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Expanding your Horizons in Intellectual Wellness

Higher education provides the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and grow in your skillset, learning more about topics that are truly interesting to you. Intellectual wellness is not well understood by many people. It often gets confused with basic intelligence. When asked about intellectual wellness, honors students have defined it as “your mind works well” and “you’re not dumb.” In reality, intellectual wellness encompasses the actions you take to stimulate your brain and creative energy. This could include your schoolwork, but it could also include reading for fun, or intellectual conversations that you have with your friends over dinner.

Here are a few things you can try to improve your own intellectual wellness!

  1. Check out the NPR word puzzle every Sunday. This week’s puzzle is: Name a major professional sports team. The first and last letters of the team's name specify something that is an anagram of its interior letters. If you think you know the answer, you can submit it on NPR’s website for a chance to win.

  2. Reflect on how you are doing and feeling. Keep a journal, or attend a meditation class to get in check with your mental state. We have an upcoming meditation event on Wednesday October 10th at 7PM.

  3. Read for fun! Lots of people don’t realize the crazy amount of resources available at the library. You can borrow lots of books and also get access to audiobooks. You should also read our blog, which focuses on a new aspect of wellness every week. If you’re reading this right now, the first two people who stop by the office and mention their favorite blog post during office hours can pick up a prize!

  4. Improve your study skills. The ASC is an on-campus resource that provides helpful tutoring if you are struggling in your classes. Additionally, don’t be afraid to stop by your professor’s office hours for help on specific questions.

These are just a few places to get started to work on improving your intellectual wellness. If you want to design a specific plan to work on improving your wellness, stop by our office hours to chat!

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