“Face Your Fears”: Student Well-Being

“We wanted people to write their fear symbolically in the form of a balloon and enter the room to face it. They would pop out the balloon representing their fear”



Do you guys remember that Halloween booth in the plaza made by the student well-being office? There is more to that booth than the designs and the spookiness.

The Insider AUC interviewed Dr. Noha Al Nahas, an adjunct faculty in the psychology department and a senior counselor at the student well-being office, to find out what exactly the booth, Halloween spirit, and its killer designs were all about.

Dr. Al Nahas explained that “we thought of an idea for people to overcome their fear and we were inspired by Stephen King, the author of “It”. In the movie, the clown represents the ‘fear’ and how people defeated him when they were no longer afraid.”

She added on to explain that, “we wanted people to write their fear symbolically in the form of a balloon and enter the room to face it. They would pop out the balloon representing their fear.”

We asked AUC students who tried the experience and got some interesting responses. “At first I was really scared because I didn’t know what was in that dark room, but after I came out, I realized how nice of an idea this was.  I really love this campaign,” said Hend Al Ghounamy.

Although explaining how interesting the idea was, Zeina Abdelhady said, “I didn’t think it affected me or made me overcome my fear, but I found it really creative.”

So as you can see, it was a creative idea that had a strong meaning behind it of how the student well-being office is trying to help AUC students conquer their fears and overcome any obstacles that they think they can never face.

To put it in a nutshell, if you didn’t try out the booth, you seriously missed a lot! It’s not every day that you get this adrenaline rush on campus to do something that you never thought you could do.