Wellness Matters: Your Path to Success

Nov. 22, 2023
An image with the word WELLNESS above a heart made of books with a stethoscope and a graduation cap in the middle.

In the whirl of academic life, it's easy to forget that true success is not just about grades, research projects, and deadlines. It includes holistic well-being, a concept that encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health. The Graduate Center recognizes the importance of student wellness and offers a range of resources to support you on your journey to success. In this article, we'll explore the importance of wellness and share how you can access the valuable resources available to you.

Why Wellness Matters

Wellness is the foundation upon which academic and personal achievements are built. It affects your ability to concentrate, your creativity, your resilience in the face of challenges, and your overall quality of life. In short, wellness is the key to unlocking your full potential.

I asked 2 simple questions of a few graduate students I ran into at the Graduate Center:

  1. How did you find out about the Graduate Center and 
  2. Do you think wellness is important, and what are the primary facets of wellness to keep in mind?

All four interviewed students Dan Lewis Liam Busch Kelsy Nilles and Andrew Tang found out about the Graduate Center by taking a class located there or by attending a program run by or at the Center. 

Regarding the important facets of a healthy lifestyle, Dan said, “Maintaining good mental health and exercise is certainly part of that, but there’s more you can do.” According to Liam, exercise, good diet, and mental health are key parts, and so is having the resources that people feel they need to accomplish their goals. He also notes that having good friends and family members and a school administration that is supportive of your goals is certainly influential in maintaining good health. Andrew said diet is important. Kelsey agreed with him and added that it is hard to carve out ‘me’ time in grad school, but it is important to find time for one’s mental health in order to be a better student and individual overall. Andrew agreed that mental health and rest are particularly important in grad school, but most don’t get to prioritize them.

Here are some important considerations for maintaining good health:

1. Physical Wellness: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial. Eating a balanced diet, staying active, and getting enough sleep are essential. Physical wellness can increase your energy levels, sharpen your focus, and boost your immunity – all of which are critical for academic success.

2. Mental Wellness: Your mental well-being is equally important. Academic life can be stressful, and it's essential to have strategies to manage this stress. Mindfulness, meditation, and stress reduction techniques can help improve your mental health, increase your productivity, and enhance your overall well-being.

3. Emotional Wellness: Emotions play a significant role in your academic journey. Building emotional intelligence and resilience will help you manage setbacks, foster positive relationships, and cope with the demands of graduate school.

4. Social Wellness: Building and maintaining a strong support system is essential for your well-being. Forming meaningful connections with your peers, professors, and advisors can enhance your experience and provide a sense of belonging.

Your Path to Wellness

It is important to follow these fundamental principles to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The acronym NEWSTART coined by the Weimer Institute is one way to keep track of important wellness areas. The acronym stands for:









The Graduate Center and other partners on campus provide resources for all grad students’ well-being. Here are some to consider:

1. Wellness Workshops: The Graduate Center offers a wide range of workshops focused on different aspects of wellness. From time management and imposter syndrome to stress reduction and financial well-being, these workshops provide valuable insights and strategies to help you improve your overall well-being.

2. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS provides professional support for your mental and emotional well-being. Whether you're dealing with stress, anxiety, or other personal challenges, their experienced staff can help you navigate difficulties.

3. Campus Recreation: Campus Rec is a hub for resources related to physical wellness. You can access fitness equipment, attend group classes, and get personalized advice on nutrition and exercise.

4. Mental Health Resources: In addition to CAPS, there is a plethora of mental health resources available. You can find online self-help tools, apps, and articles to help you better understand and manage your mental health.

5. Student Organizations: Joining a student organization related to wellness can be a great way to build social connections and engage in activities that promote well-being. These groups often organize events, workshops, and support networks.

6. Academic Advising: Your academic success is closely tied to your well-being. The Graduate Center helps with writing, mentoring, funding applications, and other resources for academic success.

Take Action Today

Now that you know the resources available to you, it's time to act! Prioritizing your wellness is an investment in your future success. Here is where you can start:

1. Explore Our Wellness Resources: Take a moment to browse our website and discover the range of resources available at the Graduate Center. From in-person workshops to online self-help tools, there's something for everyone.

2. Visit CAPS: If you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or simply need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to visit CAPS. Their experienced staff is there to support you on your journey to wellness.

3. Stay Informed: Keep an eye on the Graduate Center newsletter and website for updates on upcoming wellness events, workshops, and new resources.

Nurturing your wellness is an essential part of making the most of your education. Don't wait until stress and challenges take a toll on your well-being. Take advantage of the resources we offer at the Graduate Center to thrive in every aspect of your life.

Remember, true success is more than just academic achievement – it's about being the best version of yourself in all aspects of life. Start your wellness journey today and unlock your full potential.