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Thanks for Having us, Fleming College!

Thanks for Having us, Fleming College!

The Real Campus team was at Fleming College on November 22 to officially kick off of the Real Campus (or Re:Tour for short).

With a popup beginning in the morning and extending throughout the day, Fleming students were able to submit anonymous responses to question cards and see their answers as well as those from their peers projected throughout the campus. Students frequently stopped to read the texts, oftentimes looking surprised at how heaviness of some responses.

“I am surrounded by so many wonderful people every day and have so much to live for, but I still hate my life and who I am,” looped through the projections–an anonymous text sent by a student earlier that morning.

Students were able to stop by the centralized popup on their way to class to learn more about Real Campus and to sign up. Many were excited to hear about what the availability of Real Campus benefits meant for them.

The first Real Campus Human Library took place that afternoon and featured seven Fleming students who volunteered as “Human Books” to share their personal stories in a one-on-one format with visitors.

Human Book topics ranged from bipolar disorder and addiction recovery to child loss, domestic abuse survival, and body modification. Visitors could select which Human Book they wanted to read and have an open discussion with that person for twenty minutes about their story. Some visitors were pleased to be able to speak with someone who was experiencing a similar struggle to themselves or to hear from someone about a subject they didn’t know much about.

We had a great time at Fleming College and are looking forward to more Re:Tour visits in the new year!

Upcoming Re:Tour stops will be:

  • Centennial College on January 29, 2019
  • Fanshawe College on January 30, 2019
  • St. Clair College on January 31, 2019
  • and more…!

Want to volunteer or share your story at an upcoming spot? Click here to apply

Announcing the Real Campus Tour

Announcing the Real Campus Tour

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Real Campus Tour (or Re:Tour for short)! 

Starting this week and stretching into early 2019, the Re:Tour will visit 10 major college and university campuses across Ontario to spark conversations about mental wellness and keep the initiative going by familiarizing students with the many services available to them through Real Campus.

The goal of the Re:Tour is to show that no one is alone in their struggles. Because when we feel less alone, we are more likely to reach out for support — whether that means from a friend, family member, or our team at Real Campus.

So far, we can share that we’ll be visiting Fleming College on November 22, Centennial College on January 29, and Fanshawe College on January 30.

Each stop on the tour will include:

1. Interactive Pop-up
Drawing upon the international success of “What’s Your Big Lie?”, we will be installing an exhibit at each campus for one day that allows students to submit anonymous confessions of how they’re really feeling and doing, creating a powerful ways to see that they’re not alone in the challenges that they may be facing.

2. Human Library
Campus community members who have unique stories they wish to share may do so in one-on-one 20-minute conversations with curious students. No question is off the table. This will broaden students’ understanding of the struggles that those around them also face and that emotional challenges are both common and normal.

3. Other Surprises
We’re working hard to make each event special and unique. Keep an eye open for neat announcements as we get the tour on the road!

Want to know if your campus is on the list and, if so, volunteer to get involved? Send us a note!