Mental health has been a topic on my mind a lot recently. I was reminded at a leadership conference how anyone could be going through self-doubts and tough times mentally at any time and not say anything. They may not seek help because they don’t know they need it, or they don’t know where to go.
Every single human goes through these things, and not nearly enough seek help for it. Normalizing the conversation of mental stresses, anxieties, and depression is extremely important and saves lives. I wanted to see what students and staff would change about themselves this issue (without getting too personal with strangers because that is weird), so I took to the streets and sidewalks of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus with one simple question:
Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
“I would make my study habits better. That would be the thing I need to work on the most. Being more disciplined with myself.” – Camden Dellar
“How anxious I am about little things.” – Hunter Cassady
“My procrastination abilities.” – Ariella Honesto
“My height.” – Ellisia Quintana
“[My] major. Not yet, but I’m thinking about it kind of. It’s rough.” – In Seo Hwang
“I think I would change how approachable I am. I feel like I should be more approachable to others.” – Joseph Revell
”Lazy study habits. Definitely. I never get anything done on time.” – Madison Stier
“Make myself more motivated for stuff. I have a hard time not procrastinating.” – Patrick Kontz
“My weight.” – Tiffany Haller
“Nothing. I wouldn’t change anything. I like where I’m at right now and I don’t want to mess anything up by changing myself.” – Travis Morris
Lucky for all the students that go to ERAU, we have free (i.e. already paid for) health care professionals that can help you make simple changes to make you more mentally healthy. Simply talking to them about how things are going, how stressful school is, and all your silly or serious anxieties will help you to conquer and master your own mind. Sorry, they can’t change your height.
I recommend everyone goes to a psychologist or therapist at least once a year, even if you feel like you don’t need to. Don’t take my word for it, I’m just a student who hardly knows how to fly a plane. Listen to the professionals. A quick 15-minute chat couldn’t hurt.
Always keep in mind that someone you know, and people you run into could be sitting on something that is eating away at them. When you can, remind the ones you care about that you are there for them, and remind them of the help they can get right here on our campus.
For all of you who are procrastinating and need better study habits, stay tuned for the next issue because I‘ll get the word on the street for good study habits and the keys to good grades.