What weighs us down?
When you fail in the Math faculty, you’re faced with a strike-system. You get an email saying you need to talk to an advisor, and the emails are definitely very formal. It's like a memo, not a letter: the university administration doesn’t make an effort to connect with students. If you have a number of fails, they block you from Quest and they force you to go talk to an advisor. It's a safety procedure. This mechanism is better than nothing - at least they're getting students to talk to advisors. I do still wonder if the university has more ways of directing students to get help whether academically or otherwise - beyond just a passive email. They're kind of reminding you that it's because you're not doing well that you're talking to an advisor.
As an international student, I think we're the least likely population at UW to communicate with administration, advisors, profs - any kind of services. Those who are new to Canada struggle with communication and they find it hard to communicate.
Getting into reclusiveness or depression is a gradual problem - students are not really interested in going to Counselling Services or seeking help. They wouldn't go unless someone might tell them they need this. People think it’s normal, like “oh this is student life” or “I'm supposed to feel this way” - that it's “just stress”. It’s really not okay.