Better Together was created to emphasize the importance of students connecting with one another to strengthen their emotional wellbeing. Better Together is a program where a small group of Graduate and Professional students come together once a week for four weeks for dinner, thoughtful discussion, and creative ways to get to know themselves and their peers.
Currently, our Winter Quarter Better Togther program is full. Please check back soon for Spring Quarter registration.
Are you a graduate or professional student who wants to meet more people and make new connections? Join Buddy Up!
UChicago Student Wellness is offering Buddy Up! as part of the Better Together initiative. Join a network of students who want to meet new people and make connections with peers across campus. Every two weeks you’ll be paired with a new buddy!
- "I signed up for Better Together because I was interested in meeting graduate students from across the university, and it quickly became something I looked forward to every week...The sessions were fun, engaging, and provided space for the kind of self- and communal reflection I love. I met some really kind and interesting people, gained some great resources, and laughed a lot. Highly recommended!" Better Together Participant, Spring 2019
- "The sessions are really inclusive for people who take longer to feel comfortable around others. By the end of the sessions, I think we’d all opened up a lot, and the space felt incredibly supportive." Better Together Participant, Spring 2019
- "Building new friendships isn't a fast process. But BT provides an opportunity to start that process... And now I feel like if I need support, or just someone to go on a walk with, I can reach out to my BT group and pretty instantly get connected." Better Together Participant, Spring 2019
- "I believe this type of program is really critical for supporting graduate students holistically, and recognizing that under the best circumstances, when students have the support of their community, and are recognized for their worth as human beings, they can do their best work." Better Together Participant, Spring 2019
- "While we often arrived from different corners of campus after exhausting, stressful days, the dinners in the 'WellNest" were always inclusive and revitalizing. We shared the challenges of pursuing graduate study at the University of Chicago, yet we never focused on individual gripes, instead spontaneously sharing tips and sincerely encouraging one another." Better Together Participant, Spring 2019
- "I loved the chance to meet graduate students from other programs and different years, which gave me the opportunity to meet people I would never have run into otherwise and also to hear new perspectives on the topics we discussed... I really appreciated the safe and supportive environment, where we lifted each other up and brought in a much needed dose of positivity each week." Better Together Participant, Spring 2019
- "I am grateful that Better Together provided a unique opportunity where I could genuinely get to know others. I feel more integrated to the UChicago community as a result. Better Together Participant, Spring 2019