Therell shares some advice for new high school and college students. Good luck to everyone this school year!
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Therell shares some advice for new high school and college students. Good luck to everyone this school year!
A couple months ago I graduated from community college. I wanted to talk a little about my college experience, so as Mario would say, here we go!
I took many classes throughout my four years of college, and there are only two that stand out as my favorites. Those classes would be Public Speaking and General Psychology 2. The environment in those classes were very good, from my fellow classmates to the professors; it was a good experience all around.
About half of my time at college was in person while the other half was online due to COVID. While I enjoyed being in person very much as I am someone who craves social interaction, the downside was that my grades weren’t the best. I had to retake classes a couple times and there were classes that I barely passed. However, the move to online classes helped out my grades tremendously. I earned a lot more A’s and it brought my GPA up quite a bit.
During the in-person portion of my time at college, I made a lot of connections. I got along with nearly everyone that I met and I made some good memories with them. Unfortunately, when COVID hit, I fell out of contact with all of them.
Other positives about my college experience would be that there were a lot of support services to help me pass my classes. If I didn’t have those support services, I may not have passed those classes that I mentioned in which I barely passed. It was also pretty affordable; I don’t have any student loans to pay back.
Now I want to talk about some of the benefits of a community college. For one, you can have a pretty flexible schedule. I always scheduled my classes when it was convenient for me, and it always worked out.
You can also live at home if you’d like, which is what I did. Or, you can live close to campus. Since I lived at home, I took public transportation to get to school; the train and then a bus. I didn’t mind this at all as I looked forward to going to (most of) my classes so the train and bus rides were a breeze.
Lastly, as mentioned before, it is quite affordable. And, you can transfer your credits to a 4 year school.
Overall, I would give my college experience a 7/10, which is much higher than what I would give my elementary, middle, and high school experiences. Even though I mostly enjoyed my time at college, I probably would not do it all again, as I feel I am done with school (for now at least), and am ready to enter the world of working.
This past Summer, I finally decided that I was going back to college. It’s been 5 years since I’ve been in school and wow, that’s a long time. I can’t even begin to tell you how nervous I was feeling about going to school again. I was worried I wasn’t going to do well but so far, it’s going pretty great. It’s been a long road but one that’s going to be well worth the trouble. Before I can get into what college is like now, I want to tell you about my real first year.
My first year of college began August of 2015 and came to an end May of the following year. This year was everything but easy. I’m currently pursuing a psychology degree but when I went to college the first time, I was went for nursing. And let me tell you, the nursing program was no joke. I took every possible science, health and psychology class you could think of. I was in class all day and my labs practically all night. It was exhausting and I barely slept. I didn’t feel like I was going to survive the whole year.
While my classes were exhausting, I enjoyed campus life. I stayed on campus in a dorm with the world’s best roommate, who eventually became an even better friend. She made my first year a little more fun. She really got me out of my comfort zone. There were so many new experiences that I had during my first year. I know you’re reading this and you’re probably wondering why I didn’t go back after my first year. While my first year of college was wonderful, there were a lot of things I didn’t share including why I never went back.
In the Spring of my first year of college, I was dealing with not one but two sexual assaults. These assaults broke me. I was afraid to leave my room, I couldn’t walk across campus at night without panicking. I even made up excuses so I didn’t have to go to class. Fortunately, the year was almost over but I couldn’t wait to get back home where I felt safe. After this, I just couldn’t bring myself to go back. I considered commuting but the thought of having to run into this person was too much for me. Honestly, I even thought about going to school that was closer to home but then I thought, well it could happen to me there too.
I couldn’t bring myself to go back because of those assaults so instead I just put it off. Instead, I worked various jobs while avoiding the trauma that needed to be acknowledged over the next few years. Eventually, I began to feel like I wasn’t going to get anywhere in life. I knew that I was going to need more to get ahead but that also meant going back to school if I wanted a degree. Unfortunately, I was beginning to feel like it was too late to go back even though I knew it very much wasn’t.
Those sexual assaults took so much from me, physically and emotionally. They made me feel like I’d never be able to step foot on a college campus again. It took a lot for me to come to terms with what happened. Sometimes I feel like I will never get over it but I keep pushing. I keep going because I know that I need to if I ever truly want to move on from it. I missed out on so much because I let my trauma control me but not any longer. It took everything in me but I did finally go back to school.
I’m currently enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University’s online Undergraduate Psychology program. I have never done online schooling before and was worried that I wouldn’t get much out of it. It’s nothing like going to class physically. Most learning in this program is done at your own pace, which I like. I don’t feel like I have to rush while trying to retain the information provided within lessons.
