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Social, Emotional & Cultural Resources

This category contains resources to support mentors and mentees with social, emotional, and cultural resources for adjusting to new situations after high school.

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Celebrating Successes
Punishing ourselves for bad behavior usually comes very naturally to us. It doesn’t matter how small the screw-up was, it's easy to feel guilty or stupid or ashamed. For some reason, we’re not as fast to celebrate ourselves. Put it a...
Making a Self-Care Plan
Strengths-based Thinking
Are you someone who thinks a lot about your strengths, or about your weaknesses? It's great to be aware of what you need to learn, but it's also important to notice and celebrate your strengths. Too much of a focus on your weaknesses is cal...
Culture Shock: Finding Sources of Strength
Adjusting to a new culture can be draining and isolating, and that is especially true if you are adjusting to a campus where you are in the minority.  Finding friends, allies, and groups who share aspects of your home culture can allow you ...
Am I supposed to be here? When you feel like an impostor on campus
Everyone here seems smarter than me, and they’re so confident. Did my university make a mistake? Maybe they meant to send my acceptance letter to another person with the same name. Did I just get lucky?  As a college student, th...
Missing home: how to cope when you're away from home for the first time
Whether you're taking a gap year, or away at college, feeling homesick is a huge part of leaving home for the first time. Below, hear from Humboldt University Senior Rachel Itza Souza on how hard it was to be away from home, and what she learned...
Coming home for Summer Break
Maybe thoughts of coming home and spending time with your family and friends got you through the year away. And hopefully coming home will feel easy and good. But it's also natural for any college student to feel conflicted during their f...
You are worth it: taking care of your emotional health
Watch as Imade Nibokun of depressedwhileblack.com   explains how she "thought depression was a white person's disease," and why it's so important that all of us to take care of our emotional health. Then, keep reading to get ...
Self-care is not selfish
"Caring for yourself is not self-indulgent. It's an act of survival."  - Audrey Lorde  Maybe you find yourself putting everyone else's needs first. Or maybe you are working so hard that you find yourself running on ...
Getting along with your roommate
Most people who live at college wind up having a roommate. And whether you’re literally sharing a bedroom with another person, or just sharing an apartment, living with a roommate is a whole new world compared to living with your parents. No...
Building friendships without breaking the bank
Adapted from Propeller Collective's guest writer Molly Love   Dinner at Taco Bell and a double feature at the dollar theater was a typical night out with friends in my two-square-mile hometown near Detroit. Then, when I started my fresh...
Talking about mental health with your mentee
Unlike physical health challenges – like scrapes and cuts or the flu – mental illness often remains unseen. And because we can’t always see mental health challenges, it’s important that we feel comfortable having conversat...