Posted on May 21, 2019
I guess it was early summer of 2017 that I found out about College Re-Entry. It seemed perfect on paper. It was too good to be true. I’d been home for a while and I needed to get back into the swing of things. This seemed like a perfect way to do it.
I was at Tufts from 2011 through 2015 but I ended up taking two semesters off during those four years. When I was there, I ended up finishing only half the courses that I took.
The first time I left, it was classic depression. I lost interest in everything. I’m a huge soccer player and a big fitness nut and those things weren’t interesting anymore. Class wasn’t interesting either, so I was just like, “screw it.” I mostly stayed in bed and stopped going to class even though it was across the street.
By the time I found out about College Re-Entry, I had been home for a while. I worked at the Apple store for most of 2016 and then was doing odd jobs and stuff like that. I was ready for something else.
College Re-Entry was great for me. I do really well with structure and being told what to do. On a real basic level, one of the things I struggled with at Tufts was structuring my days. Just having something to go to in the city, I commuted every day, and having a structure of different classes throughout the day worked for me. I enjoyed that structure. Throughout the time at College Re-Entry I felt alert, focused and motivated.
It’s kind of weird because when I was at Tufts a few minutes from the classroom, I didn’t feel like I could go in. But when I was so far away, I told myself that I had to invest this time to come in. For whatever reason, I felt more responsibility that I was further away. Also, having like a day made up of a block schedule of classes really worked for me. I felt like I could really focus more on those classes than I could at Tufts.
When I started taking classes this past semester, I tried to replicate what we did at College Re-Entry as far as having a class in the morning and then going to lunch and then doing something like exercise or meditation in the afternoon. When I was at College Re-Entry, I thought they did a really good job of balancing the day so you don’t get overwhelmed with work. You have like good breaks and meditation.
Anna and I definitely talked about my schedule and how to set it up. The basic principle of the whole thing was that I was going to stay on campus and treat it like a 9-to-5 job. I would be there when my first class started and stay through the end of the day to my last class. In between, I would go to the gym, go to lunch, get some studying done. That way when I went home at the end of the day, I left all my studying on campus and I could just go home and relax.
I wanted to go back to college, but I knew I wasn’t ready to go. College Re-Entry was perfect because I needed to get those muscles moving back again.
By Charles, College Re-Entry Student
College Re-Entry helps academically engaged 18-30 year-old college students, who withdraw from their studies due to mental health challenges, return to college and successfully reach their educational goals. If you or someone you know is struggling in school due to mental health challenges, please reach out to our team at College Re-Entry.