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Thiel College psychology students put resiliency on display with collage


Thiel College psychology students put resiliency on display with collage

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Students in two of the classes taught by Associate Professor of Psychology Kristel Gallagher, Ph.D.,(in the online part of the semester) completed weekly “Well-Being Breathers” at home—activities designed to increase their social and emotional well-being while away from campus.

The students did exercises that included:

  • “COVID-19 Creativity” where they had to do something creative on the topic of COVID-19 (art, poetry, Tiktoks, etc.)
  • “Acts of Kindness” (done safely of course)
  • “Finding the Helpers” (based on the famous Mr. Roger’s quote) where they had to identify “helpers” in their personal lives, local community, and global community
  • Made a “COVID-19 Personal Daily Schedule” to help them adjust to life at home

For their final week, Gallagher had them think of how they would answer the question “How did I survive and THRIVE the online semester?” using only one word. The students then took a photo of themselves displaying that word, and Gallagher created class collages of their responses.

“I thought they turned out really well and will be a nice keepsake for the students from this semester,” Gallagher said.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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