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Transitioning Back to Campus after Studies Abroad: A Closer Look at the Challenges to Social Well-Being

By: Estelle Pappas ’15

As the spring semester comes to a close, many students abroad are preparing their return home whereas  others are planning to venture oversees in the forthcoming school year. With the number of Denison students exploring off-campus studies, it’s certainly a valued opportunity that generates many positive experiences. As Inside Higher Ed notes, studies abroad are even-expanding given the global interests of our current generation.

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Friends and Support: Remedies for Emotional Recovery

By: Jen Goodwin ’15

On the surface, we often go about our days doing one thing to the next, perhaps even taking our lives for granted. Imagine learning suddenly that the promises believed of life and its future suddenly break, leaving you questioning how many days you may have left. Rarely do we prepare ourselves for such moments, especially at an early age.

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Can We Break Down Invisible Social Barriers?

By: Julia Wynn ’14

“The friends I’ve made here I know I’m going to have for a long time.” – Audrey Gone ’14.

 

“These are the people that stick around. We talk about sharing lake houses with each other and making sure our kids are friends or else.” – Bridget McDevitt ’14.

We’re a special group of people, us Denison students.

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The Alexander Technique: Tips for Emotional and Physical Wellness

By: Won Heo ‘15

College life undoubtedly involves strenuous demands on students. Reported in Psychology Today as well as in the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed, students’ stress has become a prevalent concern among many college institutions. Although the tangible effects of stress are present in students’ facial expressions, their social interactions, and long coffee lines, we may be quick to overlook the importance of emotional wellness.

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Mobile Phones and Social Wellness: How “Connected” Are We?

By: Laura Heery ’14

Walk around Slayter, Huffman, Curtis, the Library or even restaurants in town. What do you notice? Perhaps people are having conversation with each, but rarely is that the center of attention. Sometimes there is utter silence at the table as people are scrolling through Instagram, checking out Facebook pictures or Tweeting. The explosion of Smartphones and social media has “connected” people on some levels, but has also had a distancing effect on people when in the presence of one another.

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Varying Perspectives on Spiritual Well-Being

By: Mac Sellars ’16

In recent years, there has been a growing discussion and research in higher education over the role of spirituality in the lives of students and the university, perhaps the greatest example of which is Cultivating the Spirit: How College Can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives by Alexander W. Astin et. all. In short, what much of this research is finding is that spirituality is an integral part of a student’s well-being, and that spiritual growth enhances students’ satisfaction with college, leadership development, and academic performance.

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Sexual Identity and Well-Being

By: Olivia Davidson ’14

The Mental Health Foundation defines emotional wellbeing as “a positive sense of wellbeing which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life.” While this is something that all people strive for, it can be particularly hard for LGBT individuals, especially youth, to maintain this positivity.

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Social Culture and Change: Students Making Differences at Denison

By: Emily Schreiber ’14

Recently a group of students have come together to explore what social wellness means at Denison and how to make positive changes for fostering an environment where students care genuinely for others and for the community. Kristen Peck ’14 and Andrew Palmquist ’14, students heading this project, say that wellness on campus has been viewed as “…academically top-heavy.

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Workplace Laughter: When Social and Emotional Health Boost Success

With tight agendas, fast-paced workdays, and multitasking efforts, time at work can very quickly become exhausting (and in worst case scenarios, dreadful). One might ask, does work need to “feel like work” to reap the benefits of laborious endeavors? In short, no–work is not merely a matter of production. The people behind such production ground the foundation of any sustainable workplace.

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