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StudyWell

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VCU Libraries and partners in the Division of Student Affairs and Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success offer StudyWell sessions focusing broadly on student wellbeing. Events highlight all types of health and wellness, including physical, financial, emotional and social health, in addition to academic success.

All sessions are free and open to all VCU students. Most events are drop-in with no registration required. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at rbpander@vcu.edu or (804) 828-0593.

More about StudyWell

Upcoming Sessions:

  • YouFirst Study Hours
    James Branch Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
    Throughout the semester, Mondays and Tuesdays 4-9 p.m.

          Drop-in study hours for first-generation students.

  • TRIO Study Hours
    James Branch Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
    Throughout the semester, Mondays 1-4 p.m.

  • Men of Color Study Hours
    James Branch Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
    Throughout the semester, Sundays 4-10 p.m. and Fridays 1-5 p.m. 
    All are welcome. 

  • Transfer Tuesdays in Cabell
    James Branch Cabell Library Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
    Throughout the semester, Tuesdays 1-3 p.m.
    Drop-in study hours for transfer students.
  • Financial Success Center Peer Coaching Hours
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 108
    Throughout the semester

    Tuesday noon - 3 p.m. and 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Wednesday 9 - 11 a.m.
    Thursday 9 a.m. - noon
    Friday 9 a.m. - noon

    Drop in for free financial coaching from your peers on topics such as cash flow plans, savings goals, affording college, improving your credit score and paying down debt. Peer coaches from The Virginia Credit Union Financial Success Center at VCU are here to guide you in your financial situation. Open to all VCU students. Meet in the conference room on the first floor directly next to the gender neutral restrooms. No appointment needed Tuesday through Friday. 

  • Earth Day Button Making
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    April 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Help bring awareness to environmental causes by creating a button and learning about ways to drive change and make an impact in our community and world.
  • Healthy Snacks at HSL 
    Health Sciences Library Lobby 
    April 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

    Stop by the lobby of HSL to fuel up on some whole fruit while you study for midterms.

  • Caffeine Consciousness
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    April 24, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join RecWell's Peer Health Educators in an interactive table to learn about recommended caffeine intake, signs of drinking too much caffeine, and how much caffeine is in your favorite drinks. For more information, contact the Peer Health Educators at peerhealth@vcu.edu.
  • Healthy Snacks for Midterms at Cabell 
    James Branch Cabell Library
    April 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

    Stop by the lobby of Cabell to fuel up on some whole fruit while you study for midterms. 

  • Writing Center Writing Club
    James Branch Cabell Library 250
    April 25, 5-6 p.m.

    The Writing Center Writing Club is a welcoming space for all students to join a community of peers who enjoy writing and want to enhance their confidence in their own writing process. Participate in generative writing exercises, with opportunities to share work and collaborate on personal projects.

  • Mindful Finals JBC
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby 
    April 26, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to learn how mindfulness and self-care can help us cope with stress and make your own beaded reflection bracelets.

  • Mindful Finals HSL
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    April 30, noon-2 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to learn how mindfulness and self-care can help us cope with stress and make your own beaded reflection bracelets.

Prior Events

  • National Popcorn Day
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Pop into the Health Sciences Library to pick up a bag of popcorn in celebration of National Popcorn Day. 

  • Cannabis 101
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Jan. 24, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to learn about the effects of using cannabis. Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and win prizes in a trivia game.

  • All Food Fit
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Jan. 26, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to learn about ways you can live a healthy lifestyle while still making room for foods you love.
  • Avoiding Scams: Financial Safety in the New Year
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 205
    Jan. 29, 5-6 p.m. 

    As you head back to campus this spring it is time to secure your finances. A New Year brings boundless opportunities for scammers to take advantage of vulnerable students. Come to our presentation and find out how to avoid scams in 2024.

  • Count Your Zzz’s
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Jan. 31, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to talk about ways to get the sleep of your dreams. This event includes sleep assessments and tips for healthier rest.

  • Mario Kart in the Library
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    Calling all Mario Kart racers. The Health Sciences Library will be offering Mario Kart in the lobby on Feb. 6. Join us anytime during the library’s open hours to take a study break with friends.
  • Leisure Reading with John Glover 
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby 
    Feb 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

    Did you know that you can access more than just academic materials at the library? We have books from fiction to poetry and romance to fantasy. Learn how to access entertaining books for your leisure with Humanities Research Librarian John Glover. Open to all students. Email jglover2@vcu.edu for questions.

  • Cannabis 101 
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Feb. 9, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to learn about the effects of using cannabis. Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and win prizes in a trivia game.

