Learning with Health in Mind
Welcome to Princeton, Class of 2021!
Your time here will be exciting and challenging. You’ll be stretching your mind, setting your own schedule, and making lifelong friends. To make the most of it, take care of your own health and wellbeing now and at Princeton. Plenty of research shows that if you do the following, you’ll be more likely to be successful in college:
- Get enough sleep at consistent times most nights. Good sleep is an essential part of learning, which is what you will be here to do. Maintaining a positive mood and lowering the risk of illness are other great benefits.
- Make choices with your health in mind. Eat some fruits and vegetables and be physically active. If you choose to drink, and not all students do, limit your alcohol use to avoid the harm it can cause. Find ways to manage stress that works for you and do them regularly.
- Maintain balance and perspective. There is so much to do at Princeton that it can be tempting to try to do everything. To avoid being overwhelmed, choose activities that align with your values. Try to leave yourself time most days for activities that you enjoy.
- Cultivate a good support system. Everyone needs the support of other people in life. Be open and honest about who you are while respecting the needs and identities of others and you will keep your current friends while making new ones at Princeton.
When you arrive on campus, you’ll find more support for your health and wellbeing through the UMatter initiative. For those times when you feel out of balance whether due to a physical illness or injury or to stress or painful or confusing emotions, or simply could use a new perspective on a concern, University Health Services will be here to support you as well.
John Kolligian is executive director of University Health Services (UHS) at Princeton University. In this role for 7 years, he has oversight responsibility for all clinical, administrative, and preventive health operations. Dr. Kolligian also guides strategic planning efforts and advises University administration about student health and mental health priorities, including campus health and well-being initiatives.
For the previous 5 years, Dr. Kolligian directed Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services, the mental health division of its UHS. Prior to joining Princeton, he directed student mental health at Georgetown University, and, for ten years, he served as staff psychologist and directed postdoctoral psychology training at Columbia University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Previously Dr. Kolligian was an assistant professor in the psychiatry department at Yale’s School of Medicine, where he directed adolescent inpatient and partial hospital units within its Yale Psychiatric Institute. He’s held clinical fellowships at Yale University Health Services and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Kolligian received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University, a M.B.A. from Columbia University, a M.A. in education and child study from Tufts University, and a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University.