Social well-being is the ability to build meaningful connections with and feel a sense of belonging to the GW community by establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with others.
Social Well-being Resources
- GW Resources
Check out Engage to find events that interest you! You can also peruse the University Calendar to find events from other departments on campus.
GW Late Night
GW Late Night is a series of FREE evening and weekend events that provide space for students to have fun and socialize, explore new interests, and take a break from academics without the temptation or risks involved with drinking alcohol or being in an environment where alcohol is present.
Student Life Traditions
Take part in GW traditions like Midnight Breakfast, Fountain Day, and more.
GW Campus Recreation Intramural Sports offers sports such as indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, wiffleball, and flag football, just to name a few. It is free for students to play, leagues are offered multiple days of the week, and it is also a great way to meet new people with similar interests!
Involvement & Leadership
Get involved in one of GW's 500+ clubs and organizations, join a fraternity or sorority, develop your leadership skills, and more.
- Beyond GW
Find local clubs, organizations, and events related to your interests and passions.
For students over 21, who may be consuming alcohol, these are tips to remind them to drink responsibly. Students may also be engaging in digital happy hours and "drinking challenges" online, so this site can serve as a reminder of the risks of binge drinking and how to set proper limits.
Find volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch.com or NationalService.gov.
Coping with Social Anxiety
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) help can come in many forms. While not a substitute for professional treatment, self-help is a good starting point. The self-help strategies for social anxiety disorder outlined in this article can be used at home to overcome your symptoms.
This app allows you to complete short, daily prompts with the important people in your life in order to strengthen your relationships and have more meaningful conversations.
What is Sober Curiosity?
Do you often wonder what life would be like without alcohol? Do you use alcohol to overcome social anxiety? Do you question why alcohol is present at every event? Do you hate the all-or-nothing mentality that comes with sobriety? Sober curiosity might be for you.
Consider the following podcasts to further explore social well-being topics that interest you!
- Seltzer Squad: Sober Identity
The Seltzer Squad is a supportive space for those seeking and maintaining sobriety. We're not trying to be role models, we're just trying to hang out.
- Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully.
Eugene O’Kelley’s account of his experience of the end of his life is a reminder that our time and energy are limited, and we need to make sure to give them to the people who matter most to us.