All posts by Erin Raupers

Nature Meditation

Using mindfulness meditation in a natural setting can promote well-being.  Meditating outdoors can bring you more in touch with your senses and enhance the effectiveness of the meditative practice. Practicing mindfulness in nature can open your connections to the natural world.

There are resources available to students, such as the Manage Stress Workbook and Koru Mindfulness, both of which can be used outdoors. You could also use the Calm app as you relax at the Penn State Arboretum.


Some college students struggle with procrastination. Procrastination can involve putting off completing assignments, studying for exams, and writing papers. Procrastinating can decrease the quality of your work because it reduces the amount of time you have to study or prepare.  It may also increase your stress level.  

Learn new skills that will help keep your schoolwork on track.  Sign up for the free stress & time management service in 20 IM Building. 

Social Wellness

Social wellness refers to your ability to develop positive relationships with others. College can be an ideal time to meet new people from all over the world and make long-lasting friendships. Volunteering in the community or joining a new club can help you build or strengthen your support system. Check out the social wellness toolkitYou will learn various strategies to improve your social health & wellness. 


The American Heart Association reports that spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Join the world’s largest treasure hunt by checking out Geocaching. Download the Geocaching app to get started. There are 651 geocaches around State College!  

Hiking around UP

Students at the University Park campus are fortunate to live near the pristine beauty of Rothrock State Forest. This forest, and its hiking trails, can be accessed at the Galbraith Gap parking lot (8.7 miles from campus), and at the Shingletown Gap parking lot (5.7 miles from campus). Always use a map when hiking, bring water & snacks, and your fully charged cell phone.    

 You can take the CATA bus to the Tussey Mountain ski and recreation area, which is walking distance from Galbraith Gap. Click here for the P bus route (