Fostering Grit & Resilience

What is resilience?

Being resilient means that you adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant stress. Being resilient doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t experience difficulty or distress. In fact, resilient college students may experience the same stressful experiences as non-resilient students; however, they have protective mechanisms in place to help deal with these difficulties and thrive.

Students who are resilient have:

  • Caring and supportive relationships
  • The capacity to make realistic plans and take steps to carry them out
  • A positive view of themselves and confidence in their strengths and abilities
  • Skills in communication and problem-solving
  • The capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses
  • A growth mindset – the belief that most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work
What is grit?

Having grit is passionate and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals. Grit involves working toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over the years, despite failure or adversity. If you are gritty, you stay focused on your goal when disappointment or boredom may lead others to change directions. This means that you are so passionate and committed that your dedication sees you through.

Students who have grit have:

  • Courage
  • Endurance and follow-through on long-term goals
  • Resilience and optimism
  • Consistent behavior and interests over time

Programs & Services


The Adulting series introduces students to life skills that aren't taught in the classroom. Learn how to "adult" as participants explore finances, healthy eating, purpose, professionalism, and other life skills proving you with the essential skills and knowledge to be a successful adult.

Wellness Coaching

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Learn more about the wellness coaching services offered in Health Initiatives.