the pressure to be the best creates one moment which could have altered the course of my life forever. Luckily, my suitmate comes back to the apartment, just in time to find me on the floor of my bedroom hysterical with elaborate written out plans of how I would end my life. My suitmate saved my life as snow delicately falls outside our windows. Long story short, I thank God that I’m still here. Experiences like this will never leave my mind, perhaps because it is happening more frequently around me. Compared to years ago, I know that I am seeing more people I care about experience suicidal ideation, attempts, and mental illness. Mental illness is a physiological daily battle, as is any other physical ailment, and should be treated as such. As a young person, stigmas toward these things leave scars on the heart.
Previous arguments have made claims that students drop out of college and are not successful within the college environment because they are simply, “not ready.” Delving deeper into this statement, prior definitions of “not ready,” I find speak strictly to academic readiness (Conley, 2007). Thankfully, research is beginning to shift toward factors not related to cognitive capabilities (Nagaoka et.al, 2013) While academia is the crux of university life, research regarding the mental health and well being of college students has not given much weight to other aspects of the college environment as a potential constituent to student dropout rates. Being “unprepared” has much deeper roots than being academically ready, just as each individual student is much more than just a statistic. Being prepared for college encompasses readiness
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