Story by Na’imah Abdul Al-azeez
Bullying can be detrimental to a person’s mental health. Social media platforms have given rise to cyberbullying in the newer generation.
Bullying has been occurring in nearly every public school for decades. Statistics from stopbullying.gov showed that 20 percent of U.S. students, mainly between the ages 6-12, have experience bullying.
Most colleges like Rose State College are much different when compared to public schools. Here, the bullying is a lot less, causing the students to be more comfortable in their environment. Despite that, some of the students at this community college are still dealing with the effects of bullying. Rose State offers resources for students who need help.
“I’ve been seeing people for a year and a half,” said Hannah Cordero, a therapist in training in the Student Access Services at Rose State College. “I’ve worked with people for mental health, anxiety and depression among a variety of things.”
Cordero stated that while 30- 40 percent of her clients were victims of bullying, it was hard for her to know for sure what kinds of bullying they had gone through.
“It varies from person to person,” she said.
Despite this, she admitted that she did treat students who were victims of cyberbullying, mainly ones who were between the ages of 18-24, and she thought most of these cases happen within the student’s inner circle.
“If you are being bullied by someone who you’ve known for five years, it would be more hurtful than someone you don’t know much about,” she said. “It can impact their trust. It can change the they view trust and cause them to be mistrustful of others.”
As for bullying in college, Cordero admitted there is less bullying in college than in high school but warns to not count out bullying completely.
“There’s still going to be people using it for power – like in high school. I believe all of that is going to continue,” she said.
Her message to students who are being bullied: “Prevention. Keep the lines of communication open. Tell your friends and family so they can give you advice on how to handle it.”
Cordero’s statements on bullying relate to the experience of Rose State freshman, Maddie Brown. “I had those problems going into my freshmen year in high school,” she said. “It was really rough.” Brown, who’s going into law enforcement, said she was mainly bullied in person and that it would usually be among her friends.
“It was way more personal for me,” Brown said. “It hurt a lot more. It’s like thinking someone is there for you and then they turn around and stab you in the back. It’s really rough. It made me question my self-worth and where I stood with everybody. I felt like an outcast.”
Like Cordero, Brown said there is less bullying in college than in high school. She thinks it’s because of the maturity among the students.
“I feel like everybody in college is just trying to mind their own business and get their education so they can start their career,” Brown said. “That’s everybody’s goal. They’re not worried about where you are or what you look like. Sure, they care about you, but they’re here for a reason.”
“Talk to somebody about it,” she stated. “Don’t keep it in. I feel like that’s what hurts most is not having anybody to talk to. Be strong and stand up for what you believe in.”
Although students may feel alone, finding a support system can help when dealing with bullying. Student Access Services provides free counseling services. For more information, call 733-7334.
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.