Shhhhhh! Tranquility Only

New Space Helps Alleviate Stress

Tranquility Room

The pressures of a health care education can have a major impact on students’ mental health and wellness. Health care students have been found to report high levels of perceived stress. One Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) student worked to provide support in dealing with the challenges and stress of course loads and exams with a tranquility room.
“The purpose of the tranquility room is to promote a more holistic wellness environment for everyone at TTUHSC,” said Sarah Jaroudi, a fourth-year medical student. “This allows a space for meditation and reflection to alleviate distress.”
When Jaroudi was a first-year student, she approached then Student Government President Mike Russell about a space to help alleviate stress for students. More than 100 students responded to a questionnaire wanting a tranquility room.


The following year, Jaroudi became a SGA officer and led the efforts to get a location, logistics and approval for the space. Now students, faculty and staff can benefit from the tranquility room located at PSL 219 of the Preston Smith Library. No studying and sleeping are allowed in the tranquility room, and there are a few other rules to provide a quiet environment.
“For students who are dealing with a high-stress environment, it is important to have the opportunity to go somewhere and decompress,” Jaroudi said. “This room will hopefully have a positive impact on students’ well being and help them perform well with their academic studies.”

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School of Medicine

School of Medicine

Since 1969, the School of Medicine has graduated more than 3,000 physicians. The school aims to provide quality lab space, recruit creative, innovative research faculty, and develop graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for lifelong careers in medical research.

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Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians is a physician group and part of the School of Medicine and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

Clinics are located in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and the Permian Basin, encompassing 108 counties of Texas and New Mexico comprising 103,000 square miles with a population of 2.6 million people. Receiving care in a medical school setting is unique – many Texas Tech Physicians are also teachers. They must remain up-to-date in new treatments and diagnostics, not only to care for their patients, but also to pass on that knowledge to resident physicians, physicians studying in fellowships and medical students.

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