your breath or repeating a word or phrase in your head. Practice this stillness for five minutes every day and you will see drastic life changes. There are tons of free apps for this. Plus, go to Monday Meditations in the Chapel at 5 p.m.!
Build Your LinkedIn Account
Actively update your LinkedIn profile with big projects you’ve accomplished or roles you’ve taken on as you will likely forget them over time. Build that network now to help you land a job you will be happy going to each day. Set up time with Career and Post-graduate Development to talk more about it.
Express Your Gratitude in Writing
Gratitude journaling is great. Another activity is writing one thank-you card a week. It can be via text, email, or a handwritten note. (Even a Post-It note is nice!) Thank someone for being a friend, thank a mentor for sharing wisdom, or thank the Wawa clerk for always smiling. It can be big or small, but taking two minutes to write out a thank you goes a long way for your own (and others’) happiness.
- Eat the Rainbow
Track the colors and try to eat some of each color of the rainbow every day. Even starting to track this, you might surprise yourself at how bland or colorful your diet already is!
Practice mindfulness intentionally a few times a day. Perhaps while walking across campus or in Wismer, you take notice of the sights, sounds, and smells. Mindfulness means to utilize all your senses and become fully aware of the present moment. This spiritual practice can enliven any moment and bring joy to the mundane.
Today, Abbie Painter ’23 is a rock star, theater scholarship recipient, psychologist, and non-binary luminary. Eighteen years ago, they were drumming on their dad’s workout equipment. Painter’s evolution since then, especially from 2019 when they stepped on the Ursinus stage, has been a feat of transformation.
In desperate need of work/life balance at a former job, Katie Bean found healing in yoga—and is now on a mission to show students, faculty, and staff the benefits of the practice. “It’s so much bigger than tree pose.”
On stage and on the page, Ursinus College Creative Writing Award recipient, Literary Society president, and longtime illusionist, Anastasia Dziekan ’22 recreates truth with something up her sleeve.
Faculty Research & Inquiry
Assistant Professor of Health and Exercise Physiology Kyle Beyer incorporated a forward-thinking twist into his “Nutrition” class this semester: Students had to share what they learned in the course on Twitter.
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Associate Professor of Business and Economics Scott Deacle appeared on a KYW-AM podcast to discuss the bipartisan infrastructure bill just passed into law. Listen here
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Associate Professor of Business and Economics Scott Deacle discussed labor unions on a KYW-AM podcast. Listen to it here.