Springfield College students ‘quit smoking quietly’ for mental health

Jackson Porterfield is a second-year graduate student at Missouri State University.  Besides the full course load, they are also a graduate assistant and work as a barista at Green House Coffee + Afogato Bar.

Jackson Porterfield is a second-year graduate student at Missouri State University. Outside of the course, Porterfield works as a graduate assistant and barista at Green House Coffee + Affogato Bar.

In their role as alumni assistant, Porterfield is responsible for writing lesson plans, teaching lessons, grading work, and providing office hours. Porterfield said they know they are spending more time than the average expected of 20 hours a week by the university.

Since entering their second year, Porterfield has found themselves “quitting quietly,” or putting in less effort at school work in an effort to maintain their mental health, compared to when they started on the program. They said this allowed them to find a greater balance between school, work and personal life.

Although current research indicates that Porterfield is not alone in his quiet streak, many college students still struggle to find a healthy balance.

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