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I used to feel awkward going to these events alone, but I always met new people and felt better.....

Mental Health struggles affect international students in a different way compared to domestic students. We come from different cultures with different mental health taboos/experiences. Reach out when you feel symptoms. I know it’s hard, but I believe in you. Call or visit the Counseling Center. Tell your friends, ask them to go seek help with you. I felt intimidated to go to the Counseling Center on campus. When my

friend offered to go with me, I felt safe and less scared and received the help I needed at the moment.

However, talking about your feelings and struggles with others helps, a lot. Talk to your international

friends, American friends, professors, and co-workers. You will find out that even though these people

come from a different background than you, they are probably going through similar struggle. The connection you spark with others through similar struggles pulls two people closer; you also feel less alone and less drained. Also, go to the Intercultural Center activities and talk to people. I used to feel awkward going to these events alone, but I always met new people and felt better afterward. They are usually fun and free. The students and staff always put great effort into these events, and I always learn something new from then little activities about other cultures. I also feel less homesick when I am with other international students. I can share my genuine feelings, and other people get it without feeling sorry for me.


Peijun Cai '21 is from Guangzhou, China.