Student Stories

How to Be an Ally During Pride Month

It’s Pride Month, which for some means celebrating with rainbow cakes and free-flying flags, but for others means facing new versions of daily fears. For people still on their “coming out journey,” being told to wear your colors as brightly as possible can feel like asking a peacock to spread its feathers in a cramped…

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Graduating into a New Reality Thanks to a 6-3 Opinion

Today, I turned a short tassel on my head from left to right and found myself with tears in my eyes. Walking across a nearly empty stage, filled more by COVID fears than celebration, I graduated into a different world. Yesterday, I would’ve entered a professional world where my sexuality could be marked as a…

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A Double Life: The Thoughts of a First-Generation College Student

As a first-generation college student, not a single day goes by that I do not think about my family and consider their sacrifices. For my family and I, attending college is the highest honor. While some may say “no pressure” when it comes to grades and coursework, that’s simply not true. There will always be…

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#ImStillGraduating – Active Minds Western

The #ImStillGraduating series shared on our Instagram account features graduating chapter members of Active Minds Western. The line art graphics were created by our VP Creative Anika In’t Hout. We wanted to provide our graduating members with the opportunity to share their thoughts on the current situation in a fresh and engaging way. Keep scrolling…

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Reflections On Our Semester at Active Minds

Last week marked the end of our time at Active Minds, and to say that our experience this semester has been unique would be an understatement. When we accepted our offers, none of us were expecting a global pandemic to occur in the middle of the semester, but that’s exactly what happened. Despite having to…

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To My Fellow Seniors: We’re Allowed To Feel Disappointed

Just a short few weeks ago, senior year was in full swing. Myself and my peers all across the country were making plans for our last two months of school, two months of memories with friends to last a lifetime. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, our year got upended. One by one, schools began…

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Hold On To The Good Stuff

I don’t know about you, but I have never been through a pandemic before. Within the past week, my college announced its transition to online courses, my work shifts were canceled until at least the end of the month, my friends and residents started moving out of our dorms, and the experiences I was looking…

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Why We Shouldn’t Throw the Phrase “I’m Triggered” Around

For college students all across the country, classes are starting back up, and it can be both an exciting and nerve-racking time of year. New classes, new syllabi, new routines, and new friends/classmates are a feature of this time of year, and adjusting to that takes time. It can also be difficult when you’re forced…

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Moving Away from Home

I remember when I moved into my first place that was truly my own. It was the beginning of September, and my dad and I had driven 400+ miles to move into my college apartment before classes started. It was hot and muggy. I remember driving and thinking the streets in Davis were too narrow…

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Alex’s Something of the Week [4]

But first– check the link to some of my previous posts to get an idea of what I do in this series. Without further ado, here’s something that made me feel something this week: “Give It Up” By KC and The Sunshine Band! What a bop! Though this blog post will be multidimensional, it won’t…

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