Monday, October 31, 2016

Can Study Drugs Lead to Better Grades?

Can Study Drugs Lead to Better Grades?

When major exams come up, the pressure is on. Many college students throughout the nation hit the books only to realize that studying for a few hours may not be enough to make the grade. Prescription drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are stimulants used to treat individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In 2014, 9.6% of full-time college students used Adderall in the United States. A majority of those who have used Adderall and other stimulants have taken them for nonmedical reasons in order to concentrate on studying for long hours without feeling tired.
These “study drugs” affect one’s attention span, self-discipline, and impulse control ultimately allowing a person to focus on the task at hand, whether it be a 10-page essay or a cram session for a big chemistry exam. However, it is illegal to use, purchase, or sell these medications without a valid prescription. If caught, a person engaging in any one of these actions could be charged with a felony.
Another problem with drugs like Adderall is that they can be habit-forming. Sure, they can give you that extra edge you need to study harder but abusing study drugs over time can lead to depression, anxiety, tremors, addiction, and many more adverse side effects. So why put yourself at risk when there are other ways to get better grades? We all know that college is not a walk in the park, so if you think you could improve your study habits or if you feel overwhelmed with school, there are resources on campus to help you!

Learning Assistance Center (LAC) at Horn Center

Drop-in tutoring is available at the LAC to help you become more academically successful. Tutors are available during specific hours throughout the week. Get help on subjects like biology, business, chemistry, math, and various GE and Humanities courses and learn valuable study tips that will maximize your learning. Individual tutoring is also offered for $13 per 50-minute session. This is a great low-cost method if you want a tutoring experience that is more tailored to your needs and goals. For more information, call the LAC at (562) 985-5350 or visit Horn Center Room 104.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Brotman Hall
Sometimes, life comes at you from all directions. It can get stressful very quickly when school, family obligations, relationships, and personal goals demand your attention all at the same time. CAPS, or Counseling and Psychological Services, at Brotman Hall Room 226 offers short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and career development counseling with mental health professionals. Call (562) 985-4001 or visit to learn more.

Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) 
ATOD is located in the Student Health Services building. We offer free substance abuse counseling for students. Talking to someone confidentially can be very helpful in figuring out your situation and how to make changes. Call (562) 985-4609 for more information. 

by Monica Roque

Monday, October 24, 2016

De-Stress at the Beach!

DE-STRESS @ the Beach! 

1. Utilize the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC)

Cortisol and adrenaline are the hormones responsible for the stress triggering the fight-or-flight response.
Be your own hero and fight off those stress hormones by attending their daily guided group fitness classes, doing cardio, lifting weights for muscular endurance, or simply letting your muscles relax in the jacuzzi.

2. Receiving the Learning Assistance Center’s Services
Whether you want the A or that passing grade, the LAC, has the tools you need! It’s conveniently located in the Horn Center.

  • Drop-in tutoring (free)
  • 1-on-1 tutoring ($13 per 50 minute session)
Learn how to enhance your learning skills such as time management, stress and anxiety reduction, planning for research projects and papers, or adding a 1 unit Supplemental Instruction class to get your lecture questions answered is what the LAC can do for you. Book your appointment now!

3. Health Resource Center
Take advantage of what you’ve paid for! The Stress Less workshop is offered every Friday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Come understand what stress is, pinpoint how it affects you, and learn how to develop healthier coping techniques. You will also learn effective and easy to follow breathing strategies!

4. Beach Balance

Located on the second floor of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Beach Balance offers weekly events, Monday through Friday. During Meditation Mondays, from 5-6 pm a certified instructor will guide you through a meditation. Get your refreshing Spa Water on Tuesdays to keep pushing through the week. During the Well Wednesday’s edition, there is finally a designated place for you to nap in. Go take a breather and nap in their comfortable indoor hammocks. With free 15-minute massage therapy, every other Thursday, who could not resist! Fridays is safe sex Fridays offering free condoms!
In addition to the free services, there is a range of massage therapy options from licensed massage therapist who specialize in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. Hot stone therapy, aromatherapy, and cupping therapy are only some examples. These are at a cost to students but greatly discounted, starting at $25 for 30 minutes to $45 for one hour.

5. Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS)
CaPS offers a variety of outstanding services to you at no additional charge. From individal counseling appointments to therapy groups, workshops, and programs relating to various topics. Some of these topics inclde, Rainbow Café, Graduate Student Support Group, SisterFriends, Latina Connection Conference, Project Ocean, and Test and Public speaking anxiety. For a more detailed list and description of each of their services, take a look at their website.

