by Kurt Klettner
Life is filled with cycles that come in many different forms and can bring about a variety of changes and challenges. In both nature and college we are approaching the end of the spring semester and the beginning of the summer cycle; a time that often brings with it an opportunity to start anew.
Those of you who are preparing to take that long awaited walk of achievement that results in your receiving a degree or formal completion of an academic program are at the beginning of a new cycle in your life that will be marked by an accomplishment that is forever yours to take pride in. Others who are preparing to take the summer off from college may be taking advantage of the opportunity to work so as to replenish bank accounts, spend time with children or possibly take some time to travel and have fun. Still others are preparing to use this summer cycle to take classes and thus get a few more credits entered on their transcript.
A change in life cycles can have a significant affect our emotional and mental wellbeing. Depression, for example, can run in cycles. In the case of those who may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the increase in sunshine found in the summer cycle can bring much desired relief from feelings of depressions. Certain times of the year, such as holidays, can spark an emotional response. Participating in summer related activities can allow for a diversion which may temporarily lesson feelings of depression; while other traditional summer activities such as family reunions and having the children at home all summer can add to the stress factor.
I hope that you have a joyful, relaxing, productive and safe summer; however in the event you find yourself desiring counseling support you may contact the Student Counseling Center during regular office hours throughout the summer semester and we will arrange for a time for you and I to talk.