Student Stories

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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Why I Will Never Forget My Eating Disorder

It’s been about two years since my five-year battle with anorexia ended. Five years of waking up to the sunrise, praying the day would end sooner. Five years of hating every inch of my reflection. Five years of pure isolation. Five years of counting every scarce calorie I let myself eat. Five years of trying…

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Changing the Conversation one Story at a Time

Last week marked the end to an incredible internship at Active Minds that spanned two semesters. What I have learned in this past year is far more valuable than a simple preparation for my professional career; it provided me with the opportunity to convey my own experience with mental illness to a community that supports…

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Alex’s Something of the Week [3]

  [This post is part of Alex’s Something Series. Click here to read more.]   Another week, and of course there’s another random thing to talk about! For any newcomers to this series: these posts involve me trying to recognize and respect whatever I’m feeling or thinking, regardless of their cause. By validating those feelings/thoughts,…

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Therapy is for Everyone

“Well it all started when I was born…” I’m pretty sure those are the first words I said to my therapist during my intake appointment. What followed were a lot of tears, a huge sigh of relief and follow-up sessions every two weeks.  Deciding to go to therapy was one of the scariest things I’ve…

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Walking on Eggshells

Careful Watch your step You may break me.   Stop!  No sudden movements I’m very fragile.   I’m very sensitive.   My mother always tells me it’s like walking on eggshells talking to me. She has to be careful what she says and how she says things, or else I get upset and defensive. “Are…

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Battle Poem

Sensitive Topic: This post includes imagery of war. While sharing my feelings through conversation proves to be difficult time and time again, I have found solace in writing and poetry. Rhythmic lines and simple rhymes help gather my thoughts and put them into something resembling cohesion.  When I’m faced with dark and anxious thoughts, it…

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Senior Scaries

“Hi, I’m Carmen and I’m a junior at Rockhurst. Wait no, I’m a senior now actually.” “Yeah, I’m not really sure what I’m going to do after graduation, but we’ll figure it out.” “No, I am absolutely not ready to leave.” via GIPHY   Does this sound familiar? I have started to have these conversations…

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