Honors Projects


Hailey KurtzFollow


The transition from high school to attending a university has been shown to have an impact on the mental health and well-being of first-year university students. First-year students struggle with anxiety and depression in relation to being in a new environment, feeling lonely, fitting in, and taking more academically rigorous coursework. Current students have an awareness of what mental health and well-being resources on their campus are available to them, but such resources are not widely used, though a majority of students indicate that they do or have struggled with their mental health. This indicates that though students are struggling with their mental health during their first year at university, they are not receiving the help that they need.


Honors Program



First Advisor

Dr. Meagan Docherty

First Advisor Department


Second Advisor

Dr. Marlise Lonn

Second Advisor Department


Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2023

Honors Project Presentation.pdf (186 kB)
Oral Defense Presentation