Penn Graduate Student Center

Personal Development & Wellness

About Personal Development & Wellness

Attending graduate school represents a commitment to personal growth. But, while you focus on intellectual goals, don’t forget other components of your life! Greek philosophers understood the importance of the mind-body connection, described by their well-known expression “mens sana in corpore sano” (or, “a healthy mind in a healthy body”). Modern science has compiled evidence in support of this ages-old idea--that physical health is best maintained when you are challenged intellectually, and the mind is sharper when the body is physically-fit. In like fashion, the Graduate Student Center wants to support you in maintaining balance in your own life by offering a personal development program for supporting your mind-body growth. Also check-out the Wellness at Penn page for more offerings on campus!

Career Services

Walk-In Wednesdays with Career Services
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If you have a quick, career-related question, or want feedback on a CV, resume, or any job/internship application materials, then take this opportunity to meet with a Career Services graduate student/postdoc career advisor at the Graduate Student Center (room 303) every Wednesday from 12-2pm. We are looking forward to speaking with you! To find other walk-in hours offered at Career Services, visit: www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/appointments, and to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a career advisor specific to your School, visit upenn.joinhandshake.com.

Connecting Mind and Body

Develop a stronger understanding of the link between the mind and the body. These sessions can help you reduce stress, boost immunity, and promote overall, balanced health. Newcomers are encouraged; many of our attendees are novices, who have commented that these sessions are no-pressure introductions and valuable for participants at all levels.

Yoga at the Grad Center!
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Join us for a free weekly yoga session with certified yoga instructor Bianca Brown

No prior experience required. Please bring your own mat, as it will NOT be provided during the sessions.

Mindful Meditation
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Meditation has been known to reduce stress and anxiety. It often helps to clear one's mind and eases other health issues such as high blood pressure and depression.

Join us for weekly guided meditation sessions with Sandi Herman of Campus Health Initiatives.

 

Events

Round Table Discussions

Friday, April 20, 2018, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Graduate Student Center Room 305

The Graduate Student Center is organizing a series of discussions/listening sessions on topics of particular concern to graduate students. The three-part series will cover mentoring on March 20th, sexual harassment on April 10th, and diversity on April 20th. 

The goal is to provide space for students to share their concerns and ideas and for us to be able to (anonymously) share that with the President's and Provost’s Offices. Lunch will be served.

The sessions are as follows:

Mentoring Listening and Discussion Session, Tuesday, March 20 from 12-1PM

Dr. Anita Mastroieni, Executive Director for Graduate Education and Initiatives, will facilitate a conversation about the state of mentoring in graduate education at Penn. This session will include a discussion of how the University's standards on mentoring graduate students might develop and invites graduate students to give insight from their own experiences.

Sexual Harassment Listening and Discussion Session, Tuesday, April 10 from 12-1PM 

Jessica Mertz, Director of Penn Violence Prevention and Dr. Litty Paxton, Director of the Penn Women's Center, will lead a discussion about the University's sexual harassment policy and reporting procedures. This session will provide an opportunity for graduate and professional students to ask questions about the current policy and to provide feedback for improvements.

Diversity Listening and Discussion Session, Friday, April 20 from 12-1pm

Facilitated by Dr. Arnaldo Diaz, Director of the Office of Research and Diversity Training in Biomedical Graduate Studies, and Charquinta Sullivan, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Center, this discussion on diversity in Penn graduate schools will highlight initiatives designed to attract, retain, and support underrepresented graduate and professional students, and give students space to reflect on and share ideas around diversity and inclusion at Penn.

 

WellnessFest Spring 2018

Massages!

Monday, April 23, 2018, 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Come enjoy a free 15 minute massage! First come, first serve signups on location at the Graduate Student Center, Room 305.

Pet Therapy

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Come take a break from your studies and make a new friend at pet therapy! Free hugs and kisses from our four legged friends!

Aroma Therapy

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Come make your own aroma therapy sachet. Supplies will be set out at 12:00 PM and a guided session with an aroma therapy specialist will take place from 4:00-6:00 PM.

WellnessFest Hip Hop Dance Fitness

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Platt Performing House

3 different offerings to sweat out your study stress:

Hip Hop Dance 4:00-5:00 PM

Capoeira 5:00-6:00 PM

Tactical Self Defense 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: Platt Performing House PLATT175

WellnessFest Capoeira Fitness!

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Platt Performing House

3 different offerings to sweat out your study stress:

Hip Hop Dance 4:00-5:00 PM

Capoeira 5:00-6:00 PM

Tactical Self Defense 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: Platt Performing House PLATT175

WellnessFest Tactical Defense Fitness!

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Platt Performing House

3 different offerings to sweat out your study stress:

Hip Hop Dance 4:00-5:00 PM

Capoeira 5:00-6:00 PM

Tactical Self Defense 6:00-7:00 PM

Location: Platt Performing House 175

WellnessFest Paint Night

Friday, April 27, 2018, 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Waiting list only!

Come enjoy an evening of food and fine art! A guided painting class and dinner will be provided. Space is limited to 40 students!

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu