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Low self-esteem is often associated with substance abuse, early sexual activity, eating problems and thoughts that may lead to suicide. How do you rate your self-esteem? Why? Higher self-esteem is associated with self-understanding, appreciating one?s skills and the satisfaction of helping others. How can you improve your self-esteem?

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COMPASS is designed for Mason students to take charge of their lives on a range of issues. This comprehensive resource is specifically designed to help students like you make healthy decisions throughout your college years and beyond. For each of 31 topics, you can identify ways to maximize your success in college with interactive quizzes, articles, worksheets, blogs, resource links and social media. By using these tools, you are encouraged to reflect on your past behavior, map out your goals, and choose what direction your future will take. The tools are in your hand!

How can you use COMPASS? You can explore it on your own and choose a topic of your liking, or you can let COMPASS guide you with a daily topic. The blogs help to enlighten you and provide current and relevant information on various topics. By connecting with the social media links, you can stay engaged with up to date information on this site, in the media, and on campus. Have a great journey!

Sharing Your Voice

We don't often hear encouragement to quit something. Tobacco use is one of those behaviors where quitting actually is better for everyone. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that cigarette smoking is a contributor to the death of 480,000 Americans each year. While lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and asthma have long been known to be linked to smoking, new diseases and conditions for which cigarettes are a causal factor include diabetes, arthritis, colorectal cancer and erectile dysfunction.

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