Increase in mental health services when students struggle to adapt to life at home

Maximus Bean

As Thanksgiving Break approaches, it is important to remember that not everyone has the same advantages at home compared to what they have on campus. While we should keep these inequalities in mind, we should also hold that due to the incoming return, some people are less eager than others to go home.

“Why should I have to cook when I get meals from the café every day?” Chip Baker ’25 said. “My family is gonna expect me to actually contribute and make something for Thanksgiving! Can’t we just get fast food?” As a first-year, Baker receives (mandatory) unlimited swipes at the café. As a consequence, weaning students off of the meal plan will be more difficult than the administration would imagine. This is only part of the reason why Thanksgiving break is implemented. The main reason, however, is that the break is an excellent way to relax after a semester of chaos. Of course, when I say this, I am referring to the professors – who after all, work just as hard as the students. Incidentally, I’d appreciate extra credit if there are any professors reading this.

“I’m looking forward to the break,” Professor Harding Workman said. “It gives me a chance to sit back, relax and wait for my students to write that seven-page essay I gave them.” With finals coming up soon, students still have much to do to prepare. Whatever ease they may find during this break will be shattered by an onslaught of exams, essays and reports during the following weeks. It is an amalgamation of these issues that lead students to flood the Mental Health Services facilities on campus. I’d add a statement from one of the on-campus counselors here, but I’ve been barred from seeing anybody. I can’t help that I scheduled ten consecutive sessions to tell them my life story. However, they didn’t see a cause for my rampant narcissism. It turned out I was perfectly healthy the whole time!

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