Warmest Greetings, Graduate Students!
We know that the demands of grad school can be overwhelming, and that personal wellness is one of the most overlooked aspects of training in graduate education. In response, we are thrilled to introduce you to a new E-tool created to better support your health and happiness. The Grad Wellness Link aims to connect you to the resources you need to maintain your personal wellness during grad school.
UConn Grad Wellness Assessment Results:
820 graduate students responded to the Spring 2017 UConn Graduate Student Wellness Assessment. THANK YOU for sharing your voice! Your data has helped drive the development of new health promotion efforts, including this newsletter, to better meet your needs.
57% of all grad students, and 70% of UConn PhDs are at risk for developing clinical depression.
In attempt to better connect you to the university resources and to provide more info about access to services we’ve create this newsletter!
Prioritizing Health Increases Success in Grad School
Research in graduate student populations has found that intellect alone does not determine graduate student success. Rather, it is the factors associated with student’s well-being including social support, emotional well-being, and financial confidence that have significant impacts on success and program completion (Sowell, 2008, Denecke, Frasier, & Redd, 2009).
Universities and national funding agencies such as the NIH agree that personal well-being is critical for graduate students to perform at their highest intellectual level. Research in the science of happiness and well-being supports that people with higher subjective well-being are more creative, more productive, more collaborative, and overall more physically healthy (De Neve, 2013); characteristics that are imperative to withstanding the vigor of graduate school.
Alternatively, students who experience depressive symptoms are less interested in their work, less hopeful about their future, less able to focus, and less likely to pursue and achieve long term goals (Koivumaa-Honkanen et al., 2001, De Neve, 2013). A study of over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students found that depression was a significant predictor of lower GPA and a higher probability of dropping out (Counsel of Graduate Schools 2013).
Explore the Resources Below!
Health Services for Graduate Students
- Graduate Students registered at the Storrs campus can visit Student Health and Wellness
- Regional Campus Students: Mental health resources are provided by regional campuses and local community providers. Please check your regional website for resources.
- Grad Students who are UConn Employees: Any graduate student employed by the University of Connecticut can contact the Employee Assistance Program for health service referrals. Call 860-486-1307 to speak to a representative at the Storrs campus or 860-679-2877 for 24 hour statewide service.
Organize Your Time, Prioritize Health:
Negotiate a healthier lifestyle with your advisor. Overcome conflicts with peers:
Sowell, 2008. PhD completion and attrition: Analysis of baseline data. Washington, DC: Council of Graduate Schools, 1-23
Denecke, D. D., Frasier, H. S., & Redd, K. E. (2009). The Council of Graduate Schools' PhD completion project. Doctoral education and the faculty of the future, 35-52.
De Neve, J. E., et al. “The Objective Benefits of Subjective Well-being.” World Happiness Report (2013): 54-79. Accessed October 9, 2017
Koivumaa-Honkanen, Heli, et al. "Life satisfaction and suicide: a 20-year follow-up study." American Journal of Psychiatry 158.3 (2001): 433-439.
Council of Graduate Schools. “Completion and Attrition in STEM masters programs” (2013).