Virtual Student Life

Although we are practicing physical distancing, it is important to us that we continue to find opportunities to connect with one another and to this great university. 

Engagement Opportunities

Interested in learning more about the clubs and organizations at RIT? Take some time to connect with a club or organization on RIT CampusGroups that you might want to join this semester.

CampusGroups is the campus engagement platform that helps you connect with one of the 300+ student clubs and organizations. Now more than ever, we need each other, and a way to stay connected. Take advantage of this time and find a new club or organization to join. Several clubs and organizations are utilizing this time to connect with one another through video calls, online meetings, and more. 

Download the CampusGroups app on Apple or Google products.

CampusGroups App in Apple store

 

Ever wondered where to start a conversation? How about with a would you rather question? Join Tigers Connect to improve your one-on-one communication skills and make connections to feel confident in your ability to meet new people.

Registration via CampusGroups will be open in January.

Join Counseling and Psychological Services and NTID Counseling and Psychological Services for virtual drop-in connection events to help you thrive and connect during this time of transition. These groups are designed to create a safe space to discuss emotional reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and its many consequences, including:

  • abrupt transition to online learning
  • being forced to unexpectedly leave your college community
  • adjusting to living at home with family, friends, or alone
  • grief regarding important semester milestones being cancelled or postponed
  • fear about illness
  • uncertainty about co-ops and jobs

Register via CampusGroups to join one of our upcoming connections

**You do not need to be connected with Counseling and Psychological to participate. Please be aware, these groups are not a replacement for psychotherapy. Contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 585-475-2261 if you are interested in scheduling a telehealth consultation. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call 211 or 911 locally or your local equivalent. 

Join us for virtual intramurals all semester long! The Center for Recreational Sports will be offering virtual intramurals for students this spring. 

Stay tuned - virtual offerings will be added to this list in the coming weeks. Learn more and register for RIT Intramurals

Individual Activities

Community engagement and feeling connected is more important now than ever. Schedule some time for a virtual tour through Rochester's Abandon Subways, fly over active volcanos with the National Parks Service, or take an online class through the Rochester Brainery. Check out these opportunities to feel inspired to explore new spaces and gain new experiences.

Let's Explore

Although it is easy to binge watch Netflix or play a video game in your spare time, make sure you are taking the time to get some exercise. You can stay active indoors by practicing yoga or downloading a free workout app right on your phone. The Center for Recreational Sports has put together some tips for a great indoor exercise session to help get you started:

  • Create a designated workout space
  • Block off time on your calendar to commit to getting your workout in
  • Lay out your workout clothes in advance
  • Set a goal for your workout session
  • Elimate any distractions by turning off email and text notifications - this is time for you!

Finding that you have a bit of time to focus on you? This might be a great time to focus on developing your leadership skills. 

Leadership Coaching
Leadership Coaching is a great resource for any student who is looking to learn more about their leadership style and develop their skills. The coaching is also useful for students who are looking to step into leadership positions on campus and taking on leadership positions within their clubs and organizations.

Please reach out to Sri Kartik, Assistant Director for Leadership at the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement via email at skrla@rit.edu to schedule a session.

Virtual Leadership Resources
The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement has compiled a list of edX and TED resources - video content and online courses - to help you hone in on your leadership skills. Check out the Virtual Leadership Resources today!

From local nonprofits that support our senior population to organizations that feed families globally, there is no shortage of ways to get involved. The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement has compiled an extensive list of local and global volunteer opportunities for you to explore. 

Become a Virtual Volunteer

Review the Community Service Resource Packet

Support Services

We're here to help you in your transition from an on-campus, in-person class experience to remote online instruction. 

Connect with Academic Support Services

Case Management will continue to offer services to students through virtual appointments. If you have a concern that you would like to connect with a Case Manager about (health insurance, food/housing insecurity, financial concerns, etc), email casemanagement@rit.edu and a member of the Case Management team will reach out via email to discuss your concerns.

If you feel ill, contact the Student Health Center at 585-475-2255 or studenthealth@rit.edu to discuss your symptoms.

The Student Health Center is open for appointments Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., though most appointments are now virtual telehealth visits. Please call 585-475-2255 to schedule an appointment. If you are feeling ill, you must call ahead so we can be prepared to take proper care of you. You may also reach out to your provider through the secure message function on the Wellness Portal with specific concerns.

A live chat option is available to students on the Wellness Portal Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Students can use the live chat to ask Student Health Center staff questions regarding immunizations, required forms, insurance, or appointment scheduling.

More information regarding health, safety, and wellness at RIT >

Counseling and Psychological Services is here to support you with a variety of virtual services. All of our clinical offerings are now available through telemental health, which will continue to serve as an extension of our counseling and psychological services. Learn more about Telemental Health at RIT

Students eligible for telemental health services must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at Rochester Institute of Technology, other matriculated students may choose to pay the semester fee for services or a per visit fee
  • Be located in the state of New York
  • Have a stable internet connection
  • Have access to a webcam
  • Have a private location for attending scheduled appointments with no distractions

Not eligible? We are still here to help you navigate services that meet your needs. Call our office at 585-475-2261 to identify additional options that work best for you.

