The Wellness Learning Community offers students the opportunity to engage in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care for the whole person). Students build community based on their shared interest in the dynamic process of becoming aware of, taking responsibility for, and making choices that contribute to their personal well being and the well being of their community. Members of the learning community will develop an understanding for the integration of body, mind and spirit through exploration of cultural, emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and vocational wellness.
In 2013-2014, the Wellness Learning Community will be home to 150 first-year students and 80 second-year and transfer students. The first-year students live together in one of our 5 first-year residence halls while the second-year and transfer students will live together in Bellarmine Hall.
Activities and Programs
Student in the Wellness Learning Community engage in activities and events that explore the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Students have enjoyed taking a wellness tour of Chicago, exploring the YOU! The Experience exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, and participating in the AIDs walk/run. Students explore the countless fitness opportunities offered through the Halas Recreation Center and become involved in the health promotion initiatives through the Wellness Center.
The curricular requirements provide wonderful opportunities to connect through coursework with peers in the community but also ample opportunity to meet friends from outside the community. Faculty members who teach in the Wellness LC also participate with students in activities and events outside the classroom, allowing students to develop stronger relationships with faculty members from their first day on campus.
First-year students in the Wellness Learning Community take 4 credit hours together in the Fall semester and 3 credit hours together in the Spring semester. All courses required for the Wellness LC meet requirements for all degree programs at Loyola, so students from all majors are encouraged to participate. Special classes are offered in the Wellness LC for Nursing students, as other LC classes do not always fit into their curriculum. Second-year and transfer students take 3 credit hours together in the Fall semester only. 2013-2014 course information will be posted in the comming months.