Social Wellbeing: Making the most of your college experience!

Welcome to Social Wellbeing Month!

So I’m sure we’ve all taken those personality tests that gauge our levels of how much of an introvert or extrovert we are. Some of us lean entirely to one side, and some of us gather in the middle, but regardless we are all in some way vying our actual level of social engagement with the need to be welcomed and accepted by others. The truth is, what is social wellbeing? Who constitutes how social or anti-social you can be? Some nights it’s a “let’s chill in the residence hall night” and some nights its a “let’s go to this concert or party” night. 

Social wellbeing can be defined as “the extent to which you feel a sense of belonging and social inclusion.” Our social well being can impact our overall quality of life and how we feel connected and supported in society. 

At Wake Forest, there are many ways for you to get involved in finding where you belong and make those integral connections. Next week on Tuesday, September 3rd, Wake Forest will host an Involvement Fair as a way for new and returning students to connect to opportunities on campus. At the fair, you will be able to meet the over 150+ organizations and programs that Wake Forest has to offer. 

Login to The Link to see all of the student organizations, their contact information, and information about upcoming events. It may also be a good rule of thumb to visit the university events page: http://events.wfu.edu/ to see all of the cultural programs, discussions, and forums that may interest you. 

Tips for being involved on campus and taking your socializing to the next level: 

  1. Join a group that YOU are interested in
    1. Often we are attracted to things because it’s what our friends are doing- take a chance on that organization you’ve been thinking about joining
  2. Don’t join 12 groups because you can
    1. Make your involvement on campus matter
    2. Less is more; quality over quantity
  3. Engage with others in your classes
    1. Use that obligatory icebreaker at the beginning of your course to form connections 
      1. It’s a two for one- it’s an opportunity to combine academic and social interests
  4. Get out of your comfort zone 
    1. There’s a new campus-wide initiative called, “Call to Conversation.” It includes 10-12 who discuss a single-moderated topic over a meal. Topics have included: leadership and character, community, wellbeing, integrity, pro humanitate in a polarized society, developing champions, growth through the arts, leading lives that matter, growth resilience, and women empowerment. Consider joining the over 600 students, faculty, and staff who took advantage of this opportunity to connect and be heard last year. Come and have a seat at our table!

No matter what club(s) you join, play, or recital you see, your level of social engagement is entirely up to you. Make the most of your college experience and remember, there is a place for you at Wake Forest! 

-Shakinah Simeona-Lee, M.Ed.
Coordinator of Innovation

 

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