Ways to Stay Intellectually Well


Hello, everyone! It’s Linnea!

Have you ever considered what it means to be intellectually well? My first thought on intellectual wellness was that it sounded pretty boring. When I hear the word intellectual, I immediately think of school, classes, and other things related to education. But intellectual wellness is not necessarily limited to learning in an academic sense but can include many other types of knowledge, such as cultural, artistic, and linguistic. Intellectual wellness simply involves you being creative and involved in mentally-stimulating activities. This can include many different activities and pastimes and probably a lot of things you’re already doing! A few ways to increase your intellectual wellness are:

  1. Read for fun. A lot of times we get bogged down with reading for class, which makes the thought of leisurely reading somewhat difficult. However, this is probably one of the best ways to enhance intellectual wellness and learn some new ideas!

  2. Have a hobby or learn a new skill. Hobbies are a great way of honing in on a new skill or improving one you already have! These can be things like cooking, gardening, crafting, or anything else you can think of!

  3. Travel. Traveling is a great way to learn more about a new culture and even about yourself as well. If you’re interested in going abroad, Clemson and the Honors College have some great resources available for you to learn more!

  4. Journal. Journaling is not only a great way to practice emotional wellness but it also helps you to better understand yourself and think on a deeper level.

  5. Experience the arts. Taking part in cultural or artistic activities, such as going to see a musical or art exhibit, stimulates your brain in new and different ways! Art can help you express your own creativity and going to these events can help you practice social wellness as well!

  6. Listen to a Podcast. Podcasts are a great way to learn about specific topics that interest you in an easy and accessible way.

As college students, there are so many opportunities available to us that can help enrich our intellectual wellness. I’ve listed a few ideas below that are available to all students in the Honors College:

  • Brooks Center Events

  • Art Shows (Lee Gallery)

  • Speaker Series

  • Trivia Nights

  • Honors College Events

  • The Barnes Center

  • McKissick Theater

  • The Gantt Center

If you’re still in search of some ways to stay intellectually well, come find a Wellness Ambassador and we would be happy to help!