Who or what are you revolving around?

Recently I was talking to a close friend. This friend is constantly going out on dates and measures their happiness by who they’re dating that week. If their love life is bad, they’re moody and depressed. If it’s good they’re upbeat and optimistic. We were talking about their plans for a new job and they said “Wel I’ll be in a relationship by then hopefully, so I’m sure I’ll be happy”.

Can you see the issue?

Relying on external factors for happiness; relationships, jobs, school, it’ll never be enough. You will always be…


You may have more toxic friends than you realize.

When I dove into psychology, I learned a lot about not only myself but myself in relation to others. An important thing to remember is: your mental and emotional state is a reflection of how you’re treating yourself AND how those around you are treating you. It can be difficult to realize a friendship is “toxic”- because we usually associate that term with relationships. …


What the media doesn’t show you.

What do you think when you hear the word “OCD”? You probably think of someone washing their hands a million times in a row, or someone cleaning their room to perfection. Yes, these are types of OCD, but they’re not the ONLY types. A lot of the time, the OCD sufferer’s compulsions are performed in his own head.

What you may imagine OCD to be

My story begins when I was seven. I saw a video where a woman was supposedly possessed by the devil, and I immediately was paralyzed with the fear that this would happen to me. This thought…


Sick of people telling you to “learn a new skill”? Yeah, me too.

If you’ve been spending a lot of time on the internet lately, you’ve probably seen this picture going around:

Okay, Jeremy.

If you haven’t, you’ve probably heard a string of similar words posted on someone’s Instagram story or Twitter feed. Something with the essence of: “If you aren’t doing something productive with all this new leisure time, you’re a lazy sack of sh*t”.

My first thought upon seeing this sentiment was ‘Hmm. This doesn’t seem right’. Upon pondering it further I agreed with my first impression, ‘Yeah. …


It was all fun and games…until it wasn’t.

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Where am I?

Scanning my surroundings grants me with a view of fluorescent white lights and colorful beeping machines.

Oh. I’m in a hospital.

I feel something warm on my hands and look down to see someone stroking them. I follow the hands up to the face of one of my best friends, she’s a mess of runny mascara and partially rubbed off eyeshadow.

How the hell did I get here?

I’ll get to that. First, we gotta go back.

. . .

I chose to go to college in Manhattan because…


You’ve probably seen, or have at least heard of, the Best Picture-winning film ‘Parasite’ by Bong Joon Ho. Its beauty isn’t all aesthetic though, the true allure of the film lies beneath the stunning visual surface.

A scene from the beginning of the movie

Warning: This article includes spoilers about the movie.

Speechless. Slack-jawed. Utterly shocked. That is how I felt after watching the film ‘Parasite’. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it right now. I’m serious. Deadly serious (teehee, film reference). Drop whatever expectations you have for the film and be ready to be blindly led down the dark twisty road Bong Joon Ho paved for…


It’s widely believed that the indie artist committed suicide, but further investigation may prove otherwise.

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If you’ve ever listened to Elliott Smith’s music, the first thing you may have noticed is how melancholic his lyrics are. The singer often told sad tales of alcoholism and heartbreak over the tune of an acoustic guitar. This may be the reason why when he was found dead- seemingly by suicide-nobody was really surprised. His history of addiction and depression led many to believe that this was a tragedy waiting to happen. …


What they don’t tell you at orientation

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September is on the horizon, and with the fall semester looming before us I wanted to take some time to reflect on a few lessons I learned my freshman year, because let’s face it- with the independence bestowed upon us our freshman year at college comes great responsibility.

Lesson 1: Be careful who you give your heart to

This is a general life lesson, but it’s especially important to keep in mind freshman year of college. The third week of school I met someone and fell head over sneakers for him. I had never been in a relationship before, and I didn’t know…


When others look down on us for our faults, how do we recover?

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“Is she stupid?”

That’s quite a striking statement, isn’t it? It’s so blunt in its crudeness that I didn’t quite know how to respond.

Let me go back.

I work part-time at a restaurant as a hostess, it’s a fast-paced environment and it generally requires me-and the other employees-to be diligent and quick-thinking, as one small mistake can have an unintended ripple effect. That being said, everyone inevitably makes a mistake from time to time, and such was the case one Monday night with a new hostess…


Steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from unrealistic expectations

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Everyone has Instagram.

Well, maybe not everyone, but a lot of people do. According to the statistics, one billion people use Instagram each month, and 71% percent of those are under the age of 35. From this, we can conclude that a lot of people use Instagram, and most of them are young people. Young people are influential; they follow what they see other people doing, and a lot of what they see comes from Instagram. Inherently this isn’t bad, but when what’s being posted isn’t reality, things become a bit messy.

The rise of “influencers” has greatly affected how…

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