Hello! Good evening and welcome to my very last Saturdays with Shal. I am super sad we have come to an end but I was honoured and excited to provide you with a weekly dose of health and wellness. I hope you enjoyed and benefited from them. For my last post I have an awesome surprise for you! Throughout the week I contacted some of the professors of Daniels asking them an interview style question. This came from my previous SWS of asking students what their favourite “little things” to do was. I wanted to expand this idea to interact with the faculty so students can get a unique perspective. So, “what is one piece of advice you could give to undergrad architecture / vis students that is related to anything Health & Wellness?” Here are three professors’ responses:
"Keep your community strong!
Look out for the people around you and keep lines of communication open. Architecture is a group effort that only gets better when people work together. As students and designers, the instinct is to sometimes isolate and work alone. Find the time to share your work with the peers you look up to and those you may even disagree with.
Take the time to stop and say hello to classmates and friends. Ask them how things are going and check in with friends who might be feeling stressed out or overwhelmed. A quick chat and a little laugh can go a long way!"
"Sleep is overrated. Cycle to class."
"My advice would be to have regular exercise of some sort, or evenly simply walking or biking to studio/work be a part of your average daily & weekly routine. As students and later in our careers, most us spend the vast majority of our time seated at a desk, in front of a screen. It's important to offset that physical inactivity, and doing so can have a positive effect on our our bodies and can also help clear our mind sometimes when we need to.”
“In a program as large as ours, it’s sometimes easy to forget that we (faculty, staff, students) are all in this together. Lean on your colleagues for advice on matters both big and small, and ask faculty and staff for guidance when you need it. We are a friendly bunch (I promise!) and some of the best encounters you can have as a student happen in spaces outside of the classroom or studio. Drink plenty of water, and remember to get away from your screens and take a walk (preferably outside) every once in a while; it’s good for your heart, and your head.”
Thank you to these four for taking time to respond. And thank you to everyone that gave me feedback throughout the year and the kind words. I loved my position here in AVSSU and am excited to announce that Naomi Litwack will be carrying on the responsibilities, I have a feeling she will do great! This is Shal, for Saturdays with Shal saying one last goodbye and good luck with your finals. Keep it classy out there!
Welcome back welcome back…. to Saturdays with Shal. This weekend I wanted to touch on the importance of sleep, and I feel this is fitting considering we are deep into midterm season and project crits. Wow, funny that “crits” just autocorrected to “cries”. Anyway, its no secret Arch and Vis students miss out on sleep. Our studio work causes us to work long hours to achieve tight deadlines, which in turn causes us to cut into sleep time. But sometimes it's not just school work that ruins our sleeps. The Canadian Sleep Society claims that "To get healthy sleep, people need to pay attention to ‘sleep hygiene,’ which refers to behaviours that encourage sleep. These include: sticking to a regular bedtime schedule seven nights a week; following a bedtime routine such as brushing teeth; not consuming caffeine and other stimulants; refraining from napping more than 20 minutes during the day; and avoiding cellphone, computer and TV screens just before bedtime.” (www.canadiansleepsociety.ca). Now, if you’re like me, you break every single one of these rules at least 5 times a week. But I challenge you to do better! (and in turn I’ll do the same). Below I have provided some resources for healthy sleep. Effective time management is the key to avoiding those long nights - and I’ll get into tips on healthy time management in the upcoming weeks. But for now, lets put the pencil down and trade it for a pillow! Your sleep-deprived body will thank me. I’ll see ya next Saturday, keep it classy Daniels.