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Back On Campus: University Students and COVID-19

The purpose of the survey was to explore the sentiments of students in the Isla Vista community regarding their emotional well-being, mental health, and other general concerns within the experiences of COVID-19. Over the course of two weeks,

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Developing a Better Mindset for Body Image Issues

Body Image in America Throughout generations in America, the ideal body type has changed, transformed, and evolved tremendously into what has become simply unrealistic. Starting back from the early 1900s, eating disorders began to form when models with

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Learning to Love

I was fourteen when I met him It took me four years to say, “I love you.” About six months later, we broke up. I was almost nineteen and I thought he was my soul mate. It was

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Asking for Help: A How-to Guide From A Novice Adult

Failure is not an option. A running theme through my childhood and through my teen years was “Failure is not an option”. I am the eldest daughter of first-generation immigrants so I quickly came to value success, as

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Going on Social Media Cleanse

Starting an Instagram Cleanse In the world of health and wellness, it is not uncommon to hear recommendations for starting a juice cleanse or a dietary detox in order to remove toxins from your body and improve overall

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5 Steps to Getting Out of a Creative Funk

Last month, I had just bought a new spiral-bound sketchbook and flipped open to the first page, excited to create something new and exciting! But, nothing happened. I sat and stared at this blank page feeling stuck. It

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The Pursuit of Mental Health in Goal-Oriented Society

Goal-Oriented Society Living in a goal-oriented society, I am often preoccupied with the task of collecting an array of tangible achievements in order to reinforce a personal sense of value. My accomplishments in school, research, networking, and professional

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Spending Time Alone With Silence

This pandemic that shut down the world and upended all of our 2020 plans has brought frustration, fear, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and all the bad habits to the forefront. If you asked anyone two years ago, what they

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Waking Up Black

My legs feel extra heavy today which isn’t surprising because it’s the third time this week. It started the morning after a colleague asked why my hair wasn’t “all crazy” that day – I believe they were referring

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4 Sleep Tips to Help Reduce COVID-19 Anxiety

The world today is entirely different ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the widespread circulation of this disease, most of our lives have been affected to a certain extent. Many lost their jobs, while

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