January is a time for a fresh start. It's a new year, you have a new set of classes, and you have resolved to do as well as possible in 2018. Did you know that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to help others? A great way to do this is to join a student organization that has a mission of service to the larger world. Doing so will have many benefits, including:
• Learning more about yourself. Find your strengths and test your knowledge in a real-world environment
• Building your people skills. Learning to work well and connect with others is important not just in the workplace but for your long-term health and happiness. A student organization is a great environment in which to practice giving and receiving advice and improving your abilities to work as part of a team
• Decreasing symptoms of depression. Some 40 studies show that volunteering can decrease depression symptoms, and one survey of more than 3,000 volunteers showed that 94% of participants reported that volunteering improved their mood.
Keep in mind that college is a time to test both your academic abilities and your abilities to work with others. Finding a balance between the two, while doing work that makes a positive difference in the world is an experience that will have lasting benefits and help you shape a meaningful future. If you think your mental health needs more than the benefits of volunteering, check it at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/mott