The topic I chose to teach was about the Wellness Wheel and how to set SMART goals. The lesson involved students using the wellness wheel to find their level of wellness in different areas of life, followed by their using that information to set a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time frame specific (SMART). According to Burning (2013), “entering college is one of life’s major events” and adjusting to college includes development within realms such as academic, emotional, and social (p. 29). This transition to college can be hard for many students, and for some, this can translate to experiencing lower levels of wellness, so I thought it imperative to allow students time to find and reflect on their wellness. Furthermore, I combined this lesson on wellness with a lesson on SMART goal setting because based on hundreds of studies, those with specific and difficult, yet attainable, goals perform better than those with easy, nonspecific, or no goal at all (Lunenburg, 2011, p . 1). Being able to evaluate personal wellness and set SMART goals is a skill that is important not only during the transition to college, but throughout a person’s life. The aim of my lesson was to raise students’ awareness of their well-being, as well as helping them in setting a goal to improve their wellness and in making a plan to achieve it.
College experience, student life, COR 101, campus involvement, SMART goals