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Student in Residence: Natalie's Blog Entry 13

Posted on April 22, 2019 in Student in Residence

Hello OLWT residents!

Happy Easter! Spring has finally arrived! I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather and has had an opportunity to go outside. I am thrilled to be able to go back on the rooftop again. Graduation is only a couple weeks away! Hard to believe it’s finally happening. The month of April has been one of the busiest months of my life. I presented my thesis two different times, rushed to finish a multitude of assignments, hosted my last Porch Stories, and have been preparing for my sister’s Bridal shower.

My last Porch Stories was absolutely wonderful. Hosted in the library, residents and I talked about wonderful places we have been, small things that make our days better, and different adventures we would love to go on. Thank you to every resident who has attended Porch Stories over the last six months. It has truly been a blessing to learn more intimately about your lives and the experiences you had and continue to have. I feel so lucky to have partaken in something like this!

I also presented on my thesis work. The study is titled “Stress Reduction through Dance in Older Adults”.  I recruited participants from Clintonville and Olde Town East and facilitated six different dance classes in which I monitored their mood and stress levels. Although I had a low level of participants, I was able to determine that the dance classes decreased stress levels and increased mood levels. Further, a sense of community and friendships developed because of the dance classes. Pictured below is a poster I had to create for my thesis.

I will be writing one more blog post for the year! I’d love to see all of you at the going away gathering happening on May 6th at 1:00 pm!


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