When first-year student Jordyn Roel selected classes for the fall semester, a one-credit course called "Mindfulness as a College Success Tool" caught her eye.
Roel, who is studying biomedical sciences, had tried meditation and journaling practices on her own and enrolled in the class to learn more about improving her mental health and living in the present.
Now at the midpoint of the semester, Roel said she is less stressed compared to her peers because of the course taught by Karen Gipson.
"As a new college student, living away from home and dealing with high-stress situations would have put me in a very dark corner a while ago, but I am proud of the progress I have made," Roel said. "I am grateful for both the good and bad situations in life and feel more confident living on my own, separated from family."