6.   Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Take a relaxing walk out to CSULB’s own Japanese garden. With its colorful koi fish, quiet, green and refreshing environment who wouldn’t want to take a break. Across from parking lot 16, you can visit Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. Although admission is free, there is a coupon to feed the Koi fish for free!

7.     Talk to your advisor!
Planning out class schedules, or perhaps choosing a major can be troublesome, but you don’t have to do it alone. Schedule an appointment to seek guidance from an advisor. To do so, log in via Advisor Connect by using your student ID, there, you will be able to determine which department and which academic advisor you are able to meet with. 

By Yesenia Garcia

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

LGBTQ Health

LGBTQ Health

Sometimes the LGBTQ community may feel reluctant to seek out health services for many different reasons. In this blog, we at Student Health Services want to let anyone that may identify as LGBTQ that we are here for support, offer free health resources, and can refer to outside places that offer free services as well.
The Student Health Services provides free or low cost general medical care for all students at CSULB. We provide confidential, quality medical care by licensed providers. You can schedule appointments by calling, from our website or by walking in. We also offer free health education counseling about STIs, HIV, safer sex, and partner communication.  Additionally, we offer free HIV tests Monday-Thursday each week. These appointments are 30 minutes and are completely confidential.
Looking to go somewhere off campus? The LGBTQ Center on 4th Street in Long Beach offers:
·       Free support groups, workshops, and even counseling.
·       Free walk in HIV testing
·       Free STI testing. Just call and make an appointment at (562)-434-4455.
Another clinic in Long Beach that specializes in care for LGBTQ persons is the Long Beach Health Center on the St. Mary’s Medical Center Campus on Elm Avenue.
Ever heard of PrEP? PrEP is a more recent prevention method in which people that do NOT have HIV take a pill daily to reduce their risk of becoming infected. There are many local areas where one can get on PrEP. To find a location near you go to:
Health encompasses many aspects from physical to mental, and it is very important to know where to seek help if wanted or needed. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, we are here to help!
Health Resource Center: (562) 985-4609 or email us at:

By Marisol Gutierrez

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sexual Assault: What can you do???

Sexual Assault: What can you do? 

Some of the latest statistics indicate that 1 in 4 women experience sexual assault while in college. This is a relatively large percentage of cases reported. You can imagine how many sexual assaults are unreported. The number of sexual assault cases are becoming more publicized on college campuses. Because of these high numbers, colleges have implemented a number of programs to prevent sexual assault.

Believe it or not, we can prevent some of these situations from occurring. We can do so by becoming an active bystander. Prevention Awareness Uniting Students with Empowerment (PAUSE) is a CSULB program aimed at encouraging students to intervene to prevent sexual assault from taking place.

Many times students do not intervene because they are unsure what to do or expect someone else to intervene; hence, your top priority should be your safety. There are three different methods students can perform: direct, delegate, and distract. These are known as the 3 D’s.

Direct: Encourages students to directly communicate with all parties involved. Let’s say you see a guy put a pill in a girls drink, you can exercise the direct method by saying, “Hey, I just saw you put something in her drink!”

Delegate: Assign tasks to parties involved and other bystanders as well.  For example, you see a guy getting aggressively intimate with an obviously drunk girl at a bar. You can tell the bouncer to get him away from her. Or let’s say you are at a party and your friend is passed out and there is vomit on the ground next to her. You would call 9-1-1 to get her medical help right away.

Distract: You can choose to either distract the perpetrator or the potential victim. An example would be that you are at a party and your friend is being encouraged to drink shot after shot by a guy you know has been into her for a while. However, your friend has told you she doesn’t feel the same way but thinks they can be friends. You decide to distract the situation by grabbing your friend away and saying that you need her to go with you to another party down the street.

We can all come together to make campus safe for everyone just by speaking up, doing something, or even calling for medical/police assistance. If someone was trying to harm someone we knew, we would want someone…anyone to intervene and help them. And all its takes is recognizing there’s a problem and taking action. 

Health at Every Size (HAES)

Health at Every Size (HAES)

          Did you know that being thinner does not necessarily mean that you will be happier or healthier? This tends to be a misconception that the majority of us believe. The principles of Health at Every Size (HAES) by Linda Beacon “supports people of all sizes in finding compassionate ways to take care of themselves.”

So, what are the principles of Health at Every Size?:

  • Celebrates body diversity.
  • Honors the differences in size, age, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. 
  • Values body knowledge and peoples lived experiences.
  • Finds the joy in moving one’s body and eating in a flexible manner that honors internal cues of hunger and appetite.

Linda Beacon alongside the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) have created the Health at Every Size pledge. You can be a part of the over 10,000 people that have signed showing their support to the principles of HAES values. Be a part of this aspiring pledge at:

By Marisol Gutierrez

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