Graduate Wellness Week

2019 Events:

Need to de-stress after a busy day? Join us at the Grad Club for an evening of crafting and creativity. Have your own projects? Great! Bring them with you. Need some help getting the creative juices flowing? Use our supplies. Light snacks will be provided.

Discover and develop your talents in graduate school!
Have you ever been asked, “What are your strengths?” Throughout graduate school and during the job search process the capacity to understand your strengths, to articulate your talents, and to recognize your approach to work and relationships can set you apart from the crowd.

Discovering and developing your strengths as a graduate student begins with a 30-40 minute Gallup Strengths inventory which will ask you about your preferences and tendencies in a variety of situations. Next, you are provided with your Top 5 Themes of Talent – five qualities that explain what makes you unique.
You will then engage in a 90 min self-reflective and interactive workshop, which enables great discussions and group connection about how to leverage the power of your strengths and talents to inspire personal growth and help contribute to a strong academic community. Students will leave with actionable steps towards achieving their academic and professional goals.
​In this 90 min workshop participants will:

  1.       Learn the philosophy behind Gallup Strengths
  2.       Identify and appreciate their talents
  3.       Learn how to align their talents to do their personal and graduate work   exceptionally well

Cost: First 15 students will  take the assessment for free, additional students will be charged $17 to cover the cost of Gallup Strengths Finder.

How: Sign up via Connect.  Students will take a strengths assessment before coming to the 90 min workshop.


Be part of grad school tradition at Western! Arrive early for good seats. Play as a team or fly solo. Three rounds of trivia. Grad Club gift voucher prizes for the winning teams. $5 pints of Steam Whistle every Tuesday. Try some of the Grad Club’s pub food and appetizers while you play. 

Want to learn more about finances in grad school? Hear from the SOGS Finance Committee about student finances, including ways to budget  effectively as a graduate student.  FREE PIZZA LUNCH!

****Register HERE.

Want to learn more about wellness in grad school? Join us for a keynote speech by Monica Munaretto, Manager, Graduate Student Life of the office of Student Experience at Western U. Monica is also a PhD candidate (at the University of Toronto) who studies “alternative career pathways for PhDs”, and has loads of experience dealing with a work-life balance in grad school. 

Over a free pizza lunch, we will also host an intimate “candid conversations” sessions where attendees can engage in frank, judgement-free discussions about grad life, which includes, but is not limited to: student-supervisor relationships, dealing with academic or professional conflicts, work-life balance, mental health in grad school, and more.

****Register HERE

Join us at the Grad Club for a night of social wellness and local music. 

Student Family Tickets:

  • Student gets in FREE with student card
  • Four guest tickets will be made available online for the children, partners or other family members of students. 

How to Get Tickets:

  1. Please visit the Mustangs ticket webpage and sign up using your student email account;
  2. Select up to four General Admissions tickets (seating in Sections A and E) to the Oct. 5th Game versus the Waterloo Warriors;
  3. At checkout, use the code “SOCIALSOGS in the coupon box to redeem your four FREE family tickets


This is one of the final events of Wellness Week.  Social Wellness (one of the six dimensions of Wellness) includes:

  • Having meaningful relationships with friends and family
  • Making time to spend with loved ones
  • Student-student relationships
  • Student-staff relationships
  • Institutional Identification

This event is intended to support Social Wellness and feelings of connectedness to our campus community.

Game Day Amenities:

  • Blow up slides
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Games/toys available from Western Sports Camps
  • Staff on hand to support families with games/facilities

The Grad Club has come up with a healthy lunch menu for Wellness Week. Read the full menu HERE

Pick up your Fitness Pass from the SOGS Office to WIN PRIZES!

Pick up your Fitness Passes from the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, Room 8). ATTEND UP TO FIVE FITNESS CLASSES FOR FREE. Attend five fitness classes and visit the WEC and Health Services and have staff initial the back of the fitness class pass card to be eligible to win a PRIZE ($100 grocery store gift card).

Graduate Wellness Week 2018 - (Read More)

Our second annual Graduate Wellness Week will take place between October 1, 2018 and October 6, 2018PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE REGISTRATION LINKS BELOW.

