In the mission of Harvard College, you won’t find anything about grades or performance, but instead find phrases like intellectual transformation and new ways of knowing. Just like your physical and emotional health, your intellect needs nourishment too. Intellectual wellbeing consists of critical thinking, stimulating curiosity, problem solving, and creativity. Intellectual wellbeing isn't confined to the classroom or office, but instead requires lifelong sustainment and cultivation. 

Foster your Intellectual Wellbeing 

  • Take a class outside of your field or concentration
  • Read for pleasure
  • Check out a seminar or conference on something you're unfamiliar with
  • Attend a play, museum exhibit or poetry reading
  • Debate with someone (respectfully)
  • Learn another language
  • Do crossword puzzles
  • Engage in research opportunities

Potential Benefits

  • Improve cognition
  • Experience a more stimulating life
  • Development of personal values and opinions
  • Open-mindedness
  • Clearer thinking
  • Improved concentration and memory