19, Harrisburg SD
“I had never utilized the high school counselor before until I broke up with my boyfriend of 3 years. It was my senior year and I had one month left of school. I didn’t want to go to school, nor did I want to see him. And of course, I was crying and down since it had happened the night before. Because I was so upset, I decided to go to the school counselor. She listened and nodded her head as I vented about my feelings. It was exactly what I needed: comfort. She proceeded to let me calm down in the quiet room for a period or two until I was able to finish my day. I could not believe her kindness and am forever grateful for her help that day.”
18, Pearland TX
"The social transition to college from high school made me face challenges with my mental health. Upon entering college, you have to make new friends, and having a social group contributes to emotional wellbeing. My professor recruited me to join the student newspaper which branched me out socially. Being involved in an organization has greatly improved my mental health by allowing me to connect with my peers. "
19, Sioux City IA
"Throughout high school, I was stressed and overworked. I was at school with no breaks from 8-3 and then worked right after. I would often try to talk to teachers about my struggles but there was never anything they could do because of how my school system was set up. I was so scared to come to college because of our much I struggled with high school. However, there are endless resources here to help me in all aspects of life. Not being on a strict schedule and being able to make my own choices helped my mental health so much."
19, Raymond NE
"When I first transitioned from High school to college, I remember my anxiety getting really bad. It can be very difficult trying to manage everything at first. My university offered free counseling to students. It was nice to know that we had that kind of support."