  • Love Data Week Table
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby and Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Feb. 12-Feb. 16

  • Green Flags with Survivor Support Specialists
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Feb. 13, 3-4:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell and VCU Advocacy Services for an interactive discussion on identifying positive behaviors in relationships. You will have the opportunity to answer trivia and win prizes.
  • How to Fall in Love on a Budget
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 205
    Feb. 13, 5-6 p.m. 

    The season of love is upon us and while we can't put a price on love we can teach you how to budget for gifts, plan good cost effective dates, and how to have financial conversations with loved ones. Don't drown in a sea of debt when you can be swimming in waves of love. 

  • Richmond Public Library Card Sign-Up
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Stop by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) table to sign up for a library card and learn more about our services. Signing up for a card is easy. All you need is a state or federal issued ID and a document with your current address. With your card you can access the physical and digital collections including books, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. RPL has public computers, laptops for checkout and Wi-Fi for public use.

  • Friends of VCU Libraries Valentines Event
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Feb. 14, 2-3 p.m.

    Join some of the Friends of VCU Libraries for a fun Valentines Day activity. 

  • Valentine Maker Event
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

    Stop by the Health Sciences Library to make an anatomically correct heart card for a friend or loved one (or even yourself), grab a sweet treat and learn more about the equipment available in the Health Sciences Library Makerspace.

  • Richmond Public Library Card Sign-Up
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Stop by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) table to sign up for a library card and learn more about our services. Signing up for a card is easy. All you need is a state or federal issued ID and a document with your current address. With your card you can access the physical and digital collections including books, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. RPL has public computers, laptops for checkout and Wi-Fi for public use.

  • Homegrown Sexual and Relationship Health Program
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Feb. 21, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join RecWell's Peer Health Educators in an interactive table to learn about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as resources on and around campus. For more information, contact the Peer Health Educators at peerhealth@vcu.edu.
  • Know Your Worth
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 250  
    Feb. 22, noon-1 p.m.

    Join the VCU Financial Success Center and VCU Career Services as they present the essential information and skills you need to embark on the journey of finding a new full-time job. 

  • University Counseling Services Informational Table 
    Health Sciences Library Lobby 
    Feb 27, noon-1 p.m. 

    Stop by the Health Sciences Library to learn about mental health resources available to students both on campus and virtually. There will be chances to win some Counseling Services swag, such as a water bottle or stuffed ram.  

  • Self Care is the Best Care
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Feb. 27, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join RecWell's Peer Health Educators in an interactive table to learn ways to take care of yourself and how to find and use self-care and mental health resources on and around campus. For more information, contact the Peer Health Educators at peerhealth@vcu.edu.

  • Alcohol 101 
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    Feb. 28, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell as they educate and promote awareness around standard drink size for alcohol, the Golden Zone, and social norms regarding protective behaviors and alcohol use among VCU students.
  • Writing Center Writing Club
    James Branch Cabell Library 250
    Feb. 29, 5-6 p.m.

    The Writing Center Writing Club is a welcoming space for all students to join a community of peers who enjoy writing and want to enhance their confidence in their own writing process. Participate in generative writing exercises, with opportunities to share work and collaborate on personal projects.

  • Healthy Snacks for Midterms at Cabell
    James Branch Cabell Library
    March 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

    Stop by the lobby of Cabell to fuel up on some whole fruit while you study for midterms. 

  • Count Your Zzz’s
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    March 12, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join Peer Health Educators from VCU's RecWell to talk about ways to get the sleep of your dreams. This event includes sleep assessments and tips for healthier rest.
  • Writing Center Drop-in Availability during You First Study Hours
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 250
    March 12, 4-8 p.m.

    The VCU Writing Center will offer drop-in availability for writing support at designated times during this week's You First Study Hours. Have questions about a midterm essay or writing assignment? Whether you’re working on an abstract, final essay, lab report, artist statement, mock grant proposal, or any other form of writing, we can help you at any stage in the writing process.

  • Richmond Public Library Card Sign-Up
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    Mar. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Stop by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) table to sign up for a library card and learn more about our services. Signing up for a card is easy. All you need is a state or federal issued ID and a document with your current address. With your card you can access the physical and digital collections including books, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. RPL has public computers, laptops for checkout and Wi-Fi for public use.

  • Mindful Midterms at HSL
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    March 13, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Cognitive Cash
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 250
    March 13, 5-6 p.m. 

    Money plays a huge role in our lives and our goal is to show you where these patterns develop and ways that you can go about changing and improving the way you think about, spending and saving money. Register here

  • Healthy Snacks for Midterms HSL 
    Health Sciences Library Lobby 
    March 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

    Stop by the lobby of HSL to fuel up on some whole fruit while you study for midterms.

