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 and life. Little did we know, living as an adult also came with many additional responsibilities. Adulthood includes working, paying bills, and many more duties we weren’t aware of in our little bubble of childhood naivety. Although I live a life I am grateful for– one where I don’t have to worry much about expenses in college– I quickly realize how soon independent adulthood will be thrust upon me. This turns my childhood excitement into more of a fear and stressor. How will I adjust to my life away from home?

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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 been feeling has been at an all-time high. 

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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 with my first. 

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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 found myself relating to some of the posts online, but what does that term even mean? “Gifted kid burnout” results from long-term stress that originates from the pressure placed on kids that have been labeled “gifted” from a young age or were in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. 

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The Productivity Obsession

Productivity keeps us moving toward finishing our work and motivates us to work harder to check off the bullets on our to-do list. Soon, it rewards us with the feeling that we need to work more to gain something, whether that would be a raise, becoming valedictorian, a Division I scholarship, or recognition from an important figure in our lives. Productivity brings us to our goals much more efficiently.

“Productivity Obsession,” also known as hyper-productivity, workaholicism, or overwork, describes how someone can be addicted to working and feeling productive. It’s an oxymoron derived from the need to micromanage every aspect of one’s life. The issue can be concealed extremely well and depends on many factors, but it all starts with one’s attachment and identity dependency on a job. 

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The Effects of Infatuation

The one thing I have never fully understood until now was the phrase ‘seeing everything through rose-colored glasses’ where everything feels like a fairytale, and you get to see life how you want it to look. This is especially true when it comes to love — when the glasses are on, they are a sign of something called “Infatuation”.

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Music in Our Schools Month

The month of March has been deemed Music in Our Schools Month by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) annually for forty-seven years. The relationship between music and schools shows us some of the most dedicated and hardworking students in the United States. Although there is science and research behind music itself — as we’ve written about previously in a Magnify Monday blog post — the community you build alongside the rewarding feeling from performing and sharing what you do with others add to how Music in Our Schools contributes to student-musician’s mental health. 

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Does Money Buy Us Happiness?

While it may be odd to contemplate that compulsively spending money has anything to do with mental health, retail therapy — often classified as a euphemism for this coping method — is widely popular in the world of mental wellness. Spending money and material objects could be the result of short-term fulfillment, but does money actually buy us happiness?

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The Effects of Negative News

The wide variety of news sources available to the public allows us to understand what is occurring in our community, country, and world. Although news channels can quickly provide information to the public, they often cover many negative and sensitive topics, such as politics or militarization. These negative new reports can have an impact on our mental health. 

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Time management has always been something I am rather good at, yet at the same time, I am bad at it.

Procrastination is my worst enemy, when I know I have a final to study for, all of a sudden I have been watching Pretty Little Liars for three hours and then end up cramming at the end of the day. When I am good with my time, however, I start everything as soon as I receive the work so I don’t have to worry about it later. It is an ongoing battle between my brain and me, but I don’t think anybody wins in the end.

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