Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Jane Bowden

‘Nothing could have prepared us for this’: nursing alumni work on the front lines of the pandemic

It was 8 in the morning when Madison Foglia tended to her patient, a healthy 40-year-old man who appeared to be suffering from a case of pneumonia. 

Digital classrooms, canceled events and an empty campus: students adjust to life in quarantine

Three weeks ago, every hour of Emily Varga’s day was planned. Between classes, an internship and an on-campus job, she spent most of her time on campus. When Varga wasn’t working or studying, she was with her friends from Student Government or her sorority sisters in Sigma Kappa.

As graduation approaches, seniors manage anxiety

It’s graduation day. You’ve just received the diploma you've been working toward for years when President Kathryn Foster announces, “I now present to you the Class of 2020.” As you throw your decorated cap in the air and all of your friends and family members cheer from the bleachers, you suddenly feel a wave of dread as the reality of adulthood hits you — what the hell do I do now?

Students use body art to promote self-love

Growing up, Kayleigh Soucy didn’t like her body. She was bullied for being chubby, but when she started to lose weight, the compliments from her family and peers only fueled an eventual eating disorder and body dysmorphia. That’s why last February, she walked into her local tattoo parlor and was determined to add something beautiful to a part of her body she spent years trying to shrink.

Introverts are misjudged, underestimated

The life of the party is a phrase that’s often used to describe extroverts. They’re people who appear to thrive in social settings and are perceived as friendly, outgoing and, many times, more likely to achieve success. Let’s face it — if someone were to tell you that you exemplified these traits, you’d probably take it as a compliment.

Eating disorders affect everyone, regardless of size

Adrianna Green has struggled with her weight her entire life. After being pressured by her mother, she tried dieting, walking around her neighborhood and exercising with Nintendo’s popular Wii Fit — but nothing worked.

Failure does not stifle emotional growth

(Trigger Warning: the following article discusses self-harm, which may be triggering to some readers.)

‘P.S. I Still Love You’ fails to tug at heartstrings

“Pretty in Pink,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “A Cinderella Story” — prime examples of high school romantic comedies that are timeless classics for singles and couples alike. Whose face doesn’t turn into a real-life heart-eyes emoji after seeing Heath Ledger dance across the bleachers and sing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?

Everyone has mental health — everyone can see a therapist

The first time I went to therapy, I cried — a lot. I had no clue what Fergie was talking about when she said “big girls don’t cry,” because there I was at 19 years old, sitting in the waiting room with tears flowing out of me like a raging river as I filled out the symptoms I had been consistently struggling with for the past year: feelings of loneliness and hopelessness, lack of an appetite, suicidal ideation and more.

Campus responds to mental health programs

When Quint Meredith, a junior business management major at the College, began drinking at age 16 to help him socialize with other people, he didn’t think he’d develop substance use disorder, nor did he think recovery would ever be an option.

Community college deserves more respect

"Where are you going to college?” — a question that I avoided like the plague for three years. Why? Because I went to community college, or what many referred to it as “High School Part II,” to which people often responded with “Oh...that’s nice.”

New decade inspires reflection, hope

Binge-watching “The Office” on Netflix, sharing “forever alone” and “ermahgerd” memes on Tumblr and trading Silly Bandz like they were Pokémon cards — these are just a few of the things that defined the 2010s.

People shouldn’t celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving

I’m a big fan of celebrating every holiday to the maximum. From decorating my house with red hearts and pictures of Cupid for Valentine’s Day to wearing a Halloween costume to my classes, holidays are the perfect excuse to dress up my life and make my everyday routine a bit more exciting.

People should send letters to friends

Like most Generation Z adults, I’ve been using technology to communicate with the world around me since I was about 8 years old.

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