Sixth Week Newsletter


By now life at Macalester may have begun to feel like second nature, but before the newness wears off, remember to reflect on the various themes addressed in previous newsletters. These themes, in conjunction with the four values expressed in Macalester’s mission statement introduce a wealth of ways to find fulfillment and happiness that extends beyond the classroom.  As previously discussed fulfillment is cultivated through building community across difference, embracing one’s vulnerability and civic engagement. 

In addition, this video with Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness and our 2014 convocation speaker, challenges the idea that we'll be miserable if we don't get what we want.  On the contrary, Dan Gilbert suggests that despite obstacles and set backs our “psychological immune system” lets us remain truly happy and thrive.

 The Surprising Science of Happiness-Dan Gilbert

Fittingly, last years convocation speaker, the Dalai Lama, sums up the spirit of Dan Gilbert's “synthetic happiness” idea with this quote:

 “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
~Dalai Lama

 For more words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama’s trip to Macalester College last year: Dalai Lama Macalester video.

Although this is the last newsletter, this will not be the last time you will be asked to stay reflective and intentional as a Macalester student. This mindfulness is a process, not a moment in time.  For further encouragement and motivation, here is a pep talk from the famous Kid President!

Have a great year!


THE Sustainable Student 

A sustainable student is one who has found a healthy balance of activities that promote physical and emotional health, and contribute to the student's personal academic mission. By using the health resources described below, eating right, getting enough sleep, and creating healthy and strong relationships, everyone can begin their journey to becoming a sustainable, happy, and successful student.

Health and Wellness Peer Educators

Check out the members of the Health Promotions Team! In addition, the

Wellness Wednesdays

Check out the schedule of this month's Wellness Wednesdays!

Mac FreeSwap

Log in to 1600 Grand and visit Campus Resources to see the online version of Mac FreeSwap...or stop by Kagin Commons to check out what's currently available.

Library Reference Desk

You can always take advantage or walk-up services in the service desk in the library, but if you are working on a more complex research project, fill out the Library Reference Consultation Request to set up an individual consultation.