A Sailor Cruising Through Failure

Featured Illustration: Vero Romero “Thank you for submitting to ‘X’. After careful consideration, it was not chosen for publication. This does not reflect the quality of our work.” “Thank you for applying for our research position, but we cannot offer you a position at the moment.” More often than I would have liked, I had…

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My Religion

Featured Image: Drew Beamer Pray. Grasp these beads, they are your home For the temple lies within Pray. Sit beneath His feet Your body belongs to Him Terminate her image Her life in your mind Pray. Let the flame protect you Its gift in strength Ancestral intentions Words birthed upon infancy Burdens paralleled in honors…

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Stay Strong, Be Vulnerable

Featured Image: Heather Ford “You’re so strong!” It’s interesting how we use this phrase as an affirmation to our loved ones. Sometimes we may say,  “I can’t believe how strong you are!” We may even tell ourselves that. When I feel proud or am in awe of how people cope with pain, I tell them…

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The Walls We Hide Behind

Featured Artwork: Elena Resko Immigrant culture entails hard work and success, but in the process produces the fear of being ridiculed if one ever deviates from that set standard of excellence. It’s not uncommon that even the simple utterance of the words “mental health” in the South Asian community are met with amused looks or…

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Tik Tok Therapists: Ending the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health One Video at a Time

Featured Image: Yahoo! News An app that once had teenagers as its main audience has reached a broader spectrum of users. Therapists are also using Tik Tok in order to combat the stigma that surrounds anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. With quarantine and state lockdowns, being in isolation can have significant detrimental consequences. According…

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Thoughts From Asian Artists in Europe During COVID-19

As stilted as this may sound, this Lunar New Year was marked by the COVID-19 outbreak for my family. My mother took one of the last planes from Beijing back to Paris, while my grandmother was to stay home indefinitely. As they gathered as much information as they could at the dawn of the epidemic,…

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Pressure: A Reflection on Mental Health Among Youth

Featured Artwork: Brogan Honor Today’s youth is often subjected to unachievable standards and guidelines. Although well-wishers, parents can often enforce feelings of anxiety when they make their children conform to their standards of success. In a study of 800 families, 56% of parents’ definition of success included their children entering a prestigious university and pursuing…

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