September 25, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
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  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
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  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
  • 3:24 pm Green Olive to Open By End of Feb; Starbucks Not Until Fall
  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
  • 3:36 pm Career Center Holds Major/Minor Fair
  • 5:34 pm After Unexpected Delay, Undocumented Becomes More Intimate Theatrical Production
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  • 7:49 pm CSUDH offers qualified students free laptops
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  • 1:03 pm The Toros Sweep Stanislaus State, Start CCAA Championships 

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By Yennifer Ho, Staff Writer.

With the spawn of regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic including canceled events, social distancing, and quarantining, many people all over the world, including students, are experiencing some level of social anxiety returning back to “normal life”. Actions like maintaining eye contact, asking for help, meeting new people, and scheduling plans can feel intimidating to do again after nearly three years of the pandemic. For people with social anxiety disorder, these actions are even more difficult to accomplish. 

In simple terms, social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition characterized by the excessive fear of being judged negatively in social situations. Other emotional symptoms can include worrying about future events and feeling like running away. Physical symptoms can include stumbling over words, having an upset stomach, and experiencing dizziness. 

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, social anxiety disorder affects 15 million adults, which is nearly 7% of the U.S. population.

First-year CSUDH student, Gerardo Sanchez, has always struggled with social anxiety. 

“The thought of going back on campus is exciting to me but I feel like I’m going to have a really hard time trying to socialize with new people,” he stated.

Most of the friends he has made were when he attended middle school and since they are going to different colleges now, he feels lost making new friends. Additionally, he mostly socializes with them online rather than in person.

Sanchez emphasized the build-up of anxiety he gets when a social event is planned even when he is meeting up with his close friends. However, he states it eventually goes away when they get together and interact with each other like their usual selves.

Despite some setbacks, Sanchez is optimistic about finding new ways to become more social. His best method of alleviating some of his anxiety is socializing more online which includes joining new Discord servers and playing multiplayer games.

For instance, he plays VRChat, an online virtual platform where players from all over the world can interact with each other’s avatars in multiple different worlds.  

“It’s still really hard since the moment someone talks to me, I just freeze up and don’t know how to reply which leads me to close whatever I’m playing and not feeling good to go back on for the rest of the day or night,” he admitted.

“Being stuck at home with literally nothing to do wasn’t very motivating to my social health and it still impacts me to this day,” Sanchez said. “Even when I have social events planned out with friends, I still hesitate since I feel like I don’t have that social touch anymore.”

CSUDH Mental Health Educator, Josephine Lara, stated that people can do a lot to manage social anxiety, and getting professional help is a good place to start. 

There are a lot of resources on campus that can help. She mentions group therapy sessions held such as the Anxiety Toolbox and Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. 

“Anxiety Toolbox is a fast-paced three-session workshop intended to help students increase their understanding and knowledge about anxiety,” Lara said. “The goal is to provide students with skills to recognize and manage anxiety symptoms you[they] may be experiencing.”

Other strategies that can help relieve social anxiety include practicing self-care and opening up to friends. Small practices like giving yourself compliments and checking in on your mental health build up over time. Most importantly, remember that you are not alone and that your anxiety does not define who you are.

If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, please visit the CSUDH Student Psychological Services located in the Student Health Center.


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