Student Stories

Combatting the Myth: How Social Media Improved my Mental Health

Social media is often seen as something that negatively impacts mental health, particularly among young adults. While such social platforms can have their downsides and affect people differently, many of these apps do exactly what they were designed to do: connect. In a time where the entire world went virtual, young people weren’t as afraid…

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Anxiety, Fear Living Amid Anti-Semitism

Visible or not, hatred is an aspect of society that affects every one of us. It comes in many shapes and forms and centers around no one specific thing, person, or issue. While many have dealt with feelings or the consequences of hatred at some point in their lives, some of us, particularly marginalized groups,…

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A Letter to My Active Minds Chapter

Going off to college was both exciting and terrifying. A part of me was ready to experience somewhere other than my small town in New Jersey. But, another part of me was so overwhelmed by the idea of change. And having been recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, I was worried about how overwhelming this…

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How One Voice Created Change: Kai Roberts at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School

In the Active Minds’ Fall Student Survey, almost 90% of students reported experiencing stress or anxiety as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This statistic is high yet not surprising, seeing how much has happened in the past months. It can be easy to forget that there are individual people behind this statistic, each with their…

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Stress Less this April, and Beyond

The culture on a university campus is one that normally prioritizes grades, socializing, sports, and greek life above mental health breaks. It can be stressful. As an undergraduate, it was not uncommon to hear one of my friends say every day, “I am overwhelmed.” Many students struggle to balance their school responsibilities and their social…

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Charging On with V-A-R at the University of Central Florida

As a student at the University of Central Florida, making an impact on student mental health has been something I’m passionate about due to my experience supporting close friends and their mental wellbeing. A common phrase we hear as University of Central Florida Knights is to “Armor up, and charge on!” When I think of…

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The Harms of Canceling Spring Break

According to the College Crisis Initiative, 59% of universities in the United States either replaced or completely canceled their 2021 Spring Break as of March 31st, 2021. This decision is certainly understandable. Spring break is often associated with massive parties, which would now be classified as superspreader events as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Canceling spring break…

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Don’t Mistake My Quietness for Complacency

I am a second-generation Chinese American woman, living in a home that is in a privileged neighborhood, and about to graduate from my undergraduate studies. I acknowledge the privileges I have in my life, and I know I cannot speak for everyone, but I am speaking to amplify the voices of my community and encourage…

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How I Incorporated V-A-R® at Auburn University

As I finish up my senior year at Auburn University, I think about how the conversation about mental health has drastically changed over my four years on campus. Especially on how to show up for friends or for someone who may be struggling. Being an Active Minds chapter leader, I’ve received countless emails from other…

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Perfection is not Humanly Possible: Learning to Overcome my Eating Disorder

I grew up in an athletic family. My mom and older brother both played volleyball, and I played just about everything under the sun, eventually falling in love with basketball. By the time I was a freshman in high school, I was on three separate basketball teams. Basketball was my life, and my body reflected…

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