This article has been reprinted from UVA Today.
Christopher Sausa remembers how awkward it felt being a seventh-grader. He recalls feeling “stuck in the middle – not a kid, but not a grown-up yet,” and he wished he had someone to talk to. But at the time, his father felt too far removed and his younger brother wouldn’t be any help.
In the wake of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, remember that the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is here year-round for members of the University community who are grieving or need support in coping with news of violence aimed at members of their faith or any other community that is important to their identity. We stand, as always, with all of our students, alums and colleagues working to create a respectful culture on Grounds and across the world.
Name: Tyler Curran
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
What brought you to the Women's Center?
I got involved with MLP and the Women's Center as part of field experience for my class "Fostering Leadership in Teenage Boys" this semester.
If you could describe YWLP or MLP in 3 words, how would you describe it?
Challenging, Exciting, Important
Name: Maya Link
Year: Second year
Hometown: Richmond, VA
1. What brought you to the Women's Center?
One of my good friends had just participated in YWLP and told me what a great experience she had.
2. If you could describe YWLP or MLP in 3 words, how would you describe it?
supportive, enlightening, powerful
3. What other organizations are you involved with at UVA?
Pi Beta Phi, FPAS
It is a time of hyper-partisan politics and corresponding heightened tension around our everyday interactions, especially online. At the Women’s Center, we hear frequently from people looking for support as they seek to engage with the news in ways that are mindful of their personal resources.
Major: Chemisty & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
1.What brought you to the Women's Center?
I came to the Women's Center because I was looking for a way to get more involved in violence prevention work. I did a lot with it in high school, so after not really knowing where to start my first year, I decided I would apply to the internship to have some more direction my second year.
Every so often, my daughter tries to make me commit at dinner: “No, really, Mommy: what’s your favorite book?” I hedge: favorite 5 authors? Favorite series? Favorite book with yellow on the cover? To be fair, I was absurdly excited when I recently discovered the Japanese concept of tsundoku. “I tsundoku” explains so much of my life.
Getting enough high quality sleep is the one of the best things you can do for your brain and body. No matter what is going on in terms of mood, energy, memory or emotions, sufficient sleep will almost always help. Sleep also does wonders for new learning. Wresting the last few minutes you can out of a day can be very tempting, but the cost in terms of fatigue and forgetfulness the next day is higher than you think.
Try these approaches to getting sufficient sleep: