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A Glass Box of Emotions

A Glass Box of Emotions

Dear Students,

As we head into the last week of class for possibly the strangest semester ever, I want to check in with you and talk about your health, specifically your mental health. Here are just a few of the challenges I've heard about:

  • focusing on school, work, or sometimes anything at all
  • creating and keeping a routine
  • getting enough (or any) physical activity
  • staying connected
  • finding motivation

The biggest takeaway I have from talking to students is that there is no normal feeling for right now — it's all over the place for different people (cue Ron Burgundy's glass box of emotions) or even for yourself day-to-day. And that's okay. In fact, here are just a few of the emotions I've heard students feel, even within the same day: grief and isolation; gratitude and hope; anger and loss of control; humor and joy; and uncertainty and anxiety. The list goes on, and all are valid.

Sometimes we just need and want to sit in those feelings to give them a name, especially the uncomfortable feelings. When you're ready to think about next steps, read on for ideas:

We all care about you, each and every one of you.

Dr. Vanden Bout

Joke: The numbers 19 and 20 got in a fight. 21.

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