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The Office of Graduate Student Life

Whole Person Education Workshop Series

sponsored by the office of graduate student life


What does it mean to be a "whole person"? As a graduate student, you are focused on advancing your education, but your true education involves so much more than expanding the knowledge of your discipline. You are a whole person with unique social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual needs and experiences. This series of workshops, sponsored by The Office of Graduate Student Life, is aimed at graduate students in all disciplines to help them better understand how they are still growing, changing, and developing as whole persons.

Lunch will be provided at all sessions.

Workshops that are part of the Whole Person Education Series fall under one of the six dimensions of wellness:

Intellectual Emotional Social/Cultural Physical Occupational Spiritual

Questions about the Whole Person Education Series? Please email




Past Fall 2015-Spring 2016 workshops:

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Wednesday, March 23rd, 12-1pm

Description: This seminar will provide an overview of the the government's most popular student loan forgiveness program: Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Since 2008, many Boston College graduates have been able to enroll in this federal forgiveness program.  

Insight into what it is, how it works and who may take advantage of this opportunity will be provided. Pros and cons will be discussed as well as loan repayment strategies.

**NOTE: This seminar will not qualify as a replacement for the in-person loan Exit Interview required for May graduates April 3- April 14.

Presenter: Kathy Rosa, Associate Director of Student Receivables 

Living the Jesuit Values in Your Everyday Life
Monday, February 8th, 12-1pm

Description: This session will be interactive and cover the basics of Jesuit educational values, and practical ways in which one can incorporate those values in their interactions with others.

Presenter: Christian Santa Maria, James Luisi, & Anie Jamgochian

Got Stress?
Monday, November 9th, 12-1pm

Description: Feeling stressed? Learn about personal stressors, signs and symptoms of stress and some positive coping strategies. Get tips on creating a balanced lifestyle and time management strategies to accomplish all the things you need to do. You will leave the program more aware of how to handle your stress and care for yourself!

Presenter: Office of Health Promotion

Kundalini Breathing Techniques to Manage Stress
Thursday, October 19th, 12-1pm

Description: Come to this hour long workshop to learn and practice a set of simple breathing techniques to relieve stress and increase productivity. Graduate students need to balance work, school, social and family life and these short techniques can give you focus and tranquility in as little as three minutes a day. The workshop will spend time discussing the theory and science of the exercises followed by guided practice and discussion.

Take away: Go home knowing three breath exercises you can perform in only 3 minutes a day to relieve stress, anxiety and improve focus.

Presenter: Keith Ram Prakash Curbow researched yoga breathing patterns to modify Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at New York University and currently owns a studio in Medfield, MA teaching Kundalini Yoga and music. His greatest interest is in sharing these simple but powerful breathing techniques so that everyone can find focus and peace in their busy lives.

 7 Money Skills: Basic Money Management for Graduate Life
Thursday, October 8th, 12-1pm

Description: Need advice on how to manage your finances in grad school? Join us for our first Whole Person Education workshop of the semester with $uccessful Start. As always, free lunch is included!

Take away: Financial literacy techniques to manage finances while in graduate school including tips for cooking on a budget, relationships and finances, and living in Boston.

Presenter: $uccessful Start's Kaitlyn Gorman