This year, I have seen that many students struggle with mental health. Not all of them do, but many do. I struggle with it myself, and the struggles started in college. My heart hurts for these young people who live in an even more anxious time than the one I went to in college.
Students today are under an incredible amount of pressure. They face high student debt along with many other worries.
One student this semester submitted an assignment in the English class I teach that he had posted "unprofessional" things on Facebook when he was 14! My heart breaks for these young people, many of whom don't know what it's like to make mistakes in a small way, rather than in front of so many unforgiving people online.
It is so easy now to spend most of the day looking at a screen. Thankfully, it's spring and we also feel drawn to walking outdoors and looking at the flowers and green on the leaves. I encourage you, my neighbors, especially the young ones, to enjoy the world around you.