Transitions

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’  As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life,  “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics.  We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Transitions, see the resources below:

M – Meaning and Description

Learn more about Transitions, including ways to better manage them

A - Apps and Downloads

Apps and downloads that can help you navigate Transitions

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help with Transitions. Also includes information on support groups and hotlines.

I - Interactive Media

Video, audio, and podcasts with tips on Transitions

S - Supporting a Friend

Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with a Transition


M – Meaning and Description

Pursuing a college degree is an experience full of transitions.  Each year, students face new transitions that can be exciting and challenging.  View these resources for more information on transitions you may encounter during your time as a Zag.

From The Jed Foundation

From the University of Wisconsin - Superior          

From Penn State University

From Skidmore College

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support you with Transitions of any kind.  On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

GPS for the Soul - GPS for the Soul is based on two truths: that we all have within us a centered place of harmony and balance, and that we all veer away from that place again and again.

Free on iTunes

Happier - Helps you stay more present and positive throughout the day.  Use it like your personal mindfulness coach--use it to life your mood, take a quick meditation pause, or capture and savor the small happy moments that you find in your day.

Free on Android and iTunes

Happify - How you feel matters. Whether you're feeling sad, anxious and stressed, or you're dealing with constant negative thoughts, Happify brings you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being.

Free on Android and iTunes

Conscious - Increase your mindfulness and awareness by taking simple and effective daily challenges.  Every challenge focuses on just a small, tiny part of your experience and tries to make you be more present and aware.

Free on Android and iTunes

AroundMe - This app allows you to quickly find information in any surrounding.  Use it to help acclimate yourself to Spokane and the many activities, resources, and services in the area.

Free on Android and iTunes

Eventbrite - Discover popular local events and get local event recommendations.  Find something new to do--concerts, festivals, classes, conferences, free events and more--right in the palm of your hand.

Free on Android and iTunes

Stigma - A personal journal, gratitude diary, and mood tracker to help you with simple and meaningful self-reflection as you navigate your transition.

Free on Android and iTunes

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G - Great Resources

Transitions - Practical tips for college students who are managing transitions. 

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times - A collection of talks given by author Pema Chödrön, the book is a treasury of wisdom for going on living when we are overcome by pain and difficulties.

Take In the Good - One of the challenges during transitions can be seeing the good in our new environment.  Use this three-step technique to take in the good in your life.

Blocks to Taking in the Good - We can all experience blocks to taking in the good in our life.  This resource reviews some of the blocks you might be experiencing and ways you can address them.

Mental Health Screening - This check up from the neck up is a brief, anonymous and confidential screening that helps you determine if you should connect with a mental health professional.  Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. 

Hotlines That Help - There are a number of local and national crisis hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day.  Learn more in this resource with specific hotlines numbers (including texting options).

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

History of Homesickness - In this Ted Talk, Susan Matt reviews the history of homesickness.  How homesick are you? And what do we do to cope?  This talk sheds light on the demons of loneliness that chase even the hardiest among us.

How to Beat the Homesick Blues - The SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Center P2P (Peer2Peer) Educators have some great tips for coping with homesickness, and helping to make the adjustment to college a smooth and positive one

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends.  If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy.  This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students.  The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey.  This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling. 

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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