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When it came time for me to gear up to attend university, I was excited and nervous and every other emotion under the sun. As a soon-to-be university student, I sas excited for the new experience of going to university, but also nervous at everything unknown that came with it. I was ready to make new friends and dive into these courses I was so excited to take on. And then there was the feeling of just wanting to make sure that I got it right University is going to be your home for the next 3 to 4 years minimum. For me, I wanted to make sure that the university I chose genuinely felt like home - and not just on the surface.

My top priority when choosing a university 

 Ultimately, I chose the University of Minnesota. I was initially nervous that maybe I hadn't done enough research that maybe this wasn't the place for me of course every soon-to-be university student bills this way, I’m sure. However, after that first day I knew instinctively this was not only a place I could call home for the next three years, but that I could genuinely feel at home. It goes without saying that going to university on that first day is an overwhelming kaleidoscope of emotions and reactions, but it wasn’t long before it was smooth sailing. And to my relief I found an influx of mental health assistance programs and initiatives that would help when the semesters became challenging.

Why mental health is so important

I (and every student, in my opinion) needed a university that would take care of not only my academic standing and successes, but my overall health too.  I strongly believe in only existing and navigating one’s way through environments that make them feel positive. Given the fact that the university was going to be in my home for the next three years, I knew that it was going to be crucial that I feel my best and that I always feel at home. Mental health is so important because at the end of the day, if you cannot get out of your own head, if your thoughts are weighing you down, or if you feel pressure building from inside, it can be difficult to do even the most simple tasks - let alone get you a full course load in a semester.

At the end of the day…

Being a student can be challenging, but it is comforting to know that I attend a university that not only feels like home, but that constantly works to ensure that its students are taken adequate care of in every possible way. Whether it is doing the work to make courses fun and enjoyable, creating events where students can mingle and socialize, or even simply giving students access to important and relevant materials and tools that assist them in navigating their way to a flourishing career thereafter (think access to resume build tools or full-fledged networking events), the University of Minnesota was without a doubt, the perfect choice.

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