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Opinion | Substance Use

The Importance of Integrating Routine Screening for Substance Use in College and University Mental Health Service Settings

Alcohol and other substance use among young adults in general and college students in particular is a significant public health concern. Alcohol and substance use increase with age, tend to peak in young adulthood (i.e., between 18 and 25 years old) and diminish in later adulthood. Recent national statistics indicate…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Opinion | Physical Health

Reflections on health and wellbeing from a first-year college student

When students first go off to college, they bring with them what they’re most interested in. For me, it was participation in many sports and a keen interest in physical health and mental wellbeing.  My name is Owen Chicos, and I’m a rising sophomore at Wake Forest University. I’d like…

MCQ. Issue 26
07/18/2022
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

It Will Take Some Time: Student Engagement After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting the world for three years now. It has disrupted the mental health of students and has changed the face of education. It has been an unprecedented period of transition that we are all still processing, and while mask mandates are lifting and things are…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Opinion | Student Success, College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Reimagining access to college in Roxbury, Massachusetts 

Educators and policymakers have been talking about providing all students access to college and career pathways for decades. The impact of technical training and two-year and four-year degrees on earnings and generational change is undeniable. Yet, progress has been, at best, slow. In Roxbury, Massachusetts, we are trying something different. For…

MCQ. Issue 25
04/25/2022
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

Building Trust: Peer Support on Campus

Peer programs on college campuses have grown in frequency and popularity as anxiety and depression rates in college students continue to rise. Several peer programs exist on my own campus, and serve as an additional space for students to seek mental health support. Programs can range from advocacy and awareness…

MCQ. Issue 24
01/24/2022
Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Activism and Self-Reflection: One Student’s Journey

It was August 2020, and we were five months into quarantine, which meant five months away from campus, and five months of the absent hustle of student organizing. Like many others, quarantine had brought me two main things: stillness and time to reflect. During the months prior, I had many…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Commuter Students Need to Feel Part of the Campus Community – Now More than Ever

For many universities this fall, students will be stepping onto campus for the first time after a lengthy quarantine for in-person instruction. Among them are student commuters. While most students may relish the opportunity to live on campus and socialize with peers, others choose to commute from home for financial…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Time We Wish We Had

I went to a birthday party this August, a few weeks before school started again in-person for the first time since March, 2020. A rising senior, I realized that, with the exception of a few close friends, I probably wouldn’t know most of the people at the party, or at…

MCQ. Issue 23
09/22/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It’s on Us: Improving Student Behavioral Health After the Year that Changed Everything

If ever there was a naturalistic study of the influence of prolonged social isolation, secondary trauma, and learned helplessness on human beings, it was COVID-19.  Similarly, if one wanted to create a therapeutic environment to address these issues, a social-emotional resourced college campus would provide the ideal setting.  As students…

MCQ. Issue 22
07/14/2021
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