Wellness Housing at Wheaton
In 2019-20, Wellness Housing at Wheaton will look a little different. This new community will explore how both the physical and mental aspects of our lives intersect and contribute to overall well-being.
Specifically Wellness will focus on seven different dimensions – Academic/Professional, Emotional, Environmental, Intellectual, Physical, Social and Spiritual. Collectively our goal is to understand how these dimensions interact with each other, discover both our success and our shortcomings within these areas, and strive to fully incorporate them into our lives.
To live in Wellness Housing students must apply and commit individually to strive for “wellness” in all areas of their lives. Residents are also expected to contribute to their neighbors experience as the community enters on this journey together.
The Dimensions of Wellness Housing at Wheaton
- Academic/Professional Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our curricular and co-curricular work. We look to engage in things that we are passionate about: work, school, volunteering, etc..
- Emotional Wellness is understanding yourself and expressing how your feel in an appropriate manner. We listen to our feelings, constructively express them to others and maintain a positive outlook
- Environmental Wellness is understanding that a positive environment has a positive effect on our well-being and encourages good physical and mental health. We make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our residence hall or our planet.
- Intellectual Wellness is understanding the value and importance of opening up yourself to new ideas, perspectives and experiences. We are lifelong learners and by expanding knowledge, can stimulate our minds to make better personal decisions and have better community interactions.
- Physical Wellness is making good choices that support your physical self – including fitness, nutrition and proper care for our bodies. We intentionally make positive decisions regarding our general health, but also avoid harmful choices like tobacco, drugs and alcohol.
- Social Wellness is creating and maintaining positive relationships with family, friends and those around you. We seek to make social connections daily because we understand the value of a sense of belonging, a support system and healthy friendships have on our daily lives.
- Spiritual Wellness is about exploring the values and beliefs that are most important to us. We make time to discover our values and beliefs, and work towards finding congruence between our values and our actions.
Inspired by and adapted from:
Wheaton Wellness Program Community Standards
Those residents who live in Wellness Housing, in addition to general Wheaton policy, are expected to:
- Participate in hall programming and engage with the dimensions of wellness with a open and respectful mind
- Positively contribute to the hall environment by supporting your fellow residents in their journey
- Commit to abstain from e-cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
Those members of the community that cannot abide by Wellness Community Standards outlined above will meet with staff to develop a pathway toward success that may include referral to the Student Conduct process and/or reassignment to live in another residence hall.
Is It Right For Me?
Before applying to live in this community, potential residents should reflect on the question – is it right for me? We do not expect every member of the community to start their journey fully-engaged with each dimension, but we do expect members to be willing and active participants in the community and the program.
Achieving success within this program is about making an individual commitment, but it is also about the entire community working on this together. Because your individual choices will impact those around you, it is important for everyone’s experience that you can commit to this lifestyle.
Those students who are interested in this community should apply via the Student Housing Portal. Applications are due:
- Returning Students – Monday, March 25, 2019 at 9am
- New Students – Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9am
Applications will be reviewed and eligible students will be notified via their Wheaton email. Due to the limited supply of housing in our Wellness area, acceptance into the program does not guarantee a housing assignment in Wellness Housing.