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Adjusting to College

While going through middle and high school, I wanted nothing more than to decorate a college dorm and live as an adult. This was a shared experience for many of my peers. We romanticized moving away and living on our own as adults. There was a certain appeal to being in control of your actions…

FOMO

The fear of missing out (commonly known as FOMO) is a familiar feeling of anxiety that we experience when we are aware of social gatherings without our presence. This summer, I’ll be out of my hometown for 17 consecutive days. As I near half of that time out of town, the amount of FOMO I’ve…

The Power of Our Names

There’s been an ongoing bitter feeling about my surname — maybe it’s too short or simple? The way it’s not “conventional?” The way that I’m always at the end of the line when placed alphabetically, even when I usually like to be in front? Or maybe it’s that I never felt like my surname belonged…

Gifted Kid Burnout

I’ve seen the words “gifted kid burnout” on various social media platforms for a long time. For example, the “giftedkidburnout” hashtag on Tiktok has almost 200 million views. While the context of the hashtag’s use is typically comedic and results in a good laugh, there is an overwhelming truth behind gifted kid burnout. I have…

Meet Jennifer!

Hey, everyone! My name is Jennifer Vu, and I am the Director of Writing at Magnify Wellness. Thank you for being here! I’ll be sharing the stories that have shaped me into the person I am today and my journey thus far at Magnify Wellness. TW: discussions of sexual harassment, Asian fetishization, and self-harm. On…