From Arriving to Thriving: Welcome (Back), Lutes!
Our goal is to help students THRIVE (i.e., support students’ Transition, Holistic-wellbeing, Retention, Innovation, Vocation, Engagement).
The THRIVE Network supports students as they flow through various seasons in the semester. The THRIVE semester flow will be highlighted in the biweekly Student Life E-Newsletters, 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 Rooting (beginning of fall semester). Read about the THRIVE seasons below. Check out the new 2021-22 THRIVE reflection questions to guide your transition (back) to campus!
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
Includes representatives from: 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) // Whether you’re returning to campus 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.
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 and help you finish strong.
- Evaluate progress toward your goals. Are you meeting them? Are you using your resources? How can you refresh your priorities for the semester?
- 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 a semester often represents an overlapping of occupations, from focusing on finals and finishing the semester 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 periods rest + renewal (break) AND root + routine (new semester).