Student Stories

How to Build Bridges Between Overlooked Students and Administrators

Take a look at college students, like really take a look at the students on your campus. College students, especially first-generation college students, are scared, nervous, and quite frankly lost when they arrive at college. They’re far away from home with no support system. The responsibility for providing support now falls on the shoulders of…

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Student Mental Health During COVID-19

Special thanks to our friends at Kognito, a health simulation company serving higher education with solutions that build life skills for students, faculty, and staff, for collaborating on this post.   Three college students and mental health activists involved with Active Minds share what the last few months have been like, advice for their peers, and…

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BIPOC Mental Health Webinar Recap

Terms you might be unfamiliar with: BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color The coronavirus pandemic isn’t affecting all students equally, and historically, education hasn’t helped all students in the same ways.  BIPOC students are at higher risk for both mental and physical health problems, and as schools across the nation respond to…

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Our Time to Listen

I’ve always been surrounded by strong women. In fact, I spent the first few years of my life with my grandmother in India while my parents settled down in the United States. My grandmother is most unbreakable in my eyes. Despite dropping out of school early and marrying my grandfather as a teenager, she sacrificed…

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Mental Health is for Everyone: No Asterisk

When I joined my Active Minds chapter during my first year of college, I was one of the few people of color on our leadership team despite the racial and ethnic diversity present at my university. I joined to decrease stigma for others. Although I strongly believed this, I still held a lot of stigma…

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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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