As a full-time university student at the University of Minnesota, it is fair to say that I currently live in an environment that can feel, at times, like a high impact, high stress zone. This is the nature of higher education, of course, but it is also an incredibly instrumental understanding that even though you will inevitably have stressed out moments at university, that those moments do not have to, nor should they, define you or your experience at university.
Of all the advice I received before picking my university, the single best piece of advice was this: it is always important to go to a school that understands and encourages the stability of not only your grades, but your mental health. I am so proud to say that I go to a university that genuinely understands and embodies a strong grasp of the importance of mental health and clarity surrounding the sensitive topic. The support system here at the University of Minnesota is second to none, and it is just one reason why I love it here so much.
I genuinely feel right at home
Whether it is trying out the latest and greatest laser hair removal in my dorm room on a Friday night, or calling a friend when I feel less than my usual happy self, I always feel right at home here at the University of Minnesota. I am from California, so it was incredibly important to me that the university I ultimately decided to go to felt like a home away from home. To this end, I know I chose the right place for me. And what is more, is that this is just the start for all that the University of Minnesota provides me as a member of its community.
I always feel comfortable being honest
I always wanted to go to a university that understood and valued the emphasis on academic integrity, but also on the sheer importance of mental health awareness. As a student here, I was made aware on multiple occasions that there are several mental health assistance initiatives and programs in action on campus and around campus. This has done a world of good in assisting me in feeling like I am genuinely supported in my endeavours to be honest.
I always feel supported in my struggle
I always feel like I have an active and consistent (and even - and sometimes especially) comforting support system here. Whether it is my peers in my classes or my lecturers or tutors for my courses, I know that if I find myself struggling internally, then all I have to do is reach out - even if it feels challenging to do so to begin with. I am hyper aware that not all students feel this lucky. I do not take it for granted. This is just one of the many reasons that I genuinely love being a student here, and it is definitely one of the most important reasons.