By Abigail Balderson
COLLEGE life can be some of the toughest times in a young person’s life. Dealing with classes, peers,and new self-freedom can be overwhelming.
Going from the structured schedule of high school where there was always someone to guide you to being responsible for all of your own work on your own time.
Or even at home, leaving to live on your own and being responsible for the simple things like getting groceries can be new.
For many college students this is something that can be isolating. Support systems that used to be around all of the time now may be hours away.
Taking care of yourself when stresses pile up too high is very important. And self-care isn’t as intimidating as it may seem, it doesn’t always mean something like talking to a therapist.
Coping skills come in all shapes and sizes. It could be anything from taking some deep breaths, going on a walk or buying a new book.
Bottom line. It’s something to give yourself a little extra boost throughout your day or week; a pick-me-up.
Here’s what some students on campus say are their go-to “pick-me-ups”:
Lauren Rettig, Professional Writing major, graduating 2024
“I like watching TV or movies to cheer myself up, usually comedies so I can laugh a lot. I watch ‘Ratatouille’ when I’m sad but when I don’t have time for a movie I watch ‘Futurama.’ ”
Emma Moyer, Environmental Horticulture major, graduating 2024
“My go-to pick-me-up is getting a Starbucks cold brew. There’s not a specific reason why, it just makes me happy having something that I enjoy.”
Colin Kane, Intelligence Analysis major, graduating 2026
“I’d have to go with talking to my mom. She always knows what to say and how to cheer me up so I’m really thankful for her. She lives an hour and forty-five minutes away, so I’ll usually call her.”
Sarah Foerster, Accounting major, graduating 2025
“I’d say my go-to is listening or singing to music, because it allows me to express my emotions and relieve stress.”
Natalie Neiman, Nursing major, class of 2025
“My go-to pick-me-up would definitely have to be listening to music because it puts me in a better mood for the day or whatever I have to do.”
By Abigail Balderson, a sophomore, majoring in Literary and Textual Studies