There have been numerous obstacles that I’ve had to clear when coming to college. It’s definitely a huge lifestyle change, and since we all have 20/20 hindsight, it is very easy to see where we did well and where we should grow. I have had anxiety since middle school, and college has definitely put it to its limit. However, I have learned more and more to cope with it, and when times get stressful, I either exercise, meditate, or play music. I obviously hope that the incoming freshmen will not have any sort of mental illnesses, but statistically speaking, some will, and I hope to guide them through healthy ways of reducing their stress. I would definitely change how I dealt with stress at the beginning of the year, as I am much happier now. However, mistakes are just an opportunity to grow, and I plan to not only grow for myself, but show others what growing and learning can do for themselves. Thank you Adam and the GSI’s for a great year! (:
I started a blog thread last week even though I’m actually leader this week, so I’ll start another. I have always been interested in aerospace! In fact, my first interest was in aerospace engineering before I became committed to health! I love flying, and it still amazes me that we can get metal to fly. What nurses do in general is incredible, let alone thousands of feet in the air. I think that the importance of flight health should become a more popular specialty, as most people don’t think of it when thinking about healthcare. We often forget that these nurses and pilots work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and even though they are compensated fairly, safety never takes a vacation; they must be prepared to leave their home lives at a moment’s notice, only to travel into challenging health problems, all while in the air! I can definitely see why the training and pre-requisites for a flight nurse are so high. My question to fellow readers: would flight healthcare be for you? Why or why not?
As college students, it is so easy to just brush off the countless feelings of anxiety or sadness during the year, and we forget about the help available. I believe that U of M has one of the largest amount of resources available for those who are clinically struggling, and those who are just going over a rough patch. I do, feel, however, that there is more that could be done. Firstly, from my experience, many students are afraid of admitting they are feeling depressed due to the large amounts of red tape and legal work they will have to fill out, I know this is a public policy, but it is something that should be looked into. Also, students who are feeling stressed simply fear that they “don’t have the time” to attend a CAPS session or further appointments, and this should be made aware to those promoting mental health policy. I believe that even though our school does a great job at promoting healthy mental lifestyles, they are also creating an unneeded schism between “those who are mentally healthy,” and “those who aren’t,” simply referring to everyone on a spectrum like we were taught is a much better way to prevent a divide that is unnecessary. Lastly, I have been exposed to a lot of “busy” work in school this year, that was obviously done to fill time slots rather than promote critical thinking, which causes unneeded stress due to business. I feel that many educators should truthfully look at the material they are presenting to make sure what is being taught is important to teach. My question for fellow readers: do you feel that mental health will remain stigmatized? If so, why?
I would like to discuss the events that have happened recently on campus over global health this week for the blog post, because honestly, they have been on my mind a lot more than global health has. Racism is still a huge issue in society, even now reaching 60 years past the civil rights movement. I’m not sure whether or not the fliers and posters were hung by students of the University, and that troubles me. Every educated mind that was accepted here should have at least a basic understanding of equality between every race and gender, and if it is not known by students that equality is a right for all, it definitely should be. There should be more classes educating students about the benefits of diversity, as knowing about equality is just as important as knowing about math or science. It should also be noted that not everyone comes from places that are as diverse as Ann Arbor, and they may not be aware of different cultures. Although they may not be as culturally aware as others, we should neither be mad at them nor let them stay in this ignorant state: we should continue educating them. It is not always the fault of the person themselves that they behave in a certain way; they may not understand or be educated by the benefits of a diverse world. The sad truth is that racism, among many other traits, may be so deeply ingrained in people without them noticing, and that’s where the problem lies. I believe to truly end racism, we need to end this tug-of-war state between races and begin cooperating and educating people, to show them that just because their parents felt a certain way does not make it right, and that equality is a basic right for humans. The yelling and the fighting have got us virtually nowhere. I am very saddened and frustrated by the hate that is happening in general after the incidents. This “back-and-forth” rhetoric between people of all backgrounds continues to widen the schism, and when true compassion and love come out, I plan to see true equality for all.
My question for other bloggers: do you believe that there should be more educating and less fighting in incidents such as this? If not, why? I would love to hear from you!
Thank you everyone for listening as well, it was nice to type this one(: Have a good one!-Anthony Edgar