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Tips for Surviving College (With a Mental Illness)

Don’t compare yourself to other students. Just don’t do it. Because of your mental health, there will always be things that are more difficult for you than other students. Waking up early, keeping track of assignments, staying focused and motivated, socializing outside of class, joining clubs. All of these are things that can be harder for students with mental illness. It’s important to just pay attention to yourself and make sure you’re meeting the goals you set for yourself.

Walk as much as you can. Go for short walks around campus, walk to class instead of taking the bus or driving, walk around the library in between studying. Just get up and walk. It’s important to get in exercise where you can and walking is a great way to boost endorphins.

Know the attendance policy for each of your classes. Within the first week of class try to figure out how each professor takes attendance. Is it at the beginning of class, end of class? Is there a seating chart (seriously) or is it just writing in your name? Is there a daily quiz? Perfect attendance isn’t always attainable so it’s important to know not only how many days you can miss or be late, but how you can get around that. If you’re just having a bad mental health day it’s good to know when you can get a friend to sign you in so you don’t lose attendance points.

Have a “backup buddy” in each of your classes. On the first day of class or at least before the first test, make sure you get the phone number and email of two classmates. Not only is it good to meet new people, these are the people who will be your lifeline. Did you miss class or just completely zone out and need the notes? Do you need someone to sign you in? Did you abandon your bullet journal and forget all of the due dates? It’s crucial that you have TWO people you can reach (in case one or the other can’t help you) when you have a question you can’t ask your professor.

Know your professors!!! Introduce yourself first day of class (so it can be short and sweet) or go during office hours (so there aren’t a lot of people). Professors are a lot more willing to help you out if you’ve at least tried to establish a relationship with them. You’ll be closer with some more than others but if you ever have to send out a panicked email it’s important your professor can put a face to the name. If you ever have an emergency and need an extension it’s a lot more likely to get one this way. Bonus: also get to know your TA or GA if they’re the ones grading your assignments.

Take your medicine, see your therapist/psychiatrist. College is too stressful to go without the medical treatment that you need. If you can’t afford treatment, most universities have counseling clinics where you can get free or cheap treatment from grad students. Many university health centers also have psychiatrists you can see cheaply. At my university I see a grad student LPC for free and get to see a psychiatrist for $10 an appointment. Your therapist can also write letters in case your professor or school needs proof of treatment or anything like that.

Register with your school’s disability services. I’ve met a lot of students with depression or anxiety who had no idea that disability could apply to them. Mental illness is a disability! Registering with Disability is invaluable. You can get access to tutoring, support groups, peer mentors, and most importantly: accommodations. If you get really bad test anxiety you can arrange to take your test privately either proctored by someone in disability services or in your professor’s office. Extensions can sometimes be made for assignments in case you have an emergency like a panic attack or other life disrupting episode. 

Whether you need accommodation or not, I strongly urge you to register with disability in case something happens. If you need to drop your classes or were unable to and end up failing because of your health, being registered with disability can mean your bad semester can be “forgiven,” essentially meaning you can go on medical leave.

Have a family member or friend for a support system. Outside of your therapist or DS, have someone who you can vent to. Have someone to buy you ice cream and tell you everything is going to be okay. Have someone who can tell you you’re beautiful and perfect the way you are, whether that’s your mom or even someone on tumblr. There are people all around who care about you.

Know that you are wonderful and brave and have already accomplished so much just by getting into college. About 1 in 4 adults have a mental illness: you are not alone. Even if it might feel like you’re the only one having a hard time, there are hundreds of students all around you going through the same thing. 

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This needs to signal boosted. I attended this school my freshman year and was met with excessive amounts of racism due to my Tsalagi heritage. As a fellow Tsalagi, and an ex student of this school, this really hits home for me. Please get the word out so she is able to wear her earned feather during commencement.

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You know what would be awesome? Having multiple spawns in zoos, it would boost attendance and would help go towards helping REAL animals. Because zoos often have a conservation program where a portion of admission, or through donation that helps real endangered animals.

