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Morris Let's Thrive

Morris Let’s Thrive is a holistic campus initiative infusing evidence-based mental health and wellbeing practices, skill building, information and resources into UMN Morris students’ curricular and co-curricular life. Just as the seasons cycle on the prairie where forbs bloom at different times in spring, summer, and fall, grasses evolve and mature, and plants are sustained through winter and find new life in spring, so, too, does our path to wellbeing. The old settles into the earth and finds its way back to new growth. 

What seeds of good health will you plant this week? Let’s create a community that sustains and supports our wellbeing together.  Learn. Heal. Grow. Morris Let’s Thrive.

10 ways students can practice wellbeing

10 ways faculty and staff can facilitate student wellbeing

Academic Growth

Community

Cultural Connections

Emotional Wellbeing

Financial Security

Healthy Lifestyle

Living Sustainably


Academic Growth

When we engage in the learning process and find purpose in what we are doing, it can help us connect learning to a larger picture. Engagement, ideas, and investment start here. Learning that happens in college will help you imagine your future: your personal life, career, community and more. 

Imagine good ways to advance your academic growth at UMN Morris:


Community

Connection, belonging, and community are all important parts of personal wellbeing and a whole and satisfying college experience. Community exists at the roots that support personal and interpersonal, collaborative and intellectual growth while in college.

Think about ways to foster your sense of community at UMN Morris:  

  • Find a student group or organization that would be a good fit for you.
  • Build a connection with youth, elders, and community organizations in the city of Morris by working with the Office of Community Engagement.
  • Check in regularly with your orientation group or residential life floor?
  • Check out the on-campus jobs that would connect you with campus and maybe even a possible career.
  • Make more time for family and friends.
  • Cultivate relationships that make you feel good.
  • Attend trainings like the Green Dot Bystander Prevention Program that grow your skills as a community member supporting others.

Cultural Connections

Learn more about your own and others’ history, cultures and lifeways through campus lectures and programs.  Building relationships with and learning from people whose backgrounds are different from our own enriches our lives and  supports better academic achievement as we encounter different ways of understanding the world and different ways of solving problems both large and small. Opportunities provided at UMN Morris to thrive in a diverse, close-knit community also lay the foundation for lifelong civic engagement and responsibility.

Are you ready to foster cultural connections?


Emotional Wellbeing

College can be an exciting time, and also a stressful one. New relationships, study habits, and “adulting” can bring up an array of new stressors . UMN Morris offers services and programs to help you manage stress, support your mental health, and foster emotional wellbeing as an integral part of college success.

To engage in positive emotional wellbeing at UMN Morris, you can:


Financial Security

College finances and finding the resources to live independently can be stressful. . Learn to understand finances, budgeting, money management skills, and the benefits of earning a four-year degree (financially and in life) are important college priorities.

Here are some resources and programs  to support your financial security:


Healthy Lifestyle

It can take time, effort, and motivation to give proper attention to a healthy lifestyle. UMN Morris  makes healthy choices easy choices for students on campus.

Make space for health in your schedule:

  • Take a walk outside or bike to the wind turbines and Pomme de Terre Park. Just 15 minutes being in nature can make a difference.
  • Take a Sports Science and Athletics course – Fitness for Life, Taekwondo, or Strength Training.
  • Develop an Regional Fitness Center routine, group fitness, swimming, walking, or lifting weights.
  • Using personal training sessions to jump start any or all of the above
  • Work with our dietitian to make a meal plan that fits for you
  • Explore other community options for health and fitness

Living Sustainably

Living sustainably can mean different things to different people. By attending to your own needs and practicing regular self-care, you maintain reserves that enable you to support others; by reducing your use of earth’s natural resources, you support UMN Morris’s commitment to sustainability and contribute to sustainable futures.

You can live sustainably: