In teaching students how to take better care of themselves through wellness programming, the counseling staff at SD Mines is teaching students how to become more emotionally resilient. By advocating healthier lifestyles and a broader range of coping skills, the SD Mines' counseling staff is setting students up to be better equipped to lead happier healthier lives. Throughout the year, wellness programs will highlight physical, mental, and emotional well-being. If you have questions about how to take better care of yourself and would like to know more about Wellness programs, contact the SD Mines' counseling department. 

About Wellness

The wellness approach to mental health is a holistic approach. Counselors that advocate a wellness approach to mental health problems take into account how environmental factors effect a person's well being. Listed below are some of the wellness components that the counseling program provides information on: 

  • Exercise
  • Spirituality
  • Diet
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Substance Use
  • Healthy Activities 
  • Running Group
  • Relationships
  • The Wellness Wheel 

Wellness is a broad term with an emphasis on improving the quality of life of students through better decision-making and balanced living. The counseling staff at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is eager to help students expand their knowledge about wellness. If you have further questions, contact the counseling staff.  

Top 10 Wellness Principles

  1. A person’s condition and skills are not fixed.  A person can move past problems.  If a person fails a class, then that does not mean that person is a failure.  That means the process was not working.
  2. People need multiple “things” in their lives to take care of themselves.  Overall well-being is not accomplished by having one friend and school.  Well-being is cultivated by developing multiple interests, friendships, and resources.
  3. A person should face fears.  They should know they can overcome obstacles.  A person should not let obstacles stand in their way.
  4. Time Management.  People need to manage their time not only in school but for the rest of their lives.  The mistake that many people make is they think that this only applies to work.  Managing time is making time for people, interests, self-care, and school.
  5. Make many connections.  A person should have peers.  They should have people that they are helping.  People also need mentors.   A person should look to people who are successful as guides for them. 
  6. Values.  A person needs to know what is important to them.  A person needs to know why it is important to them.  A person needs to behave congruently with what they value.
  7. We create our reality.  Events in a person’s life are not inherently good or bad.  Thinking is what gives events meaning.  It is important that a person choses to create a reality that is full of potential and opportunities. 
  8. Avoid people that are negative.  A person should not listen to a person that makes them feel bad about themselves.  A person should avoid people that view the world in a negative way.   A person should seek out uplifting and positive people.
  9. Give back.  Giving feels good.  It also gives a person perspective.  It is easy to see a person’s life as bad.  However, there are others with conditions worse and those people need help. 
  10. Grow.  It is important to never stop growing.  It is important to commit time and resources to make a person’s life and those around them better.  This is a never ending process. 

Campus Resources
The Student Success Packet

Local Hangouts
Alternative Hangouts

Motivational Videos
Daniel Pink: The Surprising Science of Motivation
Time Management Lecture by Randy Pausch
Tony Robbins Asks Why We Do What We Do?
Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Local Running Resources
Lean Horse Home Page Your source for information on the inaugural Crazy Horse Marathon
Black Hills Runners Club Information about local running events and the running community in Rapid City.
Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon The Black Hills largest running event.

State Resources
SDSM&T Online Wellness Screenings How are you doing? Anonymous online wellness screenings are available here for depression, anxiety, alcohol, post-traumatic stress, bipolar, or eating disorders.

Web Resources
101 Health and Wellness Tips for College Students

Student Health 101 
Mines Link 
Mines Advantage

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

Community Resources
Alcohol Education Information  

Need Help?

We have a staff of counselors available to help you, anytime.


Megan Reder-Schopp
Director of Counseling and ADA Services

Jeremy Kendall

Nancy Sprynczynatyk (pronounced "Sprin-zin-nat-ick")