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A Day in the Life at a Campus Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and do not reflect the views of Her Campus.

9:00 a.m. – I wake up and scroll through my phone (usually wasting a lot of time). Sometimes I hop on TikTok where I end up on #briggstok or YikYak where I see comments that seem more real than the conversations I have in life because they are spoken without the fear of recognition. 

9:30 a.m. – I get out of bed (finally) and get ready. Recently, I’ve been really excited to get dressed for the day because it’s getting colder in Chapel Hill, so I can wear my sweaters. 

10:00 a.m. – I leave my room and walk down my suite hallway. I live with my floor’s RA. There is a bowl of stickers and candy outside of her door. The bowl was placed out before the rest of the Halloween decorations — on October 11th. 

10:01 a.m. – I open my suite’s door to the outdoor walkway. There is a Post-it Note on the door. 

10:03 a.m. – I walk to the door to my floor’s common area. There is a Post-it Note on the door. 

10:04 a.m. – I wait for the elevator. There is a Post-it Note under the elevator’s up and down buttons. 

10:06 a.m. – I get into the elevator and press the button for the ground floor. There is a Post-it Note beside the elevator’s floor buttons. 

10:08 a.m. – I get off the elevator and walk out my dorm’s front door. There are multiple Post-it Notes on the door. 

10:10 a.m. –  I get on the bus to North Campus. 

10:30 a.m. – I get off the bus and head to the Millholland Azalea Garden outside of Carroll Hall to do some school work outside before class starts. 

10:50 a.m. – I head inside Carroll Hall for my first and only in-person class of the day.

11 a.m. – My class starts.

12:15 p.m. – My class ends. I head to Lenoir Dining Hall for lunch. 

12:20 p.m. – I meet my friend outside of Lenoir and head up to the second floor.

12:30 p.m. – My friend and I start eating. I do not vary my meals very much which I should probably work on. 

1:20 p.m. – I head to Davis Library to work on my class assignments and do zoom calls for my virtual classes. I tend to sit in the first floor’s main room. I really like the environment as I am not alone in a quiet or small place. I do not like how over half of the outlets do not work. 

3 p.m. – I head to the restroom. It’s usually not very fun, as that bathroom, in particular, is never very clean. I am bombarded with posters about events and clubs to join. And mental health resources. Those are newer. 

6 p.m. – I head back to Lenoir for dinner.

7:30 p.m. – I head back to Davis to continue working.  I really need to work on my variety. 

9:30 p.m. – I leave Davis and start my walk back to South Campus. I know I shouldn’t be walking back that late, but it always happens. I really need to work on that too. 

9:50 p.m. – I arrive back at my dorm on South Campus. I walk up the stairs and go through the doors. There are multiple Post-it Notes on the door. 

10:00 p.m. – I wait for the elevator. There is a Post-it Note under the elevator’s up and down buttons. 

10:04 p.m. – I get into the elevator and press the button for my floor. There is a Post-it Note beside the elevator’s floor buttons. 

10:08 p.m. – I get off the elevator and walk out of my floor’s common area’s door. There are multiple Post-it Notes on the door. 

10:09 p.m. – I open my suite’s door. There is a Post-it Note on the door. 

10:10 p.m. -I walk down my suite hallway. I live with my floor’s RA. There is a bowl of stickers and candy outside of her door. The bowl was placed out before the rest of the Halloween decorations — on October 11th. 

10:11 p.m. – I enter my room and say hello to my roommate.

10:20 p.m. – I hop in the shower and prepare for bed.

10:30 p.m. – I finish up my work and re-do my planner for the next day.

11:30 p.m. – I get in bed and try to sleep. I usually waste a good amount of time on my phone before bed as well – clearly, I live a very repetitive life. 

And that’s just one day. Not a day when I am stressed about an upcoming exam or a day when I have to get a package from Hinton James where I pass a memorial for a classmate.

* What I hope anyone takes from this article is that a mental health crisis is still happening at UNC-CH and across the world. It didn’t stop after professors gave extensions on assignments. It didn’t stop after a singular mental health day. It didn’t stop after people put up Post-it Notes and mental health resources. Trust me, I know this from personal experience. 

The crisis will continue. I don’t know if it will ever end, and I clearly don’t know how to fix it. So please know that even if you feel fine, there are others around you who don’t and could use a stranger’s kindness. And if you are struggling, know that there are others around you feeling the same way – you just might not be able to see them. 

Mental Health Resources At UNC-CH 

UNC Student Wellness

Counseling and Psychological Resources 

Outside Resources 

Ella Sullivan

Chapel Hill '25

Ella Sullivan is a current first-year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism through Hussman School of Media and Journalism. Currently, she is particularly interested in interactive journalism, telling stories artistically, and making history more accessible. You can find Ella on Instagram and Twitter at @ellasullivan214 or contact her via email at [email protected] Ella's LinkdIn can be found here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ella-sullivan-183198207/.
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