Every Wednesday, the Office of Health Promotion at Montclair State University is having new “Do-it–Yourself” (DIY) activities for students.
The Office of Health Promotion is helping students stretch out of their comfort zone and meet new people during these events. The events are also helping students relieve stress as midterms have started across campus.
On Nov. 2, a studio class on making vases, which was promoted through the school’s website and Campus Events, gathered the attention of a mixture of students. The event was held at the Health Promotion Drop-In Center, a little red house by the Student Center, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The cost to students was free, and each student was provided with supplies and a spot to work in.
With limited space, supplies were given to those that came to the studio class and claimed a coaster, following the motto “first come, first served” on the school’s website. An alternate project was available to students after the coaster supply was depleted.
The environment is a stress-free place that makes the students feel welcome at the door. Many students, a majority of whom were females, came to enjoy the DIY event and were happy to be able to create vases with their friends.
The set-up of the event was outside of the Drop-In Center, with three rows of tables, red chairs and supplies scattered around. The students had scraps of different colored paper that they could paste onto the vase and later draw different designs on. Each student was allowed to use any and all of the supplies available to them.
The vase project is one of the many DIY projects that the Drop-In Center provides for students that allows them to be creative. Each week on Wednesdays, both male and female students are allowed to come and participate with their new activities. Many students at the event expressed their content with the weekly activities.
Sophomore Linda Mozden said, “I love the weekly events. I come every week.” Other students around her nodded in agreement.