I am a psychology and music major at the University of North Dakota. As a part of the Army ROTC program, I am working towards a career as a military psychologist.
From Anti-Religion to Advocate for All
When we hear prejudice, hate, or stereotyping, we often think about how these issues have impacted minorities. Majority populations are often stereotyped as well. No matter who is the target, such attitudes can hurt. The person who is hurt the most, however, is the one who hates.
Lessons From University That I Didn't Learn in a Classroom
Higher education is said to grant you access to better jobs, unlock new careers, and make you a more well-rounded person. In my experience, however, I have found that the most important lessons were learned outside of the classroom.
TV Step-Dads That Demonstrated the Importance of the Job
In the past, TV step-parents were often depicted as "evil" or abusive. While some of these stories tell an important narrative, they failed to explore the other side. Many step-parents are loving, caring, and stepped up to raise a child when it was needed. Today we give thanks to these second fathers by highlighting some good stories in movies and shows.
What We Can All Learn From This Pandemic
We live in troubling times. It seems impossible to plan for the future. Many are living in isolation. Others are working overtime. However long it takes, we will return to normal. That being said, it does not have to be our old normal. These are just a few of the lessons we can all take from this pandemic.
Fight Off Isolation Depression
With the recent developments and responses to COVID-19, or Coronavirus, many people have gone into isolation or self-quarantine for extended periods of time. It seems that a higher number of individuals have expressed severe anxiety or depressive symptoms during these periods. My hope today is to give you some insight into how you may combat such feelings - not only in these troubling times - but in everyday life.
Much advancement as been made in the area of equality. Women gained the right to vote, segregation laws against African Americans were removed, and the LGBTQ+ community has gained support and protections. However, one population still under-served is those with disabilities. From failure to provide adequate accessibility to special needs students being bullied at school, there is evidence of the lack of knowledge and understanding when it comes to disabilities.
The War on Education
Look on social media and you are likely to come across memes, comics, or stories about how modern schools are failing to educate students. At the same time, there seems to an increase in "anti-science" groups, poor writing skills, and fake news. This is no coincidence. And while many of those who make arguments against modern schools have valid points, there are misunderstandings and false claims that are destroying society and the world as we know it.
Environmentally Living: Companies Paving the Way to a Plastic-Free World
With the recent movements for environmentally friendly products, sustainability and plastic waste is on many people's minds. It is everyone's responsibility to be conscious about the impact their choices have on the environment. Luckily, there are companies who have recognized this.
If you are not part of the LGBT community, it is likely that you have never heard of conversion therapy. For those who are part of the community, it is a heartbreaking and devastating thing that has destroyed many lives. Today, we will explore what it is, and how it has impacted so many.
Men and Mental Health
We often hear stories and statistics about women suffering from mental illnesses. But oftentimes, men are sidelined in this conversation. The stigma around mental health often hurts the chances of people suffering from mental illness to get help. This may make an even larger impact in the lives of men who are stereotyped as "strong" or "independent." They are often shamed or seen as "unmanly" when seeking for help. Mental health impacts everyone.