The topic I chose to teach my students was mindfulness and wellbeing. I chose this topic because as a college student, especially a first-year student, it is so easy to forget to take care of yourself. To really be successful, you have to put yourself first. So many college students burn themselves out, forgetting that they are a person first, before a student. According to the American Institute of Stress, 8 in 10 college students experience frequent bouts of stress. Stress can have negative impacts on students mentally, physically, and emotionally, causing poor health and decreased quality of life. Taking wellbeing into account can significantly improve how students feel. Students who practiced mindfulness and meditation in the form of college credit displayed lower stress and improved quality of life, showing that allotting time for general wellbeing is not only beneficial, but necessary (Martin et al., 2022). Taking a look at the aspects of wellbeing and focusing on varying facets of health like sleep, nutrition, and physical activity can change a students perspective, or maybe even their life. It’s necessary for students to have the knowledge and resources to take care of themselves, and my goal was to teach them just how important it is that they put themselves first.
College experience, student life, COR 101, campus involvement, wellness, stress management, mindfulness