Wise & Well

The Wise & Well program is an educational counseling program, not a therapeutic or treatment program. It is designed to focus on proactive interventions, to support a student’s management of their approaches to mental and physical well-being, and seeks to emphasize their cognitive strengths, preparation for success, and to provide preemptive skills and tools.

Wise & Well is committed to your success and well-being in all facets of your educational and personal experience here at the University of Missouri. We understand that being in the Honors College creates a unique set of expectations and needs, both self-imposed and as a result of seeking an enhanced and exceptional educational experience.

Through Wise & Well, we are here to be advocates and partners in helping you create the successful person you want to become; in other words, Wise & Well is about putting your best self into action.


CLICK HERE Wise & Well MU Connect to schedule appointments or “walk-in”!


Upcoming Wise & Well Workshops


Career Exploration Workshop

Tuesday, February 16th, 4-5pm

Zoom: https://umsystemprotected.zoom.us/my/felicechen

Description: Unsure about which career path to go into? Worried about what to do after graduation? Confused about how to start? This workshop is for you! We will discuss tips and resources on how to navigate the career exploration process and bring you closer to the career you want.


Stress Reduction Yoga (in-person!)

Tuesdays, 12-1 pm on April 6th, 13th, & 20th

Outdoors at MU Columns

Description: This workshop is focused on tuning into and reclaiming our mind-body connection through yoga. Bini will guide participants through a mindful yoga practice, which includes breathing, gentle movement, and meditation. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. Practice social distancing!


De-Stress Color Fest

Tuesday, March 16th at 6:30 pm and Wednesday, April 28th

Zoom: umsystemprotected.zoom.us/my/binisebastian

Description: Join us for this hour to relax and color!


Graduate School Apps 101

March 16th, 4-5pm

Zoom: https://umsystem.zoom.us/my/alexporcaro

Description: Thinking about applying to graduate school? This workshop covers what goes into a graduate school application, tips for researching programs, and a one-year timeline to prepare for next year’s application cycle.


A Graduate Student Panel (Tentative)

April 20th,  4-5pm

Zoom: https://umsystem.zoom.us/my/alexporcaro

Description: Ask current graduate students about their application experiences current life as grad student.


Is it Time to Chat? Let’s Chat!

Feb 24th, March 24th, and April 21st , 7-8pm

Zoom: https://umsystemprotected.zoom.us/my/devonwashington

Description: This series is aimed at helping us understand ourselves and know the warning signs that we may not be feeling our best. We will also discuss help-seeking skills and building assertiveness so that we can reach out for support when we need it the most.


Teach Yourself How to Learn

Feb 18th, March 18th, and April 21st ,7-8pm

Where: https://umsystemprotected.zoom.us/my/devonwashington

Description: Honors College studies are demanding. Join us to learn about study skills, tips, and tricks to help you reach your potential. We will be learning about Bloom’s Taxonomy; active reading techniques, and wellness when it comes to succeeding in undergraduate education.


Wise & Well Office Hours for One-on-One Meetings:

Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  — Devon Washington

  • Click HERE to set up an appointment or hold an immediate “Zoom-in” during office hours

Mondays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  — Felice Chen

  • Click HERE to set up an appointment or hold an immediate “Zoom-in” during office hours

Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  — Alex Porcaro

  • Click HERE to set up an appointment or hold an immediate “Zoom-in” during office hours

Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ; Fridays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  — Bini Sebastian

  • Click HERE to set up an appointment or hold an immediate “Zoom-in” during office hours

If you would like to meet one-on-one with a Wise & Well team member but these times do not work with your schedule, of if you have any questions about utilizing Zoom, please email (click on each name): Felice, Alex, Bini, or Devon.


Wise & Well Programming

You will have access to proactive interventions through the following opportunities and programs:

  • Meditation and relaxation workshops
  • Skills and Planning Discussions
  • From Academics to Career: Making the Link
  • One-on-One Conversations
  • Webinars and other Internet-based tools and options

Wise & Well Advising

Our Wise & Well advisors provide in-hall advising to students on a variety of wellness topics including, but not limited to:

  • Mental health
  • College adjustment
  • Self-Care & compassion
  • Stress management
  • Positive psychology
  • Career & major exploration
  • Resilience & more!

Wise & Well will also be a resource for you for your additional success and well-being needs, including providing a list of campus and local providers for those needs that are beyond the scope of this program, links to online resources, and information about support networks.

Student Health & Well-being: Physical and Mental Health Resources

Ask Listen Refer: How to Help Your Friends

Contemplative Practice Center: Mindful Movement


Wise & Well Team

Graduate Advisors:

Felice Chen |  Felice is a Masters student in Mizzou’s Counseling Psychology program. She grew up in Calumet City, a south suburb of Chicago, IL but also spent some time living in Milwaukee, WI. She has a background in the biological sciences, and received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Felice’s self-care practices include watching comedy movies and sitcoms, painting, and hiking.



photo of Alex

Alex Porcaro  | Alex is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She grew up in Arlington Heights, a northwest suburb of Chicago, IL. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English from Loyola University Chicago in 2018, and she was a research assistant at the Center for Community Research at DePaul University for twoyears before coming to Mizzou. In her free time, she enjoys running outdoors, drawing, and watching psychological thriller movies.



Photo of Bini Sebastian

Bini Sebastian  |  Bini Sebastian is a 5th year PhD student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on mindfulness, identity development, and critical consciousnesness. Bini hopes to provide students with additional tools to learn about the role of the mind-body connection in social conditioning and multicultural awareness. In her free time, she likes to draw, practice yoga, and listen to music.



Devon Washington  |  Originally from NYC, Devon received her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College in 2013. She obtained her master’s degree in applied in psychology from the University of Baltimore in 2017. Devon was a gopher, a bee, and now has her tiger stripes, as a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program in the College of Education. She enjoys going on walks in the park and listening to true crime podcasts.




Undergraduate Ambassadors:

Photo of James LongJames Long  | James is an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in history. He grew up in North Kansas City and attended Winnetonka High School. He is the founder of a hiking organization that currently consists of over 90 Honors College freshman. James’ self-care practices include playing video games, watching movies, working out, and hiking around Columbia.



Photo of Sami SehgalSami Sehgal  | Sami is an undergraduate student in the Honors College currently majoring in Psychology. He grew up in O’Fallon, MO and graduated from Fort Zumwalt West High School. He’s interested in clinical psychology and wants to become a psychiatrist. Sami enjoys running, listening to music, drawing, and watching just about any superhero movie or TV show.



Kate Taylor  |  Kate is a first-year student majoring in physics with an emphasis in astronomy. She grew up in Pacific, Missouri and graduated from Pacific High School. She wants to become an astrophysicist at NASA and eventually run for political office. In her free time Kate enjoys working out, playing guitar, writing, and hanging with her gal pals.



Administrative Members:

Dr. J.D. Bowers

Dr. Patrick Rottinghaus

    Shanay Murdock



Wise & Well Support

The Wise & Well Program has been developed with the support of Peggy and Andrew Cherng and the Cherng Program in Honors. The Cherng Program supports the MU Honors College’s efforts for the promotion of education, health care, student success, leadership, and academic excellence.