College junior getting my degree in Media Communications. Trying my best to create content I’m passionate about and pay off my crippling student debt.

If you relate to some of these, use them to your advantage.

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I’ve always had the opinion that being aware of yourself (or self-aware) is one of the most overlooked, yet one of the most powerful things you can use. Self-awareness is the ability to have a relationship with yourself, know your strengths and your weaknesses, and be more at ease when navigating the curves in your life.

My best (and frankly one of my only) strengths is I am very self-aware. I always am able to read a room or a situation and be able to identify if something is too much for me to handle. Self-awareness is a great tool to practice coping with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. …


And how to handle it in the best possible way.

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There is truly nothing more painful and unpleasant than a panic attack. From personal experience, my panic attacks truly come out of nowhere with no real trigger, and I have the intense fear as if I’m about to have a heart attack and die. Needless to say, they’re not very enjoyable.

Panic attacks are different for everyone, but a lot of the similar symptoms many people encounter include intense fear, chest pains, shortness of breath, and chills or hot flashes. One of my defining symptoms is I get globus pharyngis (a fancy term for having the sensation of a “lump” in your throat). …


A seemingly harmless long distance relationship turns dark fast.

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Trigger Warning: This story contains details of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders as well as details about suicide and suicide ideation.

If you or someone you know is at risk of harming themselves, reach out to 1–800–273–8255 (U.S.) You’re not alone.

Conrad Henry Roy III was someone that anyone struggling with a mental illness can easily sympathize with. He was born on September 12, 1995 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts and grew up with two younger sisters and his parents.

Conrad was known to be your typical well rounded teenager. From the outside looking in, he was an honor student who loved to play baseball. Outside of school, he worked with his father and grandfather for their tugboat company and Conrad was in the process of getting his Captain’s license. …


They’re the perfect example of what every content creator should be.

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As content creating platforms have grown more popular over the years, one subcategory that attracts an audience of millions is gaming. From reviews, to “Let’s Plays”, to streaming, to commentaries, and a plethora of other video ideas generate an endless amount of communities spread across an arsenal of consoles and games. In a sense, these video game content creators are creating a safe space for their audience to connect with each other the same shared interests of games.

However, because gaming takes such a massive chunk out of the content creating world, there’s a lot of people doing it. There’s a lot of people making a full time living off of it, there’s a lot of people attempting to start it, and there’s a lot of people trying to make a profit from it. With the sea of engagement everywhere you look on social media, it can be easy to get lost in the masses, especially if you’re trying to make it full time as a content creator. …


You’re setting yourself up for failure.

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Writing is easily one of the most versatile skills you can use to go into all different kinds of careers. From blogging, to freelance, to authors, to ghost writing or copywriting, there is truly more jobs than meets the eye to most people. But what’s more important than the kind of writing career you may want to pursue, is having a plan of how you’re going to get there.

I go to a liberal arts college, and I have classmates and friends who are studying creative writing or journalism in hopes of making writing their full time income when they graduate. Since college is such a trivial time in life where many people are finding themselves, I have come across all different kinds of people. I have a friend in the English program at my school, and he studies with a girl in the same program who is hoping to become a famous author. Of course, as writers that’s the best and ultimate outcome that could happen to any of us. …


And why this is detrimental

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Recently, I received a gift from a friend that consisted of a reusable Keurig pod (which I had never heard of until now) and a bag of ground coffee to use with it. This was a gift that immediately got me excited because it meant I no longer had to overflow my trash with one-use pods and contribute more to the irreversible climate change we’re living in.

Finally, when the time came that I ran out of my previous disposable Keurig pods, I cracked open the bag of coffee and loaded it into my new environmentally friendly pod. …


How we’re stuck in a vicious cycle.

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Most mornings when I wake up, I try to wait as long as I can to check the notifications on my phone. There’s a sense of tranquility and peace in feeling disconnected from the world when you don’t check your phone overnight. I try to bask in this moment for as long as I can before reality set its and I have to face the day (and my notifications).

With everything going on in the United States related to the pandemic, everything that we’re so accustomed to doing hands-on and in person is now over a screen, over a Zoom call, or a group chat message. Currently, I am a college student and five out of my six classes are entirely online. In addition, my primary income is from writing on Medium. …


The case of two middle school girls that stuck together until the very end.

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On February 13, 2017, Abigail Williams, 13 and Liberty German, 14, were murdered in a double homicide while out in the historic trails in their hometown of Delphi, Indiana.

Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German were as close as two best friends could possibly be. The girls attended school together and played sports such as volleyball and softball together. According to her older sister Kelsi German, Libby was known for playing “every possible sport she could play” which also included soccer and swimming. …


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Two years ago, I started my freshman year of college and attended Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. While Salem is more famous for the Salem Witch Trials in the early 1690’s, there is in fact a public university there. While this school wasn’t originally my first choice, I was excited to dive into the culture and history that Salem had to offer since I had never been before. Best of all, the parties in October would be out of this world.

But now that I have lived here for a couple of years, I have adapted to the new lifestyle of living in a new area of Massachusetts. However, if there is one thing I still have to mentally prepare myself for every year, it’s the entire month of October. Despite living in a town that screams all things Halloween and Hocus Pocus, it isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. In a sense, it’s like living 10 minutes away from Disney World; to everyone else, it’s the most magical and happiest place on earth. But to me, as much as the culture and aesthetics are great, I’m not always wearing the same rose colored glasses everyone else is. …


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My sexual assault experience seems like a typical cautionary tale. I went out to a party less than two minutes off of my college campus, and the guy who invited me out took advantage of me while he was extremely intoxicated. Despite this being such a personal experience (since I was the only one who witnessed it), so many other aspects of my life changed over time. Most of these things are not even correlated with the event, which took me by a bigger surprise.

I’m a huge advocate when it comes to sexual assault victims. I sympathize with them and I want to look out for them. But what is more important, is educating the masses on the outside, the people who haven’t been through this. Sexual assault is truly something someone cannot understand until they have been through it. …

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