The aroma of sweet smelling sugar scrubs, eye-catching manicures, and flower pens filled the Texas A&M University-Kingsville ballroom as students ventured from station-to-station, pampering themselves and learning about women’s health.The Student Health and Wellness Center hosted the seventh annual Women’s Retreat, where students have the opportunity to fill up on refreshments and attend seminars.
“I’m glad this retreat happened. It helps with the stress right before finals,” said Carle Straube.
Lecturers included faculty members from the Student Health and Wellness Center and TAMUK staff.
The seminars covered topics of personal empowerment, safety survival skills, financial power, and creating balance in personal and work environments.
“I decorated a flowerpot, got a massage, and I made an inspirational rock…it says ‘flabbergasted’…that’s my favorite word,” said Sarah Bennett, biomedical sciences major.
One of the sessions featured Keynote speaker, Kathy Loedler, former FBI Special Agent and Founding CEO of Rampart Group LLC.
She shared tips to help students stay safe in social settings and who to contact when in an emergency.
The phrase, ‘Trust your Gut’ was repeatedly mentioned to encourage the audience to not second guess themselves and take action. The ‘Run-Hide-Fight’ method was also demonstrated to portray how no one is helpless and can be a force to reckon with.
“I think its it’s a good way its really nice way to help us relax. The best part was the massage! It was heaven for five minutes,” said Harshitha and Tanishka Guduru, biomedical sciences majors.