Like by catching fake animals you are helping real animals.

🎀 8 ways to boost sorority morale! 🎀

Q: I was hoping that you could give me ideas on ways to boost chapter attendance and morale? Thanks!

A: To boost attendance, you probably need a Points System to make members accountable. Your chapter can award points for good behavior and/or give points and fines for negative behavior like not attending meetings and events. A program of responsibility is vital for the functioning of your chapter. 

Beyond management of your sister’s mandatory attendance is the issue of chapter morale. That’s the heart of your sisterhood. High morale makes girls want to be happily involved. Here some some tips for keeping spirits elevated, which leads to increased participation ………

🎀 8 KEY WAYS TO BOOST CHAPTER MORALE: 🎀 

  • Give your sisters reason to believe! Every member needs something bigger than herself to believe in. Each sister should know your sorority’s mission statement, vision, purpose, creed and shared values. The sorority’s founding principles are what strengthens your sisterhood strong through good times and bad. Helping others through philanthropy work also boosts your chapter’s purpose on campus. 
  • Show your sisters you care! Every member’s birthday should be celebrated with a post on the chapter’s social media. Recognizing sisterhood accomplishments and awards should be a regular occurrence. Gifts, treats, surprises, pampering, spoiling and member appreciation should be a part of each semester. If your sorority shows how much they love their sisters, the individual members will respond in kind. When she is loved, a sister will do anything for the organization. Goodwill generates goodwill in return. Make sure your sisters are crazy happy and your organization will reap the rewards. 
  • Recognize the good in your chapter! Honor the best and the brightest in your sisterhood. Chapters can’t be only about rules, standards and punishments. Give ‘sister of the month’ awards, generously give academic awards, support the outside activities of each member, promote and praise all the wonderful things the sisters do on campus. Use social media to boost your sisterhood “bragging." 
  • Give fringe benefits! Whenever possible, encourage alumnae to host events at their lovely homes, invite guest speakers and performers to your sorority house, give gifts from parents who are willing to share products with the chapter. Any little extra niceties that your sorority can spoil their members with, will keep pride in your organization strong. Maybe an alum has a mountain or beach home which would be perfect for a new member retreat. Serve holiday meals, host sisterhood socials, plan elegant formals, etc… If every occasion is treated as a special experience for the sisters, the membership will appreciate it. 
  • Make wise leadership choices! Give as many sisters a chance at holding office as possible. Many members just need a break when they either run for a position or volunteer. Spread the opportunities around. If the same handful of girls dominate the e-board year after year, the chapter becomes stale. Fresh ideas and new perspectives are what keep a sorority going. 
  • Bring on the fun! A sisterhood that plays together, stays together! To balance the meetings and sometimes dull requirements, a chapter can’t forget about the good times. Costumes, themes, socials, mixers, balls, trips, crafts, events and more are all ways to add fabulous fun to your organization. All work and no play makes for a dull greek life. Even the most laid back chapter can have crazy times in their own way. Don’t let obligations totally drown out relaxing, silly fun.
  • Let more voices be heard! Morale sinks when members feel they have no input, no control and they are just being bossed around. Sisters are not mindless drones! Offer discussion time after chapter meetings, create an anonymous "suggestions” box, host sharing times and play games which allow sisters to speak out. Delegate tasks, encourage everyone to participate, listen to different viewpoints and your sisters will have more invested in the chapter’s success. 
  • Little things help too! Even small changes can brighten your sister’s attitudes. Have a mini-meeting everyday via social media, share an 'inspiration of the day,’ switch the meeting schedule once in awhile, meet in a different location a few times a year, say 'thank you’ to sisters frequently, remind the chapter 'why’ you are a sorority, let sisters talk when they need to vent, fix little annoyances that need fixing, redecorate or add a fresh coat of paint to the chapter room, organize something out of the ordinary. Each and every small improvement keeps your chapter out of a rut.  

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