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Feeling without judgment

Victoria Helmer, Columnist

October 1, 2020

The point of this article is to try and convince you that your feelings are valid. There are lots of reasons to feel bad right now, and as much as you deserve to feel good, you also deserve to allow yourself to feel bad. Feeling good is great, but for everyone to constantly be okay is an unspoken, unreali...

The Pursuit of Authenticity

Illustration by Claire Revere

Nikolaus Kennelly, Columnist

October 4, 2017

We humans crave the anxieties of the Savanna. To engage in a standoff with a hungry lion over an antelope carcass is a dream many of us secretly harbor. The rush of leading a life on the edge, where only the essentials matter, is shared almost universally by those who play boardgames, watch TV shows...

Self love comes first

Illustration by Meg Cuca

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

October 27, 2016

 Why is it so hard to love ourselves? One of the things that surprised and concerned me the most during the Gender & Sexuality Workshop was when more than half of people in Jewett (the biggest residence hall at Whitman) admitted to having had or still having an eating disorder. This makes me think of ...

In Defense of Sadness

Alya Bohr, Columnist

April 28, 2016

Accepting sadness adds poignancy to life, makes us more creative, and helps us find and discover ourselves.

Overcoming Anxiety Begins With Recognition

Overcoming Anxiety Begins With Recognition

Adam Heymann

October 16, 2014

Illustration by Emma Rust. This week I'm tackling something that pervades many of our young minds: anxiety. The Whitman experience can breed persistent distress. There's the desire for academic success, a need to find romantic fulfillment, figuring out how to pay for an expensive private education and th...

Those Suffering from Mental Illness Need Not Suffer Alone

February 27, 2013

This column was contributed by Arden Robinette, '16 Listen. You may not want to. You may not want to even be speaking to anyone right now. You might just want to be alone with the struggles and fears that have begun to haunt you. But listen. Really listen. Maybe you've been feeling off lately. Maybe it started...

Under pressure: Social pressures to overcommit affect students’ emotional well-being

Illustration: Julie Peterson

Julia Stone

April 12, 2012

I came to Whitman two years ago as the model Whitman student. I had many interests and quickly sought to join clubs; I committed myself to student organizations, academics, friendships, community service, sports and music. I lived "hard," and rarely had a spare minute where I could be considered to be...

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