From Arriving to Thriving: Welcome (Back), Lutes!
Seventeen PLU offices and departments, all with one goal—to help you THRIVE*. The THRIVE Network supports students as they flow through various seasons in the Spring 2021 semester. The THRIVE spring semester flow will be highlighted in the Sunday newsletters (see archive to the right), which go to all students (no need to sign up). You’ll also see these themes woven throughout university programming and engagement.
We are currently in the time of Reflect & Rejoice (end of the semester) //From focusing on finals and finishing the semester strong, to looking ahead to next opportunities and preparing for crucial transitions, it’s easy to be swept up in these tasks. But the end of the semester also provides another opportunity to check in with yourself and reflect mindfully on the past few months. It’s important to do this intentionally, and reaffirm for yourself what the semester has meant to you. Don’t forget to take time to reflect on the past semester and begin imagining new opportunities for the future!
This webpage is a home to organize resources for student thriving all semester long! Continue to check back in as the content, links, and opportunities highlighted below will rotate with each semester season!
The THRIVE Network
*THRIVE = Transition, Holistic-wellbeing, Retention, Innovation, Vocation, Engagement
THRIVE Network includes representatives comprising the following departments: Athletics, Campus Life, Center for Gender Equity, Diversity Center, Campus Ministry, Hospitality Services & Campus Restaurants, Counseling/Health Centers, Campus Safety, Dean of Students Office, Center for Student Success, Wang Center, Alumni and Student Connections, Advancement, Admission, Center for Wild Hope, International Student Services.
Rooting + Routine
Rooting + Routine (beginning of the semester) // It’s been a journey to get to spring! Whether you’re returning to campus, continuing virtual learning, or arriving as a brand-new Lute, THRIVE will invite you to create goals, set down roots, and be intentional about setting yourself up for success—as you define it.
- Put down roots in your WHY (why are you here at PLU, getting a degree, working here, living according to certain values, etc.).
- Find or reconnect with “your people.” Who are your academic and social supports? You are not alone!
- Make a plan for the overall wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
- Check out these Rooting & Routine Reflection Questions to get into the groove for spring 2021!
- @LutesCommute will be sharing tips and resources to help you (re)root & get into your routine!
Refresh + Rejuvenate
Refresh + Rejuvenate (middle of the semester) // Amid the long to-do lists from classes, job and graduate school applications, and work, it’s essential to rest, play, check in with ourselves, and reconnect with our hopes and goals. Mid-semester provides the opportunity to disrupt the burnout cycle—essential this semester when there is no defined Spring Break. THRIVE questions will help you create your version of renewal.
- Evaluate progress toward your goals. Are you meeting them? Are you using your resources?
- Rejuvenation through rest, play, and refueling is key to caring for mind, body, and spirit. Interweaving these with your commitments can bring greater meaning and joy.
Reflect + Rejoice
Reflect + Rejoice (end of the semester) // The end of both a semester and an academic year often represents an overlapping of occupations, from focusing on finals and finishing the semester strong to looking ahead to next opportunities and preparing for crucial transitions. The end of the semester also provides another opportunity to check in with yourself and reflect mindfully on the past few months. It’s important to do this intentionally, and reaffirm for yourself what the semester has meant to you.
- Reflect on the goals you established at the beginning of the semester. Which ones will you carry into the next chapter?
- Rejoice in wins, big and small, whether achieved individually or in community.
- Endings are an opportunity to reconnect with “your people” in celebration before you move on to the next period of root + routine.