Computing students hoping for a net gain from Health and Wellbeing activities
Computing students turned off and on to refresh themselves as they took part in a Health and Wellbeing week (Monday 21- Friday 25 January).
Helped by fellow students from Forth Valley College’s Sports courses, around 140 students covering Access, NC, HNC, HND and degree level Computing courses took part in activities to help them relax, unwind, de-stress and communicate with each other in order to improve their performance in front of the screen.
On Monday 21 January all Computing students took part in two mandatory sessions - MOT for Work and Back4Life stretching - in the gym provided by HND Sports students. The Alloa students also attended a third mandatory session called ‘What is Stress’ led by psychology lecturer Jean McKinley.
Students were also able to select three other activities during the day including: Games (badminton and walking); Tai Chi (led by Andreas – computing lecturer); Craft (led by David Gentles); Yoga; Mindfulness (led by Jane Malcolm); Outdoor activities; Bike Advice (with FVC Cycle Officer Jodie Hutton); Virtual Reality Health & Wellbeing apps (with Jasmine Hodge) and Card, Board and Computer Games.
Ernest Vanmosuinck (19) from Grangemouth and John Ritch (19) from Bonnybridge – both BSC Applied Computing students – came up with the4 idea of offering a popular card game to the Computing students on the day.
Ernest, said: “We were proposed by one of the lecturers to come up with a session on the day and it has been really fun and worthwhile as we have met a lot of new people who seem to have been enjoying the game.”
John, added: “There is a stigma about Computing students that they are very closed off and keep themselves to themselves. Well through this game we have proven that they are not as they have had to communicate with new people in order to play the game which has been great.”
Throughout the week the Computing students also took part in Poster making activities, some also attended football session at the Falkirk Stadium and participated in a showcase in the Falkirk Campus Main Hall to round off the event.