An event was organized by the Hogeschool InHolland to officially inaugurate the new lectorate of Rutger Kappe and present its research team and agenda. Each of the researchers facilitated a workshop introducing their themes. On behalf of Nikkie Gubbels, a passionate researcher on the topic of student (mental) well-being, I was invited to share my experiences, observations, and visions on this issue from a unique student + teacher perspective. I spoke on my own burn-out and the thought patterns leading up to that, turned the personal into political by recognizing the increasing pressure to achieve on a larger-scale, illustrated how I see this development impact many of the students around me, and how I believe education should create more space for the development of emotional intelligence, resilience and mental health.