Appreciation, support

To Our Special People

Lately, I've been thinking about just how much I've accomplished. Just in the past school year, I've lived by myself in my own apartment, I made the Dean's List both semesters, I made the Chancellor's List during the Fall Semester, I've built relationships with amazing people, I've traveled internationally for the first time, and I've… Continue reading To Our Special People

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Coping, Encouragement, Information, Summer Fun

Busting Summer Boredom

What is your favorite summer memory from when you were a kid? Maybe it was a special trip you took, sharing ice cream with your siblings, or playing outside with your friends. When I was a kid, I always looked forward to summer vacation. Summer meant fun things to do, like getting ice cream, going… Continue reading Busting Summer Boredom

Coping, Self-Care, Summer Fun

Anxiety Disorders and Traveling

Raise your hand if you have any fun plans this summer. Maybe you're planning some cookouts with your friends and family. Maybe you're going to make your own ice cream. Maybe you plan on taking your dream vacation, wherever that might be. For most people, summer is a welcome break from the busyness of life.… Continue reading Anxiety Disorders and Traveling

Coping, Self-Care, Struggle, Validation

Coping with Change

Sometimes, life can throw you a curve ball. A few days before the new semester started, I received some unexpected news about a big change in my life: the priest at my church is getting reassigned. This was a very hard change to wrap my head around. He had been at my church since 2013,… Continue reading Coping with Change

Encouragement, Stigma, Struggle, Validation

An Open Letter to My Professor

When I entered class, I didn't expect you to say something so personal. When you told us we would discuss a poem based on a racially-charged murder, I knew that we were going to be in for a difficult discussion about race. I was prepared for that. I set my personal feelings aside because I… Continue reading An Open Letter to My Professor

Success

An Open Letter to My Anxiety Disorder

To my anxiety disorder: Today is the day of an important anniversary. Today, it's been an entire year since I last had a panic attack. To be honest, I didn't know if this day would ever come. When I was first diagnosed, you seemed so big and unruly. You towered over me, and you didn't… Continue reading An Open Letter to My Anxiety Disorder

Encouragement, Injustice, Struggle

Never Be Ashamed of Who You Are

Shame. It's such a powerful feeling. It can remove your pride and self-esteem in a flash. It can make you feel like you're two inches tall. It can make you feel embarrassed, or even humiliated, because of things you can't control. And if you're shamed often enough by the right number of people, eventually, you… Continue reading Never Be Ashamed of Who You Are

Encouragement

Sharing Your Dreams and Desires

Before we begin today's post, let me take a moment and ask you a question: what are your dreams for your life? Can you picture how you want your life to play out? Or do you have a hard time? Sometimes, when you have an anxiety disorder, it's hard to view the future in a… Continue reading Sharing Your Dreams and Desires

Coping, Encouragement, Struggle

Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Having an anxiety disorder is downright frustrating sometimes. You have so many things that you want to do, but sometimes, you're at the mercy of your anxiety. This has especially been the case in my own life. I was diagnosed with my anxiety disorder in my sophomore year of high school. After I was diagnosed,… Continue reading Boyfriends and Anxiety Disorders

Celebrations, Encouragement, Validation

Birthday Celebrations

When you think of your birthday, what do you think of? Celebrating with family and friends? Eating delicious food? Having fun? All of the above? Birthday celebrations can be a lot of fun, but when you have an anxiety disorder, this isn't necessarily the case. For example: Someone with social anxiety might not like a… Continue reading Birthday Celebrations