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Graduate Student Life and Well-Being

Being a graduate student brings many personal and professional opportunities, but also challenges, from balancing course work with research or other scholarly pursuits, to building confidence in your ideas and capabilities, to the unexpected trials that happen in life. Focusing on your mental health and well-being can help you more successfully navigate past any obstacles you may face on your path toward your degree. 

As a Penn State graduate student, you have access to free wellness services that are listed below.  

Talk with a Graduate Student Wellness Specialist

Contact the Graduate School’s health and wellness specialist, Jacqueline Jones, for a personal discussion about wellness needs and resources. Schedule your wellness check-in to discuss:

  • Faculty communication tips
  • Imposter syndrome strategies
  • Resource referrals
  • Overall mental health check-ins
  • Self-care tips and techniques

Meet Jacqueline Jones


Graduate School Services for Students

individual wellness check-in
Individual Wellness Check-ins

A strength-based approach to holistic wellness and mental health promotion. Topics can include:

  • Faculty/advisor communication issues
  • Finding goals that are important to you
  • Imposter syndrome improvement strategies
  • Recognizing strengths and values
  • Resources to enable your success
  • Virtual breathwork and meditation sessions
group wellness sessions
Group Wellness Sessions

Sessions offered by request student groups.

  • Discussions on wellness and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Mindful movement
  • Meditation and body scan sessions
  • Student organization team-building activities
graduate student wellness programs
Graduate Student Wellness Programs

Programs are regularly offered to the graduate student community.

  • Cultivating Healthy Boundaries
  • Financial Literacy
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Self-Care Fair
  • Stress Management

Additional Resources



Contact Us

Schedule an appointment

Jacqueline Jones

Associate Director, Graduate Student Life and Well-Being


Jacqueline Jones

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