Student Stories

Begin with Pieces

Every week for the past eight months, I have facilitated the same session from 4-5 pm on Tuesdays. I have stood in the same room and waited for adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 years old to find a seat in front of an array of brightly colored folders laying out on the…

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The First Anniversary of the Parkland Shooting: Recovery Is A Process

February 14, 2019 is the one-year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. It marks one year since 14 innocent students and 3 innocent teachers lost their lives to gun violence. It marks one year of nightmares and flashbacks for the surviving students, teachers, the MSD families, and the larger…

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5 Ways to Bounce Back from Failing an Exam

Everyone takes tests. Exams constitute an appreciable proportion of education, and trail professionals like physicians and accountants throughout their careers. A single test can make the difference in preserving an opportunity and jeopardizing a future. Ideally, we’d ace every exam, but that’s just not the reality — sometimes we fail. Here are some tips to keep…

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SMU Active Minds: Faces of Mental Health

Summer Moss, who brought an Active Minds chapter to her campus at Samuel Merritt University, shares insight on the ‘Faces of Mental Health’ video series produced at SMU this year.  What inspired you all to produce this video series? In January we had a workshop around Self Care for the Healthcare Professional featuring the…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Florida A&M University Chapter

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, we share this message from Florida A&M University’s Active Minds chapter, a historically black university, to both celebrate and honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as shed light on the mental health advocacy being done on their campus. Why…

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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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