Is your student making the most out of his/her college career? Are they embracing the changes and accepting the challenges of living away from home? Are they excelling in all aspects of their lives? Ohio State’s Office of Student Life is committed to the holistic success of your student at Ohio State. Student Life’s 9 Pillars of Wellness work to improve your student’s physical, emotional, spiritual, social, career, financial, intellectual, creative and environmental wellness.
Emotional wellness is an important part of student life. Students are often exposed to new and emotionally confusing experiences within their college career. The Office of Student Life focuses on teaching students how to appropriately express feelings, as well as have positive self-esteem and a strong sense of personal responsibility.
As students navigate their academic career, it is important that they keep in mind their professional career goals. Career wellness is just as important as emotional or physical wellness! Student encourages students to explore occupational options in support groups, workshops, academic classes, leadership series, and skills building. These programs teach students professional satisfaction, enrichment, and a work/life balance consistent with personal values.
Students are also encouraged to learn spiritual wellness, which consists of exploring the depth of human purpose, meaning, and connection through dialogue and self-reflection. Student Life fosters a welcoming environment, presentations, and events that encourage students to explore their idea of personal fulfillment. Students have the opportunity to take part in educational and engagement opportunities that feature meditations, awareness, and coexistence.
Physical wellness includes sufficient sleep, nutrition, exercise, check ups and consensual relationships. Student Life promotes physical wellness through recreational offerings such as group fitness and intramural sports, individual wellness consultations, prevention services, on campus health care and insurance, as well as nutrition counseling and health fairs. Recreational sports are a great way for students to work on their physical wellness.
As a student begins their college career, they are expected to be financially responsible. However, financial responsibility can be a difficult learning experience. Student Life is here to help with training, comprehensive financial wellness programs, patient advocacy for bill payments, and departmental scholarships. Students use Scarlet & Gray Financial peer counseling program, a free and confidential student organization that offers financial advice and education to OSU students.
Intellectual wellness plays a large role in the life of a college student. Students can be intellectually stimulated through class projects, research, presentations, and volunteer opportunities. From blogging to leadership development, Student Life has a program for every student’s intellectual interests.
Student Life sponsors a number of events to promote creative wellness. Many Student Life managed facilities showcase peer, and alumni works that highlight a diverse array of medium, process, and origin. Every year, Student Life’s talent shows, art exhibitions and nontraditional events introduce students to new versions of creative wellness.
Student Life takes great steps to improve environmental wellness. Student Life is already a leader in reducing the campus carbon footprint with events such as “leave no trace”, outdoor adventure programs, LEED certified buildings, “green” practices in dining facilities, and hosting zero-waste events. Student Life also offers year-round programming for students to promote sustainability in residence halls and workplaces, plus interactions with student organizations.
The socially well student has a strong network of friends and family they can turn to for support, validation, and sharing of life experiences. Healthy relationships are based on interdependence (rather than codependence), mutual trust and respect, equity of power and cultural competence. Student Life encourages social interaction and intercultural awareness by providing monthly seminars, classes, a broad array of events, open meeting spaces, support groups, community service, leadership opportunities, and support for more than 1,000 student organizations.