UVic Student Mental Health Guest Blogger
Hi! I’m Rowen.
I am a fourth year BScN student at UVic. Nursing school has taught me so much and I feel so privileged to have encountered so many amazing people along the way. Mental health is an important factor in my life and hopefully being open about my struggles can impact others and bring awareness to this important subject matter.
Here’s 10 things about me!
- Nursing is my passion.
- I moved to Victoria to attend University in 2013 from Kamloops.
- I still listen to Hilary Duff’s Metamorphosis on the daily.
- I am hoping to work as an oncology nurse once I graduate.
- I love to travel and cannot wait to explore more places.
- I love Diet Coke and am a frequent customer at Bon Sushi.
- My family and friends mean everything to me and bring so much light to my life!
- I am a nap queen.
- I love being out in the sun!
- I am a mental health advocate and am not ashamed of the struggles I have faced.
Thanks for reading!
Be Who You Are, Love Who You Are
University for many is the first-time individuals come to terms with their mental health. I think this is one of the first generations where talking about mental health is not only okay but encouraged. Until university I wasn’t able to understand or accept that I am...
Reflecting on University and Anxiety
Six years later and I am less than six months away from graduating with my BScN. Nursing School and university in general has pushed me to great lengths. It’s hard to believe that six years ago I left my hometown to attend the University of Victoria. The past couple...
Student Mental Health Blog Contest 3rd Place: Solstice Blues
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Student Mental Health Blog Contest 2nd Place: Calming Your Racing Mind Using Meditation
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Student Mental Health Blog Contest Winner: Ways Into Wellness
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3 Steps to Managing Panic in High-Stress Situations
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Nature, Art, Sleep & Pray
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Things People Think They Know About My Diagnoses
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Autumn is a season of transition. Change. Slowly, the trees are shedding emerald garb in favour of majestic reds, browns and orange. Temperatures are declining, and the first sting of frost becomes apparent as the sun drops away behind the mountains each night. Here,...