The case for SCoRE

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Why Is a Resiliency Course Important?

Posted on September 21, 2011

Zauyah Waite (bio) explains how resiliency training can help students in a variety of areas.

I think a course on resiliency is important simply because it will share with students tips, useful information that will help them when they are met with an issue. The light bulb comes on, and they go, "Wow, I learned that." And I'm going to utilize some of the tips that have been shared with me, or I can also seek resources, organizations that can help. And I think that it's also important for them to know who on campus can be helpful to them so that they can reach out and get the help that they need.

Students that are more resilient than other students are definitely more successful. But I think what's more important is that they have grown to be human beings that are able to take care of themselves, and then at the same time, be able to take care and contribute to the larger community, and I think that's very critical. We don't want to graduate students that just do well academically. We want them to be well rounded. We want them to be able to utilize what they have learned in a classroom and be able to contribute to the greater good of their communities. So, definitely, students that are more resilient are more successful.

I think the responsibility lies between the individual students and also the campus. We want to build an environment. We want to provide an environment that allows our students to reach the highest potential. So if we know that this is the culture or these are the challenges that our students are facing, then it would be irresponsible for us to ignore it because our students' demographic changed year to year. And so it's up to us to step up to the plate and provide them with the resources and environment to succeed as individuals.

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Excerpted from interview with contributor in May 2011.


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What the experts say

"Even for the brightest, best-adjusted young person the transition from high school to college is a very, very challenging one.… All young people entering college could benefit from focusing on what their strengths are and how to protect themselves in the face of the stresses that will inevitably come with the transition to college life.… The lessons that one learns in developing a kind of resilience outlook are lessons that will serve one for the rest of one's life."

Ellen Frank, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

"This program provides students with a skill set that either initiates them into resilience or adds to their strengths, and resilience will help them throughout the entire course of their lives."

Toni Macpherson, MEd
Executive Director
LEAD Pittsburgh

"If resilience education were incorporated early into college life, it would benefit campuses in many ways, because they would avoid a certain amount of increased individual difficulties with students, and that's wear and tear on the entire college campus.… There is no doubt in my mind that having a set of coping and resilience skills is just as important as whether I get an A or a B in a particular course."

David J. Kupfer, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

"Learning to be resilient is imperative in life; I don't know how you can go through life as well without it.… I think students will take away fewer scars of failure, rejection, and anxiety because they’ll know how to do things they might not have known had they not taken a course in resilience."

Sheila R. Fine
Chair, Board of Directors, and Principal Founder
LEAD Pittsburgh