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Skill-Building Workshops

*Fall 2019 skill-building workshop schedule TBA. See our Summer WAG schedule below. 

Financial Stress & Wellbeing:

Financial pressure affects us all at some point, whether we’re worried about funding an upcoming trip, using income wisely or paying bills on time. When we’re under financial stress, our overall health can be greatly impacted. It’s crucial students understand the mental and physical effects of financial stress and the importance of building positive money management skills while in college. Students will have the opportunity to identify connections between mental and financial wellbeing, assess personal relationships with money and how that impacts financial behaviors, and become more knowledgeable about establishing personal financial goals.

Host Responsibility Training: 

Host Responsibility Training is provided by the Center for Student Wellbeing. This alcohol and other drug education presentation will prepare hosts to have safe and successful events through the discussion of Tennessee State Law, Vanderbilt Policy, and DUI prevention strategies.  The presentation is approximately 30 minutes in length and is required annually for hosts of events where alcohol is present.

Introduction to Mindfulness:

Do you ever find your thoughts wandering to your never-ending to do list and five minutes later to that time two weeks ago when you said something embarrassing?  Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, and non-judgmentally in a present moment. Students will become more knowledgeable about mindfulness practices, the science of and research related to mindfulness, exercises that foster a deeper understanding of mindfulness, and relaxation techniques to use when faced with stress. Students will be challenged to think on their own about how to integrate what they learned from the session into their day-to-day life.

Saving & Budgeting:

Are you aware of how much money you spent on food and dining last month? Do you need to start saving now for an upcoming trip? Will your refund check last throughout the semester? Have you started saving for the future? These are all questions college students should be thinking about. College is a time for new experiences and personal growth, and that includes developing strong financial habits. The CSW wants to help ensure you’re prepared to handle financial situations and challenges, during and after your time at Vanderbilt. Students will have the opportunity to analyze current spending and saving habits. Students will also become more aware of ways to apply budgeting and money-saving concepts.

Study Skills & Time Management: 

Our Academic Skills & Time Management workshops are designed to assist students who may be having difficulties with classes, wish to improve grade point averages, or who would simply like to enhance study techniques for university work. While these workshops are very helpful to students who are experiencing academic difficulties, including balancing hectic schedules, they are also beneficial to anyone who wishes to become a more efficient learner.

*In addition to the workshop schedule above, you may request our Cultivating Wellbeing or Resilience 101 workshops on an individual or group basis during Fall and Spring semesters.

Cultivating Wellbeing:

Cultivating Wellbeing focuses on the interdependent relationship of wellness dimensions that can ultimately lead students, over a period of time, to a consistently healthy lifestyle. Students will have the opportunity to explore social wellness, occupational wellness, intellectual wellness, emotional wellness, physical wellness, and spiritual wellness. Throughout the session, students will also self-reflect on how they currently cultivate habits of each of the wellness dimensions, and they will engage in an activity to see how well they are . Ultimately, students will become more aware of how they can nurture various relationships, become more accountable for financial decisions, recognize whether or not career ambitions are personally satisfying, face adversity and challenges head on, implement healthy exercise and dietary habits, improve sleep quality, and examine their values, ethics, and core beliefs.

Resilience 101:

Resilience 101 focuses on the development and application of real-world skills that students can use during times of challenge and personal growth. Students will learn what resilience is, be given the opportunity to begin crafting a personal narrative that demonstrates their ability to thrive, and examine resilience-based strategies and skills. The central themes of these skills will revolve around internal and external gratitude as well as developing meaningful relationships. Ultimately, this session will encourage students to develop and engage in practices, routines, and habits that heighten how they feel, encourage a positive state of mind, and help them successfully navigate difficult situations to ensure they are getting the most out of their experience at Vanderbilt University.

Graduate and professional students also have an opportunity to support each other through the writing process by attending regular Writers’ Accountability Group (WAG) meetings during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.