Episode 87: Meditation for College Students, Interview with Yael Shy

November 30, 2017
Yael Shy on the College Student Success Podcast

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Key Info for this Podcast: 

Join Yael and I today as we discuss:
  1. A little bit on Yael and what she does at NYU, as well as how she got started in meditation
  2. What is meditation?
  3. Different types of meditation techniques
  4. What can it be used for, with evidence that supports its benefits
  5. Why in particular can college students benefit from learning meditation techniques
  6. How can meditation help us in our quest to achieve goals that are important to recovery
  7. What can faculty do to support students to be more meditative in their schoolwork
  8. Where can people learn more about Yael and the work she’s involved with
Websites/Links Referenced on the Show:
Home Exercise:
  1. Pick a goal, something you want that matters to you. Write it down, and better yet, tell someone you’re close to about it to help with accountability.
  2. Write down a plan for your goal. List out the steps, assign a deadline to the first step. Put that step on your To-Do List.
  3. Take one step this week to “find your tribe.” If you’re already new to a tribe this semester, do one thing to strengthen your ties with that new tribe.
  4. Ask for some help related to your goal.
  5. Do research related to your goal. What do you need to learn more about in order to work more efficiently, save money, and/or become more effective at achieving your goal. There’s always something we can learn that can help!
  6. Reach out to one of your instructors for something you need. It could be related to your academic goals, or maybe it’s something about a personal goal that can be helped by networking.
  7. Do an 80/20 analysis on your goal. Are the efforts you are putting in giving you the maximum amount of return? If not, consider alternatives.
  8. Explore your campus for resources that might be relevant in your goal pursuits. Perhaps there is some program or group or club that you were unaware existed! Explore your school’s website, talk to other students with similar interests, spend some time looking at the school bulletin boards for opportunities.
  9. Take a week and reflect on your goal progress, or lack thereof. Just observe, note how you feel, and don’t pass judgement either way. Try to stay in the moment this week, and perhaps reach out to learn more about some type of mindfulness practice.
  10. Check in on goal progress (2/3 of the way done with the semester), and attempt to create some planned happenstance in your life over the next week!
  11. Don’t take a MH Day for the sake of it, but keep it in your Wellness Toolbox, and/or add it to your WRAP plan for future use if you think it’s a viable strategy that makes sense for your recovery.
  12. Enjoy time off with friends and family.
  13. Plan out ways to wrap up your goal if achievement is in sight! Also check out different programs on campus related to mindfulness, meditation, and other practices that can help with the things we discussed.
Housekeeping:
If you are a recent college grad or faculty member that’s in recovery for mental health issues, I’d love to interview you about your goal achievement quest, the struggles/adversity you faced, as well the wellness strategies you learned! I’m particularly interested in interviewing student entrepreneurs and those involved in mental health advocacy. Please reach out.
Are you a college student who is brand new to online learning? Or maybe you struggled in your first go-around with your online course and can’t figure out the mindset behind online learning? Please be sure to check out this course I made: Ace Your Online Class
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Thanks to Rob Cavallo for today’s intro music. For more information about him or the music you heard today, you can email: peloquin17@yahoo.com

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