To celebrate the anniversary of our second annual Graduate Wellness Week, we will be launching the Lego Grad Student keynote talk from last year’s Graduate Wellness Week on OWL.

Win our Graduate Wellness Week GRAND PRIZE”
Post on the SOGS Facebook page with a graphic/video between October 1 and 6 about how YOU practice self-care in graduate school (using the hashtag #GradLifeWesternU) to be entered into our Grad Wellness Week GRAND PRIZE, sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Students and SOGS. The Grand Prize includes a gift pack from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), a $50 Grad Club certificate, a $50 Grocery gift card, and a FREE ticket to our GRADtoberfest on October 11.

Pick up your Fitness Pass from the SOGS Office to WIN PRIZES!

Pick up your Fitness Passes from the SOGS Office (Middlesex College, Room 8). ATTEND UP TO FIVE FITNESS CLASSES FOR FREE. Using the pass, attend at least one fitness class and visit the Wellness Education Centre (WEC) and Health Services to be eligible to win FREE registration for Campus Recreation’s future paid programming. Attend five fitness classes and visit the WEC and Health Services to be eligible to win a $100 Grocery Gift card.

The Grad Club will offer $5 healthy lunch options throughout the week (e.g. chicken herbed cottage cheese tomato sandwich, spicy black bean burrito, chicken chickpea pita sandwich – and more!).

Graduate Peer Support (GPS) will run all-week, drop-in coffee/treats hour from 12:30-1:30pm in the SOGS Office.

In partnership with Western Mustangs, graduate students can pick up their FREE tickets and access pass (to food/drinks) from the SOGS Office (MC 8) and use a discount code (SOGS50) to receive 50% off for partners and family members. Tickets for family members can be purchased here. SOGS members will be seated in Section E (GA section). Giveaways and fireworks! A fun event for the whole family.

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Other key events to note:

  • Time Management in Grad School: Monday, October 1: 10:30am-12:00pm in WSSB 3134
  • Staying Motivated in Grad School: Tuesday, October 2: 10:30am-12:00pm in WSSB 3134
  • Writing Grant Proposals in Graduate School: Wednesday, October 3: 10-11:00am in WSSB 3134 (register through Western Career Central under “Writing Support Centre”)
  • Canada Up in Smoke (Cannabis): Monday, October 1: 6:30-8:30 (SEB 1200)
  • Student Success Centre (SSC) Career Fair: Tuesday, October 2: 10am-3pm in Mustang Lounge
  • Trivia Night @ the Grad Club: Tuesday, October 2: 7pm
  • Mood Walk with Kin!: Wednesday, October 3: 1:30-2pm (WEC)
  • IGSIC Goes to Global Cafe: Thursday, October 4: 3-5pm in the IGAB Atrium.
  • Rick McGhie Night: Thursday, October 4: 7pm @ the Grad Club
  • Thesis Writing: Friday, October 5: 10am-3pm in MC Room 8
  • Graduate Wellness Walk: 12-1pm outside (Cancelled)
  • SOGS Goes to Niagara Falls: first bus sold out; those on the waiting list will receive an email about our second bus. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!
  • IESC Thanksgiving meal: Saturday, October 6: 4:30-6:30pm @ Ontario Hall.

Graduate Wellness Week 2017 - (Read More)

For the last few years, Western has run Western Wellness Week in October. Last year, SOGS partnered with SGPS and Student Experience to host PhD Comic author, Jorge Cham, in November, and screened the PhD Comic movie both in November and in March, in an effort to bring more visibility to graduate student experiences. This year, we are hosting The Lego Grad Student at our Wellness Research Forum on October 4. Read on for details!

This year, with support and funding from SGPS, Student Experience and the Wellness Education Centre (WEC), Studentcare, Canadian Federation of Students, TD Bank, the Grad Club, Research Western, Michael King (SOGS Accountant), Graduate Peer Support (GPS), and the Academic, Grad Club, Gradcast, Orientation & Social, Equity, and Health Plan Committees, SOGS is hosting GRADUATE WELLNESS WEEK: October 2-October 6.

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Our schedule of events is still being finalized, so please continue to check back here for updates (one location and the remaining registration links will be updated/added shortly).

