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Counseling Center Director: ‘It’s okay to be anxious’ in this time

Dean of Students Brian Rush and counselor Thomas Longwell sign the poster which states that they will stand against racism or discrimination of any kind during the Stand Against Racism rally put on by the YWCA on Thursday.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 13, 2020

The Counseling Center is the place to go when you’re anxious, depressed, or just stressed, but with the campus shutdown and the counselors distant, stress is running high for many students. Thomas Longwell, director of the Counseling Center, said it’s OK to feel stressed about this pandemic. “Reg...

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

The difference between high school counselors and college counselors is the size gap.  The largest high school in Indiana is Carmel High School, which has 5,000 students and 16 counselors. But while USI has nearly double the enrollment, it only has about half the amount of counselors.  What does that s...

Taking away the mental illness stigma

Taking away the mental illness stigma

Megan Thorne, Managing Editor

October 22, 2019

We are quick to ask others if they are okay, but never ourselves. We are quick to comfort those who are crying on our shoulders, but we choose to cry in secret. We want to help others, but not ourselves. I firmly believe that looking at our own mental health state is one of the hardest thin...

Exaggerating anxiety hurts those with real disorders

Exaggerating anxiety hurts those with real disorders

Morgan Murphy, Staff Writer

March 12, 2019

Anxiety is a word that gets used more and more often as time progresses. However, it is starting to get misused for people who crave the attention that the serious disorder brings. This misuse has started to cause a lack of seriousness for those who are actually suffering from a real disorder, as they are...

How to make stress work for you

How to make stress work for you

Sheridan Arnold, Staff Writer

October 30, 2018

As the leaves turn colors and die, students around campus are feeling like they are dying as well. This epidemic of stress and anxiety affect the most laid-back students. The person who skips class every Friday is probably freaking out right now over their upcoming papers and exams that are due. W...

Take time for you

Take time for you

Megan Thorne, Chief Photographer

February 28, 2018

Illustration by Abigail Stanley I have never come to terms with the fact that I have anxiety. I’ve never wanted to admit that some things are harder for me to endure. I never wanted special treatment because I couldn’t “handle” my stress. And as I’m sitting paralyzed and shaking as th...

Respect the comfort of trust

Gabi Wy

September 29, 2015

Trust is like a blanket fresh out of the dryer. When I put my trust in another person, I feel a protective warmth around myself, a soft shell to keep out the chilliness. Imagine enjoying a sleepover and having late night talks with friends, ranging from absolute nonsense to deep philos...

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