Today's Update: Wednesday, March 31

March 31, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, I know it’s easy to look at the negative impact COVID has had on our lives this past year, but it’s important to recognize the positives as well.  Many of our students have found a growing sense of resilience. 

The Center for the Study of Student Life and the Student Wellness Center collaborated on the annual Wellness Assessment, this year with a focus on examining students’ wellness and sense of belonging during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

This has been a difficult year for our students. The assessment confirms that many are facing stiff challenges, including financial and career related concerns. Alcohol intake is higher among too many students.  

Yet mixed in with the negatives are encouraging signs.  

32% of undergraduate and 20% of graduate/professional students reported being more engaged in their academic schoolwork. It’s a testament to the success of the university-wide transition to a virtual format that so many students see the supportive environment that has been created.

35% of undergraduates and 24% of graduate/professional students report that they have found new creative outlets for their self-expression.  

And, finally, 30% of undergraduate and 24% of graduate/professional students reported their exercise habits have improved since the beginning of the pandemic. A significant number of our students are choosing to focus on creating healthy habits and making their well-being a priority.  

The entire report is on CSSL’s website:

I am pleased by the spirit and resilience of our students. It hasn’t been an easy year, but they have found ways to adapt and move forward.   

It’s a Scarlet and Great lesson for all of us.