Last spring, ~75% of students completed a comprehensive health and wellness survey, the first ever to be administered to the HBS student body. Each student who completed the survey received a S’well bottle as a thank you for their participation. RCs may notice the prevalence of these bottles among ECs across campus, nestled in the side pockets of students’ backpacks or sitting atop the Aldrich desks.
MBA Student & Academic Services (SAS) and the administration wanted to share the highlights of the survey results with students in appreciation for their participation. The results are generally in line or better than national averages for a similar demographic, and are important to review for a few reasons:
- We are not in a bubble: When walking around campus it can be easy to feel like we have walked into a utopia where the health problems of the general population do not plague the seemingly happy, healthy, and gregarious student population. It can be a helpful reminder to see the relatively common occurrence of health concerns that on any given day affect our school. For those who are having a positive experience at HBS, it reminds us of the importance of compassion. For those who are having a tougher experience while at HBS, it can be a helpful reminder that you are not alone.
- Students experience challenges, but also have vast resources at their disposal: Even though results are in line with national averages, this does not diminish the struggles and concerns faced by students, or the changes in health many could be experiencing. The results highlight the vastly different experiences students can have at HBS – some noting vast improvements in health and some noting significant detriments. Please seek help if you need it: Stop by Spangler 2nd floor, the Student & Academic Services Counter, and request a meeting, or email [email protected]. Last year, 43.5% of students sought help from MBA Student & Academic Services.
- The consequences of alcohol: It is no secret that whether you drink or not, the high prevalence of drinking may have impacted your experience at HBS in some way. I do not think we can make a judgment about the ideal amount or frequency of drinking, but the survey reminds us that alcohol can have significant consequences to individuals and those around them.
So please take the time to review the results below and assess your own health and wellness experience while at school; if it is not where you want it to be please consider availing yourself of the resources to help you change it.
|Overall Mental Health||
|Overall Physical Health||
If you have questions regarding the survey please contact Suzy Conway, Director, Student and Academic Services, at [email protected].