Students are a Blessing; Some More than Others College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone:

I love my students. They are cheerful (usually), intelligent (for the most part), and hard workers ( 9 times out of 10). They are engaged in the subject matter and love to get me to go off script when I’m lecturing and encourage me to head down a rabbit trail. And that’s fine.

The times when we have our greatest time of fellowship is when the topic doesn’t seem to match the lecture. Until it does. They say that “more is caught than taught,” and I have to agree. Perhaps we are discussing communication technology, like we were in one class yesterday. Seemingly irrelevant information led to a wonderful chat about how technology has affected our everyday life. Which, in the end, was the whole point.

My students became very animated as I shared the differences between their lives and mine at the same age. Just imagine taking a walk and NO ONE being able to reach you. Going into the ladies’ room and not overhearing someone carrying on a conversation while using the facilities. (That happened to me today!) (Please note, I was not the talker….)

It was a great conversation. We shared about the prevalence of mental health issues in young people in this generation. That was basically unheard of in my generation. So what do you think? Is technology to blame, at least partially? Let’s talk about it.

I would argue that these precious young people are an incredible generation; they are a real blessing in my life. But imagine life with the complete lack of privacy; I think that is what they are facing now.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Best,

Dr. Sheri


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Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

Comments

  1. Kristen Laguna Says: October 16, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Interesting article Dr. Sheri! I can see both sides to this question… I believe that the same mental health issues that are being treated today, were around long before technology took over – we just have access to more knowledge nowadays and can identify “quirks” or “issues” better today. Mental health does not carry the strong resentment and misunderstanding that once was associated with it. On the other hand, people are more stressed out overall these days and suicide rates are at an all time high across all boards! Please read this article about suicide rates in the Navy. This is a topic near and dear to my heart.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/us/navy-suicides-uss-george-bush.html

    • Kristen, thank you for your comments. I appreciate your taking the time to share your ideas with me and my readers. I love the fact that you mentions quirks- my students and fellow faculty members periodically mention that they think I am quirky. In fact, it just happened this morning but the person who said it has a huge smile on her face.
      You are right on the money about stress today and I know that suicide rates are tragically high. I’m glad that we can be more open about issues that we face.thank you again for stopping by my site. I hope you will visit again, and that you will continue to share your ideas.
      Best,
      Dr. Sheri

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