  • Writing Center Drop-in Availability during TRIO Study Hours
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 250
    March 18, 1-4 p.m.

    The VCU Writing Center will offer drop-in availability for writing support during this week's TRIO Study Hours. Have questions about a midterm essay or writing assignment? Whether you’re working on an abstract, final essay, lab report, artist statement, mock grant proposal, or any other form of writing, we can help you at any stage in the writing process!

  • Mindful Midterms at JBC
    James Branch Cabell Library
    March 19, noon-1:30 p.m.

  • Richmond Public Library Card Sign-Up
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    March 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Stop by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) table to sign up for a library card and learn more about our services. Signing up for a card is easy. All you need is a state or federal issued ID and a document with your current address. With your card you can access the physical and digital collections including books, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. RPL has public computers, laptops for checkout and Wi-Fi for public use.
  • Writing Center Drop-in Availability during Transfer Tuesdays at Cabell
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 250
    March 19, 1-3 p.m.

    The VCU Writing Center will offer drop-in availability for writing support during this week's Transfer Tuesdays at Cabell. Have questions about a midterm essay or writing assignment? Whether you’re working on an abstract, final essay, lab report, artist statement, mock grant proposal, or any other form of writing, we can help you at any stage in the writing process!

  • Periodic Table of Friends
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    March 20, noon-1 p.m.

    VCU Friends of the Library will be providing a study break for students to write postcards home.
  • National Drug Facts Week Tabling
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    March 22, noon-1:30 p.m. 

    It's National Alcohol and Drug Facts Week. Curious about your relationship with substances or just looking to learn more? Stop by the lobby for coffee, games, and information from RecWell's Peer Health Educators, Rams in Recovery, and the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies.

  • Caffeine Consciousness
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    March 27, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join RecWell's Peer Health Educators in an interactive table to learn about recommended caffeine intake, signs of drinking too much caffeine, and how much caffeine is in your favorite drinks. For more information, contact the Peer Health Educators at peerhealth@vcu.edu.
  • Writing Center Writing Club
    James Branch Cabell Library 250
    Mar. 28, 5-6 p.m.

    The Writing Center Writing Club is a welcoming space for all students to join a community of peers who enjoy writing and want to enhance their confidence in their own writing process. Participate in generative writing exercises, with opportunities to share work and collaborate on personal projects.

  • Sexual Health Signature Program
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby 
    April 5, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join RecWell’s Peer Health Educators for an interactive, peer-led activity to reflect on wants, needs, tolerates, and deal-breakers when it comes to romantic, familial, and platonic relationships. Students will also be able to practice using an external condom on a model.

  • Cannabis 101
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby 
    April 9, noon-1:30 p.m.

    Join the Peer Health Educators to learn about the effects of using cannabis. Students will have the opportunity to test their knowledge and win prizes in a trivia game.

  • Richmond Public Library Card Sign-Up
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    April 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Stop by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) table to sign up for a library card and learn more about our services. Signing up for a card is easy. All you need is a state or federal issued ID and a document with your current address. With your card you can access the physical and digital collections including books, audiobooks, movies, music, newspapers and magazines. RPL has public computers, laptops for checkout and Wi-Fi for public use.

  • Mario Kart in the Library
    Health Sciences Library Lobby
    April 11, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

    Calling all Mario Kart racers. The Health Sciences Library will be offering Mario Kart in the lobby on April 11. Join us anytime during the library’s open hours to take a study break with friends.

  • James Branch Cabell Birthday Celebration
    James Branch Cabell Library Lobby
    April 15, 1-3 p.m. 

    Join us in celebrating the 145th birthday of author James Branch Cabell, born on April 14, 1879, the namesake of VCU Libraries’ James Branch Cabell Library. Drop by to enjoy cake pops and learn more about the life and legacy of James Branch Cabell.
  • Spring Cleaning: Tidying Up Your Finances 
    James Branch Cabell Library Room 205
    April 15, 5-6 p.m. 

    As the semester comes to a close it is important to make sure you are set up to keep all your financial goals for the summer. We will discuss topics pertaining to annual credit checks, reevaluating your budget and keeping up with subscriptions.

Other Events Focused on Wellness and Student Success

  • Health Sciences Webinars
    Throughout the Semester
    Sessions aimed at researchers at all levels in the health sciences to help with mastering online tools and other resources and strategies that benefit research projects
  • Advance Your Research Webinars
    Throughout the Semester
    Online workshops for graduate students and advanced researchers to help strengthen research skills
  • Workshops @ The Workshop
    Throughout the Semester
    Hands-on demonstrations of tools and software to stimulate productivity and creativity on academic and personal projects

Image: Study Well, by Caslin Applewhite