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The Spectrum: Treat all stories with empathy, not just those close to you

Michelle Zhang, Op-Ed Contributor

October 15, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a weekly forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email [email protected] My ...

Soto: Rollback of birth control mandate will make college students less safe, less healthy

Isabella Soto, Columnist

October 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Let me begin this column by establishing a fundamental truth. Hormonal birth control, in its various forms, is simply that — hormones. It can aid in preventing a pregnancy, reduce painful cramps caused by menstruation and help...

Closson: It’s okay to ask for help

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

October 3, 2017

Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Maybe I’ll just deal with it myself. I can’t even count the number of times I told myself that last year — whether I was struggling in a class, confused about navigating the transition or just feeling overwhelmed by...

Letter to the Editor: You don’t have to deal with college stress alone

September 25, 2017

Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

I read with great interest and sadness Isabella Soto's essay for The Spectrum. In the late 1980s, I also experienced high levels of stress and short nights of sleep as a Weinberg undergraduate. For years after graduating, I would j...

The Spectrum: Don’t burn out before you get the chance to shine

Isabella Soto, Columnist

September 21, 2017

Filed under Latest Stories, Opinion, The Spectrum

This essay is part of The Spectrum, a forum in our Opinion section for marginalized voices to share their perspectives. To submit a piece for The Spectrum or discuss story ideas, please email [email protected]

Closson: Physical wellness at NU needs further conversation, attention comparable to mental health

Troy Closson, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 21, 2017

Filed under Opinion

In my high school, students often seemed to be hyperfocused on college admissions, constantly finding ways to cram as many higher-level classes as possible into their schedules while also fitting in way too many extracurricular...

Baskaran, Basti: Through honest conversation, we can deconstruct perfectionism on campus

Archit Baskaran and Neha Basti, Op-Ed Contributors

May 18, 2017

Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

Northwestern’s academic, extracurricular and social pressures challenge us toward an unreal standard. We celebrate and compete about our packed schedules, boast about sleepless nights and ultimately champion perfectionism. Yet,...

Hammersmith: My experience navigating private mental health care after the Women’s Center lost its counseling

Ariana Hammersmith, Op-Ed Contributor

January 31, 2017

Filed under Opinion

I used to receive counseling at the Women’s Center. Since the removal of its counseling services, my access to mental health care has changed significantly. Going from university to private mental health services, I’ve str...

Ryan: From a student-athlete, it’s OK to not be OK

Caleigh Ryan, Op-Ed Contributor

January 12, 2017

Filed under Opinion

We aren’t perfect. No one is. Everyone has tough times, dark thoughts and seriously considers what they are doing in life — especially at a place like Northwestern, where it seems like everyone is doing well. It can be so...