Become a Content Contributor
This space is only as engaging, vibrant, and entertaining as the voices within it. We need your help to make it shine! Thrive online is an interactive space for students to voice what matters to them so that they can co-create an online place where they can thrive. Content is developed for students, by students with the help of staff who play a role in supporting students’ experiences. Thrive online aims to create authentic connections among the Western student body and between students and the university to enhance, highlight, and effect positive change within the broader context of students’ experiences.
You can write about anything you are interested in or passionate about. And we're not looking for your best academic writing - this is a place for you to talk to other students. The best posts are ones that share a bit of yourself, the same as the best ways to build relationships are to share your personal stories.
So let this be your playground.
Students have a strong voice and presence in their relationship with Thrive Online. There is active learning, brave conversations, and authenticity in all of our interactions. Through these interactions, we can better understand who we are together. Our mutual values are: joy, courage, curiosity, equity, decolonization, empathy, hope, humility, and integrity.
A Thriving Content Strategy
Thriving is a researched framework of five factors that have been shown to contribute to well-being. These five factors are positive perspective (optimism about the future), academic determination (investment of effort to reach educational goals), engaged learning (engagment in the process of learning), social connectedness (healthy connection to others), and diverse citizenship (committment to making a difference in the world).
These fall within three categories of intrapersonal, academic, and interpersonal thriving. We have mapped our content goals to these factors to ensure that Thrive Online is working from research and best practices to make a positive impact on the Western community, with students as full partners in its creation.
Thrive Online content is intended to help students:
- Celebrate: We want our audience to share in the joy of successes shared by other students. This focuses on intrapersonal thriving, including positive perspective.
- Educate: We want to inform students about issues, events, conversations, etc. that may be meaningful and relevant to their lives. This focuses on academic thriving, including academic determination.
- Engage: We want to deliver content that is diverse, relatable, and interactive. This also focuses on academic thriving, including engaged learning.
- Entertain: We want our content to be fun and exude Western pride. This focuses on interpersonal thriving, including social connectedness.
- Relate: We want to the entire community of Western students. This focuses on interpersonal thriving, including diverse citizenship.
There are four ways you can contribute to Thrive Online:
Previously Showcase Magazine, the Scholars’ Life print magazine provides all Scholars’ programs students the opportunity to have their writing, essays, and artwork published in an annual issue.
In contrast, the online segment of Scholars’ Life is a platform for students to get creative and explore the world of non-academic writing. Students write articles commenting on social issues, politics, and popular culture for publication online. The purpose of this project is to encourage students to voice their opinions through a journalistic approach, and to share their experiences with members across the Western community.
Scholars’ Life seeks to inform the public about the Western Student Experience, on-campus, in the community, and in the world. If you are interested in submitting an article for publication in our print magazine or online, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page to find out more, Scholars of Western.
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We've created a guide to help you write your best - please read it before submitting a post (it's short, we promise!).
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