This past weekend at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, they have been focusing on ways to reduce stress in students' lives. They held many events throughout the week to allow students with the opportunity to unwind. Two of the events that I went to was Cirque de-Stress and the Twin Cities Veg Fest.
Cirque de-stress was a circus sponsored by local mental health facilities both on and off campus in an attempt to provide students with ways to manage stress in their lives. At the circus they had juggling, unicycle riding, therapy animals (including a chicken) and tightrope walkers. The cool thing about the circus was that most of the performers where fellow U of M students. It was also a nice break away from mid-terms. So even though life might get stressful at times, and we may wish to run off and join the circus, Cirque de-stress provided students with ways to manage their stress while also making it fun in the process. Below are a few pictures of the event.
Crazy guy balancing a ladder on his chin!
One of the therapy dogs.
The second event was the Twin Cities Veg Fest. I helped set up the event and volunteered as a greeter for the first half of the day, but afterwards I enjoyed the wonderful free food samples provided by local venders. The Twin Cities Veg Fest had three main components to it. In main room was filled with vendors from local businesses that have either vegan friendly food or clothing. The vegan samples where actually surprisingly good. I was able to try vegan ice cream sandwiches, nachos and cheese, sausage and marshmallows just to name a few. The second room called "The Whole" had various musicians playing, ranging anywhere from jazz to hard medal. The last room was filled with speakers who came to talk about the various reasons on why they have chosen a vegan lifestyle. It was a great opportunity for students who have wanted to learn more about vegan or vegetarian eating and gave them an opportunity to see how easy it can be. At the end we were able to get a free swag bag that was filled with coupons and free cookies!
Overall it was a fun experience to see the different types of events that are present at a larger university. It would be interesting to take some of these ideas integrated into the Rochester campus just in a more scaled down version.