Angelica seeks knowledge and the rights of others to pursue the same. Focusing on the undocumented in Colorado, she endeavors to grow their knowledge of their rights and their access to a college education. Inspired by her history with hard-working migrant families, this MSU student is currently developing a network where the undocumented can obtain the tools to achieving the path of higher education and the promise of future prosperity. She drives herself not only to her own enlightenment, but to help others towards a brighter future. We are proud of your efforts Angelica and look forward to how you’ll help others shine just as brilliantly as you. Great work!
Aliyah wants to help those who often can’t help themselves. In her time with Puksta, this DU student has been engaged in raising awareness and promoting mental health, especially for both those who are economically disadvantaged and those within the prison system. Fascinated by the human brain, she works to educate others on the complexity of the organ and destroy the stigma often associated with mental illness. In addition to personally advocating for those suffering, she has created a website dedicated to this effort and hopes to grow this into a full-fledged nonprofit after university. We are proud of how much you are doing Aliyah and promise to do in the future. Excellent work!
Hiking the trails is great, but why wait for the weekend to stretch those legs and enjoy some fresh air? Studies can sometimes create insular attitudes, so don’t allow your dorm or apartment to become a place of confinement. As simple as some sweats and sneakers, taking a walk is not just getting some light exercise, but also getting you out and familiar with your neighborhood. If you’re the type who needs a destination then why not a bookstore or a coffee shop? If you have some light shopping to do, then a brief visit to the local grocery store can be an answer to breaking up the grind of reading books and papers and writing essays. As with all exercise, a little stretching never hurts, but a simple trip outside can get your muscles moving and your lungs working.
Some tips for your neighborhood travel:
-Shoes are important! Comfort and grip, especially when the weather is less than perfect, is essential.
-Safety is paramount! Only walk in areas you feel are safe and if you can bring a friend along its all the better.
-The campus is a great place to get those steps and crunch those books.
Here’s what the Harvard Medical School has to say about the benefits of walking:
On Saturday, September 14th the Puksta Scholars of CU Boulder gathered at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory for a day of self-discovery, discussion, and trust-building. Led by their Coordinator: Roudy Hildreth and his successor: Allie Van Buskirk, the group started the day with a “trust hike” in which scholars walked along a trail without the ability of sight.
After a delicious lunch, the group engaged in personal narratives where they shared histories, stories, victories, and failures. Following this, the gathered group was visited by Puksta’s very own Director of Development and Community Outreach: NiChel Mulstay who introduced students to the new Puksta Alumni site.
Following this, the group enjoyed a presentation from CU’s very own Director of Community Partnership: Manuela Sisuentes. Afterwards, goodbyes were said and student life awaited back at school. In all, a day for building bonds, sharing, and making further strides towards Puksta perfection!
Student life can be stressful. One way to ease all that tension is to occasionally take a moment for yourself and get a massage. Though often believed to be a pleasure only for the rich, massage can be as simple and cheap as a friend administering a foot rub to as rich and indulgent as a spa weekend. Of course, your budget and time will be a deciding factor, but the healing touch has been enjoyed as long as history books have been written. Some enjoy massages on a weekly basis, but students might be inclined to think about either a start or end of the semester session as a means of preparing for or mending the body from the stresses of studies.
The Mayo Clinic suggests these as some of the benefits of massage:
-Helping to reduce anxiety
-Assisting with digestion and helping relieve headaches
-Easing certain muscle strains and treating sports-related injuries (consult a doctor before attempting either of these)
Some things to consider if you do decide to get a massage:
-Know the different kinds of massage and find what’s right for you
-Only get massages in places and from people you feel safe with
-Prices for the same service vary substantially. Shop around as many have web sites and posted prices
-Know what pressure level works for you and know you can have that altered during the actual massage
Before you call a center or start online pricing, make sure to check out the Mayo Clinic’s massage page at:
Language plays a very important role for Deborah. Known to her friends as “Debbie”, this CSU student is opening the world to the students of Fort Morgan High School by helping them master their futures by mastering English. Acting as a friend and mentor Debbie works with a ESL class and engages students on a one-on-one level where she creates relationships and helps these students through the trials of better communicating with the world around them. Not only will this benefit them socially, but will greatly help them in the professional world, where language mastery plays an essential role. You are providing a bigger, better world for these students Debbie and Puksta is proud to have included you within their ranks. Keep clearing those obstacles to success and making the future more promising for so many!
Sana is a believer. A believer in the U.S. constitution and in human rights. Working to improve the conditions of immigrants locally, this CU Boulder student is charging forward to make changes that will hopefully spread globally. With recent controversial actions within the nation, she is especially sensitive to immigrant children being removed from their families and is endeavoring to put a stop to these tragedic situations. The Puksta family is brightened by her inclusion and is proud of her efforts. We believe in you Sana and the good things you are working towards. Keep fighting for a better future and for the youth of this and all countries!
Jennifer won’t stop. Weathering adversity and shouldering responsibility, unlike many of the Puksta experience, this MSU student understands the challenges many fellow students and survivors often experience with obtaining the technology to empower their scholastic dreams. A benefactor of the TANF Gateway program, Jennifer wants to ensure that others have the ability to better control their future by soliciting and donating computers, and related gear, to the very people and communities that often have the most difficulty in getting these much-needed tools. After graduation, she wants to expand her efforts and help make the virtual world one in which everyone can participate, regardless of their wealth or circumstances. Jennifer, Puksta is excited to see where your project will take you and those who will be emboldened by your light. We offer you our most sincere wishes that you and your project will achieve amazing heights. Best wishes for your success!
For Sabrina, hope and change often marches in with four legs and paws. A long-time advocate for the disabled, she has focused her energy on the Puppy Pals project which endeavors to empower the success of students with the assist of service animals. This CSU student isn’t satisfied only with making a difference in the lives of scholars, but of athletes as well. After graduation, Sabrina hopes to work with the Special Olympics and further advocate for those challenged, but still seeking Olympic excellence. Seeking to affect people on a global level, Puksta is honored to celebrate this outstanding individual’s energy, optimism, and ambition. Keep the good work up Sabrina and Puksta will be there to trumpet your accomplishments!
Studies and public service are excellent, but sometimes you have to let your hair down for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Play is something that is often under-valued in our society and one thing that is often maligned as laziness. Though it can easily become a negative distraction, letting your mind go with an act of pure enjoyment is something that even many experts agree is vital to student success. From promoting social bonds to encouraging creativity and imagination, play can have tremendous benefits that help to ease stress and allows greater concentration when it counts.
The type of play can also greatly vary. From dancing to board games, concerts to video games, escape rooms, sudoku, reading, and hiking, play is a way of simply putting worries and stress aside and allowing one to enjoy some of the pleasures of life that can often be the reason why we worked so hard in the first place. Put some time in your life for play. Maybe it’s something you have to plan, but try to include some play into most of your days and give yourself a break and allow an opportunity to connect with others and yourself.
Tips to increase play:
-Try to spend some time with the children in your life. Sometimes they are the best teachers and often have no problem being playful.
-Sing or dance when possible. You can be a driver’s seat songstress if you want to be!
-Try new things.
Here’s something that delves a little further on the importance of play, particularly for college students: https://www.theedadvocate.org/importance-play-universities-can-learn-preschools/#targetText=Play%20supports%20socialisation%20and%20decreases,driven%20play%20out%20of%20schools.