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The topic I choose was "Love Yourself First: A Path to Mental Well-being." My presentation is based off learning to love yourself and mental health because I think it is very difficult to learn how to deal with mental health and I think it starts with learning to love yourself. An article written by AdmissionSight talks about navigating college life and how to learn to love yourself as a student. It talks about how college is a time of change with new experiences, challenges, and opportunities. Students struggle with their self-esteem and self-worth but have to learn to achieve small goals and engage in self-care activities such as exercise, mediation, and surrounding yourself with people that bring you joy (AdmissionSight, 2023). A study done by Mary Ellen Flannery, found that rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation on college campuses have never been higher. Stress is a huge factor of why students start to have mental-health issues and aren't able to do as good in school (Flannery, 2023). According to Work Life Balance there are many physical effects of stress and stress can affect our moods and behaviors. This article discusses the many ways to prioritize self-care in college. For example, having mental check-ins and prioritizing time management (Work Life Balance). According to the book “The Mental Health Crisis on College Campuses," campuses need to change and set new expectations for students to help their mental health (Glasscote, 1973). Many students are unaware of the things Cortland's campus has to offer. There are many resources they provide to help students with situations like this. One resource is the Counseling center. The goal of my lesson is to teach students ways to love themself and to not be discouraged by mental health but to learn to work through it and find the correct help.


College experience, student life, COR 101, campus involvement, self care