Meet Patrick | Huskers Keep Growing
Meet Husker Patrick Baker, Political Science and Global Studies.
Patrick shares how he has been able to grow since his freshman year and feel more connected to the campus community.
Watch more student stories and learn about campus resources to support your emotional well-being on the Big Red Resilience & Well-being website: https://go.unl.edu/huskerskeepgrowing.
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[00:00:12.250]My name is Patrick. I'm a senior from Maryville, Missouri,
[00:00:15.080]and I'm studying political science and global studies.
[00:00:18.500]My involvement with Big Red Resilience and Well-Being
[00:00:20.770]started last year.
[00:00:21.730]When I reached out to the organization to see how I could
[00:00:24.860]help students interact more with mental health resources
[00:00:27.470]on campus and online.
[00:00:29.890]I think the time that I was struggling the most
[00:00:32.060]over the past couple of years with my own mental health,
[00:00:34.240]was my freshman year.
[00:00:35.750]I lived in the dorms, but I wasn't really involved.
[00:00:38.300]I didn't have a big community here at UNL to fall back on
[00:00:41.510]and talk about my mental health with.
[00:00:43.510]I talked to a Big Red Resilience and Well-Being Ambassador
[00:00:46.360]who really coached me and talked me through a couple of
[00:00:49.080]different ways that I could get involved on campus
[00:00:51.420]and support my own mental health.
[00:00:53.790]I'm so glad that I reached out and talked to somebody
[00:00:55.960]about my mental health.
[00:00:56.950]It's made a huge difference, not only in my academic life,
[00:01:00.040]but my personal and social life, as well.
[00:01:04.120]I feel like I'm a part of the Husker community because when
[00:01:06.500]I walk across campus, I see so many faces that I know.
[00:01:10.050]It's so nice to see people that I know care about me,
[00:01:12.580]support me, and that I'm involved with
[00:01:14.160]in so many different ways.
[00:01:15.540]Going from a student that was not involved at all,
[00:01:17.860]to someone that's now serving within his student government.
[00:01:21.020]It's been a complete transformation and I don't even
[00:01:23.250]recognize my freshmen self and my freshmen personality.
[00:01:27.710]The biggest advice that I have for students to take care of
[00:01:30.080]their mental health and emotional wellbeing is don't be
[00:01:32.770]afraid to reach out.
[00:01:33.690]We have a lot of organizations on campus that are
[00:01:36.880]prioritizing and focusing strictly on improving students'
[00:01:40.750]Going out and finding those resources can make a big
[00:01:43.340]difference in your life.
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