Attend Spring Bloom with your well-being in mind

Spring Bloom 2022 will be held May 23 through May 26, 2022

For a full list of offerings visit Spring Bloom 2022 Session Descriptions.

Register for these events and more using the registration form on Employment Services’ Spring Bloom page.


Monday, May 23

Supporting Yourself and Your Students Through Procrastination

9:00 – 10:00 with Cassandra Worner and Audrey Seligman, Health Promotion Specialists with the Hamre Center
Location: Virtual

Procrastination is a concern that impacts ourselves and our students. Data collected through the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment – II helps us understand this problem on our campus. In this survey, 75.5% of Macalester students who responded indicated that in the past twelve months, they’ve had a problem or challenge with procrastination. Of the students who experienced problems or challenges with procrastination, 69.7% indicated that this caused them moderate to high distress. In addition, 61.9% of students who experienced problems or challenges with procrastination indicated that it had negatively impacted their performance in a class.

It’s likely that you have experienced problems or challenges with procrastination, too. In this session, we will dive deeper into the concept of procrastination – what is it, and why are our brains wired to behave this way? We’ll also review strategies for moving through procrastination, while working to increase empathy for ourselves. Finally, we’ll discuss what students considered to be the most valuable takeaways from our First Year Course presentation on procrastination when thinking about and addressing their own procrastination, so that we can continue to support our students inside and outside of the classroom.

(Can You Avoid) Parenting Your Parents

2:00 – 3:30 with Mary O’Brien, Community Educator
Location: Library Harmon Room

As you and your parents age, there is some inevitability that you will assume a caregiving role. Many find themselves in a situation where they feel as if they are acting as parents to their parents. Open communication and conversation well in advance of inevitable aging issues can help keep you from parenting your parents. This class will provide suggestions to open discussions about age-related topics with your parents, as well as what information you will need to have from your parents in order to assist them through the later stages of their lives. The importance of caring for yourself while caring for others will be part of this conversation.


Tuesday, May 24

Spring into Summer

12:00 – 1:30 with the University of Minnesota Extension Ramsey County Master Gardener Program
Location: Virtual

Spring and summer are busy seasons in Minnesota. Learn about how to wake up your garden in this class, with information about what to do for your garden and landscape between March and August. This class is taught by U of M Extension Master Gardener volunteers, who are eager to share research-based gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives with the people in their community. The presentation will take place in the first 60 minutes and the Q&A portion will be in the last 30 minutes.


Wednesday, May 25

Create Your Atomic Habits

12:45 – 1:45 with Kelly Fang, Health Coach and Well-being Program Manager
Location: Virtual

Struggle with building good habits and breaking bad ones? Good news: the problem isn’t you; it’s your system. No matter your goals, this session will help you apply the actionable insights of author James Clear and his bestselling book, Atomic Habits, so you can build a system for getting 1% better every day. Motivation and willpower become obsolete as you create tiny changes that deliver big results. 


Thursday, May 26

Container Gardening

12:00 – 1:30 with the University of Minnesota Extension Ramsey County Master Gardener Program
Location: Virtual

Gardens can be grown anywhere. Come and learn the basics of designing, selecting plants and pots, and caring for container gardens for season-long satisfaction, no matter where you grow. This class is taught by U of M Extension Master Gardener volunteers, who are eager to share research-based gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives with the people in their community.  The presentation will take place in the first 60 minutes and the Q&A portion will be in the last 30 minutes.