Investing your time in relaxing activities and involving yourself in the greater Chicago community are both things that you can do to greatly improve your outlook and overall winter-quarter experience. Below you’ll find a quick list of activities that are a must try for combating winter stress.
Wellness & Relaxation
Drop in on one of these events once, twice or weekly.
Tea & Pipes – Wednesday at 4:30-5 pm (but tea is served as early as 4!)
Let your brain turn off for a half hour and relax to the sound of gentle, relaxing pipe music. Then, refreshed and well caffeinated, return to the library to finish studying, guilt-free. Most people, myself included, would spend the same amount of time mindlessly browsing the internet.
Most of you have probably registered for classes by now- congrats! Please keep stopping by and telling us what classes you’re taking and how you like them! It is always fun to hear about new courses, different departments, and overall life at U of C.
Before the Fall Quarter officially begins next Monday, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
*Volunteer Referral: Fall is a great time to start volunteering. Although this quarter sees you adjusting to UChicago and life as a graduate student, this quarter also has a lighter course load than the Winter (and better weather).
Get in touch with the University of Chicago Service Center to set up an appointment- it is low key and low stakes. They will talk with you about your interests and then recommend service partners for you. Don’t miss on the opportunity to leave the ivory tower and get to know a different side of Chicago.
There is life beyond the academic community!
Spring Quarter can be an incredibly exciting time – your thesis starts to fall into place, you’ve got the most productive procrastination excuse ever in internship/externship/mentor apps, and it’s finally (finally!) warmer. But it can also be a scary time if (like most people emerging from a graduate program) you’re not totally sure what you want to be doing next year. Looking into those awesome internship, mentor, & externship opportunities is a great place to start, but if you’re feeling daunted or like you want to do some exploring before you commit, looking into volunteer opportunities may be the right choice for you.
Of course, even if you have an awesome sense of what you’d like to be up to next year, you may be feeling (as I did) at this point in the year that your life has been subsumed into the academy/library to the detriment of all things human. As the year winds down (hurtles toward completion?) it might be worth your time to look into volunteer opportunities. It’s incredibly valuable to make connections to organizations you’re passionate about, or alternatively, find out what kinds of work or organizations you don’t like now, as you go into the summer.
But what does this vague “volunteering” thing look like? How do you find the right organization for you, with the right time commitment? Answer: Volunteer Referrals! UCSC at the University of Chicago maintains an up-to-date, well-researched database of volunteer opportunities in Chicago, and they are happy to help match you with the right organization.
And, as always, come talk to your Mentors – about careers, the future, rad volunteer organizations in Chicago, your thesis, or literally anything else.
In addition to the Service Events put on by your MAPH Mentors (e.g., the City Farms event September 11th) throughout the year, the University Community Service Center puts on Service Match. Service Match is a way for you to go beyond simply volunteering once or twice during the year. By consistently engaging with one organization through the year, you can focus your service to really benefit an organization and make the most of your volunteer time. Put on by the University Community Service Center, Service Match facilitates consistent service by selecting a limited number of talented MA students, partnering with a local non-profit, and offering participants the chance to give teach backs and reflect on their volunteer work.
There will be a Service Match Informational Meeting at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 18 in Classics 110 with Crystal Coats (cpernell at uchicago dot edu), the Community Service Advisor from the University Community Service Center (UCSC). Curious? Read on!
What is Learnapalooza? It’s a community-based festival offering free workshops and classes lead by volunteers and hosted by local businesses. You’re about to go deep into a specific kind of learning, so if you’re looking for different–perhaps more relaxing–ways to use your brain and get to know Chicago/Chicagoans beforehand, consider volunteering for or attending the festival. This year’s Logan Square Learnapalooza takes place on Sunday, September 22 all day in various Logan Square locations. Classes include: Continue reading
CHF’s awesome visual for this year’s theme.
As you may already know, the Chicago Humanities Festival recently announced its Fall Festival schedule. This year’s theme is ANIMAL, and the line-up looks super exciting.
Interested in attending events, but feeling the strain of the imminent tuition bill? Want to get involved with a great humanities-oriented non-profit early in the year? Consider volunteering at the festival! Volunteering is a savvy way to make connections, get to know an organization, and gain experience (woah, professionalization!).
We are going to have several different volunteering and service opportunities throughout the year–get excited about Service Core, Service Events, and more–but for now, if you want to get going on your volunteerism/humanities activities/exploration of Chicago, check out CHF. At least one of your Mentors will be doing it, so if you have questions, you know where to find us (and if you don’t, scroll all the way down this page).
I’m personal hoping there will be some reflections on the following. An event on cuteness? I think yes. Maybe MAPH will have to pick that one up, though. Also, here’s your daily dose of adorable animal, normally to be found at the MAPH Nest: