The mission of Student Wellness is to provide guidance, education, resources, and opportunities in an environment that is supportive of life-long behaviors which promote a healthier, happier, successful life.
About Student Wellness
Student Wellness engages in a holistic approach to wellness, incorporating the following eight (8) dimensions of wellness: career, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual.
Career Wellness is the pursuit of personal satisfaction and enrichment in life through occupational, vocational, and family means. In today’s society, careers can change over time, but healthy careers are consistent with personal beliefs, goals, values, personality, and lifestyle choices. Commitment, discipline, passion, and educational preparation are the foundation for successful careers.
Emotional Wellness is exhibiting independence and the capacity to accept responsibility for one’s actions. It is about recognizing and appropriately expressing feelings such as happiness, joy, sense of humor, anger, fear, and sadness. Emotionally mature individuals have a positive self-image, good self-esteem, and the ability to provide empathy and support of others.
Environmental Wellness is about understanding and appreciating the external environment and the role groups and individuals play in it. Those who are environmentally well act in ways to preserve, protect, and improve the environment and their surroundings. Students have an obligation to learn about the environment as it relates to campus life, community, states, their nation and the earth in general. Being environmentally well includes the ability to be prepared for environmental emergencies that require advance preparation, understanding, and temporary sacrifice.
Financial Wellness is the capacity to plan and manage income and expenditures of both a short-term and long-term nature. It encompasses the skills of managing a monthly budget, paying expenses, understanding loans, interest, and payment obligations, credit cards, the benefits and consequences of student loans, and the financial impact of decisions on future expenses and obligations. It is the ability to live within one’s means and to develop an attitude of thriftiness.
Intellectual Wellness is about valuing education and engaging in lifelong learning. Intellectual wellness is intended to give students understanding, perspective, motivation, and interpersonal abilities--not just information and academic skills. It is an education that integrates academic skills with abstract theories, real-world applications, and gospel perspectives. Recognizing that the most critical lessons of life are not taught, but caught, intellectual wellness is gained from attending academic classes, forums, devotionals, seminars and guest speaker events, as well as participating in extracurricular activities, student organizations, employment, and interacting with a diverse range of people and other experiences outside of formal classrooms.
Physical Wellness embodies the principle “. . . the human body is sacred--the veritable tabernacle of the divine spirit which inhabits it.” It promotes caring for the body, eating a nutritionally sound diet, engaging in regular physical activity, getting adequate sleep and rest, and having routine medical check-ups. Physical wellness means being free of addictions, being able to recognize and identify personal physical needs, and being aware of one’s physical limitations.
Social Wellness is the capacity to interact with others, share healthy life experiences, and develop a sense of belonging, understanding, and tolerance. Mutual respect, trust, equity of power, and cultural competence allows individuals confidence in interacting with people who have different experiences and points of view from their own. Social awareness embodies engaging in couple and group activities, participating in campus and community organizations, and striving to serve others.
Spiritual Wellness is a shared desire to "seek learning, even by study and also by faith" (D&C 88:118) knits BYU into a unique educational community. The students, faculty, and staff in this community possess a remarkable diversity of gifts, but they all think of themselves as brothers and sisters seeking together to master the academic disciplines while remaining mastered by the higher claims of discipleship to the Savior.