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This Week at TCNJ

While The College of New Jersey delivers courses in a flex model for the Spring 2021, both virtual and in-person opportunities will be offered for students to engage with one another and the campus community. If you’re looking for something to do in-person or from the comfort of your couch, look no further than This Week at TCNJ.

This Week at TCNJ will compile upcoming opportunities into three different platforms, allowing students to easily access campus community offerings:

  • Weekly Email Newsletter – Check your email! Each Monday, students will receive a weekly “This Week at TCNJ” email outlining upcoming virtual opportunities for the week.
  • This Week at TCNJ Calendar – Check the calendar! This will be a master list of all upcoming virtual opportunities submitted.
  • Instagram (@thisweekattcnj) – Follow us! This will share event advertisements for programs through feed posts, stories, and story highlights creating a one-stop social media stop.


Advertise on This Week at TCNJ

All TCNJ sponsored events can be advertised on This Week at TCNJ. To be included in the Monday email newsletter, events should be submitted by the Thursday before your event is held. Promotional graphics should be submitted on the form to be featured on the @thisweekattcnj Instagram page. Graphics may also be linked to or included in the weekly email newsletter and calendar, but are not required.


At-Home Activities and Resources

Below are some activities and resources you can use any time! These include coloring sheets you can download and more will be coming soon! Share what you are doing on social media and tag us @tcnj_students.

Coloring Sheets


  • TCNJ Memories Scrapbook
    • Things you will need:
      • Scrapbook
      • Scissors
      • Tape
      • Blue and gold paper
      • Photos of your best TCNJ memories
  • Macrame
  • Hand Embroidery
  • Upcycling clothing
    • Tie dye or bleach dye your old clothes to make them unique!
    • Things you will need:
      • Tie dye or bleach
      • Spray or squeeze bottle
      • Rubber bands
  • Painting – grab your painting supplies and head outside! Paint your home or some of the beautiful spring flowers that are blooming outside.
    • Things you will need:
      • Paint
      • Canvas
      • Paint brushes
  • Make your own Natural Face Mask

Quarantine Cooking

Roasted Shrimp & Veggie Salad

Time: Under 30 minutes, per 2 servings


  • 1 cup cherry tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup asparagus, diced
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • Olive oil, to coat
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Lime juice, to taste
  • 1 large handful mixed greens

Chili Lime Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Add cut veggies to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  3. Drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle seasonings for your preference. Bake for 10 minutes
  4. Movie veggies to the side to make space in the center of the baking sheet and add shrimp in a single layer
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings and lime juice to your preference. Bake for 5-8 minutes, until shrimp is fully cooked. Be careful not to overcook.
  6. Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl
  7. In a large salad bowl, combine mixed greens, roasted shrimp, veggies, and vinaigrette dressing together
  8. Enjoy!

Quinoa and Black Beans

Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¾ cup quinoa
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until lightly browned, about 10 minutes
  2. Mix quinoa into onion mixture and cover with vegetable broth; season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until quinoa is tender and broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes
  3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes; mix in the beans and cilantro
  4. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Aglio E Olio

Time: 35 minutes, per 4 servings


  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Set aside 1 ½ cups of the pasta cooking water before you drain the pasts.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over medium heat in a pot large enough to hold the pasta, such as a 12-inch saute pan or a large, shallow pot. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently until it begins to turn golden on the edges. Don’t overcook it! Add the red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Carefully add the reserved pasta cooking water to the garlic and oil and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add 1 teaspoon of salt, and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about a third.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the garlic sauce and toss. Off the heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well. Allow the pasta to rest off the heat for 5 minutes for the sauce to be absorbed. Taste for seasoning and serve warm with extra Parmesan on the side.
  4. Enjoy!

Quick Quesadillas

Time: 25 minutes, per 6 people


  • 6 flour tortillas (8-inch), warmed
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 medium green onion, sliced
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  1. Top half of each tortilla with ¼ cup cheese, 2 teaspoons green onions and 1 tablespoon salsa. Brush the edges of the tortillas with water. Fold the tortillas over the filling and press to seal.
  2. Heat the oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add the quesadillas and cook in batches until lightly browned on both sides and the cheese is melted. Serve with the remaining salsa.
  3. Enjoy!

Tip: for heartier quesadillas, you can cadd chopped cooked chicken, cooked black beans or refried beans!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time: 1 hour, per 10 servings


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup refined coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 oz vegan semi-sweet chocolate, chunks
  • 4 oz vegan dark chocolate, chunks


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, salt, and coconut oil until combined
  2. Whisk in non-dairy milk and vanilla, until all sugar has dissolved and the batter is smooth
  3. Sift in the flour and baking soda, then fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to overmix
  4. Fold the chocolate chunks evenly
  5. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  7. Scoop the dough with an ice cream scoop onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Be sure to leave at least 2 inches of space between cookies and the edges of the pan so cookies can spread evenly
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookies just begin to brown
  9. Cool completely
  10. Enjoy!

Wellness at Home

CampusWell magazine by Student Health 101 offers a variety of articles and videos to help promote the health and wellness of students. This magazine includes content related to physical health (indoor and outdoor exercises), emotional health (mindfulness and spirituality), healthy eating (nutritional information and recipes), learning (how to succeed academically), substance use, etc. Students can learn this helpful information through a quick read or through watching videos. There is even information on how to stay physically and mentally healthy amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The April 2020 TCNJ Health & Wellness Newsletter

The College of New Jersey Virtual RecWellPlay as Lions and Move with Pride

The Free Mindfulness Project Guided Mindfulness Exercises

30 Meditation Exercises and Activities to Practice Today

TCNJ Center for Mindfulness and CompassionOnline Weekly Drop-In Mindfulness


Sharpen Health AppOffering free services to college students in need

For those a little more motivated, there are free courses on a variety of Health and Wellness topics on coursera, for example:

The Science of Well-Beingoffered (free) by Yale

Psychological First Aidoffered by Johns Hopkins University

The Wellness Society presents some free tools to assist with your mental well being journey that are useful at anytime, but especially during a time of heightened uncertainty. Among one of the free tools is a Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook (available in multiple languages) which focuses on building resilience during a difficult time.