Be Well at Mount Holyoke

Mount Holyoke forever shall Be Well

Mount Holyoke is committed to ensuring that students craft a life of engagement, vitality, purpose and resilience. Today. Tomorrow. And always.

Be Well, our integrated wellness program, is rooted in the belief that wellness looks different for everyone — and that working toward it is a lifelong process. It integrates four components essential to building a life that sustains and empowers you: a healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy life and a healthy community.

Healthy body

Goals and purpose

  • To  improve and sustain optimal physical health.
  • To decrease the risk of disease or injury.

Tips for students

  • Take advantage of the many resources at the Kendall Sports & Dance Complex: Fitness Center equipment, drop-in yoga and other classes, an indoor pool, indoor and outdoor tracks, tennis and squash courts, and more.
  • Discover other ways to get moving: Join a dance class or org, try a club sport, walk around campus lakes and trails, or hike Mount Holyoke.
  • Make healthy food and beverage choices at the Dining Commons and elsewhere, and stay aware of portions. For help in fueling up in a healthy way, visit a nutritionist at the Health Center.

Healthy mind

Goals and purpose

  • To foster resilience, self-awareness, compassion, empathy and self-advocacy skills.
  • To develop a multidimensional perspective and healthy relationships.

Tips for students

  • To unplug and unwind, visit MoAsis — a quiet space to meditate and relax — in the Health Center.
  • Walk around Upper Lake in a mindful manner — look for and listen to nature, observe the water’s movement, take a bench break.
  • For free and confidential advice from Counseling Service, stop by Drop-in Talkin’ hours* at satellite spaces around campus.
  • Try Mindfulness Meditation* in Abbey Sanctuary.
  • At Interfaith Luncheons,* view things from a multidimensional lens in the company of the campus community.
  • Sit in silence and stillness at Wa-Shin-An,* the Japanese meditation garden and teahouse.
    *For times and locations, please visit mtholyoke.edu/go/bewell.

Healthy life

Goals and purpose

  • To perform well academically.
  • To manage your finances and balance your budget.
  • To successfully translate your education and experiences to the workplace.

Tips for students

  • Get to know your class dean for help with course selections, accessing campus resources and more.
  • Get peer feedback on writing and speaking assignments from SAW Center mentors.
  • Take part in a Financial Wellness Workshop, offered through Student Financial Services, and sign up for SALT (a tool for managing money and student loans).
  • Attend the annual LEAP Symposium and Senior Symposium for inspiration from peers on internship and research experiences.
  • Through the Career Development Center:
    • Meet with a career advisor via walk-in hours or by scheduling a 30-minute personal advising appointment.
    • Get inspired to set goals at a Vision Board Workshop.
    • Join a career support group.
    • Start planning for summer research and internships through the First Year, First Summer Workshop.

Healthy community

Goals and purpose

  • To develop interpersonal skills — in one-on-one and group settings.
  • To think outside of yourself and contribute to a positive community.

Tips for students

  • Make time for M&Cs and other traditions, which promote connections and coming together.
  • Join one of the College’s 100+ student orgs. Attend the student org involvement fair or reach out to the student(s) who run the orgs that interest you. Even more orgs are available through the Five Colleges!
  • Volunteer in the Pioneer Valley: Explore opportunities through C.A.U.S.E., Mount Holyoke’s community service organization.
  • Get involved in your class board or the Student Government Association to help shape and inform the student experience.
  • Join one of our 10 Living and Learning Communities: Live with students who share common educational, social or cocurricular interests.