Posts for the Topic Belonging

UW Co-op Connection: Combatting Loneliness While on Co-op

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Marina Angel, a 3rd year co-op student, shares her story with loneliness on co-op and how she combated isolation. Loneliness is a common feeling for university students, and can affect your mental wellness and ability to cope in new environments. Learn more about Co-op Connection and how you can stay connected to campus.

Finding a sense of belonging

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Each one of us needs to feel appreciated and understood; we all need help

Making friends and finding a sense of belonging

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A sense of belonging to a greater community can improve your motivation, health, and happiness. Studies demonstrate that a sense of social belonging can affect motivation and continued persistence, even on impossible tasks. That is, if you don't feel like you belong, you are both less motivated and less likely to hang in there in the face of obstacles.  

If you are feeling lonely or like you don’t belong it is important to remember:

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