Rainbow Scales and Special Leaves

Some thoughts on childhood, stress, and college.   By ALAYA AYALA   Recently, I’ve been living for these text posts that I see on my social media feeds all the time. They’re like concentrated shots of relatable content that I can take less than five seconds to swallow. Sometimes they burn on the way down. Sometimes they leave an aftertaste. The really good ones leave me breathless for hours from laughing – or crying. Maybe it’s because I’m a lightweight when it comes to the truth.   The other day I saw a post about children’s books that really messed …

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Me, Too 

Anonymous or not, I am a statistic. You know me: you see me at study breaks, you sit by me in the dining hall, you work on homework with me. But you don’t know what I haven’t told you, even as many of our peers come forward about their own history with sexual assault. 

Readers: Please be aware that the content of this article contains potentially distressing material. 

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The High Functioning Trap

More than what you produce. By ANONYMOUS   Standing in an empty kitchen in an apartment in Brookline, my boyfriend and his new roommate talk about their experiences with hospitalization. They swap programs, talk about partial hospitalizations and residential stays. I stay silent. Somehow, despite being actively suicidal several times a week throughout high school and self-harming on and off for six years, I managed to avoid ever being hospitalized. Always stopping on the edge something that would be majorly self-destructive, something that would get noticed.   My therapist finally mentioned recently that I probably have Borderline Personality Disorder, confirming …

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The Fall Fallout 

How to combat the autumn blues at Harvard.  Autumn sneaks up on students every year. The transition from shopping week to the fifth Monday is as subtle as the changing of the leaves, but the realization can be daunting. One doesn’t quite notice the receding green until the trees are all reds, yellows, and oranges and students don’t fully realize that readings and problem sets mean something until midterms and papers. As the work and extra-curricular commitments pile on, many students succumb to the autumn blues. The stress of work, keeping up with friends, applying for various opportunities, having a …

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#TBT: ‘New Counseling Program Attempts to Reduce Alienation’ 

The Indy goes back to the 1970s to see the creation of a PAF-like program. This week, the Harvard Independent is bringing you an article from our September 17, 1973 issue on Harvard’s changing mental health services.  By JAMIE KATZ’74 Harvard students have become much more academically competitive in the last few years. Ordinarily, as pre-med and pre-law students vie for high grades and good recommendations one would expect increasing tension and fragmentation within the student body. Those expectations are in part coming true, but there are tentative signs that students are depressurizing the Harvard years through upperclass advisory programs. All …

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Mental Health at Harvard: “How was your day, Harvard?” 

A social media campaign for social change.  “How was your day?” It’s such a simple question, but sophomore Taylor Ladd saw the importance in asking it. This fall, she launched a social media campaign, called “How was your day, Harvard?” to encourage more people to ask the question. Mental health has recently been at the forefront of issues at Harvard, especially in light of the tragic suicide of sophomore Luke Tang at the beginning of this school year and the recent release of the sexual assault survey results. Whether it’s helping students who are dealing with depression, anxiety, or trauma, …

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