Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I am a 3/4 Chemical Engineering major from East Hanover, NJ. I am on the varsity Track and Field Team, participate in Student Government, and am a sister of Sigma Delta Tau Sorority. From my time at Stevens, I have grown a lot as an individual. I’ve learned a lot about what I need to be successful, what I like and don’t like, and most importantly, when to ask for help.
When I came to Stevens, I was so excited about this new chapter in my life, but I was also really anxious. I was away from home for the first time, and college was so different than what I was used to. I was so accustomed to the way things were that the thought of starting over scared me so much. I was also really nervous about balancing athletics and school, but didn’t want to admit it. So, although I put on a brave face to my friends, behind closed doors I was struggling. The turning point for me came when a friend came to me and expressed that she too had been feeling really anxious. It finally dawned on me that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way, and that by talking to other people about the way I was feeling, I could relieve a lot of the stress I had been carrying around.
So, I made an appointment with a therapist at Stevens’ Counseling And Psychological Services (CAPS) to talk about how I was feeling. I told her all the things I was too afraid to tell anyone else, and believe it or not, it felt so good to say those things out loud. After my first appointment, I came back several times to continue to talk to a counselor about how I was doing. And ever since then, I have been a staunch advocate for mental health and asking for help.
It is completely normal to not be okay sometimes. The important thing to remember is that there are so many people who want to help you, and that recognizing when you need help is a sign of strength. Maybe that means talking to your peer leader or a friend. Maybe that means seeing our CAPS department. Maybe that means submitting a care report for yourself or a friend. Either way, asking for help is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the people around you. You should never feel like your mental health is something to be ashamed of. It is just as important as your physical health, if not more.
CAPS Contact: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 201.216.5177
To Submit a Care Report: go to your MyStevens, click “Report a Concern”, then click “Care Report”
Victoria Agaliotis, Chemical Engineering