Let's Talk About It

We are faced with all kinds of challenges in life. It is easy to get caught up in the daily ups and downs. That is why we prioritize self-care and self-actualization to stop, reflect, and reenergize yourself in the midst of difficult times. From writing poetry to meditating or sharing conversation with good friends, self-care should be personalized to what works best for you. Take the time to get to know yourself and be well.


Undocumented and DACAmented Mental Health

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It goes without saying that being a dreamer or undocumented can feel like a nightmare. You are tasked with moving forward without the same opportunities provided to others around you. If you have DACA, you’re only able to plan two years of your life a time (assuming there are no abrupt executive orders). If you are mixed-status, you may be greatly worried about your family and loved ones. If you are undocumented and do not consider yourself a dreamer or DACAmented, you may have well-intentioned people (such as myself) who do not always address your unique experiences....

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Culture Shock: International Student Adjustment

I remember my first year in the states. I found going to class stressful, as I was not able to express what’s going on in my mind. The conversations that I could hold with American classmates did not go beyond “How are you?” “What’s your name?” “Where are you from?” I knew my name, my past and why I was here, but everything seemed foggy. In retrospect, I realize that I was experiencing culture shock. Culture shock is a common experience that describes the feeling of confusion and the stress and disorientation that occur when entering an unfamiliar culture.

Culture shock differs for different people. Some common experiences international students may have are:

  • A sense of loss
  • Cultural identity confusion
  • Social withdrawal/isolation
  • Frustration
  • Loss of confidence
  • Extreme homesickness
  • Difficulty navigating an unfamiliar educational system

Some of you may say that you have never...

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Living in Balance While Pulled toward the Edge

As the year begins many of you will find your compass spinning wildly in different directions. There are classes to take, jobs or internships to manage, friends to see, clubs to attend . . . not to mention finding time to eat, sleep, do your laundry and take care of the one who is doing all these things.

The task of finding balance is a lifelong discipline. There is no one-size-fits-all road map, since each of us has different...

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Recovery at UO

I am a graduate employee at the University of Oregon, and I work with the University Counseling Center as an Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialist. A significant aspect of my work in this position is supporting the Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC) in the EMU. The purpose of the CRC is to build a recovery-friendly environment for students at University of Oregon. The CRC is a place of community and comradery for those who are in recovery. The physical space and community atmosphere is especially important because it can be hard for students in recovery to fit into the party atmosphere that is prevalent on college campuses. At the CRC, we provide safe and sober recreation activities and an atmosphere that encourages sober support systems and friends. ...

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