Anyone who has ever been a higher education student understands all too well the challenges, pressures, and rewards that come hand in hand with getting to have the university experience. all the highs and lows that come with the university experience of course experience differently by different students. For some students, their prioritisation when choosing a university is about finding one that has a strong academic standing. While, on the other hand, for others the focus is primarily on finding a university that supports them not only academically but mentally and within themselves. All too often, universities will parade as if they do indeed value mental health, however when you get there you' find that not only do they not value it but that you can be heavily criticized and even punished for wanting to have a focus on your own mental health as well as your academic career.
The focus on mental health as well as academic growth
For me, the biggest and most important thing when I was choosing which university I wanted to go to was that whichever university I chose was going to mirror or at the very least closely resemble the values that I hold dearest myself. After doing a lot of diligent research, what I found was that the University of Minnesota ended up being the university that best fit my ideals in my own core values. At the centre of it all is the fact that this is a place that has a value on mental health as well as academic growth, which for me is extremely important. I always want to be in an environment where I feel healthiest as well as my most productive. It is not always an easy balance to strike, however here at the University of Minnesota I can confidently and happily say that I have been able to strike that balance for the majority of my time here.
The value in having additional support when needed
There is also a distinctive understanding that there is incredible value in having additional support when it is needed. Not every student is able to perform their best for their written assessments, just as not every student is going to be able to produce their best work during a timed examination. Having additional support systems there when trying to navigate these processes is incredibly important to me. At the University of Minnesota, there has always been a significant amount of support in terms of academic standing as well as individual needs on campus and off campus as well. Having the support systems in place has been detrimental to my mental health and my healthy progress throughout my degree up until this very point. For me, this is one of the biggest and best parts of the University of Minnesota and it is one of the things I will treasure most about my time here.
The understanding of the need for ‘me’ time
And finally, there is the fact that this is a place that understands that students do need time off sometimes (and not just necessarily when semester breaks occur). What I have enjoyed tremendously about my time here is that my academic guidance counselors, lecturers, and tutors have all had a tremendous respect for the fact that the university experience can be tough at times. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back and have some time for yourself. Whether that means finding some Kratom for sale to relax or quite literally taking a step back from the study desk and having an afternoon to relax, watch your favourite TV show, and enjoy your favourite foods is important. I value this very much about the University of Minnesota and it is one of the things that I will miss the most.