The Resilience Project

The mission of WellU is to create a campus culture that promotes health and wellness. In order to fulfill the mission, WellU continues to evolve and develop resources, programs, events, and other opportunities for students to thrive. One of these opportunities is the development of The Resilience Project.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity. Resilience is not something all individuals are born with, however, the resilience skill set can be taught and the lessons learned can empower individuals to manage stress and learn to thrive. Therefore, developing a Resilience Project will enable our campus to meet the needs of our students in a unique way without increasing the demands of our support staff.

Our goal for The Resilience Project is to aid in the development of a skill set that allows students to thrive in the college environment and in life by overcoming adversity and managing stress. We expect to achieve this by delivering resiliency messages to students in a variety of forms.

The Resilience Project Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to define resilience, risk factors, and preventive factors
  2. Students will be able to explain the benefits of resilience
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize specific skills to optimize their well being
  4. Students will develop a resilience map to be utilized in college and life after college

The Resilience Project Themes

Finding your Mission: Develop a personal mission statement for your life and use it to stay strong, focused, and smart about decisions you make while moving toward your future.

Managing Expectations: Learn to form realistic expectations about a goal or challenge by talking and gathering data from others. Use this data to develop a process for achieving your goals.

Willpower: Learn and practice habit formation, avoidance, and distraction techniques for resisting temptation, changing negative habits, or starting positive habits.

Self-Explanatory Style: Learn your own style of explaining adverse events, and how the stories we tell ourselves affect resilience and opportunities for success.

Acceptance: Learn to accept certain negative feelings associated with goals or experiences without becoming paralyzed or giving up.

Letting-Go: Learn about the process of changing a goal or aspiration because of personal experience or changing attitudes and desires.

Gratitude: Learn to be grateful for gifts and opportunities by making lists of gifts and imagining losing things you often take for granted.