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Understanding student depression: How you can help

Renée Morrison Depression can happen to anyone at any time, but college students dealing with an onslaught of new life stressors are particularly at risk. Feeling overwhelmed from time to time is normal, but a student may be suffering from depression if they exhibit...

How to help students feel comfortable with public speaking

Staff writers Stage fright is super common for lots of people, but especially among students who may find themselves frequently being asked to give presentations or perform in front of a crowd. The problem is, students don’t know how to get over the fear. In a 2011...

Try this quick body scan meditation to melt away your stress

Jon Krop This is not just a pop song lyric; it’s also excellent mindfulness advice. (“Put your pinky rings up to the moon”? Less so.) As I’ve said before, when we feel anxiety or some other unpleasant emotion, we tend to flinch away and resist. Unfortunately, this...

How to talk to students about sexting

Chamonix Adams Porter Sexting—digitally sharing sexually explicit messages or pictures—has become a common part of young people’s lives. While estimates of the prevalence of sexting vary, a study involving 1,650 first-year undergraduates at a large southeastern...

How to help students who feel like an impostor fit in and thrive

Chelsey Taylor The issue Many college students experience the impostor phenomenon—a feeling that they got into this university or program through luck rather than ability and effort. Certain student populations are especially vulnerable: first-generation students,...

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