Health Class: Welcome Back Class

Julianna French
jfrench@css.edu

    Welcome back Saints. I suppose you’ve been back for about a month now, and I’m the one who is late to the party. My name is Julianna, and I’m an exercise physiology and psychology double major. This will be my second year writing for the Cable, and I will be continuing the column I started last semester which discusses health issues and questions that students might have. These are not limited to just physical issues, but also mental, as well as involving healthy personal relationship. The health field is broad, and there’s no question that high schools don’t cover enough to help provide students with a basic knowledge of their bodily functions.

    High school health classes were not the best at preparing students for the real world, or for teaching students useful information (sorry education majors).In turn, this lack of basic bodily knowledge causes college students to turn to Google for help understanding health issues they may be experiencing or have questions about. While I typically love Google, as does every college student attempting an assignment, the issue with Google is that if you don’t know where to look for credible information, you may wind up with information that isn’t necessarily true.

    This is where I come in. Instead of sifting through Google for that one kernel of truth, I’ll do it for you. As an exercise physiology student, I enjoy learning about how the body works. As a psychology student, I enjoy learning about how the mind works. As the daughter of a nurse, I enjoy watching those really gross medical videos that make some people feel squeamish. This makes me the perfect person to look into your health questions and do my best to answer any questions you may have.

    If you have a particular question or concern you would like me to look into and write about, you can email me at jfrench@css.edu with the message title “Health Class”. If you have a question or concern that you don’t feel comfortable having your email address attached to and prefer to be anonymous even from me, my St. Scholastica mailbox is number 566. You can write a note, put it in an envelope with my name and mailbox number, and leave in it the mail room. However your concerns make their way to me, they will remain completely anonymous and only between the two of us.

    I have two goals with this column. One is to make sure that everyone has access to a basic understanding of the everyday college student’s health concerns. The other is that through helping you gain access to information of various illness that your peers may be experiencing, you will gain some insight into another’s life and learn to walk in their shoes. Class dismissed.