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RWS Discussion: Showing Up When You're Not Feeling Whole

A Discussion for Adult Learners

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This discussion centers the experiences of UMBC undergraduate adult learners with a specific focus on women students. An adult learner is a student 25 years and older.


Being a student is usually just one of multiple roles an adult learner in managing at any given time. With other roles like parent, caretaker, significant other, employee, friend (and more!), role conflict and feeling weary may already be a daily battle and managing this through a pandemic may only be exacerbating the challenge.


Despite the weariness, not "showing up" is usually not an option. So, how do we show up when we’re not feeling whole? How do we navigate the fatigue, the loss of support and community, the lack of restoration and still show up for our classes and studies AND our families, friends, co-workers, classmates, and most importantly, ourselves?


This discussion for UMBC adult learners will approach these questions by asking participants to explore their strengths and the assets of their communities. Through an interactive session and group discussions, participants will have the opportunity to engage with this topic by sharing personal experiences and brainstorming strategies to learn more deeply about the ways we can manage our multiple roles while being a student and find ways to balance showing up for others while showing up for ourselves.



We'll be exploring the Social Change Ecosystem at this discussion. You don't need to read ahead of time but if you're interested in figuring out your "role" ahead of time, please check out this very brief article and handout. 

This discussion will be led by Women's Center Advisory Board member, Jessica Wyatt. 

Please note: UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. If you have difficulties accessing any of the materials on our site or any of our events or discussions, please contact us so that we can provide an alternative format and/or remedy any accessibility challenges.

For questions, contact us at womenscenter@umbc.edu