The Vermont Connection


As younger generations of student affairs professionals become

more involved in the field and aware of their mental health

identity, there appears to be a disconnect between young professionals

and those who are older and keep the state of their mental

health hidden. The author questions whether young professionals’

openness about their mental health identity lines up with the

institutional/general professional expectations for dealing with

emotional trauma in their field. In this narrative, I discuss my

understanding of how student affairs professionals encounter

tragedy while holding their own mental health wellness. I will

further delve into how professionals can feel restricted in their

ability to voice their concerns about mental health, especially

because of the fear of judgement. I will be exploring this experience

through the story of my life as a live on professional in residence

life between Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.