To make an appointment:

  • Call our office at 585-475-2261 from Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Send us a secure message on the RIT Wellness Portal and select "Counseling Services - for General Questions"
  • To speak with a mental health provider for an immediate, urgent need, call the After Hours Mental Health Line, available 24/7 at 1-855-436-1245.

At this time, we are asking students to call ahead or send us a secure message on the RIT Wellness Portal before visiting our office so we can be prepared to assist you.

Tiger Self-Care

Check out the following online resources available to support your health and well-being from anywhere.

Gratitude journaling has numerous health benefits, including improving your physical and psychological health, improving self-esteem, and even sleeping better at night.

Here are a few gratitude journaling prompts to help get you started:

  • Write down one good thing that happened to you today.
  • What are five personality traits that you are most thankful for?
  • Name 5 things you are doing well currently.
  • What is something nice another person did for you today or this week?
  • What is something nice you did for another person today or this week?

Create Your Own Mantra 
In meditation, a mantra is used to help focus on the goal you wish to achieve. A mantra can be a sentence, a phrase, or even one word. By repeating your mantra, you are able to focus on getting closer to your goal. 

Tips to create your own mantra: 

  • Write down words or ideas that you want to incorporate into your life. Please keep it positive. This is to help you reconstruct any negative thoughts you might have. 
  • Take these words, and create a sentence. This will be your mantra. Keep it between 10-15 words. 
  • Always make sure you start with words that are meaningful to you. 
  • Mantras are positive words that can potentially provide a sense of guidance.
  • Repeat and practice your mantra every day. Make it part of your daily routine.
Know Your Stress

Name it.
Stress is the body's physical and psychological reaction to a situation or any change that requires an adjustment or response. Everyone experiences stress – it’s a pretty common thing! You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.

One of the first steps in understanding our stress is being able to name it. There are two common types of stress: eustress and distress.

  • Eustress is the beneficial stress that arises in any situation that a person finds motivating or inspiring, such as studying for an exam or preparing for an upcoming job interview.

  • Distress is the harmful type of stress, which can either include acute or chronic stress. When people say “I feel stressed,” they are usually referring to distress.

Once you name your stress, you can better recognize the effects that distress has on the body and mind. Learn more about naming your stress

Recognize it.
Once you name your stress, you can better recognize the effects that distress has on the body and mind. It’s important to remember all body systems work together as a whole, including the mind-body connection.

Stress can manifest in both the physical and mental sense. Some physical symptoms college students often face can be headaches, sleep problems, rapid breathing or hear rate, upset stomach or muscle tension or pain. Mentally, students can feel restless, lack motivation or focus, feel overwhelmed, tired, anxious, moody or irritable. These symptoms aren’t a check list, you could have one of them or a few, and can feel a little different to everyone. If you think you feel one of these, take a moment to stop and think about what is happening in your life and if it might be related to how you are feeling.

Once you recognize your stress, you can determine the best ways to help manage that stress. Learn more about recognizing your stress

Manage it.
Everyone experiences stress – it’s completely normal, especially during midterms and finals. Once you can name and recognize your stress, you can then determine the best ways to manage it that work for you.

Stress management is utilizing a range of skills and strategies to help better deal with stress and difficulties in your life. These skills or strategies can help you to organize your thoughts, give your mind and body the break it may need, and help prepare you to tackle challenges you are facing. Working to manage your stress can help lead you to a more balanced and healthier life. Some examples of strategies used to manage your stress are:

  • Eating a healthy diet to provide your body with the nutrients that help if function at optimal levels
  • Exercise to help your body release pent up energy, relieve tension, and release endorphins natural to your body
  • Get plenty of sleep to help restore the body and mind and help you be rested for the day to come
  • Make a list or journal to help organize your thoughts and make a plan on how to tackle the projects you have to do

Learn more about managing your stress

Build a regular routine.
When confined to one location, it may be hard to stick to a regular schedule. It is ideal to create a routine similar to your class schedule—this helps to develop or maintain healthy habits that are good for your mental health.

Eat balanced meals.
Choices for meals may be limited during quarantine, but pick meals that have colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat as many colors as you can; this means more vitamins and minerals to support a healthy immune system.

Stay moving.
Movement and exercise are key for overall health and mental health. There are several ways to move even if you are following quarantine guidelines. Try yoga, Pilates or check out a YouTube guided workout.

Connect with friends and family.
Despite being physically distant from your loved ones, technology makes it easy to stay connected. Set up FaceTime dinners with family or Duo a friend to watch a new movie together.

Take a break from social media.
Too much time on social media can be mentally draining. Instead, try to change up activities and/or learn a new hobby. Read a book, color and draw using the RIT Libraries coloring pages, learn a new language (if you are new to RIT, this is a great time to learn American Sign Language), start a journal or try meditation.

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Social Media Community

We are all in this together, and one way we are staying connected is through our social communities.

Follow RIT Student Life on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates, tips, and ways to stay connected with other Tigers. We will also be sharing events for the upcoming week you can attend online via our RIT Student Life channels every Sunday.

If you are hosting an event, please consider sharing it with us using #RITStudentLife on social media.