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For many young adults, the reality of heading off to college for the first time may be very different than what they had planned in their heads. Where they expected instant friends and easy grades, they may find that meeting new people is difficult and classes are more challenging. These challenges can have a negative effect on their mental health and self esteem.  In the midst of a mental health epidemic on college campuses across the country, many young adults try...

The majority of college students do not graduate in four years, whether it is due to changing majors, dropping courses, taking time off, or changing expectations of the curriculum. The high school-to-college pipeline is responsible for 30% of college students dropping out during their first year. By year six, 56% of students have dropped out. It is natural for college dropouts to feel like they have given up on their goals, but shame around dropping out of college can lead...

From birth, childhood development is deeply influenced by the people around them. Babies learn to smile from the adults who smile at them. Toddlers learn how to handle a problem with guidance from their adults. Teenagers learn about healthy relationships from watching the relationships in their adults’ lives. Family and environment form so much of our personality, from our interests and hobbies to our core beliefs. And it’s not just limited to the immediate family such as parents, but influence...

If you’ve spent some time in a kitchen, you remember the early days when you were first learning to cook. Questioning, testing, probably some burning. And you also know that as you continued to spend time in the kitchen, that uncertainty began to fade away and you started to find your place in your cooking. Food is physical fuel, but it also has strong connections to our emotions as well. For some, the act of cooking can even feel therapeutic.  A...

Deciding to drop out of college can be a huge life event for young adults. It can be incredibly emotional with feelings of failure, shame, or fear. It is important to remember that dropping out of school is not the end of the world. Some young adults may just need a break to regroup and refocus on their goals. Other young adults may find that college was not the right fit for them, but a career path or a trade...

Think about the last time you went to the beach. Picture the sunlight reflecting off of the water. Imagine the sounds of the waves. Feel the sun warming your skin and the sand beneath your toes. Chances are, just by imagining that time you spent at the beach, you felt yourself relax. Maybe your breath got a little deeper or your shoulders softened. This is the power of nature. Being in nature connects us to our surroundings, but it also...

A hike through the forest can make you feel connected to nature. The sounds of the waves during a beach run can be relaxing. We know that physical activity can have a positive effect on our overall mental health, but can being in nature provide even more benefits? Why Stay Active? Regular physical activity can help young adults improve cardiorespiratory fitness, build strong bones and muscles, and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Students who are physically active tend to have better...

Most young people have heard the term “BFF- Best Friends Forever”. It describes a commitment between friends that promises they’ll always be friends no matter what. And while this is a lovely sentiment, and there are some people who stay BFFs, the reality is that there will be times in your life when you no longer need to stay in a friendship. When this happens, it’s important to know when and how to let a friend go. Five Signs You’ve Outgrown...