Going back to school has been one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made. If you think that it’s too late for you to go back, I promise you that it’s not. It is never too late for you to continue your education. You can do anything that you put your mind to. I encourage you to put in the effort to reach your goals even if it might not happen right away. It will happen and you will get to where you need to be.
Read NPR’s In ‘Never Too Late,’ Finally, A Guide For Adults Going To College here!
Listen to our project coordinator, Kailey’s podcast The Struggle Before Getting To My New Major here to learn about one of her struggles in college!
**this episode contains explicit language
Hey guys! We’re back with another podcast… this time we talk about gratitude. We will be talking about what we are grateful for, and what we are thankful for overcoming. Also, we discuss what we are appreciative to have on our horizons and how gratitude affects our mental health. Here you can read studies on how giving thanks can actually help your mental health. It can create an optimistic outlook and positive change.
Also, during our holiday party we ran off to the side to record a quick podcast together and reflect on the things we are grateful for.
Joining us today are Cindy, our other Cindy, Dri, Nahjeera, Jonathan, and me- Eliza!
Check it out and let us know what you’re grateful for!
Click here to check out an older discussion on gratitude I started two years ago!
Want to practice appreciation yourself? Gratitude has real benefits towards your mental health- but sometimes its hard to practice when the world seems dark or overwhelming. Looking for something in life to feel grateful for having (or for not having) can help change your world, and self view for the better. Check out this article on gratitude journals and tips for starting one here.
TurningPointCT.org’s 2019 Awareness Calendar is here!
Every month there are awareness days that celebrate and recognize different things relating to mental health and advocacy. Have you ever wondered when all those awareness days are?
If so, check out ours below! Scroll down to find it!
Download the PDF or save the PNG to your desktop. Print it, share it, and enjoy it! #YouAreNotAlone
So, if you ever have felt like you are the only one experiencing your struggles, you are not alone. These awareness days exist to remind us of that fact. Together, we are strong. Love yourself, spread awareness, and fight stigma.
Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Twitter to see our posts on each awareness day. You can also find out if there are any events happening in honor of the days.
Questions? Ask the forum!
Did we leave out any awareness days that you want us to include? Or, do you have any suggestions? Then let us know in the forum!
You can scroll down for the PDF!
Here is the PDF link:
2019 awareness calendar PDF
And scroll down for the PNG! Hint: you can save these by dragging them to your desktop. If you are on your phone hold down your finger and save the picture!
Here is the entire calendar, month-by-month in PNG form:
If you want to check out last year’s awareness calendar, click here!
It’s around that time of the year again. Pride, Fairfield County will be held this year on June 6th at the same location in Norwalk as last year, on the fields of Mathews Mansion.
Sign up to Volunteer with Triangle Community Center or just come out for a fun day.
Location: Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Date and Time: Saturday, June 10, 12 PM to 8 PM
Free Admission, open to all ages
Find more info here (including information about volunteering): http://www.ctpridecenter.org/pride_2017
NCC never disappoints! We’re here at the Fresh Check Day event in the west campus cafeteria and just as we expected, it’s super lit (really fun and exciting)! There’s tons of booths with a lot of great activities, the music is blasting and everyone is dancing. This is the perfect way to celebrate mental health and to spread awareness about it on campus. This year we’re holding down the uplift booth. When life is busy, it’s hard to remember to take care of yourself… especially as a young adult with everything that’s going on. Practicing self care and wellness can reduce stress and improve your physical and mental health ! Remember to build those healthy behaviors and find things to do for you!
For pics and more from the event, check us out on instagram: turningpointct_org !
LGBTQ youth this is for you!
TCC is hosting a Gay Santa program this December. Its their second time hosting the program. Basically you sign up to receive a gift at a Christmas event on December 21st at the center in Norwalk.
“To qualify to receive a gift from the Gay Santa program, one must:
-identify as LGBTQ
-be in need (homelessness, at-risk, on hard times, etc)
If you or someone you know qualifies for this program, please reach out to TCC staff via phone, email, or in-person.”
To learn more about the event, please click here: http://www.ctpridecenter.org/gay_santa_2016 or contact the program coordinator at TCC @ 203-853-0600 x 103
Introducing Our Newest Blogger: Kelly! – Learn more about Kelly and join her in discussion as she talks about life in college and dealing with anxiety, depression and OCD in her blog, “Daily Life as a College Student.”
She recently shared her inspiring story, which you can find HERE or at https://turningpointct.org/story/kelly-r/. In her story, Kelly tells us about her past and some of her future plans as she sets out to complete college and help other young adults who are struggling with mental illness.
“From getting through a panic attack to resisting the urge to do more than she really should, Kelly has been forthright about her everyday college experience and all the challenges that comes with being a passionate and dedicated student.”
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