After making it through my first year I learned many things about myself as a person and life here at the University of Michigan. In the end of it all I really don’t regret anything that I did over the course of the year. Things happen for a reason and you just got to move on, cause whats done is done and there is nothing you can do about it. Over the course of the year, I struggled with keeping my grades up and really just learning what it means to be a Michigan student. I wouldn’t study as often as I should and I paid the price for it. I learned that you cannot please everyone and you sometimes have to drop things for your well being and health. If I could go back and tell you beginning freshman self anything, it would be to not take linguistics and to probably join more student orgs. But, like I said, I really have no regrets of what I did. I am satisfied with my first year, and I would totally do it again.
I feel that the University of Michigan is providing students with the necessary resources to promote mental health prevention and treatment for the students. With resources like Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Wolverine Wellness, where students can go a talk with professionals about many aspects of their life and students are given the chance to express how they are feeling. So, I do feel that the campus is doing well providing services that can help the students. However, I do feel that the University can work on promoting these services more to the students. I was aware of CAPS and the services that they offered, but if I was not in HSSP, I would not have known what Wolverine Wellness. Also, with the social stigma of someone going to get help for psychological reasons, it might prevent students from even trying to go and get help in the first place. One thing they can do is also try and spread CAPS across campus. They could try and open little offices in various parts of the school, like on North campus, one closer to the hill instead of just in the 4th floor of the Michigan Union. Similar to how the Sweetland Writing Centers are spread out across the campus.
For Wolverine Wellness, I think they should try to make it more known around campus. One way of doing so could be by presenting some information about what it is to some of the larger lecture classes to reach a broad audience. With more people knowing about it, the more known it will be. Also maybe sending out a monthly email about their services and other resources available could benefit many students as well.
So what I want to ask you is do you think these services are being used often by the student body here at U of M? Also, do you believe the University should invest more in mental health prevention and treatment programs like CAPS and Wolverine Wellness?
This semester has been very interesting for me. Having already taken a semester over the summer, the fall was really nothing that I expected. The amount of people, the type of people here, the classes, the level of intelligence here was just way more than what I expected. But I knew I had to put in the work and get things done like I always do. With classes all done and writing my last few papers, I am satisfied with my grades and the things that I have done this semester. I learned more about myself my work habits. The letter that I wrote to myself was interesting. I thought that I would be nervous about the semester and scared to see how it would go. But actually I was not scared and I was calm during my semester never really getting nervous. I am happy here and I cannot wait for the next semester.
In the world, there is a large population that smokes. And in today’s world, we try to make it clear that they are bad and have really devastating side effects. A majority of races, ethnicities, and populations all have people who smoke in some sort of way. Whether it be whites, blacks, Hispanics or other, they all smoke. Why is that? It can be used to relieve stress, some it is a pass time, or maybe they started at a young age to be cool and never dropped the habit. Smoking is a disparity that affects many people. A disparity is a thing that affects many people of a certain group of people, like race, socioeconomic status, and much more. In the Hispanic community, about 21 percent use some sort of tobacco daily. By smoking, it can lead them to have many bad diseases and possibly die. There are many influences on why a large chunk of the Hispanic community smokes. And the Social-Ecological Model can help me explain it.
The Social-Ecological Model is a model that shows influences that can affect people and their health. The model has many levels starting at individual, and going to as large as public policy. I will show you the levels of individual, relationship, and community influences of the Social-Ecological Model (SEM). Let us say we are talking about a small community where the majority of the population is Hispanic. Individually, not many of the population understands what is bad about smoking. The reason for this might be that some of the population that smokes are older who really do not understand English. Since they do not speak English, it is harder for them to get the information from doctors and such. On the relationship aspect, many young members of the smoking population have been around the older smoking population. Being young, they might think that it is cool and of course start to do it themselves. Also having peers who smoke does not really help either. With people around them smoking, many of the young population will start to smoke. On a community level, many stores and places that sell tobacco products know they cannot sell to minors. However, minors will have older people buy it for them. While of course this is illegal, some of the store clerks can be oblivious to what is happening before them. On the streets, you see people hanging out and smoking in many places. This was just a very simple example of how the SEM is used to help explain the influences that affect the smoking Hispanic community.
An intervention that could impact at least one of the levels could be start making flyers and papers that show the effects of smoking in Spanish so the older population can read it and actually see the effects. I know they have some in Spanish about drug use and their side-effects, but those are mostly directed to the younger population and talk about all types of drugs. I think making one that is directed to an older audience in Spanish will help a lot of the community and individual level.