Most RAP courses embrace GPS which address the following goals:
RAP course instructors address the following guidelines that incorporate the GPS goals:
To further achieve the GPS related goals, RAP partners with numerous offices and programs across campus to create ways to help students get informed about and connected to the wealth of resources and opportunities available throughout their time at UMass Amherst. Depending upon the semester, GPS may offer student panels, conference style sessions and/or small group sessions on designated topics.
Students in Fall Gen Ed RAP courses will attend ONE Wellbeing session hosted by Peer Health Educators from the Center for Health Promotion. Students will receive an email with sign-up instructions, and a schedule for when each topic is offered, mid-September .
Disrupting Negative Thoughts:
In this session, you will learn why it’s important to question negative self-talk. Discover a useful tool and other strategies that can guide your practical thinking and disrupt unhelpful negative thoughts. This session will be helpful if your negative self-talk is specific (e.g. passing a particular class), broad (e.g. pandemic related), or anything in between.
Be sure to download the ABCDE skills sheet before you join the session.
Mindfulness and Mindful Meditation:
In this session, you will learn about mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, and how you can benefit from them as a student. You will experience a brief mindfulness meditation exercise. This session will be particularly helpful if your mind tends to focus more on the past or the future and not much in the present.
In this session, you will discover the importance of managing stress as a college student. Student facilitators will discuss different kinds of stress, coping strategies, and practical tips to address stressors in your personal life. Enjoy a brief guided imagery and take some time for yourself to just simply relax. Managing stressors when they’re small and connecting to resources if/when they become overwhelming are vital skills you will use as a college student and after you graduate.
How do I sign up for my Wellbeing session?
GPS Student Panels, sponsored by RAP, provide a chance for first-year students to hear stories from their upper-level peers about their personal experiences with various programs and opportunities. We hope this will help students realize that there are many wonderful options to choose from – and many are easier to participate in than they might have imagined.
Check out the GPS Panel Program from Fall 2018 to see the wealth of opportunities that were presented.
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