December 14, 2018
A message to Students from Salvador B. Mena, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Rutgers University—New Brunswick:
Dear Scarlet Knights,
Reading Days have officially begun and the fall semester will soon come to a close. I hope that you’re looking forward to the upcoming break and reflecting back on a successful semester.
As you work to complete your academic commitments, I encourage you to engage in self-care; get a good night’s sleep, eat healthy, and stay active.
I know that this time of year can be difficult for various reasons so know that you can ask for help. Whether it’s a faculty/staff member, advisor, or mentor, your roommate, friends, or family back home, there’s always someone willing to listen. I also urge you to lean on one another for assistance and invite you to reach out or provide a referral to someone in need of support by utilizing the “Do Something” link.
Within the Division of Student Affairs, there are resources that are available to you and your fellow Scarlet Knights, including the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), Residence Life staff, and the Office of Graduate Student Life. While not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find additional programs to help you through this period:
- The Rutgers Student Food Pantry (RSFP) is open to all students and provides non-perishable food and personal care products to members of the Rutgers community in need. All services are confidential and no appointment is necessary—only a Rutgers ID card is needed.
- Stop by CAPS Let’s Talk drop-in hours.
- Additional rooms have been designated as study spaces in all of our student centers.
- Recreation facilities are open and offer massage therapy and fitness & wellness classes. Hours of operation can be found here.
Please remember regardless of the challenges you might be facing that you are part of a community at Rutgers that cares about you and is here to support you. I wish you the best of luck as you finish strong during this final stretch. Have a safe, happy, and restful winter break.
We look forward to welcoming you back in 2019!
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Rutgers University–New Brunswick