We can all agree the weight of classes is heavy and makes us extremely busy. It can be overwhelming with work and other responsibilities on top of the obvious time consuming part of being a student. But, it is healthy to take breaks, and luckily there are many features on campus that provide a place or an activity to enjoy while escaping from responsibilities for a bit.

In addition to cool resources and activities, such as the Relaxation Room and Wednesdays with Winston, here are 5 more things to take advantage of on campus:

1) IWC fitness classes

Photo credit: Winonan photographer Bartholome Rondet

Photo credit: Winonan photographer Bartholome Rondet.

Zumba, Dance Fitness, Butt N’ Gut, Abs of Steel and Cardio are just a few of several fitness classes offered for free at the IWC. These classes are open to take as little or as many times as you want. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a solid workout to help relieve stress.


2) Counseling & Wellness Services

The Counseling & Wellness Services staff really care about your personal life and academic success. It’s not often students wander up to the second floor of the IWC, so take note of this great campus resource.

If you need short-term personal or career counseling, crisis intervention, consultations about students in distress, referrals, or are interested in outreach programs and groups like grief group for example, don’t hesitate in seeking these free services. If you’re interested in talking to a staff member, call 507.457.5330.


3) Massage Therapy

A few days out of the week, in the IWC, massage appointments are offered for $20/hour. You may buy certificates in the WSU bookstore and then go schedule a massage at the front desk of the fitness center for a time that works best for you. For me, I know I would pick the week before finals to pamper myself!


4) Coffee & Bagels

I’m sure you’ve heard of the new coffee and bagel place on campus, but have you actually visited it yet? It’s definitely a trip you won’t regret.

Einstein Bros. Bagels and Caribou Coffee have come together on the first floor of the library to bring the WSU community Coffee & Bagels. It’s the perfect snack while studying at the library or great to grab between classes when you need a caffeine boost or a bite to eat.


5) The Well


Located in room 138 of the IWC, the Well is home to Health Promotion Services and is a great place to study in a cozy atmosphere. The Well is home to wellness coordinators and hosts occasional workshops and education sessions for students.

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Kassidy Jackson

Kassidy graduated in 2019 with a BA in Public Relations and minors in Advertising and Dance. She is from Rosemount, MN and her interests include dancing, choreographing and listening to music.

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