On the Transition to College: Making Time for Time

When I first arrived on campus the September of my first semester, some combination of anxiety, excitement, and nostalgia fluttered in my gut. As my dad dropped me off for my pre-orientation camping trip, I felt an overwhelming and simultaneous sense of loss and beginning. Beginning this new phase of my life meant leaving behind […]

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Transition to College: Be Honest With Yourself

Have you ever noticed how every college brochure looks roughly the same? The pages seem uniformly stuffed with images of spirited undergrads holding textbooks and flashing pearl-white smiles at the camera. The college hunt is littered with countless such images, subtle and not-so-subtle visual assurances that yes, at this school, you will be successful and […]

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Transition to College: Finding Mental Health Support

My stress level was always very high during the first semester of my senior year in high school. I was worried about my classes, my test scores, and getting into college. The college process felt terrifying to me: it made me question what I have worked for at my highly competitive, six-hours-of-homework-a-night high school. In […]

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Why Getting Rejected from Your Dream School May Be the Best Thing to Happen to You

It was March 12th: the day that Duke would release it’s letters of acceptance and rejection. Sitting cross-legged on my bed on a quiet Wednesday night, I remember feeling like my surroundings did not seem to match the intensity of this moment. I could practically hear a drum roll in the back of my head. […]

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Transition to College: I Wasn’t the Only One

Arriving on campus in the sweltering summer heightened my discomfort and anxiety about starting freshman year. I remember the distinct feeling of butterflies in my stomach. However, instead of the harmless butterflies caused by nerves, these were the kind that made me feel extremely nauseas and flustered. This uncomfortable sensation kept me on the verge […]

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Learning to Be a Good Friend

As a senior in high school few things are as exciting and terrifying as the idea of beginning college. And for good reason: the person you once were in high school is no longer relevant, as college creates the opportunity to discover your real self. However, being a little fish in a big pond makes […]

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Why I Decided to Go to College

Choosing to go away for college was one of the most challenging decisions I had to make as a teenager leaving high school. But as a young adult looking back on my journey, I can see that it was also the most rewarding decision I had made. Growing up in a neighborhood in Brooklyn around […]

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In Competition with Myself

I heard the alarm go off at 5:00am from my mother’s room, and I knew that she would come to my room to wake me up.  The day had finally come for me to start my new life at college.  I was excited.  I wanted this new adventure.  Yet, I felt some anxiety because this […]

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