University Student Thoughts
by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Posted: November 25, 2013 | Last Updated: November 25, 2013
I am currently writing a blog series about student affairs at universities (click here to be brought to the start of the blog series). Over the last few months I have noticed some common themes amongst many students. I have added some of these, while protecting student privacy and confidentiality.
There are some common issues amongst university students.
- Gossip: Talk about other students instead of speaking to each other about ideas, solutions, knowledge, activities, the world;
- Mental health: Getting outside and being active for an hour+ a day used to be a great coping mechanism. Now that physical activity has all but disappeared from many individual’s lives, many cannot effectively cope as they have no release. Instead, things build up and a sign is mental illnesses and ailments;
- Technology: Students are becoming addicted to the internet and the use of technology. Technology has many positive impacts and benefits for individuals, communities, and the larger society. However, when one’s idea of fun is watching 3 hours of YouTube videos instead of going for a walk, hanging out with friends, reading a novel/book for fun, or going to take pictures, we have an issue.
I think for those that work at universities/colleges and/or the family and friends of students, must act as positive and good role models for students. University staff and faculty must model the behaviours they want and expect of students. Speaking about ideas and visions instead of gossiping about other students and university employees. Going for walks on lunch breaks. Having walk-and-talk meetings instead of meetings sitting around tables. Limiting internet usage during working days. Finding other ways, insead of just email and social media, to engage and interact with students.
We must start today! Why? Tomorrow may be the tipping point where it is too late, where individuals have gone too far down the gossip-lack-of-coping-technology-addiction road to get them back.
More Positive News
The above is not necessarily the most positive. It is positive in the sense that there is room for much growth and improvement in the services and programs offered to students to support growth and development.
This blog post would not be well balanced without a perspective from the other side. Not, just what is ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’ about students. Also, the more positives. There are many. Much more than the above mentioned items. For a list of some of the more positive, can visit this blog post: This is the Generation (click here).
A Call To Action
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Based on your interest in this blog post, you may also wish to read: Student Services – A Journey.
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog