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Meghan Stough, SAC Director

Published
November 28, 2017


It is hard to believe that another General Assembly has already passed. For many, myself included, it was the last one as an undergraduate. For others, this could be their 10th or maybe even 15th GA they have attended. No matter the number, General Assembly is always an exciting (and tiring) time for all. After days filled with traveling, networking, learning, and having fun, it is normal to be pretty exhausted. Not only can GA be physically draining, but it can also be emotionally draining as well. Some of the health and wellness topics that are brought up can be difficult to absorb and process in such a short amount of time. Make sure to stop, take a deep breath, and reserve some “me time” to decompress from this whirlwind of a weekend. If you or your peers struggle with self-care, here’s an article to give some possible self-care ideas.

It is also challenging to transition from General Assembly back into the real world. Surrounded by like-minded people, it is easy to get caught up in the “Peer Education” bubble. At GA, it is easy to forget that not everyone will be on board with the new and innovative programs your peer group might want to bring back to campus. Who wouldn’t want to participate in programs about over-exercising or programs all about STI’s? I mean I know peer educators definitely would, but maybe not everyone else… I am in no way saying that peer education groups shouldn’t use General Assembly as a catalyst for action; take this excitement and run with it!!

I know what you’re probably thinking: “Easier said than done.” Or maybe you’re thinking “Okay Meghan, enough with the exclamation points.” Either way, here are a few tips from me to you to help continue this momentum!

  • Connect with your peer group & advisors- Before tacking anything it is important to make sure everyone is on the same page. Talk about all the different programs and the exciting new information learned from GA.
  • Do not take too much on at once- Choose one or two new programs that could be realistically implemented back on campus.
  • Write out goals for the program- Example: How many people do y’all want to attend? Should this be a big event or a presentation shown once a month?
  • Lay out a timeline- Could these be started within the next month? The next year? Having a timeline will help your peer group meet your goals!
  • Plan, plan, plan- Pick out a venue. Pick a target audience. Pick out some incentives.
  • Advertise- SOCIAL MEDIA! Find the most popular platform on campus and utilize it. The more people reached, the better the program will go.
  • Dance- Happy dance for when it’s successful of course!

I wish I could say these few pieces of advice held all the answers, but unfortunately I am not that wise (even though I sometimes say otherwise). Even if the programs are not huge successes in y’alls eyes, the important part is that you tried and now you know more for next time. I fully believe peer educators are the most important humans on a college campus. The information we spread is important, relevant, and potentially life-saving. Continue the wonderful work that y’all do and do not get discouraged! We can do this, friends!


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