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I have had a chance to become the curator of the GS Warsaw Hub twice. The first time was in 2014, when being a Shaper was a very novel experience to me and (mostly in my head) I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I joined in order to initiate and coordinate Mentors4Starters project, which later on became a stand alone foundation functioning well and dynamically growing to this day.

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Copyright by Maria Belka

The second time meant entering a familiar ground. Over the years, I had already become friends with most team members, I had already fallen into common curatorship traps and I was well prepared for mitigating even unexpected outcomes of a growing hub and contrasting ambitions of certain Shapers. …


Lately, I’ve been very into psychology and mental health issues. It started when I found out how many of my friends are going to therapy sessions and they aren’t able to handle their problems on theirs own.

“Lonely, burned out and depressed” — this is what I’ve read recently in one of the articles about Millennials’ mental health. And while thinking about all my friends and people around me, I just can’t disagree with this statement.

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I’ve noticed we all have different problems, some of us with work, some with studies, some, and probably most of us with our private life. But I feel like it doesn’t matter what is the source of the problem — we all struggle with the same effects of it. We are all tired, burned out, depressed. We drink too much alcohol and take soft drugs just to feel “better” for a while and run away from our everyday problems only for one night. I’m not able to count how many of my mates are taking medications for depression or anxiety. Just because we feel the pressure, to have better job than others, make many projects at the same time, study, learn four languages, work, doing voluntary and besides that have time for our pleasures. But most of us don’t have a moment for ourselves. During my bachelor studies I didn’t read any book besides those for exams, I didn’t watch movies, I stopped spending my Sundays in the art galleries and museums. All the things that I loved before just fade away from my life just because I was too busy to have at least one hour in a week for myself and my pleasantness. …

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