Maria Pascucci
Maria Pascucci
Founder of Campus Calm

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July's Tip

Courtesy of Ross Szabo, Campus Calm's Mental Health Survivor Expert

Happy Independence Day!

As you reflect on the freedom of our country, it is also important to note the freedom that comes from mental wellness. An estimated 80-90% of all people who seek help see a vast improvement in their symptoms. Many lead a totally typical and enjoyable life. So, the next time you or someone you know may need professional help, encourage help seeking.

The freedom of wellness means that…

• You are able to do things you enjoy and REALLY feel like they are worthwhile...

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Words to Live By:

We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.





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July 16, 2009
Volume 3  ::  Issue 12

Dear students, parents & educators,

Welcome to this week's issue of Campus Calm Connections. I hope you're enjoying a fantastic summer!

Campus Calm is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Check us out and friend us everywhere you are! I will be featuring daily Campus Calm updates and stress less tips on Twitter; don't miss them.

Last week, I promised I'd be announcing my fall speaking lineup. Click here to see where I'll be in the coming months. I'll be adding more speaking dates soon as many more exciting events are in the works. Colleges, please click on the above link as well to check out Campus Calm's current program offerings, which are designed to help your students stress less and commit to enjoying the college experience centered on learning and relationship building. We have a parent program that is perfect for Welcome Week or Family Weekend as well.

Today's Stress Less Tip -
Like your possessions, love lour life.

I have a confession to make. Like many young professionals attempting to live within their means, I lived in a cozy, tiny apartment through my twenties with aging floors and fading carpets. I was totally cool with it because I prided myself on the fact that I didn't allow my big, shiny possessions, or lack of them, to define me. Given the state of our economy today, I think we all need to remember that being happy makes us successful more than a HDTV, iPod touch, or for the homeowners among us, a stainless steel kitchen set and a front-loader washing machine.

But here's where I took the sentiment too far: I shunned major material purchases all together and told myself I didn't want to own a house of my own because I didn't need one to make myself feel important. I actually walked around touting Thoreau, "Enjoy the land, but own it not. Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling, and spending their lives like serfs."

Then I turned 30 and my husband wanted a baby-I mean a house. Whew! I was terrified; I admit it. What if it's too much work? What if it's too expensive? What if we become boring old people who forgo travel to stain the patio? What if I spend less time on self-development to devote more time to home improvement? Is it sometimes easier to make over our kitchens than it is to makeover our lives? People have told me that I tend to overanalyze ...

My husband helped me to realize my dream of launching Campus Calm, so now I wanted to help him realize one of his dreams of owning a house. We jumped in, now we're officially homeowners. We ordered a dining room set, dishwasher and front-loading washer and dryer. We painted, primed and polished. Hung new curtains, took them back to the store, and then re-hung fancier, better curtains. We put in a new kitchen floor and decided it was time to get a bigger, more comfortable bed.

While the country is trying to embrace the less is more mentality, I feel a little guilty admitting that I started spending more. And I learned a whole lot about myself in the process:

1. Decorating is actually fun because you get to be an artist, your home your canvas.

2. Living within our means in our twenties paid off because my husband and I were able to appreciate and afford our new windows, carpets and plumbing that much more because we didn't splurge for them when we truly couldn't afford them while in our twenties.

3. Spending within reason, like investing in our education or our home, affords us the opportunity to practice budgeting.

4. I could like my possessions and still love my life. That is the most important lesson I gained. I could take pride in my hip, modern kitchen, the whole time knowing that if I had to give it all up tomorrow, I would still know exactly who I was, and could still be happy and successful.

5. When we purchase to fill a void inside that only free things can fill, that's when our houses, apartments and dorm rooms, and all the stuff in them, become hollow.

If you enjoy reading Campus Calm Connections, drop me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

Live your happy, purposeful life,

Maria Pascucci,
President & Founder Campus Calm – where students speak out about grades, stress and personal well–being


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Give Yourself the Gift of Happiness (or give it to the student in your life)
Note from the author:

Campus Calm University will help you to calm college student stress. This book will help you make a commitment today to slow down. I will motivate you to ask yourself some hard questions about the kind of life you want to lead and to choose whether you want to make your health a priority while you're navigating through your hectic, stressful student years. You will learn how you can achieve academic excellence while paying attention to your own happiness and well-being. This 10-step blueprint teaches you how to find "campus calm" at any university and embrace the new paradigm of success characterized by joy, passion and purpose.

Let Campus Calm University help you on your journey.


Feature Article
We Are Free to Choose

By: Barbara McRae, Teen Parenting Expert, Campus Calm

As we celebrate the 4th of July in the US, it's important to remember that no matter where you live or who you are, you can choose to feel free.

In each moment, we have the opportunity to choose the state of being free no matter what the external circumstances are! Maybe you think this is a bold statement? The truth is that your awareness of your internal responses (mind chatter) to outside events will allow you to experience personal freedom and serenity in any situation.

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Calming Down Changed My Life

My name is Maria Pascucci and I am the president and founder of Campus Calm. I am a full–time author and entrepreneur who discovered the joy of creating my own success when I stopped trying to prove to the world that I was the best.

A perfectionist and stressaholic throughout my high school and college years, I'd rather skip an assignment than risk turning in a less–than–perfect paper. After years of denying myself happiness in an effort to strive for perfection, I graduated with a 3.92 GPA and fell into depression. I never once congratulated myself for graduating from college because all I could think about was my next task: trying to prove myself in the real world!

Somewhere along the way in the past eight years since graduation, I ditched my need to be perfect and began focusing on what I wanted, not what my family and friends thought that I needed. Guess what? It was the most liberating thing I've ever done – and it paved the way for the success I enjoy today. My only regret is that I can't go back and help the stressed out student that I was once. But I can others.

Now I'm on a mission: to spread a dose of "campus calm" to stressed-out high school and college students world-wide so you don't have to suffer needlessly like I did.

Questions & comments – Please email me at the address below. I'm thrilled to hear from you!

Maria Pascucci,
President & Founder

Campus Calm – where students speak out about grades, stress and personal well–being

Phone: 716–510–4402
446 Parker Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14216


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