On Monday, February, a group of 8 seniors gathered with Steve Bennett (Dean of Students office) & Adam Lusch-Tehle (Admissions) and the hosts’ families to discuss the timely dimensions of wellbeing as they face their transition from life on the hill to life after college.
The pilot program received positive feedback indicating that this type of event fills a great need for our Gustie seniors! One student suggested having this type of dinner and conversation event monthly and that preparing the meal as a group would be fun, too! Another student loved the idea of these types of events and would definitely invite friends to come along, stating “This [event] made me so happy to be a Gustie. It made me feel so loved and involved in my community.”
What did you learn as a result of participating in this dinner and conversation?
“I learned that I am not alone in my feeling of unease and anxiety about the future. I also now know that there are other students and faculty that really care about my success.”
“Sometimes you can get so caught up in the day to day that you forget what you’re missing in the big picture. I’m lucky enough to have most of the things that keep me grounded included in my everyday, but slowing down and valuing a chat was monumental in the shaping of my week. I learned that other seniors were wondering similar things as I am. I learned that even successful adults had to move into their homes when they were out of college.”
In what other ways would you like the college to support your personal wellbeing?
“This dinner was a great start! Sometimes it’s just nice to have an adult listen and care about the things you’re thinking and feeling. And then for a response back from them to be something like ‘it’s OK that you’re feeling this, and you’re still on track!’… Something surrounding issues during the first semester of senior year could maybe be useful!”
What will you take away from this event?
“I need to reach out when I am feeling anxious about my life, because there are people here to support me. I need to take my life and my future one step at a time.”
“Leaving dinner, I felt more grounded in myself and calmed for the future than I had felt in a long time. The honesty of other students at the dinner helped to remind me that, though we aren’t all going through the same exact stressors, we’re all asking the same types of questions as we look ahead. The event reminded me of all the reasons why I am so, so proud to be a Gustie.”