I spent last weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota at the Northern Plains NACA Conference. My first time stepping outside the fraternity marketing to reach out to college students. NACA stands for the National Association of Campus Activities. Interesting concept, at this regional conference just over 800 student delegates and their advisors attended to watch and listen to showcases (15 minute sample) of musicians, bands, comedians, magicians, hypnotists and speakers like myself.
It’s so easy to get stuck and feel totally trapped when you’re in college. Even though it’s been quite a few years, I remember it well. So much pressure with studies, work and relationships. And getting ready to make the big leap to the real world where you will ultimately be responsible. Exciting and scary at the same time. If you don’t learn good habits and how to deal with stress in college, it will only get worse when you’re on your own.
Whether you are a college athlete, in a fraternity or sorority, a student government officer or working and going to school, the load of your schedule can quickly become overwhelming. And when overwhelming hits, it can lead to the “Why am I here,” or “What am I supposed to be doing now?” brain burnout.
There is a lot of emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse, but not early enough focus on what is causing it…the stress caused by the desire to fit in, or numb out and hide. The manifestation of the stress can lead to drug and alcohol, it also leads to eating disorders, cutting, promiscuity, abusive relationships and more. This isn’t a single path these students are following. They head in whatever direction feels good when they don’t.
Lori with UCCS Chancellor’s Leadership Class Wow! That’s all I can say. I had such an incredible day today. I was invited to be the guest speaker for UCCS Chancellor’s Leadership Class and what a special group of college students this was. We discussed the seven key areas of life that we need to balance. After […]