Students across campus have experienced a springboard effect through the program. Courtni Andrews, a senior in the College, describes her struggle with the stress of adjusting to college, "I have become a happier, more resilient person because of the program. It has allowed me to utilize the tools that I already developed in the past and showed me new techniques and information to be happier, better and stronger as a person. Since the program, I’ve met some amazing people, become more involved on campus, and even done exceptionally better in college by miles.”
HBC not only facilitates personal growth and development of skills, but it also creates a stronger sense of community, which can elude students in a competitive college environment. Hannah Heitz describes how it impacted her sense of community and how that changed her college experience, "Happiness Boot Camp became a shared journey with a group of passionate strangers, classmates, and friends and finally opened my eyes to the faces I see on campus everyday but hardly know. Through this program I have performed my best academically and I have been able to be a better friend, daughter, and person through the knowledge and skills I gained throughout Boot Camp. The ripple effect of this program is profound, and it will only have a stronger impact as time goes on and more students are able to participate."
Caleb Peng, a facilitator, saw the same effects as a leader: "Happiness Boot Camp uniquely challenges students to rethink what it means to live a happy life and flourish. The program is incredibly interactive with its activities and lesson plans. I’ve seen participants of this program connect to one another on a deeper level as they go through the journey together. I am at a better place because of Happiness Boot Camp. The program wasn’t a one-time fix that helped me be happy forever. Instead, the program provided me with the knowledge and tools so that I could keep working towards bettering myself and others. Happiness Boot Camp is fun, emotional, eye-opening, and, most of all, necessary."
The atmosphere of growth that the program creates on a personal level is profound and the lasting effects are life-changing for both participants and facilitators Student facilitator, Anthea Levi, describes Happiness Boot Camp as,"...an impressive example of the kind of initiative colleges around the country must take in order to improve their student bodies’ health and wellness. The program not only educates, but also engages its participants, while also generating a unique, safe space on Emory’s campus. Finally, I am indebted to Emory’s Happiness Boot Camp for the rituals it has instilled in me; for example, I continue to keep a gratitude journal and attempt to apply practices of mindfulness throughout my everyday activities. These habits – imparted in me by way of Happiness Boot Camp – have fundamentally transformed the way I conceive of well-being and health." The program’s unique ability to combine community-building with the tenets of positive psychology creates an environment where student participants and facilitators continually strives for excellence in the healthiest way possible.
Happiness Boot Camp for Spring 2015 is currently accepting applications until January 21st at 11:59pm. The program will run from January 26th, 2015 till March 6th, 2015 for six weeks, with participants attending one session a week (there are multiple meeting time options). If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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