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Living Authentically with Bipolar Disorder

By Chelsea Skye Smith (Alpha Omega, Birmingham-Southern College) Content warning: Mentions of mental illness, self-harm, suicide, sexual promiscuity and medications It has always been important for me to help disrupt the judgment surrounding mental illness. I went into college knowing I wanted to study psychology, but it was the little things about mental health stigmatization […]

Learning Sisterhood

Safe Sisterhood

By Skylar McAuliffe and Madison Williamson (Kappa Nu, Carnegie Mellon University) When you walk in the doors of the Kappa Nu chapter at Carnegie Mellon University, you are immediately welcomed into a loving and safe environment. As Alpha Chi Omegas who support domestic violence awareness, it is important to us to have the ability to […]

Learning

The World Needs You Here

A blog post from Active Minds for National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month Content warning: This blog post mentions mental illness and suicide. In the United States, September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. This a particularly important topic on college campuses as suicide remains the second leading cause of death in young adults. […]

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Maintaining Composure and Managing Stress

By Courtney Schmidt (Alpha, DePauw University), Managing Partner, Pearl Stone Partners In spring 2020 I found myself inundated with the phrases “in these unprecedented times,” “out of an abundance of caution” and “the new normal.” They were everywhere. We used them at work, they were in the news, they were even in commercials. It was […]

Team AXO

Winding Down

By Natalie Zepeda (Delta Pi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) 2020. Strangely enough, those four numbers strung together hold a lot of emotion and energy. While the past year has been nothing short of “out of the ordinary,” there is one thing I am sure we have all experienced…living nonstop. One would think that stay-at-home orders, […]

Impact

Leading Through Disruption

By Jessie Finocchiaro (Beta Omicron, Florida Southern College) Life is wild right now. You might have started college with a career path in mind, and considering recent events, that career might not exist in its previous form anymore. Many of us tend to plan our lives ahead of us; something about a five-year plan gives […]

Campus Leadership

A Panhellenic Pitch for Mental Health Resources

By Lauren Filippini (Alpha Chi, Butler University), editor Note: This story was originally published in the fall 2020 Lyre magazine and has been updated, as of November 2020, to reflect the efforts of the students this fall semester. The Mental Wellness Advocate program is now a reality at the University of Iowa, thanks to efforts […]

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Working From Home and Self-Care

By Natalie Zepeda (Delta Pi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) Having a work-from-home (WFH) job as my first-ever career was a surprise to me, as I am sure that it was to many of us entering the job market just a few months ago. Having to work from home away from my coworkers, away from the […]

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Changing the Conversation About Mental Health

By Anjali Dhawan (Lambda Nu, Northeastern University) Trigger Warning: Mental illness, suicide    As an Alpha Chi, I believe in always being real and strong, as our motto encourages us to be. I carry this through my everyday life and always try to uphold this value. However, sometimes being strong and being real are difficult to […]

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Leading Through Change: Reflections on COVID-19

By Allison Summers Ajazi, associate director of education and leadership initiatives Change has been on all our minds. Whether you are a potential new member wondering what your collegiate experience may look like, a collegiate member wondering how your sisterhood will evolve in this new environment, or an alumnae sister finding new ways to stay […]