Student Stories

College May Not Be the “Best 4 Years of Your Life” and That’s Perfectly Okay

For those of you like myself, 2019 means one major thing: we’re graduating college. How exciting! The moment we’ve proclaimed ever since we first stepped foot onto our campus years ago. For some of us, we never knew when this day would come. Many late nights studying, strictly fast-food diets, and bad-hair-days later, it’s finally…

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The Missing Piece in Addressing the Student Sleep Deprivation Epidemic

This piece was originally published as part of Thrive Global’s ‘Thrive On Campus‘ section on November 9, 2018. Click here to view the original publication. “Opportunity Cost,” reads the bright red letters displayed across the PowerPoint slide my macroeconomics teacher pulls up on the projector screen. Quickly glancing at the slide, and then back at her class…

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Meet Sprinkles: Jenny’s Emotional Support Animal

The idea of having an animal living with you at school excites many students, because who wouldn’t want to have a pet at college? But my rabbit is not just my pet at school. He is my emotional support animal. Some may say that I’m just bringing my pet to school but I disagree. I…

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The more we talk, the more normal it gets

Last week, I wrote about why I started an Active Minds chapter at my high school. I wanted to follow up to tell you about Lucia, a 14-year-old who began coming to our meetings. Lucia is shy, has braces, and is only a freshman. Even so, she volunteered to give a speech about mental health…

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My name is Katia and I’m a senior in high school…

My name is Katia and I’m a senior in high school. Life is really good for me now, but two years ago that wasn’t the case. At the time, I was struggling with an eating disorder and spent time in a hospital to get the help I needed. I’m so grateful for my recovery. I…

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The Light of Your Being

Another school year has started for Active Minds students, and for myself as well. I was supposed to graduate in spring 2018, but as it so often does, life had other plans. Last academic year started off very positively for me. I had spent the previous summer at a terrific internship in the Democratic Republic…

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How to Talk to Your Professors About Your Mental Health

As I was getting ready to leave for college, the most common piece of advice I got from college-educated family members and friends was to talk to my professors. I shrugged it off, assuming that my relationships with professors would come more naturally. Little did I know that in less than two years, I would…

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My First Steps Towards Resilience

I woke up for what felt like the hundredth time to the nurse asking me if she could take my vitals. In a rehearsed choreography, I sat up in my bed, placed the thermometer in my mouth, held my arm out, slipped my finger into the sensor, and waited until I heard the beep. The…

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There is Beauty in the Darkness

There is a hidden beauty that mental illness carries. A beauty that is humbling and fills one with a feeling of gratefulness that is challenging to articulate. Accompanying the racing thoughts and the frightening nights are the people who lend themselves to those in need. When agitation takes hold, when pressured thoughts turn into headaches,…

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Owning Your Story

Congratulations on almost reaching the end of the academic year! Some of you may be returning to campus in the fall or entering the job market, others may be considering applying to graduate school or another program. For those of you who are concerned about having a “messy” transcript, I hope my essay below helps….

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