Graduate Wellness Week

Wellness Week 2020

Imposter Syndrome Workshop

Tuesday, October 13 from 4-5:30pm | Zoom

Do you ever feel like your faking it in graduate school? Do you feel like you’re just fooling your professors? Do you think, ‘If I can do it, anyone can?’ If so, join the club! Millions of people around the world – from bright university students to their professors – secretly worry they’re not as capable as other people ‘think’ they are. It’s called the Imposter Syndrome, and there is a cure. In this workshop, learn about Imposter Syndrome and the skills and techniques to manage it.

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.

10 Wellness Tips For Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 15 at 12pm + 5pm | SOGS Discord Server

Meet the Graduate Peer Support Committee and learn what they do (–> facilitate wellness initiatives and community support) to better support your #GradLifeWesternU experience! At this casual meet and greet on the SOGS Discord server, the committee will share their top 10 Wellness Tips for Graduate Students. Prizes for participation! 

Not a member of the SOGS Discord server? Join here.

*Note: We’re offering two times to drop in (12pm and 5pm) to make it more accessible.

Finding Motivation Workshop

Thursday, October 15 from 4pm-5:30pm | Zoom

COVID-19 has introduced a whole new lifestyle to all of us, and it is normal if you are having a difficult time adjusting. Are you finding it hard to concentrate or stay motivated? Do you feel less productive? Is managing your time a challenge? This workshop will provide you with tools to improve concentration, motivation, and productivity while working from home, and feel more in control during these unprecedented times.

#MySupportSystem Appreciation Day

Friday, October 16, 2020 |  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Grad school is tough. We know that it requires a village of support from family, friends, peers, pets, colleagues, administrators, and supervisors. Studies have shown that acts of gratitude (i.e., acknowledging the goodness in your life) make you feel better and can even strengthen relationships! Gratitude can be expressed in a number of simple ways, such as sharing thanks with people in your lives.

On Friday, October 16, we are encouraging SOGS members and the WesternU community to post their gratitude notes and stories on social media! Tag SOGS (@westernsogs) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram AND use the hashtags #MySupportSystem and #GradLifeWesternU for your chance to win 1 of 2 SOGS SOGS Swag Bags valued at $40+!

SOGS Swag Bag:

  • $15 gift certificate to the Grad Club
  • Metallic rainbow ceramic mug
  • Travel mug (black; stainless steel/BPA-free)
  • Web cam covers x 2
  • Stickers x 2
  • Pens + highlighters x 2
  • CFS Fight the Fees cotton tote bag


Virtual Yoga Class

Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 5pm | Zoom

Stretch your body and learn the basics of yoga from the comfort of your own home! Prize: Student Yoga class at Modo Yoga + gift card to local business.

Hosted by yogi, Jeannette Boutros (Goodlife Fitness)

Yoga improves your health! Here’s how it contributes to your wellness:

  • increased flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • helps maintain a balanced metabolism
  • encourages cardio and circulatory health
  • improved athletic performance
  • protects from injury