Meet Rosie You
Hometown: South Korea
College: College of Human Ecology
Major: Human Development
Spotlight on Mental Health and Wellness
Promoting the health and well-being of all students is foundational for academic and life success. The Student Mental Health Collective works to advocate peer-to-peer discussion in the support and enhancement of student well-being, and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
As part of this discussion, SMHC is speaking to students from across campus to share experiences and helpful tips that support fellow Cornellians and fosters community around collective mental health on campus. This month, we highlight Social Wellness.
What does social wellness mean to you? Why is it important?
I believe that I take a step closer to achieving social wellness when I feel supported and cared for by the people around me. This goes hand in hand with me being able to genuinely care for my loved ones, too. Social wellness to me is so much more than having a certain number of friends or relationships - it's about recognizing the value of my relationships and being able to put effort into strengthening them.
How have you found community at Cornell? What advice do you have for students?
I've found a community at Cornell by exploring many different ones. The group of students, faculties, and even the workers we are exposed to at Cornell is a unique experience, and my best advice would be to take advantage of the diversity!
How do you balance social connections with academics and other priorities in your life?
My first step would be to consider the urgency and importance of each priority. If my role as a friend or a mentor is needed for a person I care for, I usually focus my attention on that relationship, because it is important for me to be there for my friends and family. In the case of a less urgent situation, I tend to find balance by finding a comfortable pausing point in my academics and work life before spending time with my friends.
What clubs are you involved in?
EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service), Best Buddies, aKDPhi
What’s your favorite spot-on campus or place to hang out with friends?
This series was developed on recommendations from Cornell's Mental Health Review.
A wide range of supportive resources are available at mentalhealth.cornell.edu for students in need. An Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. Students in need of professional mental health support can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155 and employees can call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673.