Get Creative, Go Viral

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Tapping into your creative side and accessing the right side of the brain is a powerful way to enhance your intellectual wellness. Getting creative can bring great joy and serve as a way to be more engaged with life. It boosts self-confidence and stimulates the brain. Think of spending time being creative as an investment in your mind and spirit.

Creativity requires focus, attention and imagination – all key ingredients to intellectual wellness.

Artistic endeavors also bring people together and strengthen social ties.

This is especially true given the opportunity to share the products of your creativity online with a broad and diverse audience and create communities and dialogue around your work. You can create a website showcasing your art and photography, sell your handmade goods on sites like Etsy, publish your writing on a blog, and share videos on YouTube.

There is a special opportunity to do that last one right now as part of the YouMD video competition hosted by the Health Center.

You are challenged to create a short video, promoting a health topic of your choice including:

  • Sexual Health
  • Alcohol/Drug Responsibility
  • Stress Management
  • General Wellness
  • Eating disorders
  • Nutrition
  • Tobacco use
  • Sleep
  • Fitness

Music videos, spoken word, skits, and other forms of creativity are all welcome. Post your video to this Facebook page and members of the Maryland community will be able to vote by “liking” their favorites.

Here’s one by Maryland student, Dan Singer that will get your creative juices flowing.

And as if the chance to go viral at UMD, there are prizes up for grabs too!

Prizes include:

  • $750 worth of free premium metered parking courtesy of DOTS
  • 9:30 Club tickets to concerts of your choice (some restrictions may apply)
  • 30 dining coupons courtesy of Stamp Student Union
  • $25 gift certificate to Franklin’s Restaurant
  • Performance opportunities at major UMD events
  • VIP Awards Ceremony on April 26th from 3-5pm in the multi-purpose room at the ERC
  • FREE Art Attack tickets
  • TerpZone coupons


Eligibility: All participants must be current students enrolled in a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Students can be enrolled part-time, full-time, and at any degree level (undergraduate through PhD). Individual and group entries are eligible (groups no larger than 8). No videos longer than 5 minutes.  By submitting your video, you give the Health Center the right to use your video for health promotion purposes.

Dates: The contest began on February 14.  Voting to determine category winners ends Friday April 20. Grand Prize entry announced at the VIP Awards Ceremony on Thursday April 26 from 3-5pm in the multi-purpose room at the ERC.

Judging Criteria:  Each category will have winner based on “likes” (votes) of the video on Facebook. A judging panel consisting of campus partners will select the Grand Prize contestant amongst the winners of each category. Grand Prize will be selected based on:

  • Creativity
  • Accuracy and quality of information shared
  • Student-focused message
  • Referencing UMD-CP University Health Center services

Voting will end on Friday April 20, 2012.  Everyone may vote once per day, so the earlier you submit, the greater your chances are to win your category. Like the University Health Center Facebook page and vote here.

Save the Date!  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the VIP Awards Ceremony on April 26 from 3-5pm in the multi-purpose room at the ERC.  All entrants are invited.

Your message could be contagious!

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One Response to Get Creative, Go Viral

  1. I am definitely in YouTube video contest. Great topics to cover. I would go with sexual health I already have some conception how to make it interesting.

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