Past UVic Student Mental Health Blogger
Hi there! My name is Lauren and I’m a fourth year student at UVic double majoring in Theatre and Gender Studies. I am originally from Lake Cowichan, BC, but I now consider Victoria to be home. Some of the things that elevate my mental health the most are creating, helping, and teaching. I am a CARE Leader at UVic and I also facilitate the Bringing in the Bystander workshop on campus. In the theatre department, I teach a workshop on consent culture with a focus on theatre practitioners.
I have struggled with my own mental health for as long as I can remember and only recently was I able to find it in myself to seek help. Having the opportunity to blog about mental health challenges and opportunities is such an honour, and it reminds me how grateful I am to have worked on myself long enough to be able to offer help and guidance to others.
This week, as I scrolled through the endless Instagram photos of friends and fellow UVic students having a blast during their impromptu snow holiday, I couldn’t help feel that I was the only person who saw the weather forecast and was filled with a deep sense of dread. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I love about the snow. I love how it makes the world a little bit brighter – how the children stay out a little later in the moonlight and the child within each adult seizes the opportunity to spring to life. But even as I looked around at the snowmen lining the residential streets and admired the massive snowball that some exuberant students made on the quad, all I could think about was how deeply I hoped for it to be melted away as soon as possible.
Once again, we have been blessed by a wonderfully mild West Coast autumn. If you're from elsewhere in Canada, like Alberta or Ontario, you're probably feeling extra lucky to be enjoying double-digit temperatures and minimal rainfall this November. But, if you're...
I was unstoppable. The kind of girl who was always busy: getting straight A's, volunteering, working, and making art. Between the scholarships I racked up, the proud smiles of my friends and family, and the encouraging words of my teachers, I felt a sense...