The Importance of Resiliency

by Erika Solloway on November 23, 2015

Resilience (noun) – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness


Have you ever thought about what it would mean for you to be resilient? Not just being able to take some criticism here and there, but really being able to look past negative situations and always pick out the silver lining? It’s a skill that anyone can learn to possess, and with more practice, you’re capable of changing your entire outlook on the world around you!


Pump up your positivity!

Resilient people tend to find silver linings in bad circumstances, which allows them to experience less negative emotions than those who are less resilient. An example of this could be instead of the thought, “this is so terrible,” you could replace it with “this may be terrible right now, but it won’t last forever, and I’m still better off than many others.” A key to building resiliency is being able to notice and appreciate positive experiences whenever and wherever they occur in your life.


Live to Learn.

The more you’re able to leverage challenges as opportunities to grow, the more resilient you’re likely to be. It’s important to question your thinking. For example, when something bad happens you can think, “What is useful here?” or “What are my choices?” instead of, “What’s wrong?” or “Who can I blame?” Asking these kinds of questions is empowering and promotes more expansive and accepting thinking.


Open your heart.

Studies have shown that people who have just engaged in an act of kindness have higher serotonin (happiness neurotransmitter) levels than those who haven’t engaged in an act of kindness. When adversity strikes, having an attitude of gratitude for things that are going right in your life helps put things in perspective. Try to deliberately draw attention to the good, stable, things in your life.


Take care of yourself.

Practicing good health habits are fundamental to resilience. Mental breaks and relaxation helps to keep stress chemicals at bay, which can reduce your likelihood of feeling overwhelmed. Spending as little as 20 minutes per day soaking in the outdoors is enough researchers say to encourage more open thinking. Creating and maintaining social connections is also important in taking care of ourselves. Having a support network when things go wrong can actually help us recover faster as well.

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Hang on to your humor!

Laughing reduces tension in your body, bringing it back down to more moderate levels, and it can even feel empowering! Having the ability to play with a situation can feel liberating, and can give you more of a sense of control over the situation.


Curious how resilient you are? Check out this quiz at the bottom of the web page.


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A Promise to Adam: #stopdistracteddriving

by Julia Stern on November 16, 2015



We can often learn the most from the stories and tragedies of others.  Adam London was a twin, younger brother, son, boyfriend, grandson and friend to many.  He played for the varsity lacrosse team at his high school and was well known in his community for being friendly, outgoing and incredibly funny.  Adam’s friends described him as having “presence” that would light up a room when he entered because he deeply cared for those around him. He had endless promise, an abiding curiosity about the world, and a real drive to succeed.

All of that changed on August 23rd, 2010 two weeks before his senior year of high school. Adam London was only 17 years old when he lost his life in a motor vehicle accident involving distracted driving. In his memory, his friends and family began a campaign known as “A Promise to Adam.”  Adam’s Father, Dr. Howard London, former BSU Provost, speaks about the death of his son at events across the state to inform audiences about the dangers of distracted driving.  After telling his story, he asks young drivers to sign a pledge in hopes that accidents, like Adam’s, can be avoided.  When you sign the pledge, you agree to the following:

  1. Never to ride in a car without using a seatbelt
  2. Never to drive to fast, because where I’m going will be there, whether I’m 5 minutes early or 15 minutes late.
  3. Never to drive after drinking, even the smallest amount, because I cannot understand how impaired I may be.
  4. Never to drive after putting anything in my body that may limit my ability to think, understand and react.
  5. Never to text while I drive, because the message is never more important than my life
  6. And, perhaps hardest of all, to stop my friends when they try to do any of the above. Take away their keys; call their parents; call a cab; wrestle them to the ground, if necessary. Whatever it takes.

Each day in the U.S., more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes involving distracted driving (CDC). Distracted driving is more than just taking your eyes off of the road. It is taking your hands off of the wheel for any reason, or mentally taking your mind off of the road, whether that is due to an emotional situation or due to being tried.

Honor Adam London’s life by joining the BSU Peer Educators, Phi Sigma Sigma and Sigma Pi on November 23rd at 6:30 PM in the RCC ballroom to learn more about distracted driving. Dr. Howard London will speak to the audience at 7:00 P.M. and you will have the chance to sign the pledge to make your promise to Adam.



Cold Weather Doesn’t Have to Mean Colds

November 9, 2015

Winter is coming! We all know what that means… flu season is also on its way! Don’t be that one person in the back of your lecture hall hacking away and incessantly sneezing because you decided not to get a flu shot this season. The best defense against germs, is a strong offense! To help […]

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Know, Set, and Keep to Safer Alcohol Limits

November 2, 2015

In an age of increasing portion sizes, sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly how much of something you can safely consume. Each person is different, making portion sizes vary for each individual. When it comes to alcohol, if you choose to drink, here’s a link to show you the amount of alcohol […]

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Eating Healthy at BSU

October 26, 2015

Eating healthy after a long day can be tough. After classes, work, practice or club meetings, nothing sounds more grueling than preparing a meal. If you want to grab something quick at one of the dining halls while staying on a healthy and balanced nutrition plan, here are some steps to take: Avoid the words […]

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The Great American Smokeout!

October 19, 2015

Does your grocery list look something like this? Acetone (great for taking off your nail polish) Arsenic (poison used to kill rats) Tar (what roads are made of) Butane (used in lighter fluid) Lead (used in batteries) Formaldehyde (chemical used to embalm bodies) Every time you pick up a cigarette you’re basically adding these chemicals […]

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Staying Mindful During Stressful Times

October 13, 2015

As you enter the middle of the first semester, you may be feeling more stressed with midterms, papers and projects looming in the distance.  At times like these, it is important to “mind your mind.”  In other words, be aware of how you are feeling internally and address those feelings.  For example, if you are […]

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BE SMART about Alcohol

October 5, 2015

Take a moment to think about the last time you were put in a sticky situation that involved alcohol. Did you find that you or a friend of yours got too intoxicated? Did you feel nervous about something bad happening to a friend because you didn’t know when to call for help? Did you feel […]

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What is Project PACK?

September 28, 2015

If you’re new to campus you might be wondering about the random baskets placed about that have strange pieces of paper tied to them. If you’re a returning student maybe you have just never noticed or paid attention to them before. Well it’s time to take notice. Those baskets are collection sites for PROJECT PACK. […]

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It’s Time to Walk it Off!

September 21, 2015

Remember that old saying, “Walk it off?” Well, now you can literally “walk it off” every Tuesday afternoon for Wellness Walks the Great Hill Trails. Meet us at the former clock tower every Tuesday at 4:30pm through October 27th (weather permitting), and you can “walk off” anything you choose! You can “walk off” high blood […]

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