Students who reported poor mental health but did not qualify for a diagnosis were three times more likely to experience academic impairment than students who reported a flourishing mental health state (Keyes et al., 2013). This research suggests that the mere absence of a mental-health disorder does not indicate flourishing mental health, and that positive factors such as social connection, emotional well-being and psychological health can help to protect students from academic impairment.
THE MORE HUMANIZED THE PROFESSORS SEEM, THE BETTER YOU CAN HANDLE UNDERSTANDING WHERE THEY’RE COMING FROM WITH GIVING ASSIGNMENTS, AND THE LESS STRESSED YOU FEEL ABOUT GOING TO TALK TO THEM.
I try to be honest with students that although I’m a professor, and I went to grad school and got a job at UT Austin, I have been in their seats and their space. I have been overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed. So I guess I try to humanize myself and our roles a little bit.