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What is Resilience?

Resilience is a term that comes from the materials industry. Rubber is rated on how quickly it can bounce back. People can learn to "bounce back" too. Life will predictably have its challenges, some great, some small. The ability to bounce back is a critical life skill for students during the college years and beyond. RISE seeks to build the physical, cognitive, social, practical, and spiritual resilience of our students by providing them with frameworks that can be used to navigate life's difficulties.

We want to help students be prepared to not only "bounce back" and find equilibrium when stretched and out of balance, but also to grow stronger having successfully navigated those experiences, gaining wisdom along the way.

The Resilience Landscape at Pepperdine

Life can be hard. Increasing numbers of students at Pepperdine, as across the nation, are struggling with mental health concerns.

In response to the Spring 2019 Student Health Survey, the general student body reported that:

  • 65 percent had felt overwhelming anxiety
  • 55 percent had felt things were hopeless
  • 44 percent had felt "so depressed it was difficult to function"

Those numbers are concerning, and we are glad that many students are accessing the available support. Through the Pepperdine RISE Program, we want to add additional resources that provide students with opportunities to develop coping strategies when confronted with typical stressors and during particularly challenging circumstances; the space to share and learn from a network of peers and mentors; and the support of a diverse community that nurtures and strengthens emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health.