Name: Sophie Diemler
School: West Virginia University
Major: Psychology with a minor in French!
Fav thing about your campus: I love how everyone at my school is proud to be from West Virginia or at least to be attending school here. I love my beautiful home state of WV and it just makes me really happy that we all come together to show the world what West Virginia is made of and what we’re capable of doing!
Dream Job: I’d love to do something either with fashion or with promoting and advocating for mental health and wellness. So basically, continuing working with WYL would be a dream come true for me.
What is your connection to mental illness?
I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember, and I’ve also dealt with seasonal affective disorder in the past few years. I didn’t realize how important mental health was until I let my anxiety get out of control. When I finally realized that my mental health was just as important and crucial as my physical health, I took the steps necessary to be kind to myself and really look after myself.
How do you deal with stress from school?
For me, a staple in dealing with stress from school is to take some time to do something I love! Whether that be listening to one of my favorite albums, watching a good movie, spending time outside, or hanging out with friends, I think a good way to handle stress is to give yourself some time to breathe and do something that makes you happy.
What does your campus do to help students' mental health?
My campus has a really great counseling center filled with lots of professionals that are caring and want to help the students out. They offer one on one counseling sessions, as well as group therapy. My campus also has a great program called WellWVU that tries to promote mental health as well as all around wellness. Usually before finals week each semester, they offer many different events to help students de-stress and be well taken care of.
Do you have any school year self care tips to share with other students?
Something to remember while being in school is that your grades do not define you. Do the best you can and be the best version of yourself that you can be, that’s all you can ask for. Also, if you don’t know know what you want to major in or what career you want for the rest of your life, that’s okay. Take some classes that interest you and really get to know yourself. You’ll figure it out eventually, take all the time you need!