These are unprecedented times, so be flexible and take time to care for yourself. Caring for yourself, can look different than your classmates, floormates or friend groups. Do something that makes you feel relaxed, happy, safe, and healthy. Take advantage of taking a walk around our beautiful campus, gather safely outside to creatively connect with other students, seek campus resources before you really need them, communicate about how you are doing with your Res team and acknowledge when you begin to feel overwhelmed.
Consider and Respond to Transitional Challenges
Consider that we are all adjusting to the newness of relating, connecting and engaging with one another. Thus, it is important to be patient with yourself and others as we embark upon this transitional challenge as a Wheaton community, together. For some students, it will be their first time away from their families, so consider extending a Thunder strong welcome.
In addition, there are many students who may be dealing with the aftermath of COVID-19 in their families and communities. Likewise, there are many who have been impacted by witnessing the egregious and senseless violence that recently claimed the lives of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Elijah McClain and the ongoing presence of systemic and institutional racism in our society. As such, this is a time for prayer, compassion, empathy, love and space to safely process the unrest of racial tension in our country.
It is important to be aware when you or someone in your friend groups are needing support. If you or someone you know is withdrawing from social engagements, failing a class, or showing an abrupt change in their pattern of connecting; we encourage all students to send in a request for support. Since engaging with one another will be different due to social distancing, it is recommended that you identify an interest on campus with which to connect with, get connected with student activities office for creative engagements, become knowledgeable about campus resources for academic or emotional support, meet with your Res life staff for support, and participate in the SCS Care Connect Check-points opportunities for on-going support.
This check-in is intended to remind you of what many might be experiencing while offering helpful tips to consider during transitions, and extending intervention examples for how to best respond to the many changes that are happening. If you are needing coordinated support or relevant resources, please log into your student Wheaton portal and click on the Student Care Services C.A.R.E.S. icon and submit a support and request form. You can also call our office at 630-752-5022, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.