“Simply Become Who You Are” was the theme for the Women’s Retreat 2016, put together by the Health & Wellness Department. Women of all backgrounds, personalities, and majors came together on Monday, March 21, at the Memorial Student Union Building (MSUB), 2nd floor, for the presentation.
“A place where women come together and we have different speakers to talk on related topics to help women feel inspired. To feel empowered, to get to know other women on campus, to have educational sessions and chair massages to make them feel embodied,” said Melissa Ramirez, a Business Management major, who has worked at the retreat three years.
The event began with Registration and a “Power Lounge” to tackle the afternoon of activities. The “Power Lounge” consisted of MAC make-up tutorials, chair massages, nutritional education, sexual health information, Zumba, and healthy snacks.“We try to make the sessions embody the title, ‘Simply Become Who You Are,’ where the sessions are related to the theme. Sessions on how to use these skills and how to become the person you are today,” said Rowena, who has worked on the retreat two years and is Wellness Educator grad student.
Session I allowed attendees to choose a topic in the “Journey to yourself: Be the Best You.” Women were then cencouraged to become better than yesterday at “Purpose in Life: What is in Your Toolbox?,” where finding yourself is key. Lastly, came the session, “Coitus: Keeping it Safe, Healthy, and Clean and Still Get a Big Bang.”
“Education for women, for example, this year we have many topics for a happy life and keeping and maintaining that,” said Ramirez.
Session II began at 5:35 p.m., again with topics of attendees’ choice. “Personal Surroundings: Through the Looking Glass,” handled that what surrounds one mentality and physically is important in life. “Connections: What Were You Thinking?,” encouraged women to connected with themselves. Lastly, for this second session, “Dress for Success: A Professional Reflection,” gave ladies tips on how to dress for settings such as an interview.
To bring the evening and the inspirational journey of “Simply Become Who You Are” to an end, at 6:30 p.m. all ladies were gathered at the Ballroom A of the MSUB for dinner and a speaker. Dr. Michelle Duran, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, spoke at this years’ Women’s Retreat. Duran’s told the story of her journey of becoming who she is, in order to inspire the women in the audience.
The Health and Wellness members wants all women to “find themselves, who they are, and be comfortable in the person who they are. To be confident as a female,” with this inspirational event.
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