A Well-Balanced Life Equals Academic Success
By Eric Baxter, COCE Advisor
Southern New Hampshire University Wellness Case Manager Shannon Morrissey sees academic success from a wider perspective. Being a student is a small, albeit important, aspect of a person’s life. When one aspect of that larger life goes awry, it can throw the remaining aspects into disarray, including their studies.
“(The Wellness department works) to support and develop the whole person, showing an extra level of care by focusing on other areas of the student’s life, on top of their academic success,” Morrissey said. “We want the student to feel completely supported and feel they have someone to turn to when they could use a little motivation, encouragement or guidance.”
SNHU’s online Wellness department was formed in December 2013 to provide the university’s more than 34,000 distance education students with services typically available only to on-campus students.
The Wellness website contains information, educational documents, and links to external websites focused on the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, financial and occupational. Additionally the site contains a link to the “Wellness Referral Form,” which can be completed by students, faculty or staff for any student in need of support and resources.
Morrissey said a Wellness case manager will work online and over the phone with students to create a plan for success; discuss coping and relaxation strategies, time- and stress-management skills; and connect students with local resources by researching local providers, offering referrals, and following up.
To date Morrissey has worked with more than 200 students on issues ranging from sudden homelessness to simple time-management strategies.
“While their advisor and instructors are here to support them academically, we want students to know that Wellness is here to assist with all the other aspects of their life that are equally as important to work on and maintain for their success,” she said.
Visit SNHU Wellness on mySNHU for more information.