Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness

OUE Study of Student Social Connections, Stress, Mental Health, and Well-Being during COVID-19

No matter where college students are living and learning, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted daily life. As a result, the well-being and mental health of students is of keen interest to parents, families, and universities worldwide. Between November 1 and 16, 2020, the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) Research team invited all Duke undergraduates to share their experiences with academics, social relationships, stress, mental health, and well-being during the fall semester, and 1,015 students responded (15.4% response rate).


Mind Map: 11 Minutes to improve new ideas and their analysis

Why Mind Map 

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A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts and takes brainst

  • Note taking 

  • Brainstorming (individually or in groups) 

  • Problem solving 

  • Studying and memorization 

  • Planning 

  • Presenting information 

  • Gaining insight on complex subjects 

  • Self-awareness  

  • Decision making  

Go through the process to see connections between topics you have never noticed before and new ideas you have yet to discover. Have fun! 

How will you set up your map?  

Get creative and choose a method that helps you brainstorm easily and effortlessly. Review examples of how you can set up your mind map and consider the options below.  

Ground rules 

  1. This is not meant to be perfect or look a certain way  

  1. Get rid of all judgement and go where your mind takes you  

  1. It might not make sense as you start but keep going 

Let’s Mind Map  

Put yourself in the middle of your map and take 3 minutes brainstorm the first ring of ideas related to you.

Christina's personal and professional mind map

This can include things like: 

  • Extracurricular activities that were impactful 

  • Meaningful experiences 

  • Mentors and supporters 

  • Specific skills  

  • Interests/likes 

  • Subjects 

Now take 5 minutes to further build out your first ring of topics. Where does your mind take you? What stands out to you? 
You might think about: 

  • Skills you used 

  • Likes and dislikes 

  • Learning that took place 

  • Experiences or roles  

  • New curiosities  

Now take 3 minutes to make conclusions and draw connections across the whole map. What patterns and themes do you see? 

  • Words that are frequently repeated 

  • Broader themes that connect experiences together 

  • Many branches leading to a specific topic  

  • Big picture connections  

Debrief and Answer 

  • What did you discover about yourself?  

  • What was a new idea you generated?  

  • Now that you competed this exercise, what information do you need to find out?  

  • Knowing this information, what are 3 next steps you can commit to?  

For more information on mind mapping and to see it in action watch Mind Mapping Mania