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Ever since I arrived at Dartmouth, I've been fortunate to participate in meaningful discussions about the importance of mental health rights and advocacy. The emphasis on mental well-being in this environment has been a refreshing change from my high school experience, where discussions around mental health were often muted or overlooked.

For me, seeking help for mental reasons was not something that came easily. However, the supportive atmosphere at Dartmouth made me reconsider this notion. The fact there were readily available resources encouraged me to take a step I might not have in the past: pursue counseling services.

It was in the middle of last year's winter term when I finally decided to explore counseling services at Dartmouth. The proximity of the college's medical center, Dick's House, to my residence, and the fact that these services were offered free of charge, were significant motivators. I took the leap, and it marked the beginning of a transformative journey.

From the mid-winter term to the end of the spring term, I engaged in counseling services at Dartmouth. I was grappling with various challenges, including adjusting to an unfamiliar environment, dealing with culture shock, addressing my eating habits, and reflecting on my overall experiences at Dartmouth. The support and guidance I received during counseling helped me navigate these issues.

College counseling services played a pivotal role in my life during that time. It allowed me to think critically about my experiences, understand my positionality on campus, and develop mindful eating habits. Most importantly, it taught me to be gentle with myself as I went through the process of adjustment and self-discovery.

I am immensely grateful for the accessibility of counseling services at Dartmouth. My experience with counseling services has empowered me to address my mental health concerns and personal growth in ways I never thought possible. It made me realize that prioritizing well-being is not only acceptable but essential. The support I received has allowed me to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. It has instilled in me a profound appreciation for the importance of mental health advocacy, both within the Dartmouth community and beyond.

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