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  • Carlee Strathmann

    December 3, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    We’re bringing in college students from around the country to answer your questions about college, mental health, and keeping up in the age of COVID-19. Join the conversation and share any questions you have for these students.

  • Emry Herring

    December 6, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Social life Vs work. How to keep the balance? Did you play college sports? How does the recruiting process work?

  • Mark Holden

    December 7, 2020 at 2:58 am

    How well do you think you were prepared for college and why do you feel that way? What works and what doesn’t when it comes to mental health?

    • Nicole Williams

      December 18, 2020 at 1:43 am

      As a first-generation college student, I felt totally unprepared, socially, for college. Navigating campus life was tough at first because I didn’t really have guidance from someone near my age who could help me understand college life (all my friends went to the local state uni – I was alone at my private uni) or support from my family that could help me manage financial aid and planning a course of study. I did learn how to do these things because I was determined to succeed. I made new friends. I leveraged the resources at the school to help me plan my schedule and change my major during my Sophomore year. I also made close friends with ladies in the financial aid office who gave me insight into new scholarships to help pay my tuition. My mental health improved dramatically after year one because I gave myself enough love and self-care to seek out help and get the support I needed to navigate this new experience.

  • Morgan Osegueda

    December 11, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Do the opinions on college from other adults and alumni ever get to you? Does it ever negatively affect your mental health? If so, how do you cope?

    • Nicole Williams

      December 12, 2020 at 5:35 am

      Gathering advice from others can be very helpful as long as you understand that any decision you make must be your own. More often than not, you will be personally responsible for any consequences (positive and negative) associated with your decision so you must learn to trust your own decision-making capacity — or work to develop sound decision-making skills.

  • Emery Kaczmarek johnson

    December 11, 2020 at 1:46 am

    How open are people, students, staff etc, about talking about mental health?

    • Nicole Williams

      December 18, 2020 at 1:40 am

      You should check out the Music Challenge page! So many people, on this site alone, are talking about how they’re managing (or struggling to manage) their mental health. Do you need to chat?

  • Zoey Young

    December 15, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    How was the transition from high school to college? Is it easy to let yourself slip into bad habits early on/was the move hard on you?

    • Nicole Williams

      December 18, 2020 at 1:38 am

      It is absolutely easy to slip into bad habits! The beautiful thing about college is that it’s the perfect space to learn what works for you and your learning. I have never been a morning person but I’ve always been conditioned to wake up early for school so my freshman year, I scheduled all 8:00 AM classes. Coupled with work-study, a part-time job, and tutoring, I quickly fell into the same bad habits I developed in high school. That didn’t serve me. I switched to classes that started 90 minutes later (which meant that I would usually have one evening class) and that was soooo much better for me. I was able to create a study schedule that vibed well with my work schedule and allowed me to get the proper amount of sleep. I was still able to hang with friends or attend social events on campus. By learning my needs, recognizing when I was using bad habits as coping skills, and adjusting, I was able to crush my Soph – Senior year while enjoying campus life.

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