Graduate Wellness Week Schedule

Monday, October 2, 2017
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Eating Well in Graduate School

Sara Perlmutter (Registered Dietitian) is hosting a free talk on healthy eating practices in graduate school, particularly with living on a tight budget. GPS volunteers will be present. Register for the chance to win 10% off a dietitian visit with Sara!

Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be overflow livestreaming due to space limitation.

Register here:

Monday, October 2
The Grad Club

Stitch & Bitch

The Grad Club and Grad Club Committee, in parternship with Graduate Peer Support (GPS), is hosting a FREE Stitch & Bitch at the Grad Club. Participants will receive a thank you “gift” of knitting needles and tea. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). 

To guarantee your gift, register here:

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
UCC Atrium

Western’s Wellness Info Fair

SOGS, SGPS, PSAC 610 610, and Studentcare will be attending Western’s Wellness Info Fair. Dozens of Western’s wellness services will be there, so encourage your colleagues to come out to learn what’s available to them.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Managing Stress in Graduate School

This talk will be led by Melanie-Anne Atkins, the WEC’s Wellness Coordinator. GPS and PSAC 610 will be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be a raffle prize for a self-care package for those who register!

Register here:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
9:00AM – 1PM
IGAB Atrium

Wellness Research Forum






In partnership with SGPS, Research Western, Studentcare, the Academic Committee, Gradcast, and GPS, the SOGS Accountant, Michael King, and Canadian Federation of Students, SOGS will host a Wellness Research Forum in an effort to showcase graduate student work on subjects relating to wellness. Our aim is to highlight the important work done by graduate students and to foster a more wellness-minded graduate student community at Western.


The Lego Grad Student

Talk title: “Why Am I Here? A Questionable Afternoon with Lego Grad Student”



Whether you care to openly admit it or not, the first month of grad school has probably felt like a sledgehammer repeatedly slamming into your face and soul. Spend an hour with Lego Grad Student as he attempts to explain why this is a perfectly normal–but not inevitable–feeling, and offers painfully learned advice on how you can manage it. (Satisfaction absolutely not guaranteed.)

As his social media accounts state, Lego Grad Student is “a hollow head struggling to make it through a blocky world.” His page documents the small daily existential struggles of graduate school life, with hopes that students realize that they should not feel alone in or embarrassed to talk about about their problems. So far, this has resonated with over 90,000 followers (and growing). Lego Grad Student–or really, the creator behind him–has a PhD in the social sciences and lives somewhere on the West Coast of the United States. Find him @legogradstudent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
IGAB Atrium

Financial Literacy (Sponsored by TD Bank)

Immediately following the Wellness Research Forum, TD Bank will present on financial literary as it pertains to graduate students. The SOGS Finance and Bursaries Committees, in addition to PSAC 610, will be in attendance.

Register for the event here:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Grad Club

Paint Nite @ the Grad Club!

The SOGS Grad Club hosts Paint Nite every month. This month’s painting is “Whimsical Blue Gerbera”. Graduate students receive 30% discount (“JORDANE30”) when registering for the event.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
KB 203

Studentcare (SOGS Health Plan) Town Hall 

Studentcare will run a Town Hall on the SOGS Extended Health & Dental Plan. This is the chance for all graduate students to provide feedback to Studentcare regarding their Plan. Refreshments & Coffee/Tea will be served during the Town Hall. PSAC 610 will also be present to distribute information about their Extended Health Plan (EHP) financial support. Studentcare will be raffling off two (2) $100 Mastercard gift cards to those who register for the event.

Register for the event here:

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Grad Club

Arts and Crafts – Family friendly!

The Grad Club, the Grad Club Committee, GPS, and the OSC will co-host a free arts and crafts event. Appetizers and hot chocolate will be provided. Some crafts will include: Kindness rocks, orgami, painting, etc.

Register for the event here:

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Self-care in Graduate School

This talk will be hosted by Melanie-Anne Atkins, the WEC’s Wellness Coordinator. Graduate Peer Support (GPS) volunteers will also be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be a raffle prize for a self-care package for those who register!

You can register for this event here: