Standard Fall 2018 Editorial Calendar

September 2018

Sleep
This article helps students understand the specific ways that sleep relates to their lives—especially as they juggle busy academic and social schedules. This piece will also address practical strategies for prioritizing and actually getting more sleep.

Budgeting
This piece will focus on budgeting methods and recommends useful, low-cost, or free apps and tools for money management. It will encourage students to think broadly about how money can help them reach their various long- and short-term goals.

Transitioning to school
The start of the academic year is a major transition, regardless of which school you’re at or which year you’re going into. In this piece, a recent graduate reflects on what that transition angst feels like and a professional counselor suggests resources and strategies that help.

Non-physical benefits of exercise
Most students realize that physical activity contributes to physical wellbeing. However, the connection between fitness and stress, memory, energy, etc., is less widely understood. This article will help students understand the link between physical activity and its other benefits.

Get empowered
This piece helps students understand what sexual assault is and how culture has an influence on its occurrence. Self-empowerment and self-agency are also discussed as ways to practice understanding our own wants, needs, desires, and boundaries.

October 2018

Study methods
This article will provide study techniques for memorizing that are actionable and realistic, offering innovative ways to prepare for exams. Strategies such as using practice tests may enhance academic performance, and using a variety of techniques can also alleviate boredom.

Alcohol
This article outlines the differences between direct and indirect social pressure and includes tips for setting boundaries and finding the self-confidence not to drink.

Roommates
This feature presents typical scenarios involving a passive-aggressive roommate or housemate. For each scenario, we present constructive responses and better ways to handle the issue.

Campus food
This article will demonstrate how to find food options that are flavorful, varied, nutritionally sound, and satisfying on campus. Suggestions for seeking nourishing food will be provided and students will be encouraged to seek support from dining and health services staff to navigate their needs.

Mindfulness
Our mindfulness expert explains how to be mindful while doing the things you already do (e.g., mindful walking, mindful eating, etc.).

November 2018

Microbiome
This feature examines how gut microbes, your gut itself, your brain, and your mental health are all interconnected and influence each other. Plus, the piece includes info on “mood foods” and stress-reducing activities that can help with gut issues.

Unhealthy friendships
Close friendships are great for our health, but unhealthy friendships can be draining and add unnecessary stress. This feature discusses how to recognize the signs of an unhealthy or overbearing friendship and what to do about it.

STIs
In this Q&A feature, a college health educator and sexual health expert answers students’ questions about STIs.

Cooking
Takeout food can be delicious and convenient, but isn’t necessarily easy on the wallet or optimally nutritious. This article teaches students how to cook a classic take-out style meal, pad thai, at home.

Consent
Consent isn’t complicated. But when it comes to sexual consent, some people think it is. This article offers cartoon strips to demonstrate what our everyday lives would look like if understanding consent were truly so difficult. These visuals address changing students’ minds, not seeing appearance as an invitation, and not making assumptions.

December 2018

Disordered eating
This piece will discuss various underlying causes and symptoms of disordered eating patterns. The article will also provide suggestions on how to recognize and address symptoms of disordered eating in oneself or a friend.

Confidence
Many students struggle with self-confidence. This can have an impact on their interactions with other students as well as instructors and advisors. This article will focus on quick tips to appear confident, even if that confidence has not yet been fully developed. It will also briefly describe how a “fake it until you make it” approach can help a student feel more assertive and confident as a result of having positive experiences.

Academic integrity
This article will teach students proper citation and time management techniques to avoid falling into the trap of cheating and plagiarism.

Self-care
This feature helps students learn how to reduce their risk of common infections, such as the flu, cold, norovirus, mono, strep, Athlete’s Foot, and urinary tract infections. It covers the flu shot, hand washing, cleaning surfaces, and containing a cough and sneeze.

Mindfulness
Our mindfulness expert teaches a 4-step technique for dealing with anxiety.