We all know that college students are under extreme pressure academically, but we also do not eat well and do not sleep enough.
When we do have down time, many students (not all) will participate in activities that put students under the influence. None of this is new information, right?
We all know someone who has at least two mental breakdowns a week. If not, then you are surrounded by extremely relaxed people.
What are we doing to fix the issues many college students face? Or is this how things go? Are we expected to sit here and not try to fix it?
I would consider myself an extremely pressured college student. I am not in the best health, which is sad considering my age, and feel as if there is nothing I can do to help myself.
As I find myself continuously overthinking, my own mind inhibits me from living a happier and healthier life in college.
Thus, I decided to take a class “for fun.” While it is the hardest class I have taken so far in my academic career, I am learning about nonviolent civil disobedience.
For those who do not know what nonviolent civil disobedience is, it is what the great leader, Martin Luther King Jr. preached during the Civil Rights Movement. To speak up by showing up and applying pressure to make an action (an action in your favor) occur.
Back to the topic of stressed out students, I have heard multiple people speak on ways they believe could help students with stress, yet no one has taken action. On the other hand, it is possible that someone has, but his or her words have been ignored.
First, we need better food options. Before you think, “well, we have salad and in the Towers’ dining hall, we have a small section for people with special food requirements,” please know many other universities would laugh at our “options.”
To name a few universities in Indiana that have been recognized for their nutrition, number one is Purdue University and number two is the University of Notre Dame. To keep this in perspective, Indiana State did not even make the top 10 list.
According to Niche, Indiana State University is number 13. We need more nutritious and healthier food options.
Studies have shown that with better nutrition, people are more equipped to carry on their day more efficiently.
Next is our lack of alcohol and drug awareness for incoming freshmen.
Yes, incoming freshmen must complete the It’s On Blue training, but can anyone really say they remembered or cared about what was being taught? No. We took it because we were required to.
Indiana State needs to have a required class that students must take at some point before the end of their first year that informs them about the pressures of drinking and doing drugs.
These classes should not be naive and think that students have not been drunk before or will never become drunk at some point.
These classes need must be informative on the actions necessary to do when someone is unconscious, what the signs are for alcohol poisoning and the steps an individual should take to help with the situation.
They also need to inform students that “sleeping it off” or “drinking water and eating something” is not how alcohol poisoning is properly managed. We also need to show the ugly truth about taking other peoples’ prescription pills to help students study.
Last, and I cannot emphasize it enough, we NEED to do something about the mental health help on this campus.
We all know it takes at least one month to see a counselor. We all know that when a month comes around, many do not want to bother going because they think that time has passed and they are fine. In reality, they are not.
I am aware that this is not the counseling staff’s intention; they want to help because that is why they are here. We need something else put in place to help students release stress before it gets so bad that they need to see a professional.
We live 11 minutes away from a Human Society. I am a strong believer in pet therapy. Who would not love to go play or pet a dog between classes to relive some stress? In addition, you are making the dogs’ day as well.
While I come down from my soapbox, all I want to say is that if we like these ideas and we know that ISU can provide these services, then we should allow our voices to be heard.
We know what we want and we want it now! We need to band together, no matter our differences, and keep our common goals in mind.
We need to tackle the harm of mental health on campus. We need to say that the time is now. We need to be heard before we have